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This year was a bit warmer than in the past,
Just a light jacket for this walk.

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Most of the images were taken using
Canon DSLR coupled with the
EF-S 10-22 mm lens

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We had just ended a six day round of rain
so getting out for an evening walk was
that much better.

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This is the third time Bev, her Uncle Bob and
I did the annual Christmas light walk.

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Naples Island, located in Long Beach, California
has got to be one of the most unique and
beautiful places that I've had the luck to see.

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Walkways parallel along side the canals
providing wonderful scenic views.

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This year seemed to be extra decorative.
In the air was an especially festive mood.

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Naples has a reputation for dressing up for
the holidays, and it's well deserved.

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This evening I was breaking in a new tripod,
man this lightweight little baby was solid,
fast to setup and easy to move.

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The majority of images taken were without
flash, including this one. It was quite dark here.

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Exposure settings ranged from as little as
one second to as much as 13 seconds.

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Most of the images were shot at ISO 100

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My reasoning for such low ISO settings are
numerous. First and foremost was to obtain
the cleanest, noise free image as possible.

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On a few of the images I did some additional
processing. I just love what Topaz Adjust can
do for some images.

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Looking at these homes I often times wonder
what it takes to live in such a luxurious style

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It's a good thing we arrived early. It didn't
take long for the crowds to grow.

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In this image you can almost make out the
train chugging round the track. It looks
a little like a ghost train.

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Whenever your camera shutter is set to such
a long time, in this case about 5 seconds any
moving object takes on a ghostly blur.

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I have to say I am really happy with the
performance of Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens

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Mounting the camera on a tripod is the best
way to capture static images in very dark
environments.

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I was pleased to see that my new, tripod is of sufficient quality to provide a steady platform
for a lightweight camera combo I was using.

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All the images were captured in RAW format.

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Currently I use Adobe Photoshop CS 3 or
Canon DPP to develop the RAW images

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Shooting in RAW allows for an additional stop
of low and high range giving me greater
control and better final image quality.

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I was surprised to find the images didn't contain
very much noise. Only minor noise reduction
was needed for the majority in images.

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In this shot I was standing on a bridge. A number
of cars passed over shaking my camera. Still
got sharp shots.

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Here a boat passed under while I was capturing
a 13 second frame. All you see of the boat are
it's lights.

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Walking on we see more lights

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Dozens of boats and gondolas slide by during
our visit

Right: One of the many incredible front doors --->

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What a great Santa !

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This is the first chance I've had to use the
Canon EF-S 10-22mm lens on night photo-
graphy. Don't you just love how the lens flares.

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Another awesome example of lens flare,
as a cool effect.

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More glow

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Unusual front door?

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Beautiful plant

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Never a shortage of lights in Naples.

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By now the sidewalk is getting filled with visitors
making camera and tripod use a bit tricky.

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Isn't this an awesome patio?

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Naples is popular, this year even more so.

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At one point the crowd was so deep.

Right: A couple of surfboard santas -->

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Here is another example of how super wide
angle lens can yield interesting results.

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More great patios.

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In this shot there were so many people on the
sidewalk in front of the camera. Again at these
shutter speeds moving people look like ghosts.

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Thought these were nice

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A wonderful table display

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One of several groups giving entertainment

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These guys drew a large crowd

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I didn't plan for shooting people on this visit.
When packing my gear I didn't include my shoe
mount flash so I used the camera pop up.

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Photographing people in such low light
without flash is something I don't like
the look of.


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Even though I used flash I still allowed
the shutter to stay open for 2 seconds.

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This allowed the background light to record,
while the flash froze the main subjects,
the people.

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Here I was experimenting with different
image development settings.

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And more experimentation

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And a little more

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And of course, a pirate santa.

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Naples 2010 Christmas walk was
another enjoyable time.

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Uncle Bob and Beverly

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I'll finish with this image from Uncle Bob's
complex.