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Old Dec 21, 2011, 10:03 AM   #1
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Default Festive Lighting--A Couple of More From Garvan

With more than two million lights in the display, there's always something to shoot at Garvan. I liked the simplicity of the colors in this one.



I posted this one in the Pentax Forum and noted that if I could pick one shot from the night that I would put on a Christmas card, this would be it.



Both shot with Pentax K-5 at ISO 6400 with a single pass of NR. Lens was Pentax 18-135 WR.

Here's hoping everyone is having as wonderful a holiday season as I.... My son graduated last night from Hawaii Pacific U and his beautiful daughter behaved throughout the ceremony. Their first Christmas is going to be really special.

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Old Dec 21, 2011, 11:46 AM   #2
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Congratulations to your son! A fine accomplishment.

Loving the first one, blue against the black background. The blue star seems to be floating.
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Old Dec 21, 2011, 2:14 PM   #3
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While I love the second one, the first one is really nice, too. The blue star does seem to be a star in the sky, love the way you photographed it, without including its stand or wire that it's hanging on.
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I like #2 also, except that it appears to be tilted...a distraction.
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Old Dec 22, 2011, 9:34 AM   #5
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Great framing and exposure on that second shot!
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Old Dec 22, 2011, 11:20 AM   #6
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They are both beautiful! I also agree with Walter that #2 needs to be leveled, then it would be perfect.
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Great subjects. The framing and composition of the 2nd image is particularly pleasing to the eye.( Except I have to tip my head to the right)

Congrats on your son's graduation.

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Thanks for the comments on the tilted photo. It proved to be a little more difficult than I expected to fix. The problem is that illusion created by the long string of lights to the right and left of the tree, creating an artificial horizon. In reality, that is not a straight line and it slopes downward with the curvature of the earth. If you straighten with it as the horizon, the tree is out of plumb to the left. But, the comments were dead on, and he's the improved version.



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Old Dec 24, 2011, 2:17 AM   #9
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Paul,
The new version sdoes look a tad better but again as others have noted, excellent job!
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