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Photo Fun with Christmas Lights

By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll

I posted conventional shots of Garden Glow, the Christmas light show at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Wednesday. For the Saturday Snapshot crowd, I wanted to post my experimental photos of the lights.

I learned this technique in a class a couple of years ago, but this was the first time I had a chance to try it. Set the camera for a long shutter speed, say, half a second. Then, deliberately move the camera while the shutter is open. It’s like painting with light!

Ghostly blue tree trunk

This was a bare tree trunk wrapped in blue Christmas lights.

Jiggly Christmas lights

A Christmas tree in front of a low fence with lights. I liked the tree on the right in the background of this shot.

I had the most fun with a display of three-inch diameter glass ball lights. You can see them in the photo of the Climatron that I posted on Wednesday. A bunch are staked into the ground on either side of a path and many more are hanging from the tree canopy overhead.

Lights appear to form a circle in front of tree branches


Brightly colored lines with dark shadowy trees in the background

Colored lines and ghostly tree trunks

Swirly lights and ghostly background


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