Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hearts and lights, with just a little Christmas

Recently, while visiting one of my favorite blogs, Georgianna Lane, she brought to mind using a heart shaped filter. Although I'd seen the results before I'd never tried photographing with one. I won't lie, it's a challenge! At least it was for me.

Right after I started practicing I became distracted with dinner so my younger daughter took over and started shooting every Christmas light she could. Below are the results.


Elise had quite a few cool looking shots but these were a few of my favorites. The top photo was taken of a reflection of lights in the window on a rainy night. Such a cool result.

Interested in trying it yourself? Do a Google search for Heart Shaped Bokeh. I liked this tutorial!




We don't have a big house so I don't have many decorations. This is one of the spots that stands out so I try to make it look pretty for the holidays. I've had the feather trees for several years and still love them!












5 days until Christmas. Can you believe it? Me either. I'm not ready yet but I will be. Tomorrow morning I'll make my final list and head out for all the little things I still need. Here's hoping I can actually accomplish what I've set my mind too!


I'm hooking up with Mary's Little Red House for Mosaic Monday



46 comments:

Eve said...

Love your self portrait Sharon! Wonderful photos and that goes for you both!! Merry Christmas! I'd better get busy!!

Sall's Country Life said...

Beautiful photos!! Just linked to Mary's site and decided to check out the blog above me...glad I did, I enjoyed this lovely post and would like to try the heart shaped bokeh for myself!! Merry Christmas to you!

Snap said...

Beautiful post. Very elegant. Fun self portrait. Merry Christmas

clairz said...

So much to love--beautiful post, beautiful self-portrait, and fascinating tutorial link. I think this will be a January project, but I can't wait to try it! Thank you.

Merry Christmas to you, your family, and your readers!

Dishesdone said...

Terrific post! Love the heart filter! Such beautiful shots!
Merry Christmas!

A Garden of Threads said...

Stunning photos, you and your daughter did a fabulous job. Love the self portrait. Have a wonderful holiday.

Mary said...

Sharon,

Stunning.

I love your self portrait and recognize your camera :)

Your decorations are lovely.

Mary

Country Girl said...

Love the decor but especially loved that last photo, Sharon.
I've got a few things to do yet too, plus get something taken care of on my car. Darnit.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Just lovely! {and aren't you adorable!! ;}

m ^..^

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I love bokeh and your photos are wonderful. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Vee said...

Intriguing shots and the one you took of yourself is as well. Very nice. All the best with your Christmas preparations!

Karin said...

Have a blessed Christmas! Such a beautiful post - cool self portrait!

RedWillow said...

So lovely . Love your sp.. Im a dust bunny in mine. ha.
Love it.

Susannah said...

Exquisite pictures! I L.O..V..E the hearts. Your daughter takes beautiful photos. Love the one of you in the mirror.

Merry Christmas, Sharon. You have made the last year beautiful for me just seeing your pictures. Thank you and God bless you in 2011.

Susannah

Laura said...

Love your pretty decorations, Sharon! I tried birds and feathers on a tree last year. Let's just say every day there was a different bird on the ground. They magically flew off the tree (with the help of Newman!). Have a wonderful Christmas!

Pat said...

I've never heard of heart shaped bokeh. Quite interesting.

Hmmm.....a feather tree. Can't say I've seen one of those either.

You are just a fountain of information today!

raffa said...

merry christmas to you....

Life Images by Jill said...

It is so lovely to see "you" and your lovely Christmas mosaic - thankyou for sharing your corner of the world. and the heart bokeh is cool. Have a wonderful Christmas in the company of those you love.

Custom Comforts said...

Sharon,
So glad to see your lovely home ~ it looks absolutely charming and so inviting. I love your self-portrait! I haven't been blogging much. Kind of Christmased out, if you know what I mean. If I don't get a chance before, please have a very Merry Christmas with your family! Hugs to you!
Cindy

pam said...

How fun! I love your photos and the feather tree...oh, that brings back childhood memories. I too am headed out today...hope we both get the list checked off! Merry Christmas!

GrandmaK said...

Did so enjoy your photos/mosaics. Have a grand week! Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Cathy

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Lovely photos! You should have smiled in your portrait :)

And did you know about PW's assignment ahead of time? Looks like you have some perfect entries!

Cabin Fever in Vermont

Jeri ~ said...

Your decorations are beautiful - love the self portrait!

Kerri said...

The heart bokeh is FABULOUS! And your decorations are Marvelous!
Great Self-portrait too :)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Lovely photos! I'm not ready either! Oh, well . . .

Roxanne Steed said...

Loved seeing these photos- beautiful decor & the heart bokeh was really interesting too! (I forwarded your blog link on to my photographer daughters!)

Carolynn said...

Cool effect with the hearts. I love your Christmas decorations and pretty white lights! Very festive and elegant.

dAwN said...

Your decorations are lovely and you look beautiful with them all!
Merry Christmas Dear Sharon!

Ruter & Hjerter said...

U have a great blog! nice pics!

Jayne said...

Beautiful Sharon! Love that last photo of you in the mirror. And FWIW, I think your photography is just as beautiful as Georgianna's. :c)

The Retired One said...

gorgeous shots...wonderful! P.s.I love your haircut~!! xxoo

Becky said...

Looks quite festive to me! Love all the photos. Elise did a great job too. She must have your eyes! Merry Christmas!!!

Yolanda said...

Loved these photos and I just wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas.

MaggieGem said...

Beautiful self-portrait! Nice job your daughter did with bokeh filter, enjoy!

Chatelaine said...

Love your decorations. You can't go wrong with pointsettias. They always can add a pop of color. That's a great birdhouse too!

Nice portrait of yourself!

Balisha said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thankyou for a year of beautiful pictures. Balisha

♥ helen said...

Love these photos :)

A. Jarrett said...

Oh Sharon, love your self portrait! And your home is so beautifully decorated!

Love the heart bokeh shots - they do take a minute to get the hang of though! I used this tutorial:

http://www.diyphotography.net/diy_create_your_own_bokeh

Did I ever tell you that my mother's name is Sharon? Your name definitely has a special place in my heart!

Merry Christmas!

hip-chick said...

It looks very pretty. I like the feather trees in your little "spot"
I am so glad we got just a bit of snow for Christmas. I hope it stays and even (dare I say) we get a bit more.
Merry Christmas.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Merry Christmas!
Feliz Natal!

Mary said...

Your decorations are beautiful, Sharon. And so nice to see your pretty face! Have a very merry Christmas!
xoxo,
mary

Cindy said...

Merry Christmas!

Cindy

Steve Borichevsky said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Sharon!

Alice said...

i hope you had a lovely christmas!

the shaped bokeh is always fun to try - i've seen some pretty ridiculously complex shapes out there!

The Curious Cat said...

Never heard of a heart shaped lens! How interesting! Your house looks very festive. I hope you all had a cosy happy Christmas day! xxx

Jan's camera said...

Don't you just love Christmas decorations? I wish we could keep them up longer than just 4 weeks. The self-portrait is beautiful! Well done. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Happy new year to you.