So we’re doing the mandatory Christmas Eve run to the store for batteries and gravy mix, while visiting my parents down in Sun City West, Arizona, when what to my wandering eyes should appear, but strings of light around a weird structure. " Oh, that would be a nice picture" my Mother says while pointing at it. " Yeah, if you were inside it, on your back, shooting up toward the top with all the lights raining down on you, and it has to be darker outside, so, you know, long exposure, at least 30 seconds, so, you know, tripod." I replied.
Now most parents might be a little put off or confused by the reply, but God bless them, they made sure I got the shots I wanted, going so far as to drive me back out the next night( because while I can find my way in and out of cliffs and forests and as far off the beaten path as one can go, I’m completely lost in towns where every house is adobe with red tile roofs and people give directions like, " just go down to the adobe house with the red tile roof and a cactus in the yard and take a right until you get to the adobe house with the red tile roof with a Palm tree in front…") with my tripod and sat in the car with my son while I lined up shots inside the middle of the structure. On a side note, the batteries were the wrong size, but the gravy was delicious! Thanks Mom and Dad.
Sun City West, Arizona USA
30 Second Exposure