Well, it’s Spring Break and StuVi is currently a ghost town. I never thought it would socially acceptable to walk around taking pictures in the middle of the night in my pajamas… so I just decided I’d wait for this opportunity where there was no one around to catch me.
Out of 100-some night photos at StuVi, I narrowed it down to these 13 favorites. Everything was on a tripod and all the photos were looooooooooooooong exposures (even though I underexposed everything by 2 stops, on average). That’s what happens when you’re shooting at night in a dim college dorm.
The elevators outside of my door:
My long, creepy hallway. They’ve turned off a lot of the hallway lights over Spring Break. To save energy, I assume. Now it looks and sounds like I’m in The Shining or Barton Fink.
The Student Atrium on the top floor of StuVi. I loved the way the lights looked, but it was Lens Flare City no matter what I did. But if you can’t fight it, work with it. This left me with two good options: 1) Make it B&W and the lens flares will look less obnoxious.
or 2) open up and put it completely out of focus for a fun, pointlessly artistic shot.
I was going to take a picture of Boston at night but I didn’t see the student atrium light switches anywhere obvious, so instead I had to make it work with all of the room light reflections upon the city of Boston. Thus, we have a crazy reflective skyline self-portrait. The dark blob in the middle is me behind the camera. Kind of cool, I think. But it was late at night and I was sleepy, so that probably explains it.
The student atrium has a piano, but I’ve never actually seen anyone play it… probably because people are usually up there to study and a pianist would get yelled at for bothering them. So I went to take some piano photos. Believe it or not, this is FOUR STOPS UNDEREXPOSED. Crazy. What my camera thought was proper exposure looked like the keys were covered in white fog.
Which lead me to my next discovery– blurry piano hands (since I had such ridiculously slow shutter speeds). I played like four chords very slowly and this is what I got:
I opened up the piano (something else I probably wouldn’t do with other people around) so I could take some pics of the inside:
The girl’s bathroom on the top floor. Don’t know why I like this picture. Probably because the downward angle of the stalls (upper left) merges into a shadow (middle) that merges into the downward angle of the windows (lower right). It’s almost a perfect diagonal created by three different things. Cool. Nerdy cool.
The elevator. Luckily no one was using it because I was lying on my back on the floor taking pictures for a good ten minutes. I imagine if the doors opened and someone came in they would’ve been very, very suspicious of me. Especially in my scarlet plaid PJ’s and my gray sweatshirt.
The ground level lobby. I would’ve taken pictures of the main lobby, but I think the security guard would’ve thought I was nuts. Especially since it was 2 AM. Still, very pretty. We get what we pay for, at least.
The stairs going from the ground level lobby to the main lobby, with study areas in the background. Study areas that look like a rich person’s family dining room. Let’s just say StuVi is a very odd mix of styles and concepts.
Well, that’s all for now. Time for me to get to work. More photos tomorrow.