Dreaming of a Bokeh Christmas

With individual members of my family traveling before the holidays, it was not possible to take a complete family of five group portrait for this year’s electronic greeting card, so I opted to take individual portraits in front of the Christmas tree over a period of several weeks. With a common theme and background, I should be able to assemble a coherent collage. As I was preparing my “studio”, I was lacking a willing volunteer/model so I can set my camera and off-camera flash settings. For the sake of progress, I volunteered myself as the model and used a wireless remote shutter trigger. After numerous tries and adjustments to my placement and camera settings, I ended up with this self-portrait.

Bokeh Christmas self-portrait

Bokeh Christmas self-portrait.
Nikon D5000 with Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AF-S lens in manual exposure @ 1/200 sec, f/2, iso 320, TTL flash with -1 EV, and manual focus.

Read on to see how I capture this self-portrait or “selfie”…

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