Another piece of art glass by Dale Chihuly (two pieces, actually), currently located in the Denver Botanic Gardens‘ Monet Pool:
This arrangement is one that absolutely looks better at night. In the daytime, you’re distracted by people and plants and benches behind the piece (from this vantage point). At night, the lighting on the glasswork helps isolate it from what would otherwise be clutter.
Oly 12-40mm f/2.8 lens at 21mm and f/4.5 on E-M1 camera
1/25 sec at ISO 1600
One of the fun things about night shots is that you can get some interesting â€œfreeâ€ effects from the different color temperatures used in street and building lighting. This is a shot of downtown Seattle, taken from the Space Needle late at night â€” shortly before they chased us all off the observation deck.
Here, the white balance is set to make the building lights look right â€” resulting in orange streets. I particularly like how the monorail line is silhouetted from beneath.
Another shot from the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado â€” this time of some honeybees in an indoor display case:
Youâ€™ve probably seen them, those honeybee cases in botanical gardens and such. The honeybees get to build their hive indoors, with a tube leading outside to an area with flowers. Meanwhile visitors get to see them hard at work.
I discovered something on this visit â€” regardless of the temperature indoors, the honeybees seem to be far less active when itâ€™s cold outside. Even though I had my ring flash, I think the beesâ€™ slow motions helped me get a nice, sharp image here. Unfortunately, you can also see a little bit of a smudge on the glass over on the left side of this shot.