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Lighting Observation #12: A Tree’s Bark in the Sunlight

4/25/16-10:23am-Outside the Spiegel Theater

The sunlight warmly hits the bright green leaves of this tree that looks sort of like a weeping willow but has branches hanging down with bright green spade-shaped leaves. The shadow cast on its bark reflects the spade-like shape of the leaves and only some direct sunlight comes through in varying amounts to hit the bark. Thus, the bark is illuminated with different intensities of sunlight.

The light colors the bark of the tree and accents the lines of the bark. The bark looks like it might just erupt into circular-like shapes like the shadows that gently fall onto it from the branches above. The movement of the shadows with the gentle swaying of the breeze create a dream-like feeling. The tree bark shimmers like psychedelic orbs that make the tree glow with different shades as the light and shadow change how intense the light is on the bark constantly. As the shadow and sunlight move, there is green, teal, brown, gold, grey, amber, and silver on the bark. The whiteness of the light of the sun has the greenness of the leaves and the shades of the nearby plants reflect onto the bark allowing for this rainbow. It is a creative light with its colors and intensities. Every leaf looks more like a heart than a spade with the shadow that is created by the sunlight hitting it. The lighting is artistic, it is natural, it is soft, and it is dynamic. The overall feeling of the light is one of confusion, fun, and bedazzlement. It changes between these naturalistic colors and is constantly moving like the light cannot make up its mind how to shine on the tree, but it is also fun with the varying spots of intensities and colors reflected back. This movement and change in the amount of light hitting the bark is bedazzling like a disco ball in the night. It is fun though; It’s fun in the confusion and in dazzling qualities.

Lighting Observation #5

1.) Monday Feb. 14th 2011, 8:15 P.M. Puglia’s City Cafe, Garden City.

2.) A tacky disco band’s attempt at stage lighting.

3.) After always wanting to check this place out, I instantly regretted the reservation I made after seeing that I was 20 years younger than the next youngest person in the restaurant, and maybe one of 5 that spoke no Italian. However, the horrendous disco band had some great lighting effects… that they decided to throw together seemingly without anybody’s advice. Reds, greens, blues, purples. Spinning dots, disco ball effects, flashing with no particular rhythm. The visual overload made me uncomfortable to the point where it was not amusing. It was painful. It was exactly how I would light a bad disco band onstage to communicate that they were bad and played disco. An accidental lesson in bad lighting.