Focus - Photo Challenge: Night
Week number 4. The theme for the week was Night. It was my idea, so, not surprisingly, I liked it. The only bad thing about the theme is that I can't do it during the day. Odd. That was really the only limit for me. I don't feel right about staying out late taking pictures for fun while my family is at home. I didn't have a lot of ideas for the topic, but I was pretty sure I wanted to get more of downtown since I got a few shots during Architecture week. The other thought I had was a carnival. The Fort Worth Stock Show was going which has a nice carnival, but it didn't really work to go shoot it. I may revisit that idea and will definitely post the results. Light writing was another idea, which is easy enough to do anywhere.
To get my downtown shots I wanted to be up high. So, I just took a shot and asked the security guard if I could go on the roof of my building. He said, "Sure, just come get me when you are ready." I have been up there before, but it was the middle of the day in the summer. Yeah, not very smart. I got some cool shots but nothing like this. Of course, this time it was about 40 degrees with a 10 MPH wind. Not so smart either, but it was so amazing watching the whole city change as the sun went down. The buildings slowly showed their lights as the sky got darker. The buildings also continued to reflect the sunset colors even after the sunset wasn't visible.
Here is the photo for the week. It is definitely a favorite. This is 4 shots stitched together. It took a lot of work to make this look good and not like some camera-phone panorama that looks all curved. I'm sorry that I can't really post this very big, but at about 50% of its size it stretches across two 20" monitors. It's huge (and the versions below is cropped). I would love to print this, but I can't find a size that I can print that won't cut off about half of the width. You can see the reflected sunset in the two Bass Towers in the middle of the frame.
Here are some more shots I got while playing around 10 stories above Fort Worth.
This is looking down at the corner of Summit and Lancaster.
You can see the reflection of the sunset better in this closer shot.
Here is the carnival at Will Rogers Coliseum about a mile and a half away from my office (still from the rooftop).
The only other shooting I did was just for fun. Sparklers! (One from each kid.)
(This says "Hannah".)
This was a fun week, and it certainly makes me want to shoot at night more (and on top of buildings).
Leave a comment below if you know of any taller buildings I can get on (or maybe even fly over them)?
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Keywords: Architecture, Challenge, Downtown, Downtown Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Fort Worth Photography, Night, Photo Challenge, Skyline
We do live in a beautiful city, much nicer by night. Eager to see next week's challenge.
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