Let There Be Light!

If you are anything like me, by now you are probably sick of all things Christmas...and I don't blame you.  I start playing Fa-la-la-la-la, Carol of the Bells, and Winter Wonderland on December 1st but the moment Christmas is over I take down the tree and I am over it. Still, these photos are worth sharing because they are the first ones I've taken with a proper tilt-shift lens, the Nikon 24mm f/3.5 to be exact.  They are also SOOC (straight out of the camera) - no presets, only a few minor exposure adjustments (the noise couldn't be helped, I had to crank up the ISO due to the late time we arrived on location, just at sunset).  The Christmas lights and decorations provided for wonderful backdrops and I just couldn't resist the bokeh.

On my camera this lens works entirely in manual mode, so the focus was challenging.  It says right there in the description that it is a lens for seasoned photographers who are technical, use a tripod, and generally know what they're doing.  Being true to myself, I of course winged it, and I am loving the results.  I hope you do, too!


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