From Day To Night: Sea of Light at the South Street Seaport

From Day To Night: Sea of Light at the South Street Seaport

I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook and I saw that one of my friends was interested in an event at the South Street Seaport, a public art installation called Sea of Light. I had been wanting to practice my night photography and this seemed pretty cool, so I decided to stop by. I went during the day and a few days later I went back at night. I wouldn’t say I live walking distance, (it is a bit of hike) but as I’ve said before, I love walking so normally I walk there. At night I figured it was better to take the bus. It took me about the same amount of time considering that I had to take two buses, but once I saw the art installation all lit up at night, it made riding the buses totally worth it.

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This is the sign that greets you when you walk across the cobblestones and into the South Street Seaport.

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Even in the daytime, the different colors of the spheres is pretty impressive. It was worth a trip in the drizzle to get these shots. I’m a bit protective of my camera. I know a light rain won’t hurt it but I remember one time I went out to do some night photography and it started to drizzle as I was walking home. I didn’t have any kind of bag to cover it so I unzipped my jacket and used that to shield it. A man drinking alcohol out of a paper bag told me that I should zip up before I got sick. My camera was kind of visible so I kind of laughed and said I’d rather I get sick than my camera get wet because I wasn’t sure it was weatherproof. (I had just gotten it.) He responded “If you had the (some camera model) with (some camera lens) you wouldn’t have to worry about that.” When I got home I looked up the camera and lens he mentioned (and I wish I could remember what they were) and it turned out that they were weatherproof. 😯 Just goes to show, never judge anyone on looks alone.

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Out of the corner of my eye I saw this guy running and I knew he was about to jump over a small puddle in his path. I turned quickly and pressed the shutter. I got this shot and I’m pretty happy with it. As he was jumping I thought to myself that it was similar to the photo of Henri Cartier Bresson’s man jumping over the puddle although obviously not as good.

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This picture seriously makes me laugh. Yeah, they’re shielding him while they’re standing but as he rides he’s going to get drizzled on and wet. Meh, a little rain never hurt anyone. I just thought this was a funny picture, especially because the boy looks so serious.

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This couple wasn’t going to let anything ruin their game, not even the rain. They got a spot on the bench underneath one of those beach umbrella things, and were more focused on Jenga than the drizzle around them. I wonder who won. I never had the patience for Jenga. I’m always too impulsive and hasty.

Now it’s time for the night pictures. There’s not much different to say than has been said already so I’ll just let the art speak for itself for the most part.

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This would make a really interesting backdrop for someone who was doing street portraiture. Perhaps that’s why it was there.

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This is one of those times I wish I wasn’t such an introvert. The picture that her friend took of her probably came out really nicely. I admit that from time to time it is nice to hang out with people instead of always flying solo. I had a great time in Italy with Esther.

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I liked how mysterious he looked standing in the shadows, so I took his picture. Even though the shutter on the a7Rii isn’t loud, it can be heard. For the most part I don’t put it in silent shutter mode (I like the sound of a picture being snapped), but in quieter areas such as the South Street Seaport at night, I figured certain shots would be better taken in silent mode.

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I really am liking night photography. I can’t wait until the weather gets warmer so that I can stay out longer. Only a few more weeks before the nice weather is here. I’m sure I’m the only one who can’t wait for warmer days. I’ll even deal with the inevitable frizzy hair that curses me the entire spring and especially summer. I need to ditch the heavy winter coat, itchy sweaters, and huge moon men boots. Give me floaty dresses and comfortable ballet flats.

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2 Comments

  1. March 13, 2018 / 1:56 PM

    Nice night pictures. It reminds me our first night walk in Milano, it’s a very nice memory. And the modern “Piazza Gae Aulenti” , with all the pretty lights and reflections at night. Do you remember ?

    • Tina
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      March 18, 2018 / 12:06 AM

      I remember it very well. It’s one of my favorite places in Milan that we visited. I could have watched the colored water in those fountains for hours. It was so well designed, with the way that you could walk along the paths, right next to the water.

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