Sunday, November 25, 2012

Awe and Happiness

Crowds of adults and children began gathering on Monument Circle 
in late afternoon to watch the lighting of the World's Tallest Christmas Tree.
Many had come down earlier to shop, to visit the museums, 
and to dine at numerous restaurants in the area, as well as at the 
many food trucks parked in the area. 

The event has progressed well beyond the inaugural year, 
when the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers strung the lights 
from the top of the Monument to its base, plugged it in for the duration,
then took it down after the New Year. No fanfare and "no big deal"
is now a local dancing and singing extravaganza, complete with visits from
Santa, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph with his nose so bright. 


dive said...

That is a seriously good double portrait, Speedway.
Most people would just photograph the tree; you photograph the happiness.

Speedway said...

Thank you, Dive. While I'd very much like to have a better camera, my little guy is unobtrusive and people don't seem to be as intimidated by it the way they might if I had a larger one hanging around my neck.

But I did find its limitations because most of my images of people were blurred. I don't like to use flash because it flattens things out. A fill flash would just be one more piece of equipment to carry.

I took a lot of pictures of the Monument, but I didn't stay to see it lighted. My feet started to hurt from standing; while I can walk forever, standing is a real killer. I decided to wait until next week when I can get a better shot without the stage scaffolding, projection screens, etc.