Last week, I attended a conference in San Antonio. After about four days of smiling, talking, and being around people, my extroversion was maxed out and I needed some time away from people to recharge. So, I grabbed my camera and explored the Downtown River Walk. When most people think of San Antonio, they think of the Alamo. But, those that have been know the real sight to take in is the River Walk.
While exploring, I found this ornate, white bridge with lots of character and watched how the tour boats went underneath and turned down the channel. People celebrated over drinks and dinner and street vendors entertained children with light-up wands. I wanted to capture the liveliness and activity of the scene and thought that a long exposure might be a good way to do so. I put my camera in manual mode and took a couple of shots before finding the right exposure (30 secs, f11, ISO 100). Then it was a waiting game - trying to time the boats as they traversed the channel and capturing the trails of light they left as they passed. I didn't notice it at first, but the flowers in the foreground provide a good anchor for the photo allowing the eye explore the scene by way of the lines. During the editing process, I played with the shadows in the foreground, exposing more detail in the flowers before finally determining that leaving them in the dark a bit helped frame the photo - rather than becoming a focal point. I'm not sure if it's the right decision, but happy with how it turned out.