A foggy December morning along the river in downtown Wichita, Ks. That’s the science center called Exploration Place in the background.
Once again I am shooting for the Wichita Riverfest photo contest. Using Google Earth I drew some lines based on the launch sites and knew where I wanted to set up this year. Going by previous years, I decided when to arrive in order to secure my spot. Unfortunately, the rainy and cool weather earlier in the day must have thinned the crowds. I found myself with one and a half hours of waiting. Early on it was a lonely vigil. I was almost directly under a huge steel power line tower, and half expected security from the power company to come out to get rid of me. Turns out no one ever spoke to me except one guy who asked me “What time do the firecrackers start?” 🙂
What to do while waiting? I shot a few bracketed sets here, one of which produced a nice little HDR image with the rising moon above the clouds. This image will not be in the contest, as it doesn’t really show any of the Riverfest. (HDR is probably a no-no anyway for the contest.)
Once the show finally started, the fireworks rose above the saddle in Exploration Place across the river as expected. I can’t post any of those until after the contest concludes.
Nothing says Wichita like Exploration Place and the Arkansas River. A brief and welcome rain shower had just passed, and the clouds were breaking up as sunset approached. The part of the puzzle usually missing, which is me actually being there with camera and tripod ready, was miraculously present on this occasion and much feverish HDR bracketing mayhem ensued. The river is extremely low at the moment, so sandbars normally under water are now visible. I’m not sure if a full river would have improved this image or not.
By the way, would it be a mistake to admit that Clearing Storm #1 through #51 do not actually exist?
Exploration Place is a science museum along the Arkansas river in Wichita. Designed by international architect Moshe Safdie, it is one of Wichita’s downtown landmarks. I’ve shot it at night, at night with fireworks bursting behind it, and in the daytime, but this is my first HDR attempt.