Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Oh, Those Lights!
The other night Jim, Katie and I went out for dinner at Tuckers with our friends, who recently moved back to St. Louis from southern California. I know what you are thinking - "What, are they nuts?" Jim D. is a riding buddy of my Jim, and Jim W. couldn't be happier that Jim D. is back in town. As I had noticed when I was downtown Saturday night that the city of St. Louis still had the Christmas lights on in the City Garden, I had suggested that we all bring our cameras along and take pictures in the garden after we ate.
It was very cold, but we had come prepared dressed in layers, including long underwear. I should mention that Jim D. is a professional photographer, so he had his wonder camera and tripod so he could use a slow shutter speed to capture the night lighting. I got a new DSLR for Christmas in anticipation of my next book on barn quilts, so I was eager to try it out. I am not one for changing the settings on a fancy camera, and was content to shoot with and without a flash. As many camera classes as I have attended, I still don't quite get the aperture and shutter speed mumbo jumbo. I find that automatic works pretty well for the type of photography I partake in. Maybe I'll be a little more adventuresome with this camera since I won't be wasting film. Who knows?
It was fun to take the pictures at night, but I definitely would like to go back when I am not freezing my fingers off. I know they have some cool lighting in City Garden throughout the year, but I'm glad we were able to capture the Christmas moments for now.