This Saturday 1-28-2012 a small protest took place at 39th and Southwest Trafficway in Kansas City MO. A recent study came out by the Kansas City Police Department indicating that the cameras do nothing for traffic safety except perhaps making it even worse at the intersections where they are installed. Tracy Ward, a local activist was on hand and organized the event. I noticed a couple of news station reporters on the scene as well.
I was coming back from a local bar on foot and saw some stuff I figured I’d try getting with the ISO cranked to 4000 and the aperture wide to 3.5 or so – still having to hold still. I stopped in and grabbed my camera and put on its wide angle lens. For the lulz you know. These days with these modern DSLRs you can get away with handheld night street photography without a tripod since the ISO (sensor light sensitivity) can be cranked up so high. I could have run these through my noise reduction filter due to the high ISO and noise viewable at high resolutions but didn’t bother since I’ll probably never use these for anything but posting to the photoblog this one time.
Lollygagging around this area the other afternoon…
Protip to one or two dopes in the comments sections of my favorite Kansas City blogger Tony’s Kansas City that there’s no special “star filter” for when the sun shines like this, it’s shooting with a narrow aperture (this was at f/16). When it’s that narrow the lens aperture blades refract the light in the same shape of the aperture onto the sensor (or film). You’re my community service for the day.
This was an f/10 aperture; you’ll notice the “starburst” look isn’t as pronounced now with a wider aperture and more protons flying through the wider aperture and onto the sensor.
^Did a symmetrical photoshop hoo-haa with it.