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Canon 7D

Christmas Vacation

12.28.09 | Comment?

My favourite lights of the holiday season are in Oklahoma City on 19th and Olie Avenue. (Why the British spelling? Because it is much cooler than ours). Anyway, I saw these lights three times because they were so cool. The first time I was with my parents. The next night, I went back with my 7D to see what I could get.

The big problem is the crowds this house draws. Pretty difficult to shoot around all of these cars, and I really don’t want to be the annoying guy blocking everyone’s line of sight. So, I waited for I down spot, and slapped the 7D on the tripod with the wide angle 10-22mm. I waited for my favorite of the 8 or 9 songs that are played and let it record. I added audio in post. Song is “Christmas Vacation” by Mavis Staples, made famous in the “Christmas Vacation” Clark Griswold movie (one of my favorite holiday flicks).

I know the lights are programmed by a ridiculously complicated computer program (at least, I think it would be), but how do these folks broadcast over a radio station. The station cuts out a few blocks away, so it’s definitely a small operation. Is it just a simple transmitter like the one I have in my car for my iPod? Or something bigger? What is it?

Great stuff from this house in OKC. I love Christmas lights more than just about anything. They are one of the best things about Christmas. I would have made this post sooner, but it was Christmas! And the last thing I wanted to do was spend it on the computer…

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