Charlotte has a new park and it’s location makes it very usable! It is located right in uptown, surrounded by tall buildings. Employees who work in uptown and neighbors in that part of town will benefit greatly.
A few members of the Charlotte Camera Club joined me for the opportunity to photograph people, architecture and Christmas lights at the park opening. We enjoyed the music as we photographed the musicians.
The challenge of photographing this event was the changing light. I arrived at the park around 5 pm when it was still light and I had no problem photographing the musicians above. (1/200 at f/5.3 at ISO 400) A short while later the pretzel vendor and the kids-running-through-fountains photos required me to raise the ISO to get a decent exposure. (1/60 at f/5, ISO 800)
I had my tripod with me because I suspected that I would soon need a faster shutter speed if I hand held the camera. For the photo below, I could not hand hold the camera and get anything in focus at 1/30 sec.
The blue hour begins when the sky begins to turn blue just before turning pitch black. The deepening blue in the sky makes for interesting photos. It’s also when the city lights come on and the lights of the park came on around the same time. I knew I wanted to capture the lighted city skyscrapers with blue sky behind the park festivities.
The red lights of the water fountains can be seen in the lower left side of the photo above. By the time I took the photo, my shutter speed was 1/4 of a second, f/4 and ISO 4000. That high ISO allowed me to get a photo in the decreasing light.
In time there would be no photographing without a flash, unless you just want to photograph the lights or to photograph people in silhouette.
I am impressed with the park and I will look forward to photographing there again.
Next post will be Part 2 of the Fantastic Danube River Cruise – Exploring Vienna Castles.