Bentleyville 2010 Preview

Nathan Bentley, an Esko resident and Christmas fanatic has put on a free to the public, Christmas lights show for the past 10 years. During the first year in 2001, he estimated 7-8000 people walked through his yard to see his light show. Over the course of ten years, the amount of people grew, the light show got bigger and His electricity bill was through the roof.
In the second year, they bused over 70K people to his house. 8 years later, he has teamed up with the city of Duluth. The amazing light show is now hosted at Bayfront Park where it is still free to see, aside for parking fees collected by the city. Donations are accepted as well. Prior to the event taking place last year, they anticipated over 200,000 people would go through the display.

I set out to shoot the lit display last night, but they never lit the big pavilion or the huge tree (looks like a big cone). The tree is supposed to be the tallest or second tallest artificial tree in the U.S. from what I hear and is new to this year’s display.

I will be back to shoot it once it is in full swing but thought this one was worth sharing. I tried shooting from about 5 different vantage points all at different elevations and distance from the display and found this to be the most interesting.

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  1. Diana Bonneville 11/19/2010 at 9:40 am #

    Wonderful!!!….you got all of what Duluth is about this time of year… (in one shot)… When all the lights are lit…ask them if they could please park that ship there again….wow!!!! you got it all in one. Beautiful Shawn!

  2. Shawn Thompson 11/19/2010 at 9:51 am #

    Thanks Diana. I will be sure to ask about the ship. 😉

  3. Beth 11/19/2010 at 12:29 pm #

    WOW Shawn!!!! Simply breathtaking! Absolutely fabulous! LOVE IT!!!

  4. Crystal Holden 11/19/2010 at 2:44 pm #

    SWEET Shawn!! We eat dinner on xmas eve at the ‘Top of the Harbor’ (or whatever they call it now). SO PRETTY!

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