Steven Jungerwirth  

Holiday Lights Through Crystal by Steven Jungerwirth

February 2021 - Holiday Lights Through Crystal

About the Image(s)

Holiday lights shot through the bottom of a glass pitcher. Quarantine project with many variations by changing the number/color of lights in the pitcher, their positioning and depth of field.

Technical: Canon 6D, 100mm macro, ISO 100, 0.6 secs, F8, EV -1. I took an old crystal pitcher, filled it with holiday lights - then turned the pitcher upside down and plugged in the lights. I shot straight down at the lights through the bottom of the pitcher. The room was dark. Negative exposure comp was needed to avoid blowing out the highlights. Minimal post-processing in PS (removed dust/scratches). Experimented with B&W - but decided to keep the color - given the subject/season.

6 comments posted

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Steven,

What a great quarantine project! It has a great holiday feel with the bright colors, but could probably double as a 4th of July shot, especially if you composited a few more of your variations! Great for sci fy movie intros, too. I love the whimsy of it.   Posted: 02/05/2021 20:12:03

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
Steven: Once again you have displayed a great degree of creativity. I am not sure I would have ever thought of using holiday lights and a glass pitcher turned upside down to create a photographic image. My first thought was the use of a crystal or kaleidoscope. Well done.   Posted: 02/06/2021 13:32:32
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Unfortunately, I can take no credit for creativity. The approach was explained at local camera club meeting via zoom - and I simply executed it. It was a fun/safe project during these frigid quarantine days. Hope you and your's are well.   Posted: 02/06/2021 14:28:38

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Well it does seem you have the creative touch! Regardless if seen at a local camera club, your execution of this particular project and the others we have enjoyed in the past are truly creative.

I think we have all (and more than once) placed our eyes up close to a bowl, cup or maybe a crystal to peer at the kaleidoscope of colors, this is a very cool alternative of inducing a similar experience and even more engaging as it is well captured with the lens of a camera. Another fun exercise for the group to try! Well done, Steve.   Posted: 02/08/2021 05:33:24

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Hi Steven...I love this image and the creativity. The colors are superb! I appreciate the work that you had to do to make this image. In my opinion, this would look good as a print on the wall at all times, but especially during the holidays! Excellent!   Posted: 02/23/2021 12:17:26
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Thanks Dale . . . right now it's working as a ZOOM virtual background!
  Posted: 02/23/2021 13:12:14


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