The quickshotartist principle is that the most important part of photography is pointing the camera. Here is a photo I took with a pocket camera over the holidays. It’s almost as taken, although I did darken the highlights slightly in Photoshop™. The dusk sky adds interest to the colorful illuminations. I went to the event near sunset to capture the sky effect.
An enlarged version is here. I also did some noise filtering on the image, although it probably wouldn’t be noticeable even on the 1280 pixel version.
The Global Winter Wonderland was set up in the Great America theme park parking lot in Santa Clara, California, this past December. The structures are made of a translucent fabric with lights inside. There were also pricey carnival attractions and pricey, but okay, food. Many exhibits had Chinese themes; more so than Christmas themes. The advertising for the event said it was the first time it was presented in the U.S.
Many people were taking pictures, and small kids were wide-eyed. It seems photo enthusiasts and small children have something in common.