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Photography.94

Night Shots

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{Photography.94.14}: Rich Mason {richpix} Sat, 12 Aug 2006 18:01:12 CDT (40 lines)

David, thanks.  It looks traditionally American, yet it's now
surrounded by Korean-owned businesses.  I'm not sure who owns Heidi's
now, but the place next door is Korean-owned.  The neon reflecting in
the windows is on another business which used to be Dawson's Sporting
Goods--today I can't read the business name.  Adjacent to the former
Dawson's used to be a small deli which only served lunch.  Below the
deli was a shooting range which made sitting at one of the lunch
tables quite an experience when the range was active--both businesses
are gone, replaced by (?).

In the same neighborhood Sam's Pizza and Sal's Shoe Repair have been
replaced by Korean-owned businesses.  The Ace Hardware store is
completely gone, replaced by a small strip mall where I can read none
of the business names because I don't know Korean.  Most of the
businesses don't bother with the pretense of putting up an English
name and a Korean subtitle--it's either Korean with an English
subtitle or no English at all.

Jenny, they are definitely suburban skies.  The exposures generally
range from 30 seconds to 2 minutes and the skies are lit by the
ambient light being thrown up by various street lights and lit
shopping centers.  Basically it's light pollution.  Since moving my
attention to commercial areas I'm finding it much more difficult to
get the sky effects.  Things are generally too brightly lit in the
foreground to allow for the longer exposures.  I lucked out with
Heidi's because it was a bit foggy and there was a sodium vapor light
pointing the right way in the background.

I'll get different effects in the sky depending on the type of lights
bouncing off the sky, the amount of humidity, how far away the
background lights are, how brightly lit the foreground is, how cloudy
it is and how low the clouds are.

The funny thing is that all these lights are supposedly on for
security purposes but I've walked all around and between buildings
blazing with light and nobody has paid me any attention.  As far as
I'm concerned all the lighting is just a waste of energy and a source
of light pollution which does nothing but make the life of potential
thieves and burgulars easier.  Not to mention that it makes my life as
a photographer more difficult. ;-)

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