Happy New Year!!

One of my resolutions is to keep up my photography and this blog. I love going back and looking at the improvements I make.

Here is another one from downtown Raleigh over the holidays. What I love about this photo so much is the blur of the cars and lights.


f/1.8, 1/15 sec, ISO 400 on the 50mm lens



I know…I have been SO slack with this 365 project. Not gonna lie – trying to stay inspired when it’s dark out at 5pm is hard. However, my girlfriend Jenn and I decided to head to downtown Raleigh the week before Christmas to take some shots. Fayetteville Street is always beautifully decorated with wreath-lined along the street and two huge Christmas trees at each end of the road.

The last time I took some night shots was during my field trip while taking an intro to digital photography. I was excited to get out there again with my girl.

This photo of Fayetteville Street is one of my favorite angles. You can see all the way to the end and vice versa if you were standing on the opposite end.


Using my tripod, I set my 50mm lens to f/4.5, 1.0 sec and ISO 800. Too bad it wasn’t snowing – it would have gave this photo that extra magic. 😉


One of my bucket list photos was Christmas lights. I have seen pictures of Christmas trees with the lights in bokeh and I have always wanted to try it out myself.

I turned off all the lights in the house and then switched my camera lens from auto focus to manual focus. Then I set the camera settings to f/1.8, 1/80 sec, ISO 800. It took a few turns of the lens to really get the amount of bokeh that I wanted. It was fun to play around with and happy how it turned out.