Yes, this session was downtown again, but wait. We specifically went to Bates Ally. It’s different because I went to different places that I normally go. I can easily do that with a downtown as wonderful as Kalamazoo. There are so many places to walk if you just park in the perfect spot.
One of my favorite parts about this session is the lights in Bates Ally. I have tried to photograph these a few times and it hasn’t always worked. For example, I can’t photograph these lights during the day. Say between early morning and around 4 in the summer there is just too much sun for my camera to see the lights.
There is something so strange about these lights in Bates Ally. It is probably because they are LED lights, and my camera is sensitive to different kinds of lights. When I look at the lights normally, with my own eye, they look completely normal. They look like they are on and not flashing or blinking. However, when I look at the lights through my camera I see a completely different story. They don’t flash or blink, but they fade in and out very slowly. If I take one frame in my camera and I stop to look at the image, but the time I Iook inside the camera again, the lights have faded out. Then, I have to wait until they fade back in. It is so bizarre!
Lights On Camera
When I take images of string lights, like the ones in Bates Ally, I have to be careful to really get the best settings dialed in before I start to photograph. If I want to capture the “twinkle” or bokeh, then I have to make sure I choose the right aperture and shutter speed. It’s about getting the technical stuff right first, so that I can get an artsy image.
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