Not that some of us need a lesson in what happens when you take time-elapsed photography without the aid of both a tripod and a steady surface. These pictures were taken from my balcony, 11 floors up, overlooking Niagara Falls. They were taken impromptu and without much set up as I hurriedly grabbed my camera when, at 9pm, I was suddenly startled from my computer by the sound of explosions and light.
Why “botched” versus just admitting they were failures? Well I can’t claim “experimental” or “abstract” because I didn’t start with a premise to do either. But I say “botched” because even in their failure to capture, there is a magical beauty to their wavy and squiggly lines and so as much as I am sharing a lesson (that hardly needs teaching), I’m really sharing a result.
For those wanting to see what happens when you do in fact use a tripod and a steady surface, check back tomorrow because, a few days later, I knew the fireworks were coming back, and this time I was prepared.
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