I think that this looks like a bunch of very large presents around the base of a very weird Christmas tree. Maybe, in a way, it is.
The story: We were under the eastbound side of the west seattle bridge, by that foundry/forge because the lure of glowing ingots of raw steel was enough to risk hypothermia. After a while, Toby says, wow, look this direction, and there’s this great stymetrical array of lights and containers with a backdrop of the city and the needle. It’s kind of a weird view and hard to place, but we’re looking northeast across Elliott bay and harbor island. This is 9 frames covering +/- 4 EV, so the low is 1/8th, the 0 is 2 seconds and +4 is at 30 seconds. Shot with the manual focus 180mm ED (from 1974!) at f/8, hdr pre-merge in lightroom (adjust wb, minimal sharpening, minimal NR (use radius below .8 with high masking for hdr pre-proc), defringe, de-CA. 16-bit AdobeRGB tifs->Photomatix with detail enhancer, open in photoshop. They are shining this damn green-tinted light on the space needle these days and it bugs me, so made that look more like the eye sees it, adjusted the overall tonal levels/contrast so the background lights didn’t get lost, didn’t really need to sharpen or denoise but I did it anyway. Looked dark when I saw it in the daytime because I processed it at night, bumped the lows in lightroom and there ya have it. The foreground lights look like they were done in Maya…it’s the haze I guess, and the symetry, that does it.
John Lasseter, Director of the film "Toy Story", speaks from the podium with Buzz Lightyear, left, of the film at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Moving Beyond Earth Gallery, Thursday, March 29, 2012, in Washington. Launched May 31, 2008 aboard the space shuttle Discovery (STS-124) and returned on Discovery 15 months later with STS-128, the 12-inch action figure is the longest serving toy in space and became part of the museum’s popular culture collection. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul E. Alers), of the film at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Moving Beyond Earth Gallery, Thursday, March 29, 2012, in Washington. Launched May 31, 2008 aboard the space shuttle Discovery (STS-124) and returned on Discovery 15 months later with STS-128, the 12-inch action figure is the longest serving toy in space and became part of the museum’s popular culture collection. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul E. Alers)
This is a picture from the Magic Kingdom attraction Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I believe this scene is towards the end of the ride just as you are about to exit…
The back story of the ride revolves around the attempts of Evil Emperor Zurg to steal the "crystallic fusion cells" (i.e., batteries) used to power the space vehicles of the "Little Green Men." Participants are "Star Command" raw recruits sent to defeat Zurg. The queue area is awash in the chartreuse, white, and bright blue hues of Buzz Lightyear himself (voiced by Corey Burton, who does voices for many Disneyland attractions). Since Buzz Lightyear is a toy, the attraction is cleverly scaled to give the illusion that one has just been reduced to the size of an action figure, featuring such detail as giant, exposed Phillips screw heads and an explanation of the interactive phase of the ride that resembles a toy’s instruction sheet, only on a gigantic scale. An Audio-Animatronic Buzz Lightyear figure and giant Viewmaster provide explanation of the "mission." The Buzz Lightyear figure utilizes both the latest Audio-Animatronic technology combined with an innovative video rear projection system for Buzz’s face, resulting in one of the most lifelike Audio-Animatronic figures in Disney theme park history.