Another festival of lights is over. We braved the cold and went out each evening to see a few exhibits in bite sized chunks. Unlike last year, our first festival, we did not try to see everything.
I took photos but point and shoot camera can not capture the spectacle well. I used two cameras this year. A sadly malfunctioning Sony HX20V and my robust but ageing Canon SX200IS. Neither excelled in the dim light.
I have found when the photos fail to delight, switch to capturing video. The video tends to provide a better feel for the event. The sound, however poor quality, adds an extra dimension and helps fill in the detail missing in the image.
Below are a few photos and the short film I put together.
Library building with a side of Primatiale Saint Jean behind
One evening we visited the old centre of Lyon as the sun was setting. The area is suitably filled with narrow streets and shops targeting tourists. It has a slight feel of a theme park. Thankfully it is the off season for tourists and we were spared the full onslaught.
I have been trying to better understand what my small point and shoot Canon SX200IS camera is capable of. This camera is not sold as suitable for low light scenes, so capturing anything in the dark and shadow filled cathedral we visited was going to be difficult.
I managed to play with enough settings and was pleased to capture these photos inside Primatiale St Jean. I am starting to move away from the Automatic setting and my preset “go to when Automatic fails” Program mode, and into the realm of spur of the moment shutter speeds and aperture values.
Inside Primatiale Saint Jean
Stained glass window inside Primatiale Saint Jean
Astronomical clock in the shadows of Primatiale Saint Jean
Sun sculpture on the astronomical clock within Primatiale Saint Jean