Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read More.
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Still Life, B/W & Experimental
Thread started 04 Dec 2001 (Tuesday) 08:37
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)

Fairy Lights

Don ­ Ellis
1,538 posts
Joined Sep 2001
Hong Kong
Dec 04, 2001 08:37 |  #1

Is that what they call those tiny Christmas lamps? Anyway, there's a big shopping mall (Pacific Place in Hong Kong) that every year strings orange lights around the trunks of their trees. Much more inspired that stringing them in the branches -- it looks somewhat surreal, like an army of radioactive tree trunks with invisible arms.

I used a Manfrotto 055PRO (they'll sell those things to anybody) splayed out to within five inches of the ground, extended the horizontal shaft for the ballhead so that it was within a few inches of the tree trunk, gave thanks for the G2's swivel LCD and here you are...

http://www.kleptograph​​pg (external link)
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO

Christmas is coming and someone on one of the forums was asking about taking photos of the Christmas tree. Hopefully Santa leaves you a tripod so all you have to do is to set your camera to manual. You don't bracket -- at least I don't. You shoot half a dozen photos across a variety of apertures or shutter speeds (pick one). Load them onto your computer, check which settings are best and then you can bracket future shots from there. Since I was nowhere near a computer, I shot six photos for every one that I wanted.

If you leave your digital to P mode, the lights will blow out and you'll see all the needles/leaves of the tree. I chose the shot where the lights weren't too blown and the leaves were just barely coming into view. If you're using a G2, remember that low-light noise reduction kicks in at 1.3 seconds, so, if it's appropriate, use that or a slower shutter speed to lessen noise.

If you actually try this at Pacific Place, go up to their rooftop garden where you have a little privacy away from the circular drive and taxi stands. They'll boot you out for using a tripod. Tis the season...

Here's the information for this shot.

Canon PowerShot G2
Shutter speed: 1.6 sec
Aperture: 6.3
Exposure mode: Manual
ISO: 50
Image quality: Raw
White balance: Auto
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal


2,285 views & 0 likes for this thread
Fairy Lights
FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Still Life, B/W & Experimental

Not a member yet? Click here to register to the forums.
Registered members get all the features: search, following threads, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, settings, view hosted photos, own reviews and more...


Send feedback to staff    •   Jump to forum...    •   Rules    •   Index    •   New posts    •   RTAT    •   'Best of'    •   Gallery    •   Gear    •   Reviews    •   Polls

COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Privacy policy and cookie usage info.

POWERED BY AMASS 1.4version 1.4
made in Finland
by Pekka Saarinen
Spent 0.00122 for 4 database queries.
Latest registered member is Churley88
718 guests, 424 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 5175, that happened on Jun 16, 2015