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Camera: D3; Lens: 50mm f1.8; ISO/2500, 250sec@1.8 -Derek Davis

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Stuff used: Canon 5D Mark II; Canon 35 1.4L; ISO 400; f/2.0; 1/200th; Natural Light -Tony Hoffer

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I'm a beginner at cameras, this is a regular point and shoot. I've been dying to buy a D700 Nikon for the past year because i've fallen in love with photography. I'm sure no one will want this as their background, but I thought it was pretty cool that I captured enough light to be in focus on both myself and the tree while the camera was sitting on a table across the room from me with a timer. -Paloma Trygar

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This shot was taken in Denmark, Odense at the "vintapperstrædet" were there is alot of christmas lights hanging. It was shot with a Nikon D90, iso 800, f 4.5 /50 sec. handheld. lens: Nikkor 70-300 f4.5-5,6. -Stefan Stente Nielsen

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Date Taken: 12/09 ; Camera: Canon 50D; Lens: 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM; Focal Length: 32mm; ISO: 400; Exposure 1/40; Aperture: f/2.8; Was taken at entrance of the American Museum of Natural History. -Dmitriy Shibarshin

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Late in the evening of 12/6/09 I snagged this cool picture of my outdoor Christmas tree using my Canon SD850IS. I set the iso to 80, and used 1.3 second exposure time and a 2 second timer. I held the camera by its twisted strap, hit the shutter button, waited a second, and let the strap unfurl. As the camera was wobbling and spinning with the shutter open, I slowly moved it vertically to capture more of the tree. After a little shadows/highlights adjustment in Photoshop, this is what I got. -Craig Heimericks

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This is just a fun "tunnel vision" shot I grabbed on my iPhone 3Gs at a Christmas party the other night. It was taken in San Diego, CA at about 8pm PST. -Lane Jasper

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took a picture of a christmas tree using my iphone, then applied some filters using the best camera app. sorry i dont have a bigger version for the wall paper, since i took it with my iphone the picture is small. the tree is in downtown pittsburgh pa. -Phoebe Weiskopf

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I used a Rebel XTi and 50mm 1.8 prime. I did a camera toss with about 1" at f1.8 with 100 iso -Brady Williams

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Shot this using a Nikon D70, 18-70mm af-s (kit); f3.5, 1 sec, 18mm, 200 iso -Ryan Nickelson

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Nikon D60 - Stock Lens. Photo of my student flat christmas tree :D -Peter Hong

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Sony A230 Body; Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens; ISO 800; 1/500 sec @ f2.8; No Flash -Nick Marquis

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Photo of the big Christmas Tree in Downtown Brooklyn (at the Metro Tech Center) taken on 12/8/09. For this shot, I made a custom filter shaped in the "Star of David" and placed it in front of my lens. ISO 1000, f/1.4, 1/50th sec (handheld). For the 2560x1600 wallpaper size, I made it landscape. -Chris Kim

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My wife snapped this at our local zoo's "Zoo Lights" exhibit this weekend. She wasn't trying for any special effects—as this is from her iPhone! I like the way the iPhone's shitty low-light performance actually makes this shot even cooler. My boys call this photo, "sith lightning". They've been watching a lot of Clone Wars lately. -Jason Hillbourne

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Nikon D5000; Nikkor 18-200 VR; Exposure: 12.2 seconds; Aperture: f/9.0; Focal Length: Multiple; ISO: 200; White Balance: Cool White Fluorescent. This was taken in bulb mode on a tripod. I exposed the tree and surrounding scene at 18mm for about 9 seconds, then slowly zoomed to 200mm closing the shutter right before hitting 200. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/dandechiaro/ -Dan DeChiaro

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Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII; Lens: Canon 17-40mm USM f/4 L; Focal Length Taken: 40mm; Aperture: f/4; Shutter Speed: 1/40; ISO: 500; Flash: No Flash; Exposure Program: Program AE; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4; Subject: Crystal Ornament with Christmas Lights -Huy Truong

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Hello. To take this photo I used a Nikon d40x camera, a quantaray 18-200mm lens, i'm not quite sure what my ISO was, and a 6.3 aperture. I basically stood by my lights, and zoomed in enough to make them the main focus of the photograph, then only focused on the lights that were closest to me. Now I tried getting the second attachment big enough but I could only figure out how to get it to 1024x685. ]: -Killian Gilvary.

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This is just two of the many ornaments on our Christmas tree this year with some of the string lights in the background. I used an ISO of 100 at 2/1 of a second with my trusty Canon Digital Rebel XT and 18-55mm lens. The photograph itself was taken at 47mm and of course I used my tripod to avoid camera shake. Happy Holidays. -Demorrius Sim

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I used a small point and shoot - a Canon Powershot S230 with it's only lens (it's a point and shoot...) with an ISO speed of 50. To capture this shot I shut off all of the lights in the area so the Christmas tree was the only light source. I also turned off auto focus, the flash, AiAF, AF-assist, set it to auto white balance and turned on long shutter mode. Then, I aimed the camera at the tree, pressed the shutter button down and shook the camera around. Without any other light and the longer shutter and slower ISO, the light was captured by the camera for a while and the motion was transferred to the image. -Ben Pettis

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I'm a beginning photographer at 16. I didn't know how to re-size the images or tell the ISO. This was taken with a Canon PowerShot SD780. -Joaquin Delgado

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I took this with my iPhone, right after I set up the tree this year. After a few shots of "perfecting the shakes", I came up with this piece. Since it was with my iPhone, I had to up the pixels in Photoshop to the wallpaper size, so it won't be as high-quality. -Dave Beck

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Wylie, TX Christmas Parade: A few members of the Texas JK Jeep Club and myself volenteered to haul city councel members with the doors off and the tops down in 40 degree weather. Cold but Fun! Each Jeep wrapped the roll bars with lights. Shot taken by: Brian Dickey owner of Precision Photography in Wylie, TX; Canon 40D EF28-135mm at 15s f/3.5 and an ISO of 100. Taken Dec 5th at 7:25pm -Brian Dickey

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Christmas lights 1; Camera - Sony HDR-SR11; ISO - 300; F-stop - f/1.8; Exposure time - 1/30 sec.; Exposure bias - 0 step; Focal length - 5mm; Max aperture - 1.7; Metering mode - Pattern -J Morgan

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Nikon D90, 105mm @ f/5.6, 1/30s, 1600 ISO -Steven Martin

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Both shot in "No Flash" mode with my brand new Canon X1i. Still learning about the manual modes so just auto modes for now. -Francisco Soto

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I used a 5D Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8L Lens. The exposure was 1/100 @ F4 and ISO 1000, this was a shot I wanted to get driving past these lights for a while, all it took was laying in 17 degree weather in the snow on my stomach to get the shot. -Kyle Ford

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*Canon EOS T1i; *Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens; *Focal length 30; *F number 10; *Exposure time 1s; *ISO 100. The picture was taken at the District in Orange (an outdoor mall in Orange County, CA). I shot it handheld in the late afternoon (supporting myself on the edge of the fountain). -Luis Alonso

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Taken with PowerShot A590 IS ISO-100; stock lens; 5 dollar tripod from a garage sale -GeeTekk

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Camera: Nikon D300; Lens: Nikon 50mm f/1.8; Settings: A Mode, manual focus to have the nutcracker in focus with lights out of focus, ISO 640. Set up on the cat tree in front of the christmas tree. Picture was taken on Dec 10th, 2009. The lights on the Christmas tree are all LED lights. -Joshua Pyle

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I hope black and white is okay. The picture looks better this way, in my opinion. Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T1i; Lens: Canon EFS 18-55mm; F-stop: f/3.5; Exposure: 1/6 sec. ISO: 400; No Flash. Location: 202 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL -Paul Foryt

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Shot this sunday night outside of Boston in Norwood, MA. Nikon D-60 F1.8 1.5 second exposure, Photoshop to dodge the steet lights ONLY and add the signature. -John Kirby

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camera: Nikon D70s; lens: 35.0 mm f/2.0; 1/30 sec at f/2.0l ISO: 200 -Katherine Castro

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The shot was quite 'lucky', taken from a moving vehicle down a bumpy country lane, moving past a house covered in christams lights. Taken with my new Pentax Kx, ISO 200, 3.3 seconds and f/4.5. -Alex Webber

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Canon 500D; Kit Lens (18-55m); ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/6s; Homemade Bokeh Filter (made out of black paper and tape!); Shot in Cambridge, UK -Tom White

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Camera: Canon PowerShot SD 880 IS on digital macro setting. Lights in Boise, Idaho at an early light fair after thanksgiving -Janna Ammons

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Taken with Nikon D3000, then post processed to make it look like that lamp fits in the picture in a old style polaroid. -Jeff Edmanson

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I used a Nikon D200 with the 18-70mm DX lens at 18mm and f7.1 and ISO 100 on a tripod. The picture was taken today, right before it became completely dark. -Sam Park

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Camera: Canon SD1100 IS (Point-shoot); ISO: Auto; Shooting mode: Macro; Flash: On-camera flash, bounced to the side with some aluminum foil; Christmas tree: Fake. -Jon Moore

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Picture of Christmas lights outside the Admin building at University of Ottawa (it's in Canada!). Hand-held with a D40, 35mm lens at 2.5/f, 800 ISO, 1/100 exposure. -Charlie Gardner

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Hey Giz, I was able to take this picture by simply plugging in a strand of LED Christmas lights and laying them on the floor. I then held the camera and moved left and right and up and down, getting this awesome effect. Camera: Canon Rebel XT; F-Stop: F/22; Exposure Time: 4 sec; ISO speed: ISO-400; Focal length: 60 mm; Lens: Canon Macro len EF-S 60mm -Michael Phipps

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Camera: Olympus E-510. This was done free hand in the park at the legislature in -20 degrees celcius. ISO 800, F5.0, 1/40. Enjoy. -Curran Craig

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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: 24-70mm L IS; F-stop: 2.8; Exposure time: 2.5 sec; ISO: 320. I used two different RAW conversions of the same picture, one with more exposure. In Photoshop I put the lighter version on top and made a blacked out mask. Then I just painted white on the mask where I thought there should be more light. Kind of a pseudo HDR effect. -Ninj0x

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This is my entry for the Shooting Challenge: Christmas Lights; Technical information as follows: Camera: Canon 5D Mark II; Lens: Canon 35mm f/1.4L; Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30); Aperture: f/1.8; Focal Length: 35mm; ISO: 250; White Balance: Manual(Tungsten); Date/Time Taken: December 12, 2009 18:13:36 -John Ng

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The pic was taken with a Nikon D90 + 50mm f/1.8 in Av mode @ f/1.8 and -0.3 EV. Camera chose shutter speed and ISO. I set focus to manual and focussed between 0.5-1 meter from the camera. The lights themselves were ~3 meters from the camera. I cut out shapes (~1-2 cm) in cardboard and held the sheet flush against the lens. -Abishek Muralimohan

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Canon PS SD1200; ISO80, f/4, 5 sec; tripod + sit and spin -omfg it's don

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This photograph was taken at PPG Place skating rink in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. To get the shot I used my Nixon D40x with a 18-55mm lens. I also used a cross 6x filter. -Madeline McKain

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Camera Body: Canon EOS 1000D; Lens Used: 18-55mm Canon kit lens; Tripod used; Greyscale colour mode; Cloudy white balance; ISO: 800 -Tom Cooke

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Camera: Canon Eos 500D; Lens: Tamron 70-300, Canon 18-55; shoot with Tamron 70-300 @ 180 straight up in the rain. -Bobo the Teddy

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My picture is of a holiday tree our town just bought. I used a Nikon Rebel T1I with the basic lens. I had the lighting set to tungsten, aperture at F29, the shutter speed at 1/100, and the ISO at 3200. -Sara Baillies

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I am including a submission for the Christmas light contest. I am a professional photographer based out of Stone Mountain, GA (about 15 miles outside Atlanta). My husband and I were putting up our Christmas lights on the balcony, I wanted to photograph them a little differently than I had in the past years, and I just loved how this bokeh worked out. I sat down right in front of the row of lights, and focused on one closest to me, and shot while holding the camera - no tripod. My settings were as follows: Photographed December 9, 2009; Canon Rebel XTI; F1.8 / 85mm; ISO: 400; 1/50th sec -Megan Dougherty

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This picture was taken hand-held in the middle of Patrick Street in Frederick, Maryland. It was about 10 at night so traffic was light. Whenever it was clear I crossed the road back and forth, stopping in the middle to snap off a few shots before continuing to the other side as traffic neared. This shot was cleaned up in Photoshop CS4 and textured in Topaz Adjust. Camera: Canon T1i, Lens: EFS 17-85mm IS USM, ISO: 800, Exposure: 1/10 @ f/5 -George Washburn

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Camera: Canon 5D Mark IIl; Lens: 14mm 2.8L; ISO: 1600; F-Stop: 2.8; SS: 1/160 -Kevin Smith

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Macro shot of a Christmas bulb......1/200 s at f/5, ISO 400; 50mm macro lens; Canon 20D -Jesse O'Driscoll

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Hi, I used my fiance's little digital camera and snapped my future mother-in-laws tree that we decorated for her. Merry Christmas -Renee Lee Greco

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I used a Nikon D40x for these with a 50mm 1.8 lens wide open. -Paul Pride

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Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20. I'm sure this fairly basic shot won't stack up against many of the crazy things that will undoubtably be submitted, but I think it's a nice picture. This is the Christmas tree at my parents' house. I just set up a tripod in front of the tree. Left the ISO at 100, F2.8 and put the exposure time at a few seconds. I have next to 0 photoshop knowledge so I didn't edit this photo at all. It's straight from the camera. Since it is an odd shape for a wallpaper, I just included the original 5mp file. If people are interested, they can tailor it to fit their wallpapering needs. -WampaCow

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I shot this with my EOS 5D and 28-75 f/2.8 lens. Settings were ISO 100 f/16 @ 25sec. Tripod mounted with shutter release cable while zooming. -Joseph Baltazar

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A tiny bulb in a string of christmas light infront of a sunlit blue wall in the foyer of my apartment building. The manager had put them up just the day before, so I didn't have to go far...Canon EOS 450D, EF100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, ISO200 f/7.1, 1/13s (on a tripod). -Staffen Thomas

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Camera Make: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi Sigma Lens; Date/Time: 2009:12:12 11:10:02; Flash Used: No; Focal Length: 30.0mm (35mm equivalent: -214...Exposure Time: 0.0063 s (1/160); Aperture: f/3.5; ISO Equiv.: 200 -Jaron Kaczmark

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Here are my two submissions for the contest. Both images were taken with a Leica M8.2 fitted with a 50mm Leica Summicron Lens in Brooklyn, NY. Everything was taken manually. Aperture priority for both was f/2.0, with shutter speeds of 1/1000 and 1/500, respectively, and an ISO of 160 for both shots. Thanks. -Matt Borkowski

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Canon s90, Shutter speed 1/10, ISO 200, Handheld, f/2.0...shot in RAW and converted with Canon DPP. I was just cruising the mall trying to find something to wear for the night, decided to just snap the picture on my S90. I actually went a few nights before after the mall was closed, and all the lights were off. That time I actually planned to shoot the tree with my 7D, but that didn't work out. Thanks. -Joel Te

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Taken with a Canon Digital Rebel XT, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6f/s lens, ISO-800. The location is under the breakfast bar in my college suite with the camera placed on top of the stools. No external or natural light was used - just the light from the Christmas lights themselves. -Eric Sweeney

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This is a picture of a hedge blanketed in rainbow Christmas lights. For this picture I used my Tamron 28-75mm macro at f/2.8. Because the lens is a macro lens, I was able to get the lights very out of focus at f/2.8. The exposure was about half a second, so set up my tripod in front of the Christmas lights and set my camera to timer mode and mirror lockup mode. If I had taken the shot normally, the result would have been a bunch of bokeh polka-dots. Instead, I zoomed in from 28mm to about 50mm halfway through the exposure. This makes the lights, or rather polka-dots, go "whoosh!" There was absolutely no post processing on this picture. I captured it in JPEG, transferred it to my computer, and that was it. Canon Digital Rebel XT; Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8; 0.4 seconds; f/2.8; ISO 100; 28mm zoomed to (?)mm; Taken 12/8/09 -Jack Takahashi

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Canon PowerShot S1 IS; f 3.1; 1/10 Lights on roof from office window as snow moves in- Indianapolis. -William Colwell

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A picture of a net of Christmas lights with a snowflake bokeh. Nikon D5000, 1/30, f/5, ISO 640, Nikkor 55-200mm lens at 100mm -Kyra Assaad

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This is actually a picture of my Christmas tree. I shot this with my Canon XS using a 4 second exposure at f-8, and an iso of 100. I started with the lens unfocused and zoomed in at 55m. During the 4 second exposure I zoomed out to 18mm. -John Chapman

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This was shot inside with a Nikon D90 & 50mm AF-D 1.4 lens. I shot it at ƒ/1.4 @ 1/80 and an ISO 640. Post processed with Aperture and Photoshop. could not figure out why flickr only would allow a 1024x1024 download, so I included the big one in the mail. -mark stull

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This picture is of our Christmas tree in our apartment. I sat in front of the tree with a 4 second shutter aperture and moved the camera right and left. You can clearly see the tree on the right and the lights 'blend' towards the left of the picture. The white smudge in the middle are the white xmas lights that are setup in the balcony. I moved the camera enough to the right to catch those lights into the picture. Canon SX10is; ISO-800; Shutter Speed 4 seconds -Cesar D. Ramirez

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Taken in the courtyard of my building in Chicago just as the sun was going down. Canon 30D, exposure .06 Seconds, F5.6, iso800, 28-135mm lens. I'm interested if anyone can tell me why my "bokeh dots" are coming out a little hexagonal and not perfectly round like you normally see. Aperture? something else? just curious. -Evan Ryan

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I took this shot with a Canon EOS Rebel XSi through an 18-55mm lens. Just taking a picture of a Christmas tree with lights on it, is no big deal. However, I wanted to make the lights appear like stars and create a halo around the tree using the wall to bounce the light. In order to get the desired effect, the aperture is at F25 with a 30 second shutter and ISO100. Since it is a vertical shot, I couldn't submit a wallpaper sized photo. But I did include a fairly large size picture that people could center on their desktops if they want. -Mike McKenney

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Device: Nikon D90; Lens: 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor; Shutter Speed: 1/10s; Metering: Center-Weighted; ISO: 2000 -Tennyson Brown

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Nikon D40, Nikkor 35mm prime @ 1.8, 1/15, iso 360, straight from the camera. Just got the 35mm 1.8 lens and wanted to test it out. I'm brand new to DSLR photography and fascinated with bokeh, and this lens does a great job of it so far. Plus no one around me had interesting lights, so I had to try to make it interesting :) -Brett Schandelson

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5D mark II 70-200mm with 2x extender; top of a store, Capital Iron Victoria BC; 4sec exposure @ 5.6 160iso with some zoom out -Al Knight

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Nikon D80; Reversed 50mm Lens; f 5.6; 1/30s; ISO 100 -Blake McCord

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This is a detail shot of Christmas decoration in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The lights represent sperm, as in the birth of the new year. Gear/technique: Nikon D2h; ISO 1000; 1/100 s exposure; F 2.8; nikkor 50mm f1.8; Hand held -Tim Pipp

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Camera: Panasonic DMC- LX3; Aperture: f4.0; Shutter Speed: 1/50sec; Focal Length: 12.8mm. i just place the camera on my tripod, framed it and took the shot!. i pushed the color saturation a bit (a lot) -alex hurt

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I took this in Kobe, Japan. It was during the Kobe Luminarie event. Camera: Nikon D5000. ISO: 200. Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G -Jack Adcock

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A bowl of sparkly ornaments. Nikon D3000, 18-55mm AF-S Nikkor kit lens, f/5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO 100, built-in flash. Saturation boosted in Photoshop. -Mike Schubert

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I shot this picture using my Canon T1i and a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 prime lens. I used natural lighting and no flash. I was lucky enough to find this arrangement on the stage at my church and the vibrant colors caught my eye. Enjoy! -Josh Dill

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Shot handheld with a Canon Rebel XS with EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 lens in aperture priority mode. -Eric Kornblum

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Fully decorated Christmas tree with multicolored lights as subject. Canon 400D - 18-55 kit lens. Handheld, 18mm focus at ISO 100, f/3.5, 1s exposure. Zoomed in slightly while bringing focus far —> near to create the blowout. -Steve Carlson

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Canon 7D; Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L; ISO: 100; Aperture: 2.8; Shutter: 4 seconds. Thank you and Merry Christmas! -Jeff Taylor

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Olympus E-P1 with Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.5 lens 1/10 sec f2.0 iso200 -Josh Wardell

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Just a little ornament on our tree. Bought my first DSLR on Thursday and have been playing with it since. Still haven't a clue what I'm doing. -Daniel Hathaway

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These photos were taken with a Canon Rebel XSi with a 18-55mm lens on a slik tripod at ISO 100 in aperture priority mode. The photos were taken in New Hartford and Clinton NY (and yes it was freezing cold outside). They were shot in RAW and edited in photoshop CS3 on a mac with 10.6.2. I have attached 4 different photos (in thumbnail and full as specified by the rules). Thank you for the contest and giving me a good excuse to freeze in the upstate New York winter. -Andrew Richardson

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I used my Canon Powershot G9 to take this. The camera was in "Special Scene" mode on either the night snapshot or the fireworks setting (I forget). I admittedly wasn't trying very hard, macro makes everything look cool. I turned on Macro, zoomed out, got nice and close, and covered the flash with my finger to get the color the way I wanted. F-stop: f/2.8; Exposure time: 1/60 sec.; ISO speed: 160; Exposure Bias: 0 step; Focal Length: 7mm; Metering Mode: Pattern; Flash mode: Flash, auto -Christopher Crane

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Christmas Lights - Shot in NY City. Equipment Used : Canon T1i; Canon 50mm, f1.8; Manfrotto Tripod with Ball head -Eshwar Satrasala

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Taken with a Pentax K-7 in the beautifully decorated city of Ljubljana. -Juš Premrov

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These pictures were taken on an early evening walk in Vienna, Austria. I tried a few combinations and set the time, speed and aperture manually, because under these conditions the auto doesn't work for me. No photoshop editing here, except the picture size. Camera: Eos 400D18-55mm IS Lens, set to 18mm, F 3.5, 1/20 sec, ISO 1600, hand held with IS -Leonhard Gisser

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This shot of my Xmas tree was taken hand-held with my Nikon D90 and kit 18-105mm lens. The trails you see are a result of the "crash zoom" technique I used while the shutter was open. The aperture was set at f/5.6 with an exposure time of 1.6. ISO was at 200. I took about a million similar shots, but for one reason or other ended up liking the "composition" of this the best (not that I could replicate it if I tried). Anyway, happy holidays to everyone at Giz, and thanks for keeping me side-tracked at work! -J. Wyman

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Canon Powershot S90. Utilized the macro capability of this awesome P&S to capture a the bright spirit of Christmas present in the miniature village. By using macro, the Christmas lights in the village appear as subtle circular bokeh of lights. -Janice Ann Castaneto

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I shot this at the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights in DC. Camera: Nikon D50; Settings: f/10 at 1/2 sec, ISO-400, 68 mm -Rebecca Brown

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Camera: Canon ESO Digital Rebel XT; Focal Length: 25; fStop: 11; Exposure Time: 8 seconds; Lens: Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens -Ryan Wood

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Panasonic DMC-FS7, ISO 400, decrease the exposure to -1 2/3 -Brendan Babian

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This was taken in my family room using a tripod and a zoom lense. I wanted to take the concept of of blurred Christmas lights and really push it past what I've seen done to date. Camera: Canon 40D; Exposure: 1/15 second; ISO: 640; F-Stop: f/5.6 -Aaron Martin

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Both photos were taken in Kohler, Wisconsin on Saturday night. Both were taken with a Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi, a standard Canon 58mm lens, and both were taken with an eight second exposure using a tripod. 2) The shot with the lake in frozen lake in the foreground was taken behind The Shops at Woodlake. -Matt Wahlquist

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Went abstract with the challenge. Camera Model: Sony a200; Lens: Sigma DG 20-200mm; ISO: 200; Shutter: 2 sec.; Post Processing: Contrast boost I just focused on my Christmas tree and zoomed the lens in while simultaneously rotating the camera in the opposite direction, thought it was a nifty effect. -Zachonium

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I used a tripod mounted Nikon D200 with a 18-200mm lens to take this shot. ISO was 200, Aperture f/10 and the exposure was 2.0sec. The amount of lighting and figures that the owners of this house put forth is nothing short of amazing and smile inducing. -Joe Hale

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Noticed some great lighting bouncing off the TV. Guess its not just used for HD gaming and sports. I set up, turned off the lights in the room. Opened up the blinds to let some natural light in. Camera: Canon XSi. Focal Length 32. Exposure time 1/15. -Aran Armutlu

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shot with an olympus om-1. This is at the Point Defiance Zoo. I believe I used a 6 second shutter time, but im not exactly sure as it was cold and there were a few failed attempts with this shot. -Colby Wood

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Sont T50, 1/10 sec exposure @ F3.5, ISO 320 The Court House on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder Colorado, on our way to the Ignite 7 at Boulder Theatre. -Teryn Wilkes

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Nikon D3000; AF S NIKKOR 18-55 mm VR lens; F3.5 ISO 400 S 1/5 -Nataly Zeldin

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This photo was taken Saturday night in Somerville, MA, using my Canon EOS Digital REBEL with a 28.0-300mm Tamron lens. The shot was out of focus, Exposure .167 sec. (1/6), f/14.0, focal length 300mm, ISO 800. -Amanda Gyllenhaal

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Canon T1i, 50mm f1.8 II, Natural Lighting, ISO 200 -Luc Luxton

Photo Contest: Christmas Lights

Taken with a Nikon D90 at 18mm @ F10, 3 Exposures bracketed around 3 seconds, merged into HDR. It is the Austin Trail of Lights in Zilker Park. This is the large tower (called a Moonlight, see Dazed and Confused) that they string lights up each year to look like a gigantic Christmas tree from a distance. From underneath, it looks like a gigantic black hole spiraling in, and the tower looks like a space ship. A lot of people get under it and spin around until they fall down or ram into someone. They're probably high, what with this being Austin. -Chad Estes

Photo Contest: Christmas Lights

Nikon D5000; Focal Length: 18m; f22.0; ISO: 3200; 2.5s Shutter -Edward Meshuris