I’ve read somewhere (about 10,000 times or so) that to get really good at something you have to do it for 10,000 hours. So if I want to “get good” at this photograph thing (however in the WORLD you define that) I need to do it about 38 hours a week for the next five years or so. Sounds easy enough! Right!?? So as a consequence I determined that I’d stop downtown on the way home and putter around for a couple of hours. Two hours walking around downtown with a camera, here are the results. As usual, anyone wanting to just see the pics can do so here. You can also download high-res versions and use them for your personal needs to your heart’s content.
There’s a parking garage right across the street from the capitol building. Here’s the view from the 9th floor. Here’s where all the taxes go! Though I’ve heard that most the money goes to changing those flags WAAAAAY up there at the top.
I always love these views and and in the dark it’s even better.
Wandering down to the Soldier’s and Sailor’s monument, I half expected the lights to be down but was amused to find they were still in effect. As the “world’s largest Christmas-type-shape” it’s fairly amusing. They call it a Christmas Tree but really… I don’t see much evidence of a tree… Tiny moon in evidence above the monument.
Also the world’s largest Christmas bokeh! For some reason using the word bokeh makes me feel…. rather emasculated. It’s like wearing your wife’s furry pink slippers because you can’t find your own. I think I’ll replace it with a more masculine term, something like “blurry shit.” “Hey Rob, what you taking pictures of?” “Oh, just some blurry shit. *manly grunt*” That’s better.
Walking around the monument I rather assumed that people just couldn’t go tread about up there but I was pleasantly surprised to find that you can, in fact, really get up there and look up. Rather reminded me of when I was a kid squeezing down under grandma’s tree and looking up. Pity the tree is plastic in that memory… Come to think of it, that tree wasn’t all that tree-like either.
Also some good views of the skyline to be had from the state employee parking garage.
It also overlooks Victory Fie in the other direction.
The Moon is CONSTANTLY in the way…
Union Station is a real hunk o’ rock. It’s on my TODO list to go inside tripod in hand during the day.
And so ended the night-time odyssey for the fifth of January.