Yeah I know that was kinda bad. For this weeks Challenge we are going to talk about lights. With the holidays so close, there are lights everywhere here. I love Christmas lights. There is something soothing and maybe even a little romantic about them, I don’t know about you but I have not had much success photographing lights at night. I found two great web sites with information about this subject. You can find them here and here. After reading these I was all excited to go out and take some pictures, but dusk is not a good time for me to go anywhere. My little man is quite grumpy and it is getting dark so much earlier. After a meeting one evening I went out to try but it was well after dusk. My results were less than spectacular.
I love this house, I call it the Gingerbread House. The picture does not even begin to do it justice.
So I decided to play here at the house a little since it has been super cold outside. I found that there were several things that helped me. The first thing that helped me was to use a tripod. I know that not everyone has a tripod but there are some things I have done when I have not had my tripod handy that help. Try to rest the camera or your hand against something stable like a street sign, building, a table or a stack of books, I have even had my husband hold my hands steady. It looks a little silly but it does give you added stability. I was also very surprised at the results from when I changed the white balance setting from auto to tungsten. I do not usually mess with the setting too much on my camera, but I think I will be playing more often. Here you can see the difference between auto and tungsten.
Here is my favorite picture of lights I have taken this year.
Your Challenge this week is to take a picture of lights at night. It does not necessarily have to be Christmas lights. I’m sure the same techniques could be used on a city scape or a harbor lit up at night.
Photo Prompt Challenge Rules:
- Upload your photo to our challenge gallery and link it to the Life 365 Challenge forum.
- Link it to the Life 365 Challenge forum.
- Earn 1 Petal Point for completing four challenges.
- The Challenge will be closed Wednesday, December 22th at Midnight
Have fun and try to stay warm or cool depending on were you are.