On a monthly basis we have a shooting assignment - a theme to take pictures for. The theme for this past month was Holiday, and like everyone else in the group I put off taking the photo for a while. I ended up running out of time and the week before the meeting I had to create a shot for the theme. Since all my lights were taken down from Xmas about a month ago I ended up taking some out of the decoration box and stringing them up in the basement.
In my head I had envisioned putting the lights up downstairs and playing around with a glowstick drawing a christmas tree in the foreground. It was a bit trickier than I thought. Not so much on the exposure side, but on the positioning side.
I took probably 20 different shots, and this one is the best of the bunch. I wanted the tree centered, but it just did not happen. Something about a dark basement lit only by the soft glow of christmas lights and a green glow stick makes it tough to line things up just right.
Canon 50mm f/1.4 on the 30D
30sec exposure at f/4.5, ISO 100