These large Christmas ornaments are found in front of the building at 1251 Sixth Avenue on Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. This is along a stretch with lots of different giant Christmas decorations such as the Giant Christmas Lights. Across the street from this display is Radio City Music Hall (you can see the reflection in the glass behind the ornaments). Also right around the corner is Rockefeller Center with its Giant Christmas Tree. Can you see a theme here? Large christmas ornaments all sounded by giant buildings. All very fitting for Midtown Manhattan.
I like the way the red ornaments pop out against the dull colored background in this picture. I also like how the ornaments reflect on the water of the fountain. In order to get this reflection I needed a fast enough shutter prevent blurring, which at night meant I had to use a the high ISO of 2000. ISOs this high can cause graininess in the picture so you have to weigh the pros and cons of doing this. A combination of knowing you camera, and looking at the situation will let you know if you can get away with this or not. In this case I thought it would work. If you look at the buildings behind the ornaments you can see the graininess, but it is not noticeable in the ornaments themselves. This works because the focus of the picture is the ornaments and not the buildings. The best way to learn if this will work or not is to take lots of pictures. Over time you will learn what you can get away with and what you can’t.
Large Christmas Ornaments Information
- Taken By: Paul
- Date Taken: 20-Dec-2013
- Camera: Canon EOS 7D
- Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
- Exposure: 1/20 sec at F/8
- Focal Length: 32 mm
- ISO: 2000
- Flash: Did not fire