My friend, Patti Edens, and I spent the evening at Magical Winter Lights in LaMarque, Texas, last week.
The lighted displays were a lot of fun to photograph. As you see from the slideshow below, there were huge and amazing lighted objects to photograph. We had our cameras on a tripod and used an f/22 most of the time.
A different display was a lighted cube. It was pink, red, and purple outside but filled with disorienting colors inside.
Outside the cube was a huge silhouette of a potbellied man. The words “In the city where beauty and pain integrate, I am the most perfect stain,” by Fan J.
How funny to see a huge pink cube in the middle of a lighted holiday display. Yet the cube captivated our eyes.
Camera settings were pretty basic. Camera on a tripod, set at Aperture Priority, f/22, and ISO in a moderate range like 400 or 500. For the silhouette photos, we just stood pretty still.
For this GIF, though, we used a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the walking. That meant changing the f/stop to a f/4.5 giving a shutter speed of 1/40th. The shutter speed gave us a bit of blur but not too much.
Fun playing with lights and our cameras.
(Instructions how to make a GIF are in December 6, 2017 blog post on this site.)