by Andrew Crisp
Thursday's installment of the popular Adult Night at Discovery Center of Idaho had two goals: not only was the science of photography theme meant to give experienced and amateur photographers a hands-on experience with the art, but also to delve into the science behind it.
To do that, DCI enlisted the help of the Boise Camera Club and Idaho Camera, which showed off equipment to those not busily mashing on the facility's classic selection of interactive science exhibits.
While some visitors palmed beers and food from Archie's Place and A Cupcake Paradise food trucks, others ducked into an on-site darkroom demonstration, and a large anteroom done up to create a portrait studio stocked with silly props.
One of the most interesting and popular stations was manned by DCI Education Director Woody Sobey, handling the new Lytro camera. Developed by a former Stanford University researcher, the camera is able to calculate the distance within a photo and digitally adjust its depth of field accordingly.
Here's a photo taken with the Lytro camera, which can be manipulated to show different levels of focus.
Judging by the full parking lot out front, and the numerous visitors indoors, this Adult Night was no less popular than previous iterations.