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Urban Light

Thanks to Mirage+Light Photography on Instagram, I discovered the existence of this sculpture outside LACMA! It’s called Urban Light, by Chris Burden. It is made of 202 restored street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s. We made a trip to LA for Valentine’s Day, and I dragged my husband and puppies with me to this, because this type of thing is what I love to photograph most. I am fascinated by light, I love vintage stuff, and my absolute FAVORITE thing to do is to find beauty in “ordinary” things! So basically, I was over the moon photographing this. It was fun to see how many people were there too, I guess it’s a romantic place for Valentine’s Day! 🙂

San Diego night skyline

I have seen photos of the San Diego skyline with an awesome light reflection in the water, so I knew that it could look like that, and I wanted to capture it myself.  I spoke to one photographer who said he went in the morning, so I tried one morning.  It looked pretty boring, and minimal reflection.  I decided maybe it needed to be darker, so I tried one day when the clouds were awesome, and got some sunset photos and then waited until it was dark.  Still no cool reflection.  I used long exposure, so I thought the choppiness of the water didn’t matter, but apparently it does.  It was the end of a storm which was why we had the awesome clouds and annoying wind, but I actually did really like how the clouds looked behind the city.  That was actually two nights ago, and the first photo is from that night.  I like the photo because of the clouds and the ferry that was going by.  Last night, as I was driving home, I noticed that the light was reflecting off the water beautifully!  I ran in to get my camera and went back out to capture it.

I did one photo that wasn’t long exposure because I loved how the light sparkled on the waves, but I had to capture it quickly before they settled down, so the settings weren’t quite perfect and it’s a tiny bit fuzzy and grainy.  The rest are all 30 seconds exposure, and I’m soooooo happy with them!  I finally captured the magic. 🙂

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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

First off, I’m super excited that my camera is awesome enough to take night photos of moving things (boats), even though they weren’t moving that fast.  This camera is a MAJOR upgrade over my last camera, and it makes me happy every day.  So, may I present to you the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, aka Christmas boats (what I call it).  And for anyone in the area (next year), I highly recommend watching them from Coronado, since you get the lovely view of the city in the background.  Of note – one of these is not a boat but a person on a decked out bike that passed in front of us several times, if you can spot him.

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