Nov 26/18 Holiday Photography Course #1

This is the submission page for the “Photographing the Holidays” course with Barb Kreutter. If you have trouble uploading or sizing images to 800 pixels wide just email them to Barb at

Here is an image I took last year at “Zoolights”

Taken on a tripod with Canon Rebel XSi, f/27, 3 sec, ISO 100, with a 18 to 55 mm zoom lens
First second stationary at 55 mm then slow zoom for 2 seconds to approx 35 mm

30 Responses to Nov 26/18 Holiday Photography Course #1

  1. Henri says:

    Right away, I had to try out a “Bokeh” experiment. First plain old Bokeh, turning my lens to maximum “out of focus” at the largest aperture I could get, f/4. Shutter speed was 1.5 second at ISO 800.

  2. Henri says:

    Here is a 4 second Bokeh zoom experiment at f/8

  3. Henri says:

    We just put our small Christmas tree in the family room. Here is a bokeh image. Interesting how the bokeh balls in the center are perfectly round while the ones on the sides are oval.

  4. Henri says:

    Here is the same image with a “zoom” effect

  5. Henri says:

    Here is an attempt at a portrait close up with bokeh effect. I am a bit disappointed with the size of the bokeh balls. The stuffed puppy was lit selectively with 2 led floodlights at minimum strength.

    • Henri says:

      I am not happy with the sharpness of the puppy nose. This is the problem with close ups. I wanted to maximize the bokeh so going with a smaller aperture was not an option. I am going to try focus stacking tonight and see what Photoshop’s focus stacking utility does to the image.

  6. Barb says:

    An ICM image taken at Zoo lights
    ISO800, 19mm, f/8, 1.3 sec.

  7. Barb says:

    The same tree, but using a composer pro sweet 35 lensbaby on my canon 6D
    ISO640, 1/25sec. hand held

    • Henri says:

      What a neat Bokeh effect in the perimeter of the image. I have seen some “dreamy” wedding photography using this lens. Very intriguing, something I have to look into.

  8. Barb says:

    ICM where the camera was moved straight up and then held still
    ISO800, 19mm, f/8, .8sec

  9. Barb says:

    Using one of my automatic modes called Star

  10. Henri says:

    Here is a different composition with our stuffed puppy. The experiment is trying out maximum sharpness at close range through focus stacking. With the large aperture and the shallow depth of field it requires 2 images stacked together in order to get the nose and the eye sharp. Image stats f/4, 1 sec, ISO 100. The second objective was to get the maximum Bokeh size on the christmas lights. Distance to Christmas tree was 3 m, distance from camera to puppy nose was 45 cm. The size of the bokeh balls is affected by the zoom factor as well.

  11. Henri says:

    Bokeh from our new outdoor Christmas Tree. Image stats f/4, 1/4 sec, ISO 100

  12. Henri says:

    More bokeh from the outdoor Xmas tree. Image stats, f/4, 1/4 sec, ISO 100.

  13. Henri says:

    Here is a zoolight image from Jan 2018. I am re-posting it because I think it is a great example of “hold and zoom”

  14. Karen McDaniel says:

    Here’s ICM from Zoolights Nov 28/18. ISO 400, F 6.3, S 1/13, intentionally moving the zoom lens inward during the exposure

  15. Karen says:

    Focusing on the reindeer through the green lights so the bokeh is in front of the image ISO 400, F 6.3, 2 s exposure, AP

  16. Karen says:

    Reflections. I was focused on the chair. ISO 400, F6.3, 22mm, 4 sec exposure, AP, used tripod

  17. Bill says:

    A local house with blue light sky. Used Luminar AI to up the exposure so the dog on the top of the steps could be seen.

  18. Debra says:

    Debra’s cat in front of the Christmas tree.

  19. Bill says:

    Table runner with LED lit tree lights as only source of light. Shot at ISO 1000, f 3.5, ss 1/15
    The beads reflect well but this is one of 12 tries to get the lighting to show on most of them.

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