Sparkly photos

As promised, a few photos from of the Christmas lights.

Didn’t get as many good photos as I would have liked, but it was very crowded, so finding places I could put down my tripod without getting in anyone’s way, or without anyone bumping into my camera, was pretty difficult, plus I’m not familiar enough with night photography with my camera yet to get really good photos (especially when it’s too dark to see what buttons you’re pushing).  There were a lot more light displays than these, plus rooms full of decorations (the lights are set up on a series of sheds around a courtyard area, and most of them have displays inside as well), but I put my camera away in the end and just enjoyed the spectacle first-hand, rather than have the stress of juggling camera and tripod in a crowd.

Christmas lights

Posting after midnight again, but I’ve decided it doesn’t count as skipping a day as long as I haven’t been to bed yet.  Yeah, the logic is weak, but I’m allowed to make up the rules as I go along 🙂

The reason I’m posting so late is because Lytteltonwitch and I went out to Shands Road, on the outskirts of Christchurch, to see a house that does a seriously over-the-top Christmas lights display.  And of course, this being the southern hemisphere, and this being the solstice, it doesn’t get dark enough to properly appreciate the lights until well after 9.  So it was a very late night.  Well worth going though – really impressive (in a totally tacky way) and loads of fun.  Though so many people!

I tried taking some photos – it was impossible to capture the full spectacle though, especially in the crowds.  I think I got a few decent ones though.  Too tired to sort them through now though, so maybe in the morning.