Since my last post on the Christmas Lights that are here around my area, some of you might be wondering how I got these shot’s of the Christmas Village that is near-by where I live.

To be honest, it was not all that hard to do.  However, I did make a few mistakes and found out that I can’t do some of what I wanted.  Knowing what the Village is from yrs. of seeing it, I knew pretty much how it was set up.  You can enter the display’s and walk around as much as you want.  I thought to get some great shot’s, I would just walk down one of the lanes to the end, turn, set up the camera, compose the shot, and press the shutter.  Well, not quite.  Going to the end of the lane to set up the camera had too many other people in the way.  They don’t care what your trying to do.  So, I decided to go back out and walk all the way around the back side of the Lake.  This way I had no one bother me and no one to walk in front of the camera lens.  Worked for me!


This is one of my 1st shot’s.  Here I wanted to capture the reflection of the lights off the lake, but try and keep the Image a bit suttle.  I also wanted the night sky to show the glow from the lights below.  I set my Nikon D7000 camera to ISO 800, using my Tripod and remote shutter release.  For night shot’s like this, you don’t want any camera shake at all.  However, when using a higher ISO speed, you get more “noise” that what you would using a slower speed, i.e. ISO 200.  The Image didn’t quite come out as clear as I had wanted, but it’s not bad.  Taking these Images got a bit chilly out there in the empty field.  The cold from the Lake started creeping into my ole’ bones.  Plus, my feet started to get cold, not to mention my hands.  The Images don’t show the cold, but it was chilly.  Temp. was about 39 degrees F.


For this one, I just turned my Nikon to my immediate left, re-focused the lens using the same shutter & ISO speed.  My Nikon Remote Shutter works real nice for shot’s like this.  Just point the Remote at the camera and press the button, hoping you have everything set right.  Another setting that I used was the AP Mode that is located on the left side of my camera.  AP (Apature Prioty) Mode is where your camera automatically figures out what shutter opening to have for the existing light.  You can also use Manual Mode where you set the camera for what settings you think are right.  Both Modes are kinda fun.

Now, don’t get me wrong here.  I don’t know a whole lot about photography.  All I know is what I read and watch on Tut’s that explain how to do it.  I don’t have a whole lot of money to spend on photography course’s that get expensive.  I read, go out and give it a try, see what happens.  If I do good, I’ve learned something.  If I screw up, I try and find out what I did wrong, then try again.  Sometimes it can be frustrating!

Thanks for stopping by



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