Friday, October 30, 2009
Catching a Wave
Its a cloudy day here and I am catching up on some home owner chores. I decided to make a triptych with three shots I made of one the surfers after the storm on Tuesday. These images were made with a 300mm 2.8 lens mounted on the Nikon D2X, so effectively a 450mm at 2.8, I was getting shutter speeds at 1/1500 sec and up depending on the light with 9 frames per second. I knew I wanted to stop the action of the waves and the surfers so I needed a real fast shutter speed.
When I was working on the triptych, I was curious about the origins of the triptych and found this on Wikipedia:
The triptych form arises from early Christian art, and was a popular standard format for altar paintings from the Middle Ages onwards. Its geographical range was from the eastern Byzantine churches to the English Celtic churches in the west. Renaissance painters and sculptors such as Hans Memling and Hieronymus Bosch used the form.
From the Gothic period onward, both in Europe and elsewhere, altarpieces in churches and cathedrals were often in triptych form. One such cathedral with an altarpiece triptych is Llandaff Cathedral. The Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp, Belgium, contains two examples by Rubens, and Notre Dame de Paris is another example of the use of triptych in architecture. One can also see the form echoed by the structure of many ecclesiastical stained glass windows. Although most famous as a altarpiece form, triptychs outside that context have been created, most prominently by Hieronymus Bosch, Max Beckmann, and Francis Bacon.