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DigiliciousDesigns
12-12-2011, 05:07 PM
Hi ladies, and welcome to this extra fun, Silly Season 8D!!!

I personally LOVE Christmas Trees, and I love sticky beaking at other people's Christmas Tree's :)), so I thought it would be fun to share our photos and get creative at the same time! This challenge is easy, so pull out your camera, aim it at your tree, and show us some sparkle!

Photos will be judged in 3 Categories, and each winner will receive a $5 Coupon to my store! And the categories are....

1. Most gorgeous tree
2. Most unique Hand-made decoration
3. Most creative Photograph

So you can choose to either take a quick snapshot of your tree, or get really creative and try out techniques such as Macro, Bokkeh, Time Lapse/ leaving your shutter open, Selective Coloring.... the possibilities are endless!!

Can't wait to see your Tree's :m!!! Make sure you add it to our Gallery (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/g1352-christmas-forum-fun.html) as well as here, so we can all go ga-ga and leave some love :XX

boo.6204
12-12-2011, 06:34 PM
Oooohhhhh, I love the sound of this. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with

msbrad
12-12-2011, 10:21 PM
Is this a different picture from Toiny's challenge? I just posted mine in hers.
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DigiliciousDesigns
12-12-2011, 10:57 PM
Yes, a little different... this one concentrates more on the actual photograph, and being creative with some different techniques ;)

msbrad
12-13-2011, 08:02 AM
Yes, a little different... this one concentrates more on the actual photograph, and being creative with some different techniques ;)

Thanks - let me think a bit on this one. I've been "playing" with lighting.
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CM Silly
12-14-2011, 06:01 AM
I'll be happy if I get a picture of my tree and get it scanned. lol I doubt I will be playing with techniques, besides if we do all of that stuff to it..it won't be pretty anymorer. Isn't bokeh a distortion of a picture? What is lightning? Could someone show me what a tree with bokeh, lighting, and some of these other things done to them. I use a layout program not a designing program like pse and ps, so I don't have all of those choices.

LLPooh1
12-16-2011, 07:55 PM
Here's my tree this year. I used my DSLR with the flash off, fstop of 4.3 to get the bokeh effect on the lights. Then in Photoshop CS4 I added a burnt edge, did a sepia layer and then removed it from the tree to show the color. I did the same for our star to give it a glowing effect since it's not a lighted one. :)

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1356/medium/2011-tree.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/christmas-photography/p88972-my-tree-this-year.html)

DigiliciousDesigns
12-17-2011, 01:05 AM
It's gorgeous!! You captured the sparkly lights beautifully!

LLPooh1
12-17-2011, 03:47 PM
It's gorgeous!! You captured the sparkly lights beautifully!

Thanks, Christine! I learned about the bokeh effect last year and I love it! Next thing I need to try to capture it on is the lights we have on our gutters on the house! :)

cylynn
12-18-2011, 05:01 PM
can you give us a bokeh tutorial?

msbrad
12-18-2011, 05:36 PM
can you give us a bokeh tutorial?

Here's one...
http://www.robertsdonovan.com/?p=702
A way to 'fake' it if your photo is all in focus...duplicate the photo layer.
Filter > blur > gaussean blur
Move the slider until you like the amount of 'non-focus'. Then erase [I prefer mask] the part of "blur" away so the focus shows thru from the layer below.
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DigiliciousDesigns
12-19-2011, 01:51 AM
I love Pioneer Woman's site (http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/), and she has a bit about bokeh that you might find interesting ;)

msbrad
12-19-2011, 02:28 PM
I got this far, still working on the tree and ornaments.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1356/w12-2012-dec.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/christmas-photography/p89213-december-2012.html)

altimasport
12-21-2011, 01:08 AM
I hope I did this right.
Christmas Tree (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/christmas-forum-fun/p89394-my-christmas-tree.html)
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1352/IMG_8954-_fixed_sfw.jpg

sandie03
12-21-2011, 06:01 AM
My tree has bell lights which change colour in a random order. I managed to capture the yellow to green, and the red to blue sequences, but I couldn't capture the blue to yellow, or green to red changes. I love the way that the blue lights reflect back off the cream carpet close by.

<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1356/DSS-Christmas-Tree-Lights.jpg" />

DigiliciousDesigns
12-21-2011, 06:28 AM
Goodness, you all have such amazing trees! Beautiful photos, ladies, really stunning!! :XX

sandie03
12-21-2011, 06:34 AM
My tree angel, hand made about 10 years ago. For over 40 years, I have always had an angel on the top of my tree, originally made from a barbie doll dressed by me . I replaced Barbie after 30 years (her wrinkles were showing) and re designed her outfit. Sadly we have lost her halo...must create a new one before Christmas.
<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1356/tree-angel.jpg" />

The tree angel we created for my daughter's tree- she has the most beautiful shelties and this is as close as we could find. Just love the sparkly red wings we made for this angel.
<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1356/dogangel.jpg" />

LLPooh1
12-21-2011, 04:52 PM
Wow... such beautiful trees and wreathes and tree toppers!! Love them all. :)

rabbitrun
12-21-2011, 09:46 PM
My tree is up! I've done about 30 trees since the first of Nov but not at my house. Hooray. The text reads "When we were first married and then children came, we were cash strapped like most young people. I learned to make Christmas ornaments out of most anything from blown painted eggs, to deodorant caps (the snail) or shaving creme tops (the drum). While we now have many elegant ornaments from travels all over the world and 40 years of dated Hallmark ornaments, I always make sure at least one egg, a snail and a drum make it onto the tree. It reminds me of how lucky we are now and how resourceful we were then."
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1356/Christmas-photography.jpg
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/christmas-photography/p89476-christmas-photography.html

MsKaty
12-21-2011, 09:50 PM
I hope you just want the photograph, not a layout! I played with hubby's starburst filter. It may be too much, looks almost like a grid! But, I kinda like the effect.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1356/TreeLights1.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/christmas-photography/p89478-my-tree-sparkle.html)

MsKaty
12-21-2011, 10:10 PM
That was so much fun I'm posting another. This is one of my favorite travel ornaments. I got it in Germany and when a string is pulled his arms and legs move out! It's probably hand made, just not by me!

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1356/Lights2.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/christmas-photography/p89479-more-starbursts-21.html)

hareraisers2
12-22-2011, 02:13 PM
I love your pictures MsKaty, I'm going to have to get one of those filters, too much fun.

hareraisers2
12-22-2011, 02:29 PM
I played around with some of the photo actions that I have and this is what I came up with.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1352/Christmas_Tree_2011_copy_Small_.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/christmas-forum-fun/p89533-christmas-tree-211.html)

ladydrake64
12-24-2011, 11:08 AM
My tree is in a poorly lit area of the house, which is great for enjoying the lights, but not so good for the photos.

I opted instead to show off my favorite handmade ornament.

It was 1992 and my son was 6. we were on our own and couldn't afford a big tree. I bought a little live potted tree about 2 ft tall for $10 and we decorated it with paper ornaments. I still remember how much fun my kiddo had making his 'origami' ornaments. I've made ornaments nearly every year, but that year was really special.

<img src="http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1356/Ornament_web.jpg" />

I corrected the lighting as best I could, and added a layer with just the ornament set to soft overlay at about 60% opacity to bring out the colors better.

jakelinelikestoscrap
12-27-2011, 02:30 AM
I'm probably a bit late, but I was so happy with how this pic turned out, I had to post... :)
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1356/CFF_tree.JPG