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Merry Christmas 2012
2nd PlaceMerry Christmas 2012
kgeary


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Challenge: Holiday Cards (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Atlanta, GA
Date: Dec 9, 2012
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 60
Date Uploaded: Dec 11, 2012

Shot this for my ACTUAL christmas cards, not the challenge. When I saw the challenge was up it was a bonus. We'll see how it does :)

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Place: 2 out of 38
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Views since voting: 2375
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Votes: 131
Comments: 28
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12/24/2012 01:58:53 AM
Knew this would be a winner. Love, love the hair color and gorgeous girl. Now I know what to do with my Xmas lights, only the are multi coloured
12/21/2012 12:16:15 PM
Ha! Congrats, Kevin! What great timing.
12/20/2012 07:34:25 PM
Originally posted by kgeary:

Thank you all for the kind words. To answer Ryan's question, the lights are a combination of net lights and string lights. Here's a BTS shot:



I've seen how this technique is done a few times elsewhere and it is very effective, and you expertly used it here for a great photo and yes a wonderful christmas card, simple and elegant, but doesnt take away from those who used the whole family or themselves as per the challenge, congratulations nonetheless :O) and truly Merry Christmas :O)

Message edited by author 2012-12-20 19:46:40.
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12/20/2012 04:08:29 PM
Congratulations with your ribbon and a new PB. This is a fantastic image that meets the challenge 100%.
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12/20/2012 02:51:41 PM
Gorgeous. Everything works perfectly.
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12/19/2012 09:31:52 PM
@mike -- it's just subject to background distance. the 50mm 1.4 produces beautiful bokeh anyway, but it's certainly helped a lot by the distance between subject and background.

In the BTS shot, she's closer to the lights than she was when I actually took the image. For the real shot she was slightly passed the halfway point on the other side of the bed -- the side I shot from.

Message edited by author 2012-12-19 21:33:10.
12/19/2012 08:20:37 PM
how did you get the beautiful bokeh out of the 50/1.4???
12/19/2012 11:34:59 AM
Thank you all for the kind words. To answer Ryan's question, the lights are a combination of net lights and string lights. Here's a BTS shot:

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Behind the Scenes of Christmas Card Shoot by kevingeary, on Flickr

12/19/2012 10:02:49 AM
Congrats! She's adorable and nicely done
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12/19/2012 09:14:03 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! She's such a doll!
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12/19/2012 08:31:28 AM
Delightful and beautifully done - golly but her hair color is pretty. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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12/19/2012 04:57:17 AM
Very nice indeed! Lovely colours and bokeh.
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12/19/2012 02:03:56 AM
well as beautiful as this is...im going to have to say for me it partially met the challenge
12/19/2012 01:39:53 AM
WONDERFUL... CONGRATS ON THE MUCH DESERVED RIBBON FOR THIS ONE XOX
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12/19/2012 12:39:48 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon. I love the color combination of this image.
Merry Christmas
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12/19/2012 12:22:49 AM
Congratulations. Lovely card for loved ones to receive.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/17/2012 02:23:44 PM
Lovely image
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12/14/2012 02:14:23 PM
Too cute! Love the white and the bokeh and that adorable baby.

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12/14/2012 12:06:17 PM
CUTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Pie! Merry Christmas to you too!
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12/13/2012 04:09:41 PM
Very cute. You know everyone getting cards really wants to see the kid :)
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12/12/2012 04:45:27 PM
Cute! the bokeh helps draw your attention right to the little one's bright eyes. I like the neutral border color choice.
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12/12/2012 03:11:19 PM
She is beautiful. Amazing portrait and a greeting card!
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12/12/2012 02:35:36 PM
Very professional looking. I only wish she was looking at the camera
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12/12/2012 10:32:35 AM
very nice! I would like a square cut even more - so that only the glittering part remains as a background
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12/12/2012 10:25:07 AM
Love that red hair! The bokeh shimmer in the background is really pretty.
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12/12/2012 06:24:42 AM
i used a similar background for my "real" Christmas cards. I'd be curious as to how far away the lights were, i could get mine to blur out like that.

nice job
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12/12/2012 12:44:59 AM
Cute model - i recognize her from the autumn photoshoot you had linked in the forums before - i'm sure your daughter will love having these pictures in the future!
The backdrop is great, i'm curious if it's a drop or just hanging lights - i'm looking to get a similarly colored dropcloth with a light pattern like this (but fully wide spread for the lights). If this is a backdrop, i'd love to hear where you got it from.
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12/12/2012 12:38:21 AM
top 3
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