Friday, January 25, 2013

Week 4 - City Lights

A day early but I am pretty dang excited about this week's Project 52 photo.   When I saw the theme for the week, I instantly got a picture in my head about what I wanted to do.   Of course that picture changed slightly as reality set in and I realized that some of the logistics that I wanted just wouldn't work.  I feel like what I got was a good compromise though for what I wanted.  I was also going to leave it in color but I just love, love, LOVE the almost vintage feel that this photo gives off in B&W.

The only regret that I have is that I wish we had walked down the road farther to some of the more "pretty" buildings, but then again, the boxy buildings do look quite urban.  But we had just gone done walking around downtown in about 25 degree weather and were freezing so the least amount of walking possible is best.  I also wish I had stood in the median that you see on the right side of the picture because it would have been AHH-mazing to see the cars whooshing past.  BUT, my husband was being sensible and thought it might be dangerous.  What is danger in the face of art, I say?!?

This photo was taken with a tripod and my 50 mm lens at: ISO 100  f/22  10"

As a side note, I would like to point out how big of a difference having a tripod makes.  A few weeks back my husband and I went to a Christmas market and walked by this exact spot which just happens to be directly next to the casino.  I snapped the picture below with the same camera and lens that night but because I did not have a tripod, the quality is pretty terrible.  I ended up overcompensating with the editing to make up for the crappy picture quality.  Be sure to click to enlarge and view it in all it's horrible-ness.

ISO 800  f/5  1/60s

Fast forward to tonight where the magic in the first photo happened and you get the photo you see below.  There is VERY little editing done to the picture below.  I did a slight crop because my tripod wasn't level and darkened the sky.... That's about it.  There are plenty of more edits I could have done with this photo but I wanted to show you how drastic the difference was.  I'll even include the stats for photos in the caption so you can compare!

ISO 100  f/22  25"
I've always been fairly self-conscious of bringing my tripod places because I stick out like a sore thumb and I feel awkward but heck if I can get pictures like this?  Count me in. ;-)

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