On the greyest of days, photographs can often suffer from a lack of color. That’s not to say we should be downcast when it’s overcast, but a little color goes a long way when it’s a drizzly mess outside. While the Christmas season has long since passed, Christmas lights can make for a compelling chromatic subject.
Mount your camera on a tripod and place it in a dark room, preferably one without windows. Plug in a strand of Christmas lights. Any will do, but a multicolored strand has the nicest effect. Set your aperture, defocus the lights and select a longer exposure. The above image was made with a Fujifilm X-E2 and Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 at f16 and 14 seconds. The effect was achieved by literally moving a tangled mess of Christmas lights in several directions along the floor.
Get creative. Try mapping out ways in which you can move the lights to create a design. Inject some color into your day with a long exposure experiment like this.
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