Thanks to Light City Baltimore the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, and Hampden will be aglow throughout this weekend.  Light City Baltimore features intriguing displays, live music concerts, captivating performances, daytime conferences, a delicious gamut of food choices, and much more. Light City Baltimore, the first such ginormous light festival in the country, is brought to you by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts. For full details and the schedule of events, see Light City Baltimore.

Light City Baltimore will delight and excite folks of all ages. In particular, photographers will be thrilled with the extent and variety of photo opportunities … which brings me to the point of today’s post. There are lots of cool lights and reflections, but resist the urge to start blasting away with your camera. I recommend you first spend some time looking around for the best angles and viewpoints. I will illustrate what I mean by using the Ferris wheel at Light City Baltimore as an example.

Watching the colorful lights is mesmerizing. Photographing the kaleidoscopic patterns as the Ferris wheel revolves is exhilarating and darn near intoxicating. Go ahead and spend a few minutes learning to time both the revolutions and traffic flow. It takes patience (and a bit of serendipity) to wait for and capture an intriguing pattern on the Ferris wheel and a photogenic mix of passersby. Here are the images I shot last evening. In my opinion, everything comes together best in the ninth image.

Light City Ferris wheel _ 01

Light City Ferris wheel _ 01

Light City Ferris wheel _ 02

Light City Ferris wheel _ 02

Light City Ferris wheel _ 03

Light City Ferris wheel _ 03

Light City Ferris wheel _ 04

Light City Ferris wheel _ 04

Light City Ferris wheel _ 05

Light City Ferris wheel _ 05

Light City Ferris wheel _ 06

Light City Ferris wheel _ 06

Light City Ferris wheel _ 07

Light City Ferris wheel _ 07

Light City Ferris wheel _ 08

Light City Ferris wheel _ 08

Light City Ferris wheel _ 09

Light City Ferris wheel _ 09

OK, here is thing. We are supposed to be photographing Light City Baltimore. However, this Ferris wheel could be anywhere. This viewpoint is too generic, since it features nothing to readily identify the Inner Harbor. Thus, spend a few minutes capturing pattern shots, then photograph the Ferris wheel set against the iconic Baltimore skyline. Shoot the scene before you lose the magnificent light of the evening twilight sky. Your viewers will say wow, and Bawlmer Hons will say "what a purdy pitcher."

Light City Ferris wheel _ 10

Light City Ferris wheel _ 10

Light City Ferris wheel _ 11

Light City Ferris wheel _ 11

Light City Ferris wheel _ 12

Light City Ferris wheel _ 12