Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree...

Hello all!
Back with a Pinterest related post today as most of the things I do these days seem to originate from there - how ever did I manage to waste time before Pinterest?
     Anyway, one of the good things resulting from this time wasting is that I am actually learning how to use my DSLR camera manually instead of relying on point and shoot all the time.  There are some great links on one of my Pinterest boards for photography related things here and one of them is how to tale some Christmas 'bokeh' shots.
   Here's a Wiki definition of that -   Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light" It's probably easier to show you what I mean - 

   Now, I'm not the best person to explain how to do this but you can find out how here.  It involves making a card template with a cut out shape to cover your lens -  I cut the tree shape using my Silhouette Cameo of course!  It works best if you focus on something in front of the tree or it can just look like you took an out of focus picture.

        As I didn't have any 'live' models available, I played around with some of our Christmas decorations.  It did help pass the time on a gloomy, cold day :)
            Linking up to Art is Beauty and Silhouette Blog.

   One final photo with a Christmas sentiment to you all!

Happy Holidays!


Patricia St Martin said...

Dawn, These pictures are wonderful. I love how you did this with the Christmas trees. Thank you for sharing the links. I'm want to go and check this out.
Hugs, Pat

Sandra said...

I will most certainly share this insight with Rick, loving it!!! Cheers :)S

Libby said...

What a great merging of Silhouette(ing) with photography!

Penny said...

Aw, Dawn, you are mastering your camera more than I ever dreamed to! This is fabulous photography--so dreamy! Love it! :^)
Hugs, Penny
And Merry Xmas back! Btw, that snowman is sooo cute!

Unknown said...

Wonderful photography! I'm pinning them on the Hometalk Holidays board! Thanks for linking with us at Twirl and Take a Bow! Hope to see you again next week.

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