The Daily Focal Point

December 30, 2008

Just Add Color

Filed under: Uncategorized — cabenelson @ 1:20 am

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had attempted a shot that I had been thinking about for over a year. Well here it is…

We live in San Jose CA. I have no problem mentioning that, as most Californian’s reading this blog would find out soon enough just by looking at these pictures. Not necessarily because the area is so recognizable, but because of the lights. San Jose is known to have these strange yellowish amber street lights. It’s suppose to be for low light pollution but it completely messes with your mind. Seriously! You think your red car is easy to spot at night under yellow street lights? Think again…The yellow washes out all color, more like floods it. It really makes you feel like you’re losing your mind when the street lights turns from green to yellow. IT IS A PERFECT MATCH! I’m telling you, it’s that yellow! You never know the light is yellow, it just blends in with the rest of the lights.

However! This makes for a beautiful picture when the streets are wet. The wet pavement just reflects the color and light and creates a color pallet as you drive down the street. And there has been one street in particular that just stands out. It’s not the safest of streets, but whatever right?

So that night, I put on my best thug hat and looked over my shoulders like every 5 seconds. This place is just down the street from “The Pink Poodle” it’s a very classy and sophisticated gentleman’s club. (What kind of name is the Pink Poodle anyway?)

The reason I’ve been wanting and waiting to take these shots was because this street has so much color to begin with, but when you add water… it just makes for a perfect mirrored colorful surface. Almost just like melting paint…

I pull my car over to the side of the road and start testing my camera.

Rain drops of color

The whole idea of this shoot was captured in this single picture. The amount of color that is reflected is just insane.

I step out of the car with the tripod and start snapping away.

Red light…

Green light…

Then… over thinking things (as I tend to do) I realize that all I’m doing is capturing multi-colorful lights. I’m not capturing objects or street signs. The lights form the object but what if I open up my shutter speed and jerk the camera straight up. The camera is exposed to the light and records just my movements.



Just a disclaimer. I didn’t do anything to enhance these photos. This is how they were taken…

Is there ever such as thing as too much color? My eyes hurt



  1. Very cool! I love the red light one. The second to last one looks almost like woven material. I’m an ex-CA girl myself…Bay Area, even, so I’m familiar with SJ. Glad you finally got your chance with the rain and the yellow lights. You captured some really great images.

    Comment by 12littlefeet — December 30, 2008 @ 10:47 am

  2. Pretty cool.

    Bascom Ave. Been there a million times.

    Comment by Audubon Ron — December 30, 2008 @ 1:21 pm

  3. Talk about techno-color! Wow, my eyes hurt too! 😉 Very cool shots, love them all, especially since color is your subject.

    Comment by Rob — December 31, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  4. Oh my how colorful! I likie the ghost bus? car? truck?

    Comment by Sugar — December 31, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

  5. I love those. Their just the kid of pictures my husband would take.

    Comment by lisa — January 2, 2009 @ 11:00 am

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