Holiday, Photography

Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree is up, we decided to use our old Christmas tree that we have had over 10 years.  This artificial tree is an old country 1980 Christmas tree that Bo won at the March of Dime auction. Lee has added her own ornaments through the years.

Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22, 30sec, ISO 100, focal length 32mm, white balance tungsten light, tripod mounted
Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22, 30sec, ISO 100, focal length 105mm, white balance tungsten light, tripod mounted
Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22, 20sec, ISO 100, focal length 55mm, white balance tungsten light, tripod mounted

I shot these in a Manual Mode with an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and turned off the image stabilizer since my camera was mounted on a tripod, and to avoid any movement of the image I set the timer on for 2 second.  I also set my focus to manual, shot at f/22 which creates a starburst effect on the Christmas lights, ISO 100 to minimize any digital noise, and the white balance was set on Tungsten light since it was indoor. I didn’t use any flash, this left the wooden ornament deer in the first image and the Thai dancer figurines dark, and my pop up flash made them looked washed out. My solution was to use a flashlight on the subject and this seems to work for me.

Alternative Flash - Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22, 30sec, ISO 100, focal length 55mm, white balance tungsten light, tripod mounted

To see a full Christmas tree picture from last year’s post.

8 thoughts on “Christmas Tree”

  1. Yay for not having to cut down a tree!

    Even being 10 years old, it’s still in great shape. I like the Thai dancers, it’s a neat addition to the tree.

    1. Cambree, it’s older than Lee, so you could imagine all the childhood memories around this Christmas tree. I think it will be with us for a long, long time. 🙂

  2. You have inspired me to work harder to make good photos of sparkling things–and you’ve given me some good ideas, too! Thanks, Nye. Your tree is lovely.

    1. Thanks Gerry. It’s a lot of fun to experiment with the lights, and perfect timing also since there’s plenty. Now only if the weather is a bit warmer at night. 🙂

  3. Very lovely, but also bittersweet for me. This Christmas I will have to stay in Korea; I won’t be with Aon and the boys until February.

  4. Nice use of aperture, Nye. Starbursts really make lights sparkle and so special as our eyes do not see them that way often.

    I have seen you mention the timer delay lately. Put a remote shutter release on you gift list. It will help to reduce camera shake even more. Also, look at how to use mirror lock up to decrease shutter vibration further. Not to say these are not sharp but wanted to let you know of these two additional techniques.

    Lovely tree!

    1. Scott, the time delay could be annoying even for me. I have a short list this year and one is definitely a remote shutter release.

      I’ve never heard of the mirror lock before, I need to check that out. Thanks. 🙂

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