Candy Cane Lane on Pine Street

During the holidays, my friend Brandon and I checked out Candy Cane Lane—a name that refers to more than one location where houses on specific streets are decked out in holiday extravaganza. These little pockets are usually located in the suburbs. This year, we visited Pine Street in Orange, CA.

Each house on the block was a work of art—electronic mannequins dancing to holiday music, flatscreen TVs playing Elf on a porch, and life-size angel emojis singing a Christmas carol were some of the things we found on Pine Street's Candy Cane Lane. 

To be quite honest, night photography is not my forte, even more so when it comes to Christmas lights. While I do love bokeh (blurred lights), lights in full clarity do not elicit as much excitement for me.

So to spice up my photos, I layered bokeh from one photo onto some of my other photos.

This is the bokeh I layered on to some of my photos. I applied the "Screen" filter on Photoshop to eliminate the black background, and did some minor color and contrast adjustments through the Camera RAW filter.

This is the bokeh I layered on to some of my photos. I applied the "Screen" filter on Photoshop to eliminate the black background, and did some minor color and contrast adjustments through the Camera RAW filter.

These are the lights where I got the bokeh from in focus. I applied the bokeh to this photo and stretched out the circles to give it a stronger wow factor.

These are the lights where I got the bokeh from in focus. I applied the bokeh to this photo and stretched out the circles to give it a stronger wow factor.

Brandon has  such  a nice lens. The glass is wide enough for you to see the subject's lights reflected off the lens.

Brandon has such a nice lens. The glass is wide enough for you to see the subject's lights reflected off the lens.

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