Day 352 – Christmas Walk

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.

ISO400, F2.6, 1/60 sec
ISO400, F2.6, 1/60 sec

I stuck to Aperture priority and auto iso and choose a wide aperture … and I was able to capture a queue of snowmen!

ISO1600, F2.8, 1/125sec
ISO1600, F2.8, 1/125sec

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!

ISo3200, F2.8, 1/10sec
ISo3200, F2.8, 1/10sec

I was surprised how much reflective light the tiny camera was able to pick up from the wet road  – the blue reflection really glowed.

ISo3200. F2.8, 1/40sec
ISo3200. F2.8, 1/40sec

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 …

ISo3200. F2.8, 1/40sec
ISo3200. F2.8, 1/40sec – closer look to see the pixels

The Georgian streets of my home town on a Christmas evening. I love the reflections on the cobbles.

ISo3200, F2.8, 1/40sec
ISo3200, F2.8, 1/40sec

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 🙂

ISo3200, F2.8, 1/6 sec - lit with a torch!
ISo3200, F2.8, 1/6 sec – lit with a torch!
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