MHK Christmas Lights by mcsiegle

MHK Christmas Lights

My get pushed challenge from Frogger @tdaug80 was to back offfrom the close shots I’ve been posting lately and take a landscape or other large subject. I went downtown to where they have the big light display. It’ll be gone after New Years Day. To my disappointment, they didn’t have all the features operating. Next year I’ll be certain to go before Christmas.

I’m not real pleased with this. The two lights at the bottom of the tree were really glaring , so I used the burn tool to darken them. But now I think that was a mistake. I don’t care for the way it looks. Ah, well!

UPDATE: Every time I looked at it, the two lights that were at the bottom of the tree that I had darkened with the burn tool bothered me more, so I've cloned them out and left the space just plain darkness. It's not ideal, but it seems better to my eye.
This is a beautiful large subject. I love the way you have processed it to look like a photograph. A wonderful Christmas card look to it
December 31st, 2018  
I love colorful outdoor lights especially at Christmas. They are not easy to capture in a photograph. I particularly like the multiple star pattern at the top of the Christmas tree on the left.
December 31st, 2018  
December 31st, 2018  
pretty display
December 31st, 2018  
Great composition! Excellent capture for your challenge!
December 31st, 2018  
This is very nicely composed. The large tree on the left balances the smaller features on the right. The leading lines of the overhead strings brings the eye into the subject. I like the deer peeking out under the blue lights, too.
How much control does the COOLPIX give you over shutter speed, aperture, and ISO?
December 31st, 2018  
Oh, wow! So festive and bright!
December 31st, 2018  
Great display.
December 31st, 2018  
Happy New Year!
January 1st, 2019  
A fab display
January 2nd, 2019  
Christmas magic-- WOW and I posted my challenge from you shot for GP336...Thanks
January 5th, 2019  
Hi Mary, we're partnered this week. How about making your own filter? I got the get pushed challenge set a while back and really liked it (I used a tutu in front of the lens, and for another attempt a tea sieve). Here's the link my get pushed partner then sent me:

Good luck!
January 5th, 2019  
@tdaug80 Thanks. If I put it in manual, I have seven ISO settings from 125 to 6400, aperture from 3.7 to 8.0, and. The range of shutter speeds seems to depend on the other settings and the two extremes at the ends may not be available unless on a certain setting. The longest possible is 8" and fastest is 1/4000 but I'm not sophisticated enough to intuit how to adjust to force the range up or down. I'm learning. The one thing I have no manual control over is focus. I can trick it into focusing somewhere it's not automatically picking up, but don't have direct control.
January 6th, 2019  
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