This week, Ann-Christine asks us to consider artificial lighting in our photography. You can read her entire challenge post here. For my challenge-response, I decided to use only images captured by my cell phone over the years.
As a landscape photographer, often those shots for me are at night or during those twilight times around dusk and dawn. My opening photo, for example, features an early evening image of downtown Fargo, North Dakota. It was still light enough for the sky to contain some of that blue hour coloring, but the scene is lit completely by those artificial city lights.
Modern cell phone cameras are amazing in their technical abilities, not the least of which is low-light photography. The image above was created using the light from two of those artificial LED light candles.
We spend lots of time around the holidays decorating with light. In our Arizona neighborhood one Christmas, we found this car and trailer decorated nicely for the holidays, and completely road-worthy.
Our Christmas display consists of a small holiday village and a Christmas tree. I’d captured this image to test the depth of field function of one of my cell phone cameras. I was impressed with the bokeh provided by the tree in the background.
Every winter, one of the local Fargo banks uses blue lights in the trees and along the building’s roofline to produce a beautiful look that is enhanced even more once the snow falls. Though it could be considered a holiday display, it is not turned off until spring.
My final image was captured in San Antonio, Texas while I was on an evening river cruise on the city’s famous River Walk. The lights along the walk and the lights from the building provide a reflection in the river that lights the entire lower part of the image.
For a closer look at this week’s images, please click on one of the photos to view them in HD on my Flickr site and to scroll through the entire gallery.
One more note of postscript, Lynn and I have just finished our first week of a four-week road trip, traveling with my niece and her husband. I am gathering many images for future sharing, and in our travels, I apologize for not keeping up with my own blog reading, so if I seem scarce in commenting on the many friends I follow, rest assured, I’ll be catching up when we get home again in early October.