McAdenville Christmas Town USA 2012

We went back to McAdenville Christmas town, the last time we visited was in 2010I recorded some video clips and will post that when I have more time.


Click here to watch this video on YouTube

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4.5 at 1/30sec, EB-0.3step, 50mm, ISO-1600

This image below is a 30 second exposure, and a tripod is a must.  I also didn’t want any digital noise, so I set my ISO to 100.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/11 at 30sec, 60mm, ISO-100, tripod

This one is not so bad for ISO 20000, there’s some digital noise but I’m happy that I could see the duck. I shot this in Raw to get as much detail as possible. I actually shot all images in Raw tonight.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4 at 1/30sec, 95mm, ISO-20000

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8 at 1sec, 40mm, ISO-800, tripod

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/20sec, 24mm, ISO-2500

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/5.6 at 1/30sec, 28mm, ISO-6400

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8 at 1/3sec, 75mm, ISO-320, tripod

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/5.6 at 1.60sec, 28mm, ISO-320, tripod

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8 at 6sec, EB -0.3step, 50mm, ISO-200, tripod

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8 at 2sec, EB -0.3step, 40mm, ISO-200, tripod

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/16 at 1sec, EB -0.3step, 60mm, ISO-200, tripod

I finally have a chance to test out the zoom technique posted by Scott, and actually turned out a lot better than I had hoped. Since this is a long exposure of 1.3 seconds, a tripod is a must.  I manually focused on Santa and the reign-deers, make sure it’s on manual focus and not auto focus.  I pushed the button then start zooming, once it’s done this is the result. I think this looks so cool, this will make a good Christmas card.

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/16 at 1.3sec, EB -0.3step, vary in focal length, ISO-200, tripod

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/16 at 30sec, EB -0.3step, 85mm, ISO-200, tripod

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/11 at 3.2sec, EB -0.3step, 24mm, ISO-100, tripod

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/13 at 30sec, EB -0.3step, 28mm, ISO-100, tripod

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/13 at 30sec, EB -0.3step, 58mm, ISO-100, tripod

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/5 at 1/500sec, EB -0.3step, 50mm, ISO-12800, tripod

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/5 at 1/60sec, EB +1step, 35mm, ISO-12800

Canon 5DMkIII, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/11 at 15sec, EB +0.3step, 60mm, ISO-100, tripod

8 thoughts on “McAdenville Christmas Town USA 2012

    • Hi Noy, I updated the post for you, and linked to Scott’s post for more tips. If you set you f/stop to 8 or higher, and your ISO low, you will have plenty of time to zoom. Bo and Lee weren’t very patient and I didn’t have that much time to play.

  1. I see you are enjoying your MkIII’s ISO capabilities. You got the zoom effect down. Really neat one here.

    I would suggest playing with rear-sync flash when you have people in your photo. That way, you get the light and then a little added light for them.

  2. The video turned out really nice. It’s hard not to feel joyful at this place.

    And I just love that photo of the angels blowing the trumpets. Feels like Christmas is in the air.

    • cn, the place is so neat and I didn’t have to sneak around taking pictures of Christmas lights. The photo of the angels I had to shoot from the ground up and had my tripod low. I sat on the grass for a couple of minutes and well worth it. 🙂

  3. Can you or Bo let us know a week or twos in advance for next year when y’all will be going to see the lights at McAdensville? Vikki and the boys love seeing Christmas lights, and I have been telling her that y’all go to a town that is filled with lights every year. Thanks.

    • Hi PaNoy, we’ll let you guys know. There are several places that have lights, but this town is free and one of my favorite places to visit during Christmas time.

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