Saturday, December 08, 2012

12.8: Star Light, Star Bright

Tonight was the Parol Lantern Parade and Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens. The lanterns are amazing to look at and fun to photograph plus it's a pretty cool Filipino cultural event, too.

There were probably over 1000 people there enjoying the celebrations.

The Parol is a star shaped lantern designed to evoke the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings to the manger.

Different groups make their lanterns and compete for first prize. Some do a little performance at the end of the parade route, to help their chances of winning.

This group was a crowd favorite:
"Filipino Style!"
The video is really blurry, but you can get an idea how fun it is.

I changed my 'heart' bokeh filter for a 'star' filter and played around with the lights around the square.

Even the lights from all the traffic...

can turn into a magical starry night.

But sometimes you don't wanna change a thing. Sometimes it's absolutely beautiful just the way you see it.


Ginnie said...

A star bokeh??!! I don't have a clue how you did that, Mad!!! Pray tell.

Photo Cache said...

I miss this again. But this year, it was unavoidable. Our church was busy packaging gift baskets for the needy in the Tenderloin that night. It was a successful event too, except that I missed this again.

Thanks for going again.