Photographer's Note

Up till my retirement in July 2003, I was the only Official Christmas Card Manufacturer in the Air Traffic Control Tower at Malmö-Sturup Airport... ;o) That meant trying to shoot some unique motif related to air traffic in an unique way, so that just that Christmas Card would stand out among all others.

This is my first try, which was shot in early November (due to production and distribution margins) in 1994. It shows the entire interior of the Control Tower - on a foggy day - reflected in a Christmas ball. However - being manned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - this is how Christmas looks too...

Apart from the difficulties to get hold of a Christmas ball in early November, there were few problems shooting. The ball was placed 'head high' and the camera at the same level on a tripod. The main trick was to shoot at max zoom (210mm), to get away from the ball, thus making the reflection of the camera as small as possible.

The ball works as a wide angle lens, meaning you can get really close and still have a sharp image, but also showing much camera. On the other hand this means it's very 'forgiving', as motions don't affect too much; the reflections stay very much the same anyway, although shooting at a long range.

I used the self timer, to avoid shaking and also giving me time to sit down next to the camera during the shot. If you look closely, you're able to see the small Olympus camera in the dead center of the ball.

Merry Christmas to all of you!!

Image scanned at 600dpi, cropped, adjusted brightness -5 and contrast +10, increased saturation +20 and reduced in reds -20, ran NeatImage 60%, resized for TE, retouched dust grains, sharpened more, framed and saved for Web.

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 849] (2454)
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