Feeling blue? I absolutely love blue; it’s right up there with Kawasaki Green for me. That’s why I had to employ one of my few photographic tricks last night – being in the right place at the right time – to get this shot of the Capitol’s Christmas tree with the windows of the Memorial Hall filled with a vibrant blue in the background.
During Monday night’s ceremony I took careful note of when this phenomenon occurred, using my phone for some test shots. I came up with some really nice blue at around 5:18 pm. Obviously there was plenty of ceremony remaining, so there was no way I could get all those people and chairs out of the way to catch the light I was anticipating. As an annual attendee of this ceremony I understood this, and used the opportunity to do my homework for a Tuesday night shoot. For those of you out there who like to do this kind of photography, you probably already understand the importance of research. If you don’t, consider this a tip.
So, I arrived at the capitol just after 5pm and set up, letting the light come to me. I required a clear sky, which thankfully God provided, and just clicked away for a while until I got just the right blue with the exposure and fill flash settings I’d prepared.
Governor Dalrymple was the last person I saw leaving the capitol, around 5:30 or so, and he gave my photo pal Zach and me a cheerful greeting on his way out. I can tell that he and Betsy, as well as Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley and his wife, really enjoy this season and the festive way in which North Dakota’s capitol celebrates in tradition.