Ruth Sprain  

Wonderland Lights by Ruth Sprain

January 2021 - Wonderland Lights

January 2021 - Ruth Sprain


January 2021 - Ruth Sprain

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About the Image(s)

One of our shopping areas had a holiday light display coordinated to music to change the color of lights. I took this photo about 6:30 p.m. in falling snow and cold.
Using a 1.5 sec. exposure, I zoomed in on a lit tree on a hill.

The photo was shot with my Canon EOS 7D at 28 mm, 100 ISO, 1.5 sec., f/11.

In PhotoShop, I cropped, added contrast, and saturated. Then I added a full moon in a composite that I shot two evenings later, changing it to a bluish tone. I added two more stars on the right side to balance the image. Happy New Year!

10 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Ruth, what a beautiful abstract that screams The Holidays! I love the colors and how the "zooming" draws the eye to the Christmas tree. Your Photoshop crop and edit that places the tree in the upper right third works to further enhances the composition. I'm not sure, however, the moon works for me. I think it detracts from the overall effect. You have the main element abstracted and the secondary element (the moon) not abstracted and they seem to compete for attention. In a composition such as this, I don't find negative (black) space off-putting.   Posted: 01/05/2021 16:58:09
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Thank you, Michael, for your comments. I'll have to play more with the moon image to see if an altered moon looks better. When I first looked at the original scene, I thought the moon would balance out the composition. Do you think the smaller moon like I showed Kieu-Hanh helps?   Posted: 01/14/2021 17:24:35

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Your holiday lights captured in long exposure setting are beautiful. The silky and colorful light trails lead my eyes to the tower at a further distance. The snowflakes and the stars are quite sharp.
For the moon, it seems too big for the scene, very sharp in long exposure and therefore, it does not look real. I'd prefer to reduce the size of the moon and blur it a bit more. Also, I'd prefer to keep the moon in color instead of in B&W.   Posted: 01/06/2021 00:02:02
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Kieu-Hanh, I appreciate your comments. My husband agreed with your thought that the moon was too big. So the version that I've attached is what I submitted to our photo club's competition. The moon is still in color with a blue-purple tone. I didn't think the yellow cast looked right with the blue and purple lights.   Posted: 01/14/2021 17:21:17
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Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
The new version is super! Wishing you a big success in your photo club's competition!   Posted: 01/14/2021 22:55:56
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Thank you, Kieu-Hanh. The monthly theme for our photo competition was holiday lights. I received an Award of Merit with this revised version with the smaller moon.   Posted: 01/24/2021 15:58:38

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
This is a great abstract photo. Very colorful and leads the eye right into the scene. I agree that either taking the moon out or giving it more color would work with it. The shopping area may want to use this photo!   Posted: 01/13/2021 13:19:16
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Mary Ann, thank you for your comments. The "zooming" of the lights gives them diagonal lines, that I agree bring your eye into the scene. That's a great idea to send the shopping area a copy of the image.   Posted: 01/14/2021 17:26:38

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Great image, Ruth; I love the colors! I like how the lights and leading lines lead the eye to the Christmas tree. There are lots of details in the lights to follow.

For me, the moon competes for attention and pulls my eye away away from the pretty scene. When I try to observe the lines of color, the bright moon keeps tugging at my eye to go look at it instead. The black negative space (without the moon) gives the image balance with all the light. In my humble opinion, I think the moon needs to be smaller even still and less bright.

Best wishes,
LT   Posted: 01/17/2021 09:10:33

Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
I have not done zooming images. It looks fantastic. I have to agree the moon should go.   Posted: 01/22/2021 10:20:11


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