For the 21st year, the popular Lights on the Lake holiday display is being presented at Onondaga Lake Park near the village of Liverpool, New York. Normally this is a drive thru by automobile from Thanksgiving evening to early January. Before it is open to cars, Onondaga County has two previews where people can walk the 2 mile long route. This gave me an opportunity to photograph the displays.
This also is an example of how NOT to photograph night lighting displays. Unlike the tips given in my last post, I was not able to photograph the display around dusk as the Sun sets too early these days for me to get to them after work. Because of the number of people there with many walking their dogs on leashes. I decided not to bring a tripod which is what is needed to get good, clear photos of such displays. I relied on the Nikon 28-300VR lens, hand holding techniques like Da Grip and the stellar high ISO capabilities of the Nikon D700 SLR camera to get sharp photos. As you can imagine, many had to be discarded.
This was taken across from the park’s marina which currently is barren of watercraft.
This next photo needs some explanation. Back in the 1950’s, 60’s and early 70’s, cars were allowed to park along the Onondaga Lake Parkway. Parents would tell their kids when asked about all the parked cars there on Friday and Saturday nights that people were watching the submarine races. 😉 Cars can no longer park along the lake but this display is in homage to those bygone days.
L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz, grew up in upstate New York. The town of Chittenango each year has an Oz Feast in honor of Mr. Baum and the living cast of the movie. Lights on the Lake has a whole section dedicated to the Land of Oz.
While I have yet to have moose in my backyard like my friend, Mike, does up in Alaska, I did meet this large bull moose on my trek along the Lights on the Lake.
Once we get some snowfall, I will again go see the Lights on the Lake, by car this time, and enjoy the lights with some holiday tunes playing from the stereo.