exploring with the camera: holiday lights

The most recent prompt and tutorial from Kat is "holiday lights".  This one has so many possibilities it got my little head a spinnin'.  I have a few to share here but after seeing all the great bokeh and light pictures in the Sunday Scavenger Hunt and in Kat's flickr pool, I think I'll try refining my technique a little this week.

Kat has one of my favorite photo blogs, so when you have a few minutes, be sure to stop in and see what she's got going on....

One of my fave Santas with some texture added (used for PAF).

 Lights reflected - I've seen other versions of this shot and I'm not quite sure how to improve this though it definitely seems to be lacking ..... something.

A couple of shots of my deck lights - again....okay, but not what I hoped for.

Here I was doing a little "light writing" with my tree lights.  I love doing this and seeing what happens - the second one looks like some kind of computer code or something...  

If you want some tips on how to shoot holiday lights and create that bokeh (blurry background) effect, visit Kat's site for one of her excellent tutorials.


  1. Fabulous lights Terrie - I'm so happy to see you playing around with all of the techniques! On the light reflection, try moving your perspective so that the real tree and the reflection tree overlap, and see if that changes things for you. You can try either having mostly real tree and a little reflection, or mostly reflection and a little real tree. Play around and see. Thanks so much for linking in to Exploring with a Camera and for the kind words on my blog!

  2. This is fun Terrie... keep on playing.

  3. I think these are great Christmasy photos.
    I, too, light write
    and taught my 4yo grandson to do this.

  4. love your swirly light shots so cool Christmas is such a fun time for taking some really cool shots

  5. Such fun light shots...and that Santa is gorgeous!

  6. Anonymous3:06 AM

    I do love the Christmas season. Looks like you had a lot of fun with the christmas lights!!


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