Coming off of the macro electronics shot, I had that frame of mind when it came to this.
We haven’t finished our transition to LED lights yet, and so I decided to make this shot of a Christmas light as I was setting up the decorations around the house.
How I did it, for those who might be interested in such things, are behind the cut.
As you can see from the shot below, I put the lights on a stand, and I wrapped a few of the other lights in a way to shine onto the base of the light itself. The lights are not that bright, photographically speaking, so putting the camera on a tripod was a must. That way, the light would still be sharp with an exposure ranging from ½ second to five seconds. Shooting tethered meant that I could see the specular reflections from across the room in the glass of the light. I will admit that it took me a few minutes to figure out why it was happening. Ah, well. I moved a black reflector board in to block the light that was causing the specular reflections, and that improved the shot in the end.
I hope you all have an enjoyable holiday season, no matter how you celebrate.