A Midnight Clear

Uploaded: December 13, 2009 15:08:22


I wanted to try a shot of this figurine with my Christmas Tree in the background. I mounted the figurine on top of a light stand. I then positioned it about 6 feet in front of the tree. I placed a small desk lamp (the one I used in my other angel shot) down below the figurine about 2.5 feet. I kept the coffee can lids on, in front of the lamp, to soften and diffuse the light. I then aimed the lamp directly to the underside of the figurine. I used my 100mm macro lens and took several shots at varying f/stop settings to control the size of the lights (blur) in the bokeh. I ended up using f/4.0. To divide the lighting, I placed a small piece of black felt over the Xmas tree lights then positioned the camera angle to place the angel kind of in the middle of the dark spot.

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/80 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 640, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 100.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 50D


Cindy Bendush level-classic December 13, 2009

This is beautiful Mark and very creative! #1215765

Kerry Hill December 13, 2009

Beautifully done, Mark!! #8214078

Sam Britt December 13, 2009

Fantastic & beautiful holiday image, Mark. Thanks for sharing your technique. #8214137

Monnie Ryan December 14, 2009

Wow, that sounds like a lot of work! But it's sure worth it, Mark -- a very beautiful, unique photo! #8214836

Julianne Bradford December 14, 2009

Wow! What wonderful results Mark! This would make a great holiday card. Great technique! #8216385

Dianna Murphy December 18, 2009

Very cool work my friend. Nice bokeh! #8229980

Michael R. McKenney level-classic December 23, 2009

An absolute stunning shot. It is obvious that you had to have gone through a lot to get this, because the composition is perfection. I also appreciate your taking the time to explain how you managed this. Another one of my favorites! Great job. #8242552

Janice Mezzacappa January 02, 2010

A work of art Mark beautiful circular colors and lighting...so well thought out and captured perfectly!! Happy New Year! #8265380

Sharon C. Hinze January 18, 2010

Congratulations again on your finalist!
Sharon #8306441

Kelly S. Cavanaugh January 18, 2010

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Mark! #8306468

Carol L. Fowler January 18, 2010

Congrats Mark! WTG! #8307316

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic January 18, 2010

on your wonderful FINALIST! 8o)

Photobucket #8308058

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict January 18, 2010

Congratulations, Mark, on your fabulous finalist!

Best wishes for the next round!
Debby #8308347

Cindy Bendush level-classic January 18, 2010

Yea!!! Congrats on this wonderful finalist Mark! #8308506

Monnie Ryan January 18, 2010

Unique, creative and a WOW! Finalist! Congratulations, Mark! #8308900

Mary K. Robison January 19, 2010

Congratulations on this gorgeous photo making finalist! #8310455

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 19, 2010

WOW.....Stunning capture a result of your well thought out work, Mark. CONGRATZ!! Expect to see it again!

UB. #8310567

Karen Celella level-deluxe January 19, 2010

Congratulations on your terrific finalist Mark. It was worth all the effort! #8311266

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe January 19, 2010

Congrats on an awesome finalist, Mark! Best luck!! #8311718

Anne McKinnell January 19, 2010

Woo hoo, way to go Mark, HUGE congratulations on your beautiful winner!!! #8313045

Sam Britt January 19, 2010

Congratulations on this second place win, Mark! #8313256

Mary K. Robison January 19, 2010

Congratulations on your well-deserved win, Mark! #8313758

Debbie L. Middleton January 19, 2010

Happy 2nd place congratulations, Mark. You did it again! #8313904

Janice Mezzacappa January 19, 2010

WTG Mark this image is gorgeous and so well-deserved as a Winner!! Huge Congrats! #8313928

Carol L. Fowler January 19, 2010

WooHoo! Congrats! #8314006

January 19, 2010

No Surprise here. Another Classic example of your awesome photography. Congrats on your 2nd place finish for this awesome image Mark.

Brian #8314037

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict January 19, 2010

Congratulations on your win, Mark! #8314079

Cindy Bendush level-classic January 19, 2010

WTG Mark! Congrats on your beautiful winner! #8314132

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 19, 2010

Thought so. Many CONGRATZ on getting Golden, Mark!

UB. #8314410

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe January 20, 2010

Congratulations, Mark on this beautiful winner. #8314804

Leland N. Saunders level-addict January 20, 2010

Great work, Mark ... congratulations !!

Lee #8314858

Val Feldman level-deluxe January 20, 2010

Ah, Mark...so well-deserved...warmest congratulations on this fine Gold Win! #8315071

Jessica Jenney January 20, 2010

Congratulations, Mark on your fabulous win! #8315103

Karen Celella level-deluxe January 20, 2010

Congratulations on your impressive winning image Mark! #8315132

Jack Ryan January 20, 2010

Way to go, Mark. Congratulations!!! #8315747

Margaret R. Barry level-classic January 20, 2010

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Mark! #8315750

Virginia Leone level-classic January 20, 2010

I've loved this work of art from the first time I saw it. It really grabbed my attention and stood out as a beautiful holiday themed photo. Congratulations on a well deserved win Mark! #8315994

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict January 20, 2010

Congratulations Mark on your Wonderful Winner!!!

Dominick #8316801

Dianna Murphy January 20, 2010

WTG Mark! A big warm hearted congratulations to you on your fantastic winner!!! I wish you continued success in the future.
Dianna #8316838

Rick Clark January 20, 2010

Great winner, congrats! Thanks for the info on how you made the shot. #8317334

Mark Dodge January 21, 2010

Gosh... thanks everyone! I sincerely appreciate your support and encouragement. Sincerely, Mark. #8318969

Tess L. Yee January 21, 2010

Congrats on the well-deserved win! Spectacular image, Mark! #8319281

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe January 22, 2010

Very clever and beautiful Mark! Congratulations on your win! #8321998

Phyllis H. Burchett January 22, 2010

Beautiful and creative, congrats on your win! #8322879

Kelly S. Cavanaugh January 23, 2010

Congratulations on your fantastic win, Mark!!! :) #8324875

Patti Coblentz February 07, 2010

You achieved perfection, here, Mark! Congratulations on your win!!

Patti #8363206

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