Driving through Tanglewood Festival of Lights has always been a favorite North Carolina holiday pastime of mine, and this year I was fortunately brought in by VisitNC to photograph the event. I was given room to take photos without the other vehicles, and I decided to make a video of the driving experience (click here for video).
Some of my favorite parts were the light tunnels. I decided to play around with long exposures to create a motion blur effect. I also turned this effect into a GIF (see below). The entire drive takes place in Tanglewood Park, which is located near Winston-Salem, and during the day has many interesting activities including horseback riding and a BMX course. At night, this expansive park turned into miles of driving along the main park road in between the lit up scenes. A truly fun experience!
Most of the images were captured on a Canon 5D Mark4 with my Milky Way lens (for low light capture), mounted to the front of my vehicle. I had to drive through a few sections more than once to get the desired effect and light pattern, quite a fun challenge!
Tanglewood Festival of Lights is open from November 17th until January 1st. Find out more at their website: http://www.forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/fol/
A couple GIF’s