Moira Heilbronn  

XMAS SPARKLES by Moira Heilbronn

December 2019 - XMAS SPARKLES

About the Image(s)

We were having some fun with Xmas lights & I managed to get a shot of this girl really enjoying herself, although she was a bit concerned she might be electrocuted by the lights! Luckily the voltage is so low there was no chance of any mishap. The low light & brightness of all the Xmas lights was definitely a challenge

This was processed in Lightroom & Photoshop. I usually get the exposure right in Lightroom & correct for the lens I have used & then finish off in Photoshop where I adjust contrast & saturation , crop and fix skin where necessary.

Canon 5D Mark IV
Lens: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art
1/125 sec @f/1.6 | ISO1600

5 comments posted

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Dear Moira,
This is a lovely, lovely picture! And the lights, the color in the mist behind her, the bokeh in the lights behind her, all fantastic! And you achieved that most elusive thing, you captured a perfect moment of real happiness!
I can't think of much to suggest, except maybe crop the left side a little more. The red figure is bright and distracting at the top and the walk and greenlight are not needed. Without them you have a nice diagonal line from her figure through the purple mist. Try it and see what you think.   Posted: 12/08/2019 18:48:26

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Moira, the excitement is there in the woman's candid laugh, the Christmas timing is great. This is a perfect photographic capture!

Critique: to me the lights seem too bright and distracting. Could you burn them in or reduce their brightness in some way?

Alison has some interesting suggestions to try.
  Posted: 12/09/2019 20:05:36

Julie Deer
Hi Moira, what a happy photo this is. I love the colouring of the lady in the image too. However, I do find the background too bright. I think I would tone down the white lights as they keep drawing my eye away from the main subject. I wonder if you have thought about playing with the saturation of the background to dull down the bright colors. I think this would make the lady stand out even more than she is already.   Posted: 12/13/2019 04:17:46

Moira Heilbronn   Moira Heilbronn
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I've cropped the image to the left, and since I was unable to burn the white lights, I have changed their colour (using a colour wheel to see what might go with the yellow dress) and desaturated slightly. Has this improved the image?   Posted: 12/14/2019 00:07:19
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Moira Heilbronn   Moira Heilbronn
And a purple one - not sure which looks better.   Posted: 12/14/2019 00:08:10
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