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Light show: Holiday lights brighten the season

By Colin Murphey

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 18, 2017 12:01AM

The Astoria Column is strung with decorative lights, captured here in a long exposure photograph.

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The Astoria Column is strung with decorative lights, captured here in a long exposure photograph.

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Decorations outside the Clatsop County Circuit Court, captured in a long exposure photograph combined with a zoom effect.

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Decorations outside the Clatsop County Circuit Court, captured in a long exposure photograph combined with a zoom effect.

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From left to right: Stephanie Usselman, Carrie Clarke and Casey Kohl spend time in downtown Astoria illuminated by decorative lights strung up along the streets.

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From left to right: Stephanie Usselman, Carrie Clarke and Casey Kohl spend time in downtown Astoria illuminated by decorative lights strung up along the streets.

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The Garden of Surging Waves is illuminated at night by decorative lights in this long exposure photograph.

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The Garden of Surging Waves is illuminated at night by decorative lights in this long exposure photograph.

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The Astoria Column decorated for the holiday season, captured in this long exposure photograph.

Colin Murphey/The Daily Astorian

The Astoria Column decorated for the holiday season, captured in this long exposure photograph.

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With the holiday season upon us, The Daily Astorian wanted to display colorful photos of beautiful lights, but we also wanted to show the festive decorations in a new way.

These images were captured by placing a digital camera on a tripod and slowing down the exposure or shutter speed to anywhere between two and four seconds. Normally, the effect would be a sharp image of twinkling lights. But we wanted to go a step further and do something a little more interesting. By combining a slow exposure with a slow zoom, what you get (if you’re lucky) is a streak of light shooting out from a central point in the frame. And if there are lots of lights, as is common with a string such as the ones hanging from the Astoria Column, what you get is dozens of streaks of light.









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