Monday, December 8, 2008

Manic Monday - Light

Due to my whacked-out work schedule lately, I haven't had a chance to participate in Morgen's Manic Monday Meme but with things being semi-back to 'normal' I thought I would join back in with this week's theme of "light". How lucky for me that I actually had some pictures dealing with light that I took last week when I was out freezing my fingers off in an attempt to take some night photos. I knew they'd come in handy at some point!

This first picture is of the Park Congregational Church which sits on the corner of Broadway and Crescent Street right across from Norwich Free Academy where Amanda attends high school. It's a very pretty church which was established in 1784 and, if you've been a regular reader for awhile, you might remember this church from my Steeplechasing in Norwich, Part III post (which was inspired by Princess Patti's steeplechasing escapades in her part of Connecticut!)

Even though there's nothing particularly spectacular about this shot, I figured it fit the theme of "light" as not only is there a lovely light post in the middle of the picture but there's that lovely beam of light emitting from the floodlight to the right. Oh, and just for the record, I love the blue door on this church!

This next picture is one I took of the Christmas lights in downtown Norwich near the courthouse and looking towards Franklin Square. Again, there's nothing spectacular but the Christmas lights strung across the road fit the theme of "light" quite nicely.

The lights really do look a lot prettier in real life than they do in this picture but at least it gives you a bit of a glimpse as to what downtown Norwich looks like around Christmas.

As I've said, I'm still experimenting and learning when it comes to night shots with the Nikon but I'm hoping that once I learn the nuances of light and exposure and all that good stuff a little bit better then I'll have some better pictures to show you. In the meantime, Travis said he didn't mind if I experimented on you folks!

Be sure to see who else lit things up over at the Manic Monday Meme and have a wonderful Monday no matter where you are or what you're doing!


  1. Anonymous8:49 AM EST

    The nighttime light shot of downtown is just so quaint! So homey! Brings back memories...

    Makes me smile!

    And the blues in the above shot... amazing!

  2. You are very skilled with that new camera.

  3. Great job!

    I love shots at night of Christmas lights. Very inspiring.

    BTW, love the selfie on the right with the camera! Too cool.

  4. Anonymous10:40 AM EST

    I love the church photo and the blue door! I can't wait until I get a new camera so I can attempt night shots!

  5. Night shots are peaceful to me. Happy Monday.

  6. Anonymous10:49 AM EST

    nice photos!keep up the good work.

  7. I love the blue light! and the warm lamp post light

    excellent shots!

  8. Anonymous11:02 AM EST

    Is the flood light on the church also blue? It seems as though the windows have a blueish tint to them as well. Nice job. Light is most definitely a tricky thing when shooting. I've been reading up trying to learn a little myself. There's A LOT to learn. Baby steps for me, though. I'm still not venturing away from automatic much.
    Nicely done.

    Happy Manic Monday ~ My Lights

  9. Lovely steeplechasing and night photos, Duchess Linda.

    The Congregational Church is very pretty.

    I also posted some night pix today of my experimenting over the weekend.

  10. I especially enjoy old church buildings. You are becoming quite a good photographer....I'm impressed.

  11. Anonymous11:52 AM EST

    For some reason I really like the shot of the church. Something about the way the orangey light contrasts with the bright blue door.

  12. i also love that blue door! what a great idea! and norwich is beautiful...

    smiles, bee

  13. Such beautiful lights... you are doing just great enjoying your new craft (photography). I just wish I could take a picture of what my eye sees - unfortunately, it's not always what the camera sees... LOL

  14. Great job Linda. You really are getting very, very good at photography. I'm enjoying it very much. Have a terrific day. :)

  15. Your photos are become very professional Linda, they really are!

  16. Cute. Both you and Mo managed to get a light post in your "light post"

    That blue door is neat. I wonder if Dr. Who is on the other side of the door?

  17. Your camera was working well to display how light can work.

  18. I love the photos and I am jealous of the night shots you can get with the new camera. I have one like that on my list of things to buy when I grow up ha ha

  19. Anonymous4:33 PM EST

    Very nice job with the night shots, Linda. I really like the way you composed the picture of the church. The angle works very well. Night pictures are not one of my strong suits, so I really appreciate the good ones.

  20. Those lights over the street look just like the lights in Mags's photo!

    The blue door is great. The lights on the church have a wonderful blue glow.

  21. Anonymous1:24 AM EST

    The church photo is really well done. I wonder who thought about putting the flood light there? Was it done with beauty or safety in mind?

  22. I like the church shot!

  23. The blue tint to the light on the church is really neat.


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