Thursday, December 8, 2011

Opryland Hotel Bokeh and Nativity

Another wonderful thing about being with my family for Thanksgiving was their proximity of Opryland Hotel.  This time of year Opryland Hotel is dressed beautifully with lights, trees, and a life size nativity scene (of which I will be sharing more over the next few weeks).

For now, I will share some of the bokeh light shots I took.  For those of you reading my blog that have no idea what bokeh is, it is "aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image."

In this above image, the bokeh lights are those in the background that appear to be fuzzy, little blobs of light.  If you want to see more elaborate examples head over to My 3 Boybarians for the Second Annual Holiday Bokeh party.

There are thousands of lights hanging from the ceiling throughout a room filled with palms trees, restaurants, shops, a canal, and rooms with adjacent balconies.  It is a magical place.  I will share more of the decorations in future posts, as well.

Now, to leave you with a shot that has nothing to do with bokeh and a lot to do with the reason for the season.  May you be filled with the joy of Christ this season and forever.
I shared the above photo on Monday for Good to Wow.   I did very little to the original.  In ACR, I adjusted white balance, increased exposure +1, increased fill light +17, and decreased contrast slightly.  Then, I opened in PSE and applied Ashley's Nice and Easy action adjusting the layers to taste.  Rounded corners, resized and sharpened for web.
holiday lights bokeh party my3boybarians.com

and then, she {snapped}Good to WOW

20 comments:

Vicky said...

beautiful shots. Love the last shot. Wow.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Beautiful images. I just love the last one. Gorgeous.

Ashley Sisk said...

Oh wow - I love all the bokeh!

Kim Stevens said...

Love those hanging lights and great nativity shot!

Kindra said...

The last one is breathtaking. You should consider framing it and displaying it at Christmas (or all year).

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

awesome! love all the lights & bokeh =)

Elaine A. said...

These definitely fill me with Christmas joy, especially the last one.

The Opryland is an amazing place and kinda confusing too... ha!

Merry Christmas!! :D

deb duty said...

Beautiful photos! I would have loved to have seen it all in person!

Jaymi said...

I love that second shot! It looks like snow! very cool!

Ellie said...

Very pretty pictures. Love the lights.

Tamar SB said...

These are stunning! So festive and elegant!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

I sooooo wish I could see that in person- how beautiful!!!!

Kathryn said...

love, love, love the bokeh you can get with twinkle lights. just fun!

withoutadornment said...

I LOVE the bokeh in all these photos! The last shot is spectacular and beautiful!

Ruthie said...

Love the lights! Simply beautiful!

homeschoolceo said...

Wow, stunning photos!

Kim said...

I have been to the Opryland for BlissDom, but never at Christmas time. I bet it is stunning. That place is gorgeous without thousands of lights.

Cedar said...

That is a beautiful nativity scene and shot! Lovely photos!

Carolina said...

Such beautiful shots!

leavesnbloom said...

What a place to take a camera to and I love that nativity scene - it reminds me of one we had in our town when I was a child.