Last night Matt and I headed to the Santa Monica pier (at about 11:30pm) to check out Glow, the light-and-technology art/music festival put together on the beach.Some of the art was kind of cool but in retrospect I'm beginning to believe that the event itself was the real art piece, featuring up to 44,000 people (that's not a typo) wandering the beach and surrounding area looking for light and color, both of which there seemed to be tragically less of than anticipated. There were some cool perspective-bending "exhibits," to be sure, but the event was made far more of an extravaganza by the swarms of people stumbling around in varyious states of intoxication. As one confused visitor put it, "There's like 3,000 people down there praying to a #$*&@*% lava lamp!"Parking was a nightmare, of course. From what I read, this event will be attempted again in a couple years. Hopefully by then some of the kinks will be smoothed out.
I'm sure lots of people saw the lunar eclipse last night. Or maybe I just like to think I wasn't the only one out on my roof with my camera at two in the morning. The eclipse peaked here in Southern California around 3am, but I was up anyway because I'd gone out with some friends to see the movie Stardust and didn't get home till 1am. I enjoyed the film, by the way :)Anyway, while I've seen lunar eclipses before, I've never tried photographing one. In fact, I've never really tried photographing the moon before, period. I guess I always figured it's so beautiful and symbolic and mysterious that hundreds of thousands of photographers have already captured it in far more creative ways than I could dream of, so I never really tried.But I'm glad I did. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, really.Here's a composite of the first half: