Christmas Lights Bokeh

It’s that time of the year. The time when I post Christmas lights bokeh, which shows christmas lights shimmering as blurry orbs in the background.

I try to create this effect every year since I saw the effects. You can see my attempts from a few years ago here and here. I think I was too stressed out to do some last year. Scroll to the very end for a link to the article that inspired me and a quick tutorial on how to create your very own.





Read more on how to create your own here.

Christmas Is In The Air!

(We shall not speak about my failed NaPhoPoMo attempt…sssshhhh! I said we shall not speak of it!)

Christmas is my favorite season and if I have anything to do with it, it will be Mina’s favorite season too. Watch out for December postings here full of Christmas cheer. Like these:

All taken at Sea World, where our family is taking full advantage of our season pass. It has been so worth it, we should probably get our 2014 pass soon. When I was new to San Diego it was so hard to get that Christmas feeling, what with the weather being so warm and all. In Texas, by November/December, you finally feel the chill. Snow is even a possibility. But here in San Diego? Well, even now we’re looking at highs of upper 60s in Fahrenheit.

Now that I’ve been here a few years, I’ve grown accustomed and appreciative of the warmer climate. And I have a few tricks up my sleeve to feel the holiday cheer. I line up a lot of Christmas things-to-do to get into the season. Going to Sea World is part of it. I love amusements parks that go all out!













NaPhoPoMo Days 4-12

Obviously I’m completely failing at this National Photography Posting Month thing, as it is November 12 and I have a paltry three pictures posted. But I have my reasons.

One, I post on instagram all the time. I wanted to take this challenge as an opportunity to use my DSLR the way I haven’t been lately. It’s easy to take your camera, snap something, vignette it, put a filter and post. I wanted the slower, more work kind of photography. The one where I would actually have to use my eye. The one where I would have to change settings on my camera to get that right shot. It’s been difficult. And more rewarding.

Two, found that at the end of a work day I’m simply too tired to photograph and post something. Often there really isn’t anything to snap in the morning, and I’d rather stay in bed later. Three, on my days off I’ve just simply been too busy catching up with chores, errands, life.

I know, excuses, excuses, excuses. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped. I’ve been snapping away at mostly Mina. Here are my catch up posts that really defeats the purpose of this little challenge, but is the best that I can do.

Eating healthy granola with fruits and nuts and yogurt. What passes for a parfait here.

Eating healthy granola with fruits and nuts and yogurt. What passes for a parfait here.

Conquering the world one boulder at a time.

Conquering the world one boulder at a time.

Reading. She needs better lighting.

Reading. She needs better lighting.

NaPhoPoMo Day 2

I worked all day, and slept all night so I had no chance to post this one. Pretty boring. I took the first chance to take a shot I could as I knew I’d be knackered by nighttime (no I’m not English, I just love the word knackered).

I work as a registered nurse, and my day starts pretty early. This is the time I try to head to the garage to make sure I get to work with plenty of time to spare.