Today’s activity became (yes, I’ve been rearranging A LOT) “Take Christmas photos.” It was easy to fit it into our day, since the plan was to go to a Photo Mom play date where we would be taking Holiday Lights Bokeh (for those of you that don’t know what that means, it’s those pictures with the hazy/glowy lights in the background).
The host mom had set up a background stand with white lights on white string hanging behind a gauzy white fabric. The other 3 moms and I each had our turn trying to get pictures of our kids and learning how to set our cameras to get the desired effect. I know others were having a lot of trouble getting the “orbs” of light to be very big, but I think I managed to do pretty well. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that right before we left, I read a blog post that explained how to take Bokeh pictures. I switched to my 50mm lens and set the aperture to 1.8 (the biggest/lowest # that lens will go). While I did have some trouble getting good shots of my kids (they just love to make weird faces and won’t ever sit/stand close enough to get both in the picture), I think the effect I was going for worked pretty well in most of my shots. I did bribe them with candy canes and cookies, but it was still hit or miss on facial expressions. Here are some of the best ones I got.