Last year I posted up quite a few Christmas-related photos, including bokeh, portraits, ornaments, and lights. This year, I didn't take quite as many photos of these holiday-related items this year, but I did spend some time during the week before Christmas practicing a couple of techniques. The first was something that I saw on a photography site and thought I'd give a try.
With this first one, the idea is to start zoomed in on the object, and during a long exposure s-l-o-w-l-y zoom out to the maximum distance. That creates this cool light trail effect!
It actually took quite a few tries to get a shot where the light trails were this straight; even with a tripod, moving the lens smoothly and slowly out is hard work! So many of the photos came out very blurred.
Next I thought I'd try this on our mantel lights. In addition to making the light paths, it also resulted in this duplication of some of the decorations! Kind of a cool effect, I think.