More Christmas Lights

By: danitacahill

Dec 17 2011

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Category: Night Photography, Photography, Winter

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Aperture:f/8
Focal Length:80mm
ISO:1600
Shutter:1/5 sec
Camera:Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi

Another Christmas light shot.

This one was taken earlier this month at Ralston Park in Lebanon, Oregon. The sponsors really deck this park out each year, with a big celebration the first Saturday of December. The event includes a parade, a lighting ceremony, music and a visit from Santa.

I took this at night. The park was empty. And cold. I was either on my way to, or on my way back from a newspaper assignment and I didn’t feel like setting up my tripod, so I braced myself against a tree and took some shots, holding as still as I could through the rather slow shutter speed.

I’ve been reading up on taking good Christmas light shots. The general advice seems to be: use a tripod; and use either a remote shutter release, or the timer on your camera so you don’t move the camera while firing off the shot.

I did the tree-brace thing and held my breath. I think if I’d followed instructions, I may have gotten a clearer shot.

But this one will do in a pinch.

Merry Christmas!

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