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May 22, 2008

Downtown at Night

I realized last night that going on an overnight bike tour might be a really bad idea on Memorial's Day weekend. I don't feel like dodging angry families, screaming children, and inflated hotel rates so to cure the whole bored, restless feeling I've been fighting lately, I went downtown last night. I wanted to test my camera as far as night photos go. It didn't really work. Low light photos almost always turn out blurry on my camera. I wasn't surprised since I don't expect a lot from my $120 point and shoot camera. The only solutions, really, are to buy and figure out how to work a digital SLR camera (too expensive. It's not that consuming a hobby for me.) or use a tripod and I'd feel silly carrying a tripod around. Especially with a cheap camera. Playing around with the exposure compensation setting can help a little bit. Unfortunately, I realized that just as I was waiting at the bus stop to head home. By that time, it was 11:00pm and I wasn't sure what time the last bus came so I just headed home instead of trying again.

Downtown Minneapolis at night has always struck me as a bit dull. Sure, there's lights and cars and people and movement but most of the stores close by eight pm or earlier. The coffee shops and fast food places are even worse. Since they make most of their profit from the office workers in the daytime, almost all of them close at or before five. Only the theaters and concert venues on Hennepin Avenue and a few bars and restaurants remain open into the night. It must be a ghost town between 2am and 8am.

Left: Before playing w/the exposure compensation
Right: After. Darker but much less blurry


FerdC ~ The Best Parts said...

I use a tiny little tripod with flexible legs, about 5 or 6 inches in total length, but it screws into the base of a camera, and is very easy to pack or even to put in my pocket. It weighs nothing. But it's great for self portraits, or for low light shots with long exposure settings. They're cheap.

If you think Minneapolis is dead at night, you should visit Toledo, OH. No... don't. When I visit my daughter in Scottsdale, I'm always amazed at the night life. Anywhere you go, there are people everywhere. All sorts of places remain open. It's a lot of fun. I suppose we could always move, huh?

Berryvox said...

Oooh, I'll have to look for one of those! I was trying to balance it on flower bed walls, etc. but you can never get the angle you want.

Ha! Yeah, I imagine Toledo is even quieter. I think some part of me automatically compares every crowded part of the city to the Strip in Vegas or Bourbon Street in New Orleans (pre-Katrina), my two favorite areas that I've visited.

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