Night Lights and Intelligent Design

Happy Sunday!

With a 6:46 am flight out of John Wayne International in Santa Ana CA, I was up early and outside the hotel waiting for my taxi. The little ornamental lake in the development, surrounded by the early lights of the buildings and with  low clouds behind, catching some of the city light…well…I just had to try. Flash off, camera steadied on a convenient concrete post along the shore, standard Program mode. I took several shots.

Though this could have been a black and white shot…I really enjoy the little red highlights in the water!

Which just goes to show that beauty is where you find it. It does make me wonder though, if the architects of this office and condo development in urban Southern California saw this in their minds’ eye when they drew in the lake?  Personally, I tend to take things like this as intelligent design, rather than random chance. I think the architects foresaw the possibility of beauty in the nightscape and planed accordingly.

Which is the way I look at creation itself. If I am wrong…well…no harm done. I get to enjoy the beauty either way. If I am right…well…then there is an aspect of respect…an acknowledgement that a beautiful mind has been at work…and a sense of kinship. After all, the architects only created what they thought others would find beautiful. They counted on my being enough like them to see the beauty they envisioned. Otherwise, why bother? And so it is, I believe, with the creation and the creator. If that adds a dimension to my enjoyment of the beauty, well, I think I am the better for it.

Canon SD4000IS at 28mm equivalent @ f2.0 @ 1/13th second @ ISO 1600. Programmed auto. (This is impressive image quality for ISO 1600 on a pocket P&S! Evidently the the back-illuminate CMOS sensor lives up to its hype. And there is another kind of beauty, as I see it, in that!)

Straightened in Lightroom (balancing on top of a round post is not ideal). Corrected for vertical and wide-angle distortion using the new tools in Lightroom 3. Added Contrast and Clarity. Sharpen narrow edges preset.

From Zeiss Trip CA 2010.

4 Responses to “7/25/2010”

  1. 1 joe giambelluca
    07/25/2010 at 6:33 am

    Very dramatic, interesting, and fascinating; all inone. joe

  2. 2 Jane Klorer
    07/25/2010 at 8:58 am

    Very nice one!

  3. 07/25/2010 at 3:04 pm

    I would have liked to see this in B&W: no surprise! The only reason not to convert are the red highlights in the water.

  4. 07/26/2010 at 1:46 pm

    Nice shot, and I personally think the little lake was put there on purpose for the just the reason you describe.

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