Sunday night I took to the old timey streets of Fort Edmonton Park with Images Alberta Camera Club. The park was decked out with Christmas lights, carollers, seasonal decorations and families taking rides on horse drawn carriages.
At just a little below freezing, the weather proved to be ideal. Not too cold to adjust settings with bare hands or light gloves. The heavily overcast sky became a reflector for the city lights. This combined with gelled spotlights on trees made for some surreal sky-scapes. There was enough snow on the ground to set the mood, but not so much that it made getting around difficult.
I arrived just as the park opened at 4pm and was able to get in a few shots before sunset. Walking the streets without flocks of visitors helped bring the historic feel home. Later on as the sun set and carriages dropped off passengers, it was still easy to find isolated spots for long unobstructed exposures, even with other photographers vying for position.
On Main Street, several of the park’s shops were open for business or had their windows dressed for the season. Father Christmas was on hand to listen to children’s wishes while carollers sang on the streets. Roasting marshmallows and freshly baked ginger snaps also helped to keep spirits up.
About the only thing that was missing were a few snow flakes to enhance the mood, but that would’ve made for lens cleaning issues so it was just as well. Thanks to Calvin for organizing the outing and the other club members for coming out!