Wednesday, December 1, 2010

'Tis the Season

South Dakota has snow and Black Friday and Cyber Monday are both over. That must mean the Christmas season started a while back, but is in full swing now. It's time again for shooting holiday photos of all kinds.

Hopefully the new Dakotagraph calendar of "photogenic events" in the right hand column of this blog will come in handy as you plan your seasonal shooting. I shot Pierre's lighted holiday parade downtown last week and Capitol Christmas today.

I find these parades a real challenge to photograph, but a combination of slow shutter speed, tripod panning and rear-sync flash worked okay for this shot.

The annual display of Christmas trees at the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre provides endless opportunities for great shots. I'm kind of anxious to get back over to the capitol building for some more, but did some fun stuff with these.

With my camera on a tripod, I shot this 15-second exposure and zoomed the lens from 24mm at the start of the exposure to around 18mm by about halfway through the time.

For a more subtle, but similar effect, I did this five-second exposure and cranked it out-of-focus after counting to three.

More information about the Capitol Christmas celebration can be found here. You can also find more of my Christmas photos and ideas at these earlier posts.

1 comment:

Jodene Shaw said...

Love these shots of the trees in the Capitol...one of my favorite things to see at Christmas!