Monthly Archives: January 2016

Lively Lights

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The holidays have passed, but at Flagstaff’s Little America Hotel the seasonal display of lively lights continue to illuminate the property. I wanted to spend time photographing the lights earlier in December but my never ending list of “to-do’s” kept me away. Now that the new year is here, I knew my days were numbered capturing these lights. So I met my photographer friend a few days ago and we spent an hour in the cold weather gathering a few shots.

The first series of images I captured was using blur to my advantage. Yes, I intentionally captured images out of focus. Extending my Nikon 24-120 mm lens to about 100 mm, I manually focused (or defocused) to get the effect I wanted. The live view on my camera was essential for this technique even though the battery depletes faster. I forgot my shutter release, so I set the camera on a 2 second timer and of course, had my camera on a tripod.

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To read the rest of the article and see how I captured two more techniques, head over to Arizona Highways Photo Workshop blog.

Posted in Before/After, night photography, Photographic Techniques