Well, this one is.
The fountains in the front definitely help.
Okay, so here’s a photo of a little parking lot carnival that just finished up this weekend in Chilliwack. It was small, but it looked like everyone was having fun. What I liked was that it afforded me some fun shots without having to drive out to Vancouver.
The reflection is off the roof of my car (which I had just washed earlier that day). I’d love to say that I planned this, but I noticed it by accident as I was shooting other photos. Fortuitous accidents…gotta love them.
The placement of these lights is what made this unusual for me. They are placed on the underside of a concrete stairwell at Simon Fraser University. They, sort of, light a number of study carrels that are also situated under the stairs, but do not provide enough light to make much of a difference. As a style choice, it’s like a bunch of little halogen UFO’s hanging over one’s head.
Oh, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
There are a lot of ways to muck up a photo, to really distort it.
The two photos above are the product of boredom. I went out onto my front porch, adjusted the shutter speed to 2 seconds, changed the aperture to f8, aimed down the rain-soaked street and pulled the trigger. As I felt the camera straining against the shutter, I moved my hands in any direction. Loops. Zigzags. Crazy shapes. Then I checked the LCD to see what kind of distortion I had done to my street.
The product is what you see above. Weird, but I like them.
I went through photos of fireworks and birthday cakes, sparklers and candles. Then I found this photo. I posted a very similar version of this a few years ago when my family traveled to Disneyland for the first time. My wife and I had both been before, but we took our kids for the first time. The experience was amazing. My son and daughter were the proverbial “kids in a candy store”. They didn’t know where to look first. They wanted to ride everything, see everything, experience everything.
By the end of the first day in Disneyland, the kids were exhausted but excited. They wanted to sleep but did not want to leave. As the fireworks were about to start to end the day, we came across this ride: The Astro Orbitor. My son and daughter stood, transfixed by the streaks of light. The only words were, “Awesome,” and, “Amazing.” It was a celebration of everything we’d done that day. One long party ending with a light show.
It’s late. Sorry. I had some grocery shopping to do and my wife’s got a bit of a migraine. Nothing I can’t handle, but nothing I want to ignore either. The photographs can always wait a little.
This was shot on my way home from work tonight. I guess it must have been a nice day.
This was a definite highlight of my Vegas trip. Outside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, from 8:00 until midnight, is a musical fountain and draws hundreds of people to the shore of the lake every fifteen minutes. I don’t know why it is that I can be so mesmerized by lights and water set to the tune of Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, almost emotional even. Perhaps it was the fact that I was extremely tired after a long day of flying and then wandering Las Vegas all day. Perhaps I am just amazed by simple things. I know, the kind of computer programming that must be required to pull this off, the ridiculous time and money that must have gone into constructing this, but the result is something simple – lights and water and music. And I stand amazed.