Date Of Visit: January 28, 2019
Location: 60 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA
Dates of exhibit January 11th – February 17th
- Parking can be found at the heated One Seaport Garage, located at 75 Sleep Street, Boston, MA 02210
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Website: The Loop
Summary: A light display that also features short “films” on a loop. This exhibit is no longer on display.
The upside to the cold, dark winter nights are the exhibits, particularly illuminated exhibits, that are scattered throughout the city. Lights and fun, interactive exhibits seem to bring a little more cheer to what may seem like long, cold, never ending winters. This is the concept of the Bright Lights For Winter Nights season long festivities.
As a new-ish photographer, I like to share my experiences and observations with other photogs. In this vein, I wanted to share my night time photography experiences.
One obstacle I have learned to overcome or at least improve in is night time photography. I have noted through my experiences that night time photographs is much more pretty than any daytime photographs, except for the golden hour of course.
I used to hate night time photography. Sunset and post sunset light used to mean it was time to pack up and go home. Through experience, lessons from books and videos and classes, I have learned to not only appreciate night time photography, I actually prefer it. In fact, in a recent discussion about photography I have described daytime photography, particularly mid day photography, as being like taking half a photo. Displays, buildings and even nature all take on a different look when they are lit up at night. It’s almost like photographing a completely different image. I love it, even if it means having to lug around my tripod. I still struggle with it at times. More often than not my struggles actually stem from the tripod itself. At times, the tripod breaks, I forgot to tighten a screw on the tripod or some other issue arises. Perhaps you can relate to my struggles. But, unless it’s a very low light situation or very late at night, I rarely have to use the tripod. In fact, because of all of the lighting fixtures at the Loop, I didn’t have to use the tripod to photograph The Loop. The biggest tip I can give about low light photography is to not be afraid to boost the ISO (I always thought this was a no-no until recently). You can always “fix” it in post production with your noise reduction tool if you use Lightroom.
Now, back to the display, one of the first exhibits of the Bright Lights Winter Nights display was The Loop. Comprised of six illuminated, moving cylinders which play music and animations, the Loop is an interactive exhibit that allows you to watch film strip like shows. While sitting in the loop exhibits, the person sitting can pull a handlebar which moves the images and creates an animated story. Music and flickering lights complement the images.
The timed lights on the loops change in color and brightness of the loops. The loops are very pretty, particularly during the dusk and the low light times of day. In fact, if you only saw the lights you may mistake them as simply pretty lights. The decorative lights on the trees and hang on the strings in the background help to accentuate the beauty of the illuminated loops.
The images inside of the loop are said to be based on fairy tales. When used correctly, the images play out a story that look seamless.
Dogs are welcome to view the exhibits. Jack, a 12 year old Wheaton Terrier, and his mom stopped by to check out the Loop.
Below are two videos the Loop display. The first video is a walk through of the exhibit. The second video is a video of the images that show as you pull the handlebar on the loop. It’ was very cold, naturally it is Boston during winter, so there weren’t many people there to film the loop as I used. So, I managed this on my own. Using one hand to hold the camera and one hand to use the handlebar was no easy task. But, I tried my best. I hope you enjoy.