Jane Johnson has had the good fortune to work on some fine material, and she says some very obvious things, but I continue to be amazed at the number of writers who don’t know this stuff. Check out the article here.
Research is important! The couple of times I didn’t bother or thought I didn’t have to?Readers leaped on them like a starving man on a jelly bean, gleefully pointing out my errors. Do your research! And please get your manuscript beta’d or edited. It takes a village to create one well-written book.
I went out with the camera the other night around ten. It was humid and foggy. I was curious what kind of photos I might get.
Even at that time of night, there’s plenty of traffic. To get this shot, I had to stand in the middle of the road. In the dark. Yeah. ;/ Early on, I saw headlights behind me but they pulled over. The vehicle sat there, lights on, until I finished shooting, patiently waiting for me to leave. Other drivers didn’t care, so I was hopping on and off the road until I thought I’d gotten a good one.
This one was taken through the bridge railings. That’s Phalen Parkway, and that long brick building on the far left? The Moonshine Bar. Always reminds me of AJ’s WIP; one of his main characters is named Moonshine. And that obnoxious billboard? Everywhere in the neighborhood.
This last one is the best of the bunch and even so, I wasn’t happy about the lights blowing out. However, they looked pretty against the fog, so I’m not entirely unsatisfied either.
Weird, how the camera accurately captured the railings but lost it on the lights. I admit I was doing this handheld (night shots handheld; bad Fen!) and using automatic camera settings. I’d like to try it again using manual settings and the tripod.
I love night shooting. I should have done more of it this summer.