It was not technically considered winter yet, but the temperature had gone down below freezing, overnight, for a while now. The scenery provided a different view. Other than being cold, I do not mind the winter. It makes me appreciate a warm bed a little bit more.
It got dark before I went home from work. I knew I had to make a photo and the light was disappearing fast. By the time I got to the park, not too far from work, it was dark. There was no colorful dusk or sunset today.
A thin layer of ice has formed on top. It's not thick enough to walk on. Soon enough, it would be a good spot to learn how to fish on ice. Some work was done on the park to improve the area surrounding the lake. It was done around the start of fall season.
We have a lounge area at work. It's a place to relax and to have a short break, away from the workstation. It was quite windy outside. I wanted to make a photo of the moving tree branches, the blowing clouds in contrast with the static window and the structures outside.
It's the south part of the Falls Park. The river was partially frozen already. I like that Cherapa Place was fully lit from the inside. The tall grass on the left was partially lit by the park's lights. The safety railings cast a shadow on it.
I was chasing the existing natural light source for the day. It led to the point where the clouds converge. It happened to be the direction towards the heart of downtown. It makes a dramatic background for the cityscape.
The is ruins of the old structures and the new ones mark the park. The remains of the old buildings provide context for the history surrounding the park and the city. The new structures provide comfort and safety for park's visitors.
The day started with a single digit temperature. It was quite a cold day but wasn't cold enough to deter me to go to the park and some photos. I couldn't stay outside for long without feeling miserable, walked back to the car, got warm, and headed home for supper.
I don't think the bridge has a pedestrian walkway. It's a single railroad bridge. Pedestrian has to clear the bridge when a train needs to pass which is not often. The texture contrast between the water, the sky, and the rock surface making this interesting. It's easier to see these textures on a black and white photo.
It's about 10 - 15 minutes from town. The scenery is significantly different. The farmland all around, gravel roads, no traffic lights, just stop signs. This piece of land was for sale for an upscale residential area as lots.
It was the weekend after Thanksgiving Day. The park became one popular place to be, especially when the temperature was warmer than normal that day. The Christmas lights were on. The crowd and families came and enjoyed the day at the park. Fun times.
Every year KELO tower lights up for the season. As the sun sets, the tower seems to get brighter. The daylight gets shorter and it becomes harder to catch the twilight after work. It is still fun to explore the town.
The idea was to capture this unique building and the traffic leaving the downtown area. It's just the other side of the parking ramp. Below the parking ramp is the main metro bus station. I thought I could see myself in the reflection.
I went to the parking ramp in the middle of downtown on the way to Falls Park. It was still more than enough available light for the photo I had in mind. I captured the traffic flow and the scene around the river. I can't get enough twilight photos.
Overlook Cafe is closed for the season. It was Thanksgiving Day and visitors flocked the park since it was a day off. I had a photo I wanted to make but ended up made different ones. A few parts of the river froze even though it was rather warm for November.
I came back to the park to make a specific photo that I saw in the previous photo I made. The conditions were not the same and the result is not as good as I visualized in my head. I also did make other photos, like this one.
The construction was still in progress on the building next to the parking ramp. The wall was still exposed, frames were still uncovered. I could not complain about the lighting condition. I wished it stayed for a bit longer.
I was chasing the sunset and took a chance at a parking structure I had never been before. I used the opportunity to make photos of the early evening traffic while taking the advantage of the twilight.
This is another scene from the Christmas lights at the park. It was not that late, but it was too dark to make more photos. It was past the blue hour or twilight. I made one last photo before calling it the night. I was cold and hungry; time to go home and eat supper.
I went out and hunted for photos. The struggle was either go to a location I am already familiar with and produced similar photos than the ones I have done or picked a new location and might end up with no photos. I do like to explore, but I also like to make good photos. Time, in terms of light availability, was also a limiting factor. It is part of the adventure in making photos.
I didn't expect to see them on this early. I drove to the park to make some more photos. The twilight didn't last long this time of year. I could only make a few photos before it got too dark. Tomorrow might bring something different.
The cafe is closed for the season, but they still host private events by appointment. It was a cold evening, considering it was relatively warm throughout the day. I blamed the wind. It robbed our warmth away. There were only a few people at the park. I still enjoyed the view and I hope you do too.
It would take about 10 minutes longer for me to get home if I went home right at 5 o'clock. I usually stayed at work longer on purpose so I don't have to spend more time in traffic. The proximity to the mall doesn't help either.
I keep looking for different photos of places I visited previously. Falls Park is one of those places. The falls is probably the most common subject of the park, so I tried to stay away from that. The colors of the evening were just so great to make some photos.
It was a warm fall day. It was nice enough to be comfortable outside without had to bundle up. I did my walk after work, went to the park while the sun was setting. There was no specific photo I wanted to make, but I knew it had to capture the color of the sky. It was a nice evening indeed.
It is located in Sertoma Park. Besides butterflies, it has various species of marine life, such as fishes, corals, sharks, and stingrays. It opens year round, except Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
I was walking around the bridge for some photo possibilities. I had made similar composition but didn't publish the photo because I didn't use a tripod. The camera shakes made a less sharp photo, which doesn't work for this composition.
This is a different version of the long exposure photo from around week ago. Different composition and slightly longer exposure. While making this particular photo, there were herds of deer crossed the busy street. A few vehicles had to stop and wait as the wild deer herd safely got to the other side.
It was warmer than the day prior, but it was still cold. The cold and the wind didn't deter the kids trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. I hope they had a good time and don't eat too much candy.