A great article here on shooting Christmas Lights – which I totally ignored and headed out the house with hubby’s new camera (Canon G7x) to see what it could do… no tripod, hand held – no flash (I had a torch) to see if I could capture the essence of my home town at Christmas.
I stuck to Aperture priority and auto iso and choose a wide aperture … and I was able to capture a queue of snowmen!
The Christmas tree outside the church reflected back the scaffolding… but changing the focal point and turning it into an out of focus tree… made it much more Christmassy!
I was surprised how much reflective light the tiny camera was able to pick up from the wet road – the blue reflection really glowed.
Cropping in on that photo and you can really see the grain that the ISO has left behind – but it was dark, the only lighting from the Christmas lights. I have not tried to save the details in lightroom – this is straight out of camera … is it good enough for print – a small print – I think so, online use definately and way better than not catching the photo at all….
It is about making the most of what you have available …
The Georgian streets of my home town on a Christmas evening. I love the reflections on the cobbles.
And finally photography is about capturing moments that make you smile – this is mine … this is a recent addition to a local park… a gardener added a little Christmas cheer to one of the bushes… and it made me smile. This one I captured with torch light 🙂