Today’s Daily Photo is of our Solstice tree. We put it up last week and I thought it would be a good photo for the blog.
I had to put some thought and work into this as I wanted both the lights to be clear and the details visible – you guessed it…a slow shutter speed for the lights and a flash burst for the details. Our living room has an eight foot ceiling which was a concern as the tree lights were pretty bright by themselves. To make everything work I lowered the ISO to 100 and though experiments ended up dialing the flash output to -3 and -1 on the EV camera setting. By now it was coming out pretty close to what I was looking for but the image didn’t seem warm enough so I asked my wife for a stocking, placed it on the flash and viola, the warmth came through. (I learned the stocking trick in Berlin when I was assisting a wedding photographer. He had asked me along and I jumped at the chance to see how wedding photography went. It was a good learning experience – always a good thing.)
Solstice Tree (Nikon Df, 28mm, ISO 100, 4 seconds at f22 with -1 EV, Nikon flash with -3 EV dialed in, stocking to add warmth).