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Photo of the Week 122

Photo of the Week 122
Christmas is coming fast.  Friday is here.  This is why all of us at Cramer Imaging have chosen to feature a rather unusual Christmas photograph as our "Photo of the Week."  You see some of these every so often, but they aren't what you would call 'traditional' by any stretch of the imagination.  Here's the story behind this photograph.

I had been looking at some ideas for different Christmas photos last year.  Sometimes you find inspiration in the most unusual places.  One of the ideas recommended for trying something different was to try a photo of 100% bokeh.  This means that the subject is totally out of focus and blurred.  It can work for lights.

Since it was the season of lights, I decided that I wanted to try out this new idea on Christmas lights which just happened to be out.  The only thing was to choose the right lights for the job as not all strings of lights are displayed equally.

After trying lots of different arrangements of Christmas lawn decorations and light displays, I finally found the lights I wanted to try on some business landscaping.  Thanks to the cold and the wind of deep winter, I was hand holding my camera from the car window with the heater on.  It's not particularly stable for sharp pictures, but it works sometimes.

I tried a few different trees looking for the right arrangement where I could get more than one color of light in the frame at the same time.  It required some re-positioning to get it right.  After taking pictures of the trees in focus, just in case those worked out, I spun my lens totally out of focus and clicked the shutter.  What came out was this photograph and I liked it much more than anything else I took that night.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality fine art photograph of yellow and green blurry Christmas lights in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho