December 24, 2013, - 9:58 pm
Even though I’m Jewish and do not celebrate Christmas, I took most of the day out to do work and get food and other things in preparation for everything being closed on Christmas. But, last night, I took a break to take a pic of this very cool neon Volkswagen Beetle Christmas decoration, which is the Christmas lighting display in front of Planterra in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
Technically, I guess it’s not really a Christmas decoration per se, because it is not Christmas themed. But I’ve driven by it a few times and wanted to share it with you. I understand that it’s not a real VW Beetle, but is a life-sized replica made out of plants and Christmas trees and covered in lights. Perhaps I need some photography lessons because I tried and tried and tried (using many of the various settings on my Kodak M341 12MP camera–remember Kodak? What’s that?), but I could not capture the brilliance of this terrific display, whether or not I used the flash and whether or not I used nighttime settings and so on. The intensity and bright green of the lights just doesn’t come out in these photos, below. I took these at nearly midnight last night in the Michigan tundra. It was freezing cold (it was 12 degrees and falling at the time) and snowing, and since I can’t take decent photos with gloves on, I took as many photos as I could to try to capture this, given the weather and me freezing my butt (and fingers) off. For those who are better at photography than I am (and that’s most of you), how would you have captured this better? Pointers for next time?
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