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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Shoot and Edit: Bokeh lights


For this week's before and after photo challenge, I decided to shoot one of my latest vintage holiday finds--a pink and turquoise glass tree topper that I found while visiting my family over Thanksgiving.  Little thought or preparation went into other than grabbing a bottle to balance the tree topper on and placing them on an end table in front of the tree.  My first shot wasn't too bad, but I didn't like how dark the turquoise-colored recesses of the tree topper appeared, so I took a lamp off of a nearby table, rested it on my shoulder and aimed it towards my subject, and tried again:


I really like how this little change in lighting made the tree topper appear as though it was lit from within.  Also, if you look really closely, you'll notice that my tree still has not been decorated--anyone else out there waiting until the last minute to finish up their holiday decorating?

6 comments:

M said...

The tree topper!!! I know this post is about photography, but I'm obsessed with the topper itself...Sad news about mine - its too small to fit over the top branch on my tree :( Am trying to work out a duct tape/wire solution now...

Kim said...

That is a very pretty tree topper. My grandma has one very similar.
Um, you have a toddler and a cat. You have a free pass to not decorate that tree this year. You have plenty of years. ;)

Tonya said...

Gosh that's pretty. I love the lighting in the second photo, and the twinkly lights in the background. Your tree looks pretty even without the additional decorations!

Veronica Lee said...

Very pretty, L!

Happy Wednesday!

Kimberly said...

A beautiful tree topper! And I love that it looks like it is glowing from inside! Great idea to point a light at it. Our tree is decorated because I have three kids that insisted on putting it up and decorating it on Thanksgiving weekend. And they are old enough to decorate it, so I just sat back and let them. :)

homeschoolceo said...

Beautiful!

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