Happy Holidays!

it’s that time of the year again. Outside it’s cold and dark, time to celebrate with light.

Either a X-mas tree lights or Chanukka candles, both turn a damp evening which gets dark too early into a cozy stay-in.

Add some lively colors and you get the winter’s equivalent to a bonfire.

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I shot this one with a lensbaby. Lensbabies are designed to give a small “sweet spot” – in focus area, while stretch-blurring the rest of the frame.

I set the sweet spot on the candels, and pinned Christmas lights on a black cloth on a deeper plane.

The trick was getting making an aperture in a star shape, so out-of-focus lights are shaped as stars. For more on that, have a look at my how-to video.

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