365 Photo Project - Day 11 - Redemption

Day 11 - Redemption

In Dallas, this evening, fog has draped the city in a mysterious cloud. I love taking photos in the fog, as the background fades out with only faint shimmers of light bright enough to penetrate the thickness, adding another layer of depth.

My wife and I went out for a wonderful dinner together and afterwards headed to downtown for me to take today's photo. We drove down the freeway, brainstorming on the various locations. I was surprised when she suggested Klyde Warren Park. On a Saturday in mid-August of last year, we went on a triple date with a group of friends to Klyde Warren Park and then across the street to the Dallas Museum of Art. The day involved a lot of walking but we were trying to take it easy, Stephanie was about 8 weeks pregnant, we had doctor's appointment for that Monday to get our first sonogram. Towards the end of our visit to the DMA Stephanie began feeling some pretty hard cramps. After many tears and six hours in the hospital, we lost our baby.

Often times when you experience a huge event in your life, the locations become embedded in your mind tied together with the strong emotions you felt that day. With those emotions in tow, this was our first time back to Klyde Warren Park. But this visit was joyful, a wonderful dinner and a celebration, it was a redeeming visit, eve if we do miss our sweet child we never got to hold.

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You can view high resolution images on my flickr.

My brother Shawn says I don't spend enough time talking about the photos, so for him, I'll describe my photo process. With the low ambient light glowing from the downtown buildings, and the fact that I forgot my tripod, once again, I needed to be able to get the camera to around 1/50 of a second for the shutter speed (anything below that and I have trouble not keeping my hands still). That meant first, throwing the aperture wide open in order to let as much light in as I was able, and second, upping the ISO until I hit that 1/50 sec shutter speed. With the wide aperture that meant a very small depth of field (meaning much of the picture wouldn't be in focus), so I opted for focusing on the lit tress in the background. If I had my tripod I would have opted for the lowest ISO possible on my camera (to reduce grain), used a smaller aperture, to get the entire image in focus, and a longer shutter speed.

For the composition I really enjoyed the long row of globes hanging from the arches, and while they made a great mid and foreground, they left a little lacking to the background. So I decided to shoot the "tunnel" from an angle and include the lit trees and buildings in the background.

Happy Shawn?


  • Camera: Nikon D5000
  • Lens: 50mm f1.8
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture: f1.8
  • Shutter: 1/50 second
  • ISO: 1250