Don York  


Inside Missouri State Prison by Don York

July 2021 - Inside Missouri State Prison

About the Image(s)

The prison opened in 1836. This image was taken in available light showing the cell blocks of Building D. We took the tour with the previous warden who showed us the previous cells of Sonny Liston, Pretty Boy Floyd and James Earl Ray (who later killed Martin Luther King) and various other notorious people.

The shot was taken with my Sony A-700, 22mm lens, at 1/15 sec. f 3.2 ISO 800 hand held.


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11 comments posted




Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Tremendous depth.   Posted: 07/08/2021 21:39:44



Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Yes, it has great perspective with that lens. Great subject for mono conversion, it wenhances the feeling of age as well as being graphically ideal.

It doesn't look desperately sharp to me. 1/15 sec should be OK as it follows the 1/mm rule, so I wonder why.   Posted: 07/10/2021 12:06:05
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
What is the 1/mm rule?   Posted: 07/22/2021 20:08:37
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
It's long been a rule of thumb that to avoid camera shake when seeking a sharp photo, then the longest shutter speed to use is 1/mm where mm = the lens focal length.

So for a prime lens of say 50mm, a lowest shutter speed of 1/50 sec (or more likely 1/60 sec) is recommended.

If the lens is a zoom, then mm = the larger end of the zoom range, regardless of the focal length actually in use.

Nowadays you can modify this as built-in stabilisation allows longer shutter speeds with no more risk of blurring from camera shake, but even so it's a useful rule of thumb.

Of course if you want blur, eg panning to give an impression of speed, you can toss that rule out of the window!   Posted: 07/23/2021 09:25:06
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thank you, Stuart.   Posted: 07/23/2021 20:55:23



Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
Don, your image captures the dark mood and feeling of being just a number that the lines of cells create.   Posted: 07/10/2021 15:52:45



Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Don, this is a wonderful imager, one that is made for mono, particularly B&W. Your choice of camera position and resulting angle leading the eye from left to right up to the window is very pleasing. It is very nice to know a bit about the history of the place and thanks for sharing.   Posted: 07/19/2021 13:50:50



John Roach   John Roach
Cool image and your low position helps lead the eye in an excellent wide perspective view. I would prefer the shadows opened a bit at the bottom left...just a tad.   Posted: 07/19/2021 15:16:00



Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
(Group 3)
Don, I can't imagine this image in anything other than monochrome. I love the perspective and the placement of the vanishing point in the right third of the frame. Nicely done.   Posted: 07/21/2021 20:46:58



Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
(Groups 4 & 31)
Hi Don
Wonderful tone and light throughout fantastic detail great opportunity which you took with both hands and so works in mono love it.   Posted: 07/22/2021 16:08:55



Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
It's all been said re the depth, detail, and position of your vanishing point. Wonderful opportunity. Wonderful monochrome image.   Posted: 07/22/2021 20:12:17