On my first few days back in Washington, my body was having a hard time with jet lag. Most mornings I'd try to stay in bed as long as I could before venturing downstairs to cozy up next to the fire and read. One early morning I decided to skip the reading and play with my camera instead.
I read a little 'how to shoot sparkle lights' somewhere online and followed the directions. I was most surprised with how the lights came out--it's a mini-Christmas miracle that it actually sort of worked. In the 4 tree pictures above I used a tripod, low shutter speed (1/5s, 1/8s, 1/8s, 1/4s respectively), low ISO (Lo1), f.1.8, and a remote. Later I ended up changing the f stop, ISO, and shutter speed in all sorts of various configurations. I seems that the lower the shutter speed, the more twinkles. I like twinkles.
Finding and decorating the tree is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. I love the fresh smell. I love unwrapping and 'discovering' the same ornaments year after year. I love the way it looks once it's covered with lights and surrounded by presents. I'd say it almost casts a spell on me.
Must be magic.