Christmas Balls

It's that time of year, the holiday season is well underway and most U S cities (and others around the globe) are decked out with all of the trimmings. The "Big Apple" is certainly in full swing as evidenced by the fact that there is not a single corner in Manhattan that you can turn without seeing the festive colors of the season. While out and about a few days ago I made a few mental notes of some of the more outstanding holiday decorations and decided that I would return during night hours to photograph them. Below is one such display.

Christmas Balls
Christmas Balls

The crowds here this week have been quite large since there was the annual tree lighting in Rockefeller Plaza and a Presidential visit (same night). I decided to not tote my tripod for that reason, so this image is hand-held. I managed a single 2-second exposure at f20, which was then tonemapped during the post processing phase.

I started to pass on a B&W conversion, in fact, had already scheduled this post for the usual midnight launch. But then I kept wondering how it would look, so...

Christmas Balls - B&W
Christmas Balls - B&W

Here's hoping that this helps those of you who celebrate the Christmas season into a festive mood. ;-)

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM