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Moving the orb much closer

By Tianshi_angie
My thoughts on this image were to have lights in the orb blurred but the lights on the tree showing some 'starbursts'. There are a few starbursts so to some extent successful. Again I am hoping for suggestions and more ideas. I have added as a Modification an upside down version.

Tags: Digital art Christmas lights

Voters: mike9005, Sylviwhalley, dudler and 6 more

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dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
17 Dec 2020 11:15AM
I suggest moving hte ball close to the lens, possibly not including all of it in the frame, and seeing if you can focus on the image in it, rather than the reality behind...

I've played with this, but the real expert that I know of is mistere, who has made an art form of putting random glass and plastic objects in front of his lens.
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
17 Dec 2020 2:21PM
Tighter crop, brighter,, frame in mod.

17 Dec 2020 2:28PM
Thanks Willie - that's looking good - a question. When I lighten the image the tree loses its green and goes dark grey. What is your secret?
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2020 4:30PM
F/5.6 is too large to give starbursts, for that effect you want a much smaller aperture. Are you using a tripod for this? The ISO would suggest not, but I am pretty sure that you have one... F/16 would be much more likely to give you the starburst effect.
17 Dec 2020 5:00PM
Way too dark at that aperture Moira - I did try as I know that starbursts need a small aperture - so I went with what I had and there are a couple of starbursts so I was fortunate to get those. The orb was on the tripod. I have bought an arm and holder for the orb (They can be attached to the tripod) but the arm is way too rigid for me to manipulate and the holder has to be exactly level through its circumference for it to hold the orb in place otherwise it simply rolls off. The camera was resting on the arm of the settee - you can see some movement? I do have a monopod so the camera can go on that one - it was at the stage when I needed to sit down as back was playing up so hoped that the settee would give me enough steadiness.

Thanks for your thoughts - it all helps me to think more clearly.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2020 6:08PM
Suggestion - put the orb on the arm of the settee or on a pile of books (one of my standards ploys), we don't see what it's sitting on - and use the tripod for the camera, that's where it's needed! Then give it a go with a small aperture and low ISO - it will need a long exposure, but worth experimenting if you want a particular effect.

I shall hunt out the decorations and have a go myself...
17 Dec 2020 6:21PM
The orb is very heavy Moira actually weighs 630 grammes so wouldn't stay on the arm of the settee. It has to have something flat which will hold it in place which my tripod does. I would also be concerned in case it rolled and fell on the dog - he is now very old and has dementia - so wouldn't react to something falling near him. No longer understands how things work - like doors - tries to go through the hinged side of a door, and doesn;t actually realise that some things are unmovable. Couple of nights ago he tried to jump through a glass door. Fortunately for me it was double glazed so didn't shatter but knocked him silly for a bit. He's pretty deaf and partially blind. But I think I can rig the monopod up so that it is steady- I'll give it a try shortly.
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
17 Dec 2020 8:48PM
I laughed, Angie! 'Fell on the dog'! - priceless, and also a very real concern.

There must be some combination of rigid surfaces that will serve the turn, and allow the camera to be on the tripod. Or possibly put both on a table?

Keep going!
17 Dec 2020 10:06PM
I know it sounds funny John but he is so demented he falls asleep in the most impossible places and walks round in circles for ages.
I have been experimenting tonight with putting the orb on the monopod - but that really didn't work, managed some starbusts with the camera on the tripod and a shutter of about 1/5 and aperture on F18, but then got caught up with 'Far from the Madding Crowd', Thomas Hardy lived very near where I live and have often walked past his cottage when walking the dog. I also did my dissertation on him when I took my teacher's certificate. So was rather torn and Hardy won.

Not to worry about keeping going - I shall until I find a solution. I was bitterly disappointed to find the arm for holding the orb is so difficult to move - has to be fairly solid because of the weight of the orb itself - it could do real damage at that weight falling on something or a dog!!!
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
18 Dec 2020 8:58AM
I wasn't laughing at the concern, but at the situation. I've shot model pictures with a house rabbit running round and between my feet...

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