I really shouldn’t nap after work. 9 times out of 10, I wake up feeling great, but the first person I come into contact with raises an aggravation that persists for the rest of the day.

This usually doesn’t matter a whole lot, as I so rarely see any three-dimensional humans after work anyway, much less speak to them. But today, while shooting this, I was interrupted by 2, count ’em: 2! well-meaning and friendly neighbors who just wanted to say hello and ask after my health, even though it was obvious that I was busy playing with the camera.

I was perfectly nice to them, as always, but believe me when I say “Serenity NOW” today, I mean SERENITY NAO!!!1!!

And apologies for trotting out this tired technique again, but 1) I knew I could make a competent-ish picture this way and 2) the light is entirely different at 5pm (after DST ends) than at 2:30pm in July when other versions were made: hence the oranges and reds in this.

Also, I think the composition here is pretty weak, with all manner of shapes practically dragging your eye out of the frame and that are in no way countered by the strong swirling towards the center. So apologies for that too. A crop to square would probably help, some, but I’d lose too much (like the groovy shapes of the bokeh balls on the sides and in the corners).

D7000. Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 Zomb-E Series. ISO400, 1/80th (AP mode), f/3.5, -1EV. About 2 minutes of slider play in Aperture.

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