Shore Acres annual Christmas lights display near Coos Bay, Oregon. My mother and sister had the good idea to go see the display just as the sun set. It was wonderful to see the lights in the twilight. I was woefully unprepared for this shot, and it shows in the results... Sigh. First, it's pouring down rain, no umbrella. I didn't have my pano head, so there are parallax errors that aren't correctable, so don't whine to me about being able to see seams; I know, I know! ;-) I didn't have a lens shroud with me, so I got some nasty bloom to the left. Joy.. This is my first posting of a photo post processed with Apple's Aperture product. It's sort of a super iPhoto vs. a Photoshop like tool. I'm using it on trial right now, but I may cough up the money. It's pretty cool. Not to be confused with the tool that I assembled the panorama, which is still our trusworthy PTmac panorama stitcher.. I used the output of seven photos to make this image from the gazebo on the South side of the grounds.
Oh, oh, the other thing that this photo doesn't capture is all the animated lighting! Whales are jumping, fish swimming, seal lions cavorting. Except for raining on us two years in a row now, it's REALLY a cool thing to go see.
We were all imressed and gratified to see exstensive use of new LED technology light strings. Not only does it make us feel good about the power savings, but the whole blue end of the spectrum was very vividly represented - deep blues, purples and lavenders that for a change were true and bright, not just faded paint coating on an incandescent bulb. (There were a few "blue" old style that were quite faded..)