Festival of Lights (Ginter Botanical Gardens, RVA); Shot 1

So it was basically an effort at doing the impossible but I took my 35mm fixed focal length lens into the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens during the Festival of Lights tonight and shot about 518 exposures handheld, despite the crowds and maneuvering around family members and children running all over the place.

I basically had to have the aperture wide as it’d get (f/1.8, which was problematic in most of the shots) and the ISO amped (started with 1000 at sunset and as dusk and night progressed it got into 2000 and higher). You’re only supposed to hang around for an hour after you get in, so I was literally force marching back and forth and composing on the fly while trying to not lose sight of my relatives. My mask made my glasses fog up, so I had to take them off and use auto focus and basically shoot without seeing anything clearly. A lot of the photos will need rotating and cropping, or other editing; I’m not sure how many will come out, but this is the first one I’ve touched up, and it looks fairly nice.

I’m guessing when I get to doing photo edits I’ll have some extremely trippy effects (the above is basically true to life with the colors; I haven’t done much beyond standard touching up of it).

I’m still looking over them as I just got back and there’s a ton to sort through but I’ll be posting these now and then as they get completed. Probably the last photography of 2020, which hasn’t been great for it overall, but this was a nice outing. There should be at least a few more, so enjoy them.

Shockoe Bottom View, RVA, Photomanipulation (and some notes)

This is an ancient, early experiment with night photography using a borrowed six megapixel Nikon D50 from before I knew what I was doing. The manipulation work is new, and I was able to clean up a nasty orb type thing from dust on the lens or something that ruined the old shot. It’s in the cobblestones, you should be able to spot where I roughly covered it up if you’ve got a sharp eye.

While we’re all under stay-at-home orders I’ve got nothing to do beyond working through my archive, so there’s gonna be a healthy mix of redone D50 camera shots in with my newer stuff. Expect the quality of things in the blog to vary. My D5500, which I currently use, is way more powerful and modern, and I actually know a lot more about photography than I did when I shot this one and others like it.

Hope you enjoyed the gag from yesterday…I won’t be resorting to fauxtography unless this pandemic stuff drags on way longer than anyone hopes it will and I’m just that desperate to edit something.

Other than that I’m going to make new portfolios and post them (probably color and monochrome ones, and photomanipulation ones). The galleries, which nobody really looks at, have been cleaned up of lower quality stuff and are still hidden in the menu if you want to check them out. You can see them here.