Christmas Lights, Circle C Ranch

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Christmas Light Portrait 65mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 1000, flash with blue gel

Circle C Ranch is a development near our house and the neighborhood is known for its great Christmas light displays.  I took three of the kids out last night and drove the streets (along with lots of other cars).  We stopped at two locations to grab a quick portrait.  I brought red, blue, and green gels in hopes of matching the flash to the lights somewhat — I had mixed success but since our purpose was to view the lights I didn’t spend any extra time attempting to perfect the shots.  I dialed down the flash way down in hopes of making the images look more like they were lit by the surrounding Christmas lights.  There’s a tell-tale shadow of course but I’m not trying *hide* the fact that flash was used, just match the lighting (and its brightness) to the environment.

The kid’s favorite house is one they call “the jungle”.  The displays (front and back yards) are walk-through and have all manner of decorations from a nativity scene to Elvis to the Grinch to Winnie the Pooh to…everything you can think of.  For as long as I can remember, the neighbor to the jungle has put up a “Ditto” sign.  Funny.

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The Jungle 27mm, f/5, 1/40s, ISO 1000

The next shots were taken in the backyard of “the jungle”.  The nativity scene used bare flash handheld on a sync cord and the other shot used a red gel on the flash to match the lights.  I could have used a different color — the main idea was to prevent the flash from lighting the kids with daylight (bare flash) while they were standing in the middle of the colored lights.  I wish I’d had a red gel which was slightly weaker…

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Nativity Portrait 30mm, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 1600, bare flash

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In The Jungle 30mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 1600, flash with red gel

Finally, an out of focus shot in the back yard of “the jungle”.

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Obligatory Bokeh Shot

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3 responses

  1. Nice Holiday series Michael, Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    December 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

  2. I’m sure I’ve said this before, your family is so beautiful. What lovely memories!! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones Michael.
    P.S. I love the ditto sign as well.

    December 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

  3. Thanks very much, Mike and Cindy. And thanks for the family compliments, Cindy — I take no credit for that. I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and may God bless you in the year to come!

    December 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

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