[ 2018 ]
If you're living in San Diego then you must have heard about Wonderspaces by now. And if you haven't, it's okay. I just found out about it last year so... Let me start off by explaining what it is, where it is, and why it should be your next stop - especially if you've been looking for some new photo ops.
Wonderspaces is an art exhibit that pops up every year in a different location with different artists showcasing their amazing talents that you can interact with. Some you can interact with by touching, observing (as there are 2 virtual reality simulations), and others are so engaging they require warning signs before entering. As an added bonus they offer wine, beer - including IPAs, other refreshments, and more importantly snacks. Because I'm all about the snacks.
This year it's located at 1140 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 at the B Street Pier. There is a parking lot available at a cost of $16. Tip: Plan on getting there earlier than your time slot, the lot fills up pretty quickly.
Hours run from 10am-10:30pm daily and the last showing is at 9pm. Pricing is reasonable for the exhibit. Tickets are $24 for adults. Students/Military/Seniors - $20. Children from 3-12 years old - $14 and under 3 is free. You can purchase tickets at the door but it's all dependent on how many have been sold via online. Personally, I would advise to buy them online a head of time to ensure you get a spot.
Now, I don't want to spoil the entire exhibit for you so I'm only showing a few pictures of my favorite pieces. The rest is up for you to experience on your own (I hope you do!).
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
This place has prime lighting opportunities for portraits. Make the most of your time by waiting. Wait for the money shot instead of clicking away and hoping for the best. Here are some examples of how too little of lighting and too much of lighting can affect your subject.
CREATE A SENSE OF DEPTH
This is all about the focal point of your photo and creating distance between what you're capturing and it's surroundings. Try shooting from the sides of objects instead of being in front of them, or at least an angle. If you do shoot in front of the object, be sure to focus on that entirely so the background separates from your target.
FOCUS ON THE EYES
As simple as it may sound, focusing on a subject isn't always the easiest thing - especially in the dark. When shooting portraits your focus should be on the eyes of your subject for a sharper image.
HAVE FUN WITH IT
It's funny because I seem to forget this the most. Just because you're getting your picture taken doesn't mean you have to stand still or stay in one pose. Let loose, have some fun, and bring more "life" to your photos!
Hopefully you've got the urge to go now. Tickets are on sale for all of July and I believe this is the last month for the exhibit so hurry before they sell out!
And if you've been to Wonderspaces already, let me know which piece was your favorite!