Thursday, July 28, 2005

Quiet Long Island vs. Flooded Bombay

Bombay had 37.1 inches of rain on Tuesday! Wow.

Here in Long Island, things are quiet, quiet, quiet. Here is the photo I took from the front door of the place where we're (temporarily) staying, late last night. It's a 30 second exposure:

It's a version of the other photos I've been posting, of Long Island Sound. The black space in the middle is water. The lights are Connecticut. Nothing is going on.

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And here is a Flickr photo I found, of the flooding in Bombay:

The trains stopped running, so people walked along the tracks to get home.
The photo is by a cat named GrayArea. Click on the picture (or here to see it in its original context. More Bombay Flickr photos here.

At some stations, even that wasn't possible. Thousands (millions?) of people were stranded.

As of now, it looks like 200 people have been killed because of the rains in Bombay, and 400+ are dead in the state of Maharashtra. It's sad -- and I have a feeling the death toll will rise once the water recedes -- but one should remember that most of us have never seen anything like this kind of rain. (New York with 37 inches of rain would have lots of problems too!)

They seem to have handled this pretty well.


Anonymous said...

Did you do something in processing to the lighting in the Long Island photo? It's really wonderful looking.

T. Burke

6:35 PM  
Amardeep said...

Nope, that's how the photo came out. No photoshopping, contrast changing, nothing. I swear it on my Sony Memorystick, I do.

Actually, my camera has this funny setting called "M." I don't know what it means (probably "Manual"), except that when I use it, the exposure lasts as long as I hold down the button.

Late at night, with very small amounts of light, you need to hold the button down for a long time to get any kind of picture. That's what I did here.

Oh, and the camera has to be absolutely still. I put it on a railing and took a very, very deep breath.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous said...

Great shot of LI. Have been following your blog for a while. Enjoy reading it.

Re: holding your breath for a while to take the snap...dosent the camera have a self timer.

I usually use that to click snaps of this kind...and the self timer works with the manual settings, so it remains open as long as u have set it to be.

11:51 PM  
Suhail said...

I am assuming you have a Digital-SLR.(not the regular digicam).
The 'M' indeed stands for manual. I use it a lot, while experimenting night-shots, to create blurs..and such-like. I have an excellent blurred trail of lights of an expressway (exposure time was 15-20 secs :) )..Can't locate it. Will send it over, if I manage to dig it thru my archives.

Chk out my july4th photos to get an idea of what I mean. Mine is regular film-based SLR by the way.

I think anonymous is rightly surprised, as I am, as to how come the trees on LHS of LongIsland pic are bright? Was there a lamp or some source of light on that side? It's an excellent shot!Its' very rare to get such lighting outdoors.

3:38 PM  
Amardeep said...


Yes, there was a street lamp off the edge of the frame. It normally casts a small amount of light, but over a long exposure the light intensifies (as you probably know).

And yes my camera is a simple digital SLR -- Sony Cybershot DSC-W1.

7:38 PM  

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