Monday, February 14, 2011

Photo of the day: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light

On Christmas Eve night, when I should have been in bed waiting for the sound of Prancer and Vixen's hooves on the rooftop, I was instead happily taking photographs of the beautiful tableau in our living room: presents, ornaments, cookies and milk for Santa, stockings and candles and nativity creches on the mantlepiece. I'm sure I spent a good hour at it, and this was one of the last photos I took, and the best, hands down. I had already noticed how often the Christmas lights created a starburst effect in the lens of the camera when I took a very long exposure (on tripod, of course), so for this setup I decided to take advantage of that effect intentionally. I repositioned the creche so that one of the lights was directly behind the window of the "stable," set the camera for a long exposure of 30 seconds at f/20 at 200 ISO, and waited to see what I'd get. The results exceeded my expectations, as it looks like the Star of Bethlehem itself shines in the window above the Christ child.

Here's my second-best effort: same idea, different creche, another awesome photo.

Joy, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

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