"OPEN AIR" Philadelphia

© Michelle Alton

"OPEN AIR" Philadelphia

Michelle Alton 10/9/2012 9:34:21 AM

I shot this hand-held with my Canon 24-70mm lens (the original, not the most recent incarnation) which has no image stabilization.
The tall, colorfully lit building toward the left of the frame is the Comcast Center, Philadelphia's tallest building. To the left, and seemingly dwarfed, is City Hall (more than two miles from where I was standng). Benjamin Franklin Parkway is lined on both sides by flags from countries around the world--each lit with its own flood light. They appear yellow in this image.

Terry T. Ruvalcaba 10/9/2012 12:14:35 PM

nice capture, love the blue lights! #10362304

Robert R. Goodman 10/9/2012 12:47:18 PM

Hi Michelle,Beautiful cityscape my friend.Excellent low light capture.Amazing what is art now,always changing!!!! #10362341

Monnie Ryan 10/9/2012 1:32:02 PM

What a fantastic concept! Not sure I'm totally fine with using a cell phone app while driving, but I've gotta love technology! Absolutely gorgeous capture! #10362373

Mike Clime 10/9/2012 1:33:46 PM

Beautiful night shot and love all of the lights! #10362378

Jack Gaskin 10/9/2012 1:35:41 PM

COOL Makes me think of WWII night air raid Pics

Jack #10362383

Stan Kwasniowski 10/9/2012 1:56:56 PM

JMichelle, wonderful #10362420

Claudia Kuhn 10/9/2012 3:21:29 PM

Wow, what a cool thing! I bet you'll be there on several nights to get some more interesting pics #10362506

John Connolly 10/9/2012 4:10:31 PM

You have a flair for nightshots Michelle! This is a superb hand held capture, I hope you took some more images! #10362549

Patrick Rouzes 10/9/2012 4:31:27 PM

The tones, lighting, detail, clarity & mood are exceptional, Michelle! Incredible job!
Would not mind experiencing this event!
You make Philly very enticing, my friend! #10362558

Terry Cervi 10/9/2012 5:27:15 PM

Fantastic work, Michelle! #10362630

Cindy Bendush 10/9/2012 8:12:26 PM

Very cool Michelle! Fabulous capture! #10362812

Ann Coates 10/9/2012 8:49:23 PM

What a stunning image Michelle and what a quirky idea this is. Sounds like something that would work in our battered city at the moment. We did have the lights of hope but I think its time to move on and think more positively and this would certainly be a cool idea, although to be honest we don't have too many tall buildings left. #10362829

Paul E. Earl 10/10/2012 2:35:42 AM

This looks fabulous Michelle! Wonderful capture. #10363016

Connie J. Bagot 10/10/2012 5:02:46 AM

Lovely image---love those lights and the story behind them! #10363271

Joyce S. Court 10/10/2012 5:04:18 AM

What an unusual concept. Creative minds abound.

Nancy L. Green 10/10/2012 9:00:20 AM

SPECTACULAR capture Michelle, gotta LOVE today's technology!!! <>< #10363546

Emile Abbott 10/10/2012 12:07:26 PM

Amazing capture Michelle. #10363873

Nancy Marie Ricketts 10/10/2012 5:06:38 PM

Beautiful capture and interesting story, Michelle! #10364363

Brett Dolsen 10/11/2012 3:31:34 AM

Spectacular scene and story Michelle! #10364827

Val Feldman 10/11/2012 4:47:23 PM

Excellent commentary, as always and kudos for the spectacular handheld capture without IS. ...you are one adventurous and spunky lady! I've never heard of this technology before (Austin needs this!) -very cool - but can't help but wonder what a laugh like Fran Dresher's would do to the light beams...Incredibly-Steady-Hands-Michelle, indeed! #10365882

Gina M. Savage 10/12/2012 8:13:25 PM

Wow! This is so impressive and stunning, Michelle! A favorite for me. #10367247

Julianne Bradford 10/14/2012 6:09:56 PM

Very neat Michelle!! #10369430

Jill Odice 10/16/2012 11:08:13 AM

You must have very steady hands Michelle! This is so crisp and sharp! Bravo :-)Beautiful night time shooting! #10372089

Rona L. Schwarz 10/17/2012 9:21:58 PM

Terrific night capture, Michelle! Very crisp, clean and detailed. And what an amazing story to go with it! #10374338

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From now (it began in September) until October 14, 2012, internationally acclaimed new media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s public art project “Open Air” will illuminate the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with enormous three-dimensional light formations in the night sky.

Every night from 8-11 p.m., participants can use their voices to activate 24 robotic searchlights placed along a half-mile section of the Parkway, all via a custom iPhone app developed for “Open Air.”

The app analyzes the users’ voices for frequency, intonation and volume, and then converts them into unique searchlight formations in the sky.

The lights react, both in brightness and position, creating a canopy of light over the city.

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/60 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 6400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 48.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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