A vanilla photograph of the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium tends to be rather overplayed. Practically anyone that has stood in line to get into a concert and is armed with a camera phone has probably posted a nice picture on Facebook or Instragram’d the heck out of the building already. Well, how about the Auditorium reflected off the windows from the nearby Convention Center? Not only are there strange circle shapes on the window, but reflection has an offset multi-reflection effect!
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A drive downtown (and away from the suburbs or foothills) usually ends up with me spending some time wandering the streets with a camera bag and tripod. Plus it is a relatively safe way for me to get some fresh air after a few hours of eating and drinking with friends. Of course nowadays, even wondering the streets is not the safest of activities with the random acts of violence that seem to occur every couple of weeks in downtown Sacramento.
As a complete side note, it is worth mentioning how dependent I am on my wireless trigger. With the mirror lock-up (MLU) setting turned on, the 1st click flips the mirror up on the camera and the 2nd click trip the camera shutter. The act of the camera slapping the mirror up followed immediately by the shutter can introduce very minor camera shake. Used in conjunction with a tripod, my not touching the camera and the MLU results in virtual shake-free images. Well, on this evening, I left the wireless trigger in another coat pocket and not in my camera bag. I became paranoid about hitting the shutter button ON the camera twice (MLU, then shutter trip). I went through the evening worried about every shot!
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, 55mm, ISO 200, 30 sec, f/8
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Window Reflection, Long Exposure. Sacramento, California. February 01, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.