East Side City Lights


This is a very old photo (an early attempt with my first digital camera). It’s a study in mistakes. Technically, it’s just… awful. Still, I kinda like it for some reason. Maybe it’s the somewhat eerie colors illuminating those wisps of smoke… maybe it just reminds me of how excited I was to be taking photos… or maybe I’ve just bounced off my head one too many times.Β Either way, have a great weekend, everyone!

Dark Helmet: “What the hell am I looking at?!”

– Rick Moranis – Spaceballs

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 300D) modified in Adobe Photoshop


49 thoughts on “East Side City Lights

  1. This one reminds me of when all
    the oil was burning in Kuwait, yes
    a horrible time to be thinking of but
    I like your photograph πŸ™‚

    How do you mean technically it is
    aweul? I think it looks really good SIG πŸ™‚

    Have a superb Thursday πŸ™‚


    • Oh, yes… I see what you mean by that, Andro! I remember that very vividly now, too… I remember seeing clips of that on television… it was SO bizarre…

      Well, the exposure is kind of a problem (the shadow areas need a good deal more more and the highlight areas much less), there’s probably not much in focus (although it’s difficult to tell if anything ever actually was because there’s so much camera-shake), the color / white balance is way off, I should probably have filled the frame with… well… with something… on and on…
      Probably the only saving grace with this one is personal nostalgia. Which I doubt translates, at all, but everyone here is so generous with me, I’m hoping you all won’t mind too much.

    • Very kind of you to say… but for someone who has had her wonderful photographs Freshly Pressed I think we both know you are being far, far too modest, Amy!
      You know, I didn’t see that at first (I guess maybe because I had other associations based on the time I took this)… but a few people have mentioned that… and now I can’t help but see it, too!

  2. This looks exactly like my night photography! Are you saying there’s hope for me yet? I actually like the effects in this. It’s artistic, a picture of what could be instead of what is.

    • I seriously doubt that, Patti (I’ve seen far too much evidence to the contrary)! It’s funny… I was having so much fun I wasn’t even noticing… well, that this sort of thing was happening! πŸ™‚

  3. Sometimes mistakes & early attempts are great pieces of found art & aha moments ( such as this post). Sometimes they are the ghosts of past relationships that you never talk about with your significant other. On rare occasions they are both. πŸ˜€

  4. I think we’ve all got a photo or two like that… one that will never win any awards, but, still, it speaks to us, and we keep looking at it.

    This one is pretty interesting … I like it.

    • That’s incredibly kind of you to say, John! Pretty much sums it all up, I think… sometimes the memories make the photograph… (I’m just happy to hear it’s interesting even without them… I was kind of having my doubts about that)!

  5. I’ve missed a post or two…I love “stumped”…Mistakes are how we learn…I make a bunch all the time. I hope you are having a good weekend!

  6. Pretty clearly the river is on fire. Is this from when the Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught on fire from all of the trash in it in the 60s? And is it offensive to suggest that you’re old enough to have started taking photos in the 60s? Hey, at least you had a digital camera even then.

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