Last blog post I shared my top 10 tips for creating bokeh photographs using Christmas tree lights. Before packing up the lights I decided to get the turtles in on the silly season action.
I love how these Christmas themed photographs turned out. I had considered holding them during our photo (see last blog post). However they don't like being held much and tend to use those powerful claws to try and escape. That hurts and I didn't want to risk dropping them.
Check out my last post for tips about lighting, lenses, and camera modes, etc. This time the distance wasn't a big a deal. The turtles were much closer to the lights than when I was photographing people. My camera was at the end of the vinyl. This time I had the window blinds mostly closed to avoid harsh shadows.
The turtles are used to routine. They live in a big indoor tank and they often enjoy time in the backyard too. They're familiar with that and enjoy climbing over and under all the succulent plants. Putting them in this scenario made them unsure. Especially Aristotle, after ten minutes he bolted. I've never seen him move so fast to get away from me. Either the vinyl gave him great traction or he wasn't liking something that day. Maybe it was the vinyl, it made a sound as the turtles walked. It was a sign to stop and put him back where he was most comfy, in his tank. The next day I decided to give it another go. This time I had much more success. The turtles were happy to play along. Yay!
The best tip I can give you is to get down to your pets level. That meant I was on my stomach. Much lower than my tripod would go. (I have carpet burn on my elbow now). Focusing on their little faces was tricky. Those long necks move quiet a distance in a matter of moments. I had to do my best to keep up. I found the 24-70mm lens best as the zoom feature was handy.
I took some photos at f3.5 (as I was keen to create some beautiful bokeh in the background). I also took some at f11. I wanted to make sure I had at least some photos of them in focus properly. They turned out interesting too. It was good to capture some variety.
|Gerti loves looking at her tank light. This really made her Christmas!|
I was glad I took the time to photograph the turtles with the Christmas lights. I was almost tempted to not bother. I stumbled across last years Christmas photo and this years is looking much better. All those tutorials I read and workshops I watch have been worth it. I'm liking the improvement. I'm grateful for all the know-how available online.
A very Merry Christmas to you and your family from me and mine. I hope you enjoy taking some creative bokeh photos this silly season.