Light Shine Bright

Guys, if you like Christmas (or Christmas lights), bokeh, light painting, or all of the above… go look them up on Pinterest. I’M KIDDING. That’s what this post is about, of course. (Lights, not Pinterest.)

Ahem. The other day Megan and I took some light painting pictures, and I think they turned out great! Well… most of them. Okay, actually most of them look neat, but failed. XD

We took turns “drawing” in the air with a flashlight, while the other person used my DSLR to take a picture with a very long exposure, ranging from maybe 15 seconds to 30 seconds to capture all the movement. I love how you can also see the stars in the background in some of the pictures.

The first Megan tried the classic smiley face, but it was harder than it seemed. XD This one is more like a smirk…

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Aha, much better. His vision is probably a bit lopsided, but hey, at least his eyes twinkle. 😛

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Speaking of eyes, I tried (and mostly failed) to do an eye painting. IT IS SO CREEPY. Also you can see my tennis shoe underneath if you look closely. XD

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BAHAHAHA THIS IS SO FUNNY. I think Megan was trying to draw a stick person on ground or something?? It looks like it’s skiing down the hill. XD

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ALSO REALLY STRANGE. Those hipbones look a bit… disjointed, shall we say?

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My squiggly city skyline.

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Heh. It is REALLY hard to light paint a lot of letters in thirty seconds. Try to guess what this says, and I’ll tell you below the picture:

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It was supposed to be “light shine bright.” XD Oh dear…

OOH. This is one of the funniest fails: Megan was trying to draw a tree here. But doesn’t it look exactly like a fist punching the sky? SO. FUNNY.

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The second attempt at a tree. *blinks* Well, it’s certainly the most… interesting tree I’ve seen.

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ANOTHER FAILED WORD THINGY BY ME. You might be able to read it, though.

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Yep, it’s hello. I actually really like the next one, by Megan. It’s not perfect, but it’s cute. 😉

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And that’s the end of the flashlight painting! I also took a few night lights pictures, because you can get some super neat effects with long exposure. Like these starbursts on the chicken houses.

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OH I LOVE THIS ONE. It’s a long-exposure picture of a car driving by, hee hee.

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MEGAN IS A GHOST. To make this picture, all you need to do is set your camera to a long exposure, and have someone stand in one place for a few seconds, quickly move to another spot, stand there, and so on.

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Okay, so much for that stuff. Now we move on to the Christmas bokeh! Woop woop! First up are some artistic bokeh-picture of our Christmas tree (which I posted about previously).


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I got the idea from Pinterest, and it’s way easier than it might seem: simply cut a circle of paper to fit your camera lens, cut or punch a design out of the middle, tape it on and voila! You can make the bokeh whatever shape you like.

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I like this one because the colored lights from outside showed through the screen and gave the bokeh a strange but neat texture.

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And lastly, some beautiful bokeh from the colored (and partially colored) lights that Megan put up on the front porch. I love how they look through the glass door!

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Look at all that gorgeous light! ♥

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Phew, that was a lot of light. O.o Which was your favorite: the light painting or the Christmasy bokeh? ISN’T BOKEH AMAZING?

Also, would you guys like to see a Christmas traditions post or not ‘specially? Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a Merry almost-Christmas! 🙂



81 thoughts on “Light Shine Bright

    1. I KNOW, RIGHT? Heh heh, thank you! I think the camera’s “eye” stays open for a long enough time that it captures each movement and blurs it together instead of “blinking” and taking one still snapshot. But to be honest, I’m not really sure of the details. XD

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  1. I took a photography class in highschool and I got to do some light painting 😁 it’s so hard you’re so right! I only drew like one successful thing haha. Yours are much better and pretty photography 😄


  2. I LOVE all those photos!! Ligh painting is so neat, a boy in my photography class did some, they were so neat!! I lovveee the bokeh!! How do you get it? I have trouble getting it…
    I am gonna have to try that one Pinterest idea, I have seen it, but never tried it. 😀
    Super fun post!!


    1. THANK YOU! Ooh, really? That’s neat! I KNOW I LOVE BOKEH. Hmm, well it’s a bit hard to explain… ooh, maybe I can make a post about it, actually! Although wait, do you have a DSLR or a non-DSLR? Because if the former, I can tell you a really easy way to do it awhile. 🙂
      Oh yes, it’s super fun! I hope you can try it. 🙂
      Thanks again, dear, and thanks for the comment!


        1. 😛 Ah, okay. I’m pretty sure that’s not a DSLR, but I’m not totally sure… anyway, yeah, I can hopefully do a post about it! 🙂
          Aww, thank you SO much, Gracie! That makes me so happy to hear.


    1. Hey, Lucy! Hmm, that’s a hard question. Honestly I don’t know for sure why I have as many wonderful followers as I do – I still can hardly believe it myself! O.o But let’s see, I shall attempt to give you some advice. 😛
      1. Spend time on your posts and photos and make sure that they’re something you’d like to read and see yourself. 2. Interact with other bloggers via commenting and such (like you’re doing now!). 3. Don’t be afraid to let your personality leak through your writing, because I think readers love getting to know bloggers through their posts.
      Other than that… ooh, I guess you could check out my blogging tips post here:
      I wish you success, and I hope the tips helped! 🙂

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    1. AHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH, DEAR! OH NO I’M SORRY. My posts seem to have a bad effect on people. I should post a warning.
      Read at your own risk: Side effects include injury, envy, or even death. Just a little note.


  3. Those pictures look amazing! Haha, I love doing the ghost effect. And DUDE HOW DOES THAT BOKEH THING EVEN WORK. HOW DID YOU NOT PHOTOGRAPH THE PAPER? I am… confused.
    (Also, my josieonthego email stopped working because the website expired and I stopped receiving email a while ago. It decided not to tell me that — very rude. So any emails you send there will DIE.)


    1. Thanks so much! Ha ha, isn’t it so fun? I KNOW, RIGHT? IT’S AMAZING. I wonder if it’s only because the cutout is in the center… but I don’t know. It’s weird. But if you think about it, you can hold up a paper with a tiny hole in it to your eye and still see out fine, so maybe it works similarly with cameras? *shrugs*
      ALSO BAD EMAIL. But okay, that’s good to know. Sad, but good to know.

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  4. EEK SO BEAUTIFUL!!! *gasps* *drools* BOKEH!!! Ahem. 😉 Hehe. I loved both ideas but the BOKEH, eek! You are so talented! I especially like the Ghost Megan, hehe! 😀


  5. Those are all really neat looking! A Christmas Traditions post would be fun to read! I love hearing about what others do to celebrate.:)


  6. LOVE THESE PICTURES! They are so cool. I love light painting, although I gave only tried the flashlight version one time with a friend. Also I love those Christmas tree bokeh photos. I had wanted to try that several times but just never got around to it the last few years…so maybe this year is the year? 😀


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