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jack55 Dec 20, 2007 6:53 PM

Taken with Canon S5is on tri-pod, no flash, program mode, 100 ISO.

JohnG Dec 21, 2007 9:52 AM

I like the second shot - the reflection of colors off the wall and the greenery still exposed well. The tough part is the dynamic range is too great for the camera. The white lights are all blown a bit too much. This is the type of thing which would benefit from a blended exposure so you could keep from blowing the highlights and still get the shadows exposed somewhat. AND, you'd also get a better affect on the wall reflection I think with a lesser exposure there. still I like this one.

First shot, I'm afraid doesn't do much for me. Not as interesting subject matter (no offense meant but the front of my house isn't an interesting subject either :G ). Also, the dynamic range issue shows up more prominantly in this shot. Too many dark shadows and the whites in the manger scene are too far blown. Also, not sure if it's camera shake or a problem with the exposure or the actual lights themselves but the Merry Christmas over the garage isn't really legible

jack55 Dec 21, 2007 4:44 PM

Thanks for the Critique!

These shots were not a first time effort. I had to experiment with different camera settings and time of day for the shots. For an example, the outside night shot was shot right at dusk and made for better lighting. I did cheat and remove the powerlines.
How about this one... black & white for contrast?

And this one was shot an half hour before total dark

bhammitt Dec 21, 2007 7:13 PM

I found a really cool page on taking Christmas light photos, it has helped me greatly. It is in this thread below.


Tutorial link.

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