December 23, 2010

O Christmas Tree

What you can't see in the above photo is the 3 loads of unfolded laundry dumped between the couches.  Surely, there had to be something more fun to do around here??  With the kids asleep and my hubby at the pub, I got the camera out to play.  I did a little googling and was hoping to achieve a starburst effect from the lights on the tree.  I quickly realized, however, that there was no way to close down my aperture to the required f/22+ without being left in a sea of blackness.  Out of luck.  In my my next life, I'll have a home large enough to properly back up without having to sit in my kitchen sink (or at least a good wide-angle lens!), a versatile tripod so I don't have to hold my breath while steadying the lens hood against a cabinet, and a camera that rocks the high ISO to curb the graininess.  And then, then, there will be some mean starbursts.

Plan B.
Fun with manual focus,
long exposures (and a few twists of the wrist),
and white balance adjustments.

  ISO 1600, 35mm, f/4.0, 1/160sec

 ISO 250, 35mm, f/4.0, 1/3sec

  ISO 1000, 35mm, f/4.0, 1/15sec

  ISO 250, 35mm, f/4.0, 1/3sec

ISO 250, 35mm, f/4.0, 1/4sec  
Favorite!  And I say way cooler than a starburst :)

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