Here’s a Last Minute Cup of Disney Christmas Cheer!

Chris W. (NDD #300) (73 Posts)

Since going to Walt Disney World and Disneyland at a young age, Chris has always enjoyed Disney music, TV shows, movies, and trips to Walt Disney World. But his appreciation of the overall Disney experience has greatly increased over the last few years. While waiting for the next chance to work on his Disney photography skills, Chris passes the time listening to Park/Resort audio, WDW podcasts, and checking out the work of other Disney photographers. To Chris, there are no bad Disney trip photographs or photographers.

Non-Disney pursuits include spending time with his wife and children, watching and listening to baseball broadcasts, and cheering for the Chicago Cubs and LSU. Chris is a third generation professional engineer in Louisiana, working mainly on asbestos, lead, mold and demolition projects. Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisWhitePE and you can check out his Flickr photo stream: chris_white2323.


a little Christmas light bokeh and a swell cup of coffee with your favorite Disney mug

a little Christmas light bokeh and a swell cup of coffee with your favorite Disney mug

Just thought I’d post this at the last minute. I took this outside the other night, no real edits to the photo. As you can see, my Donald Duck model from Mickey’s “Really Swell” Brand coffee cup line is in the foreground.

What I was trying to do was capture some blurred Christmas lights (bokeh, to use a photography term) that look like the lights are coming out of the coffee cup, rather than steam. And it seemed like a neat idea on a cool night, where the lights add a feeling of warmth. And who says trick shots are only for shooting pool or basketball?

There are lots of really neat ideas on how to use Christmas lights (and other light sources) as either foreground or background objects, all using some sort of creative effect. If you want to get out of your comfort zone, get away from the “Auto” function on your DSLR and try some of these “trick shots”. And you can do a lot of these without leaving the house, using stuff you already have.

Here, I set the coffee cup on a table, about 5 feet in front of where I had the Christmas lights sort of hanging off a cabinet. Shooting in Aperture priority mode, I set the aperture wide open, pressed the shutter, and that was it. Not the best special effects photo ever, but not bad for 1 minute of setup. And it’s good practice.

Anyway, I hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year. It’s hard to believe 2015 is almost gone, and 2016 is here.