I made a few shots of our freshly-assembled Christmas tree, but since we’ve had the same artificial tree and the same decorations for a while, the photos of the tree looked pretty similar to those from recent years. (The kids are taller now, though, and more attentive about spreading out ornaments so they aren’t bunched up in shining clumps two feet from the bottom).

Once darkness fell, I experimented a bit with a tighter crop, slow shutter speeds and a bit of camera movement. The lights on our tree are white, but I can see how much fun this would be with colour.

There were no rules – I just fiddled around with angles and settings and motion. Making a mistake often had an unexpectedly more interesting result (what a lovely reminder).

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