Friday, December 30, 2016


Las Noches de las Luminarias was a holiday celebration at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden.  It featured after dark entertainment, light displays and eight thousand hand lit luminarias.  

On this particular night shortly before Christmas, I saw the Mariachi Pasion, Jacome Flamenco, Salt River Brass Quintet, and the Desert Bells International.

Once the sun went down, the obvious challenge was photographing in low light.  I opened up the aperture all the way to f/4, using a Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon 24-105mm II lens.

In post processing with Lightroom, and Aurora and Noiseless from MacPhun, some of the shots were simply too grainy.  That happens when shooting at around 25,000 ISO!  I had to shoot without a tripod because most of these kinds of venues do not allow tripods.  That is a good policy in this case as it was nearly pitch black out and the Christmas crowd was fairly large.

Until My Next Adventure

See You On Down the Road!

Photos from Flickr ... and, here are all the keeper photos!