The little Star Fairy is very busy illuminating the park to create the magic of Christmas. Darkness comes very early in the winter, but the beautiful glittering trees will light up the night and will make the children’s eyes sparkle with joy and wonder.

How it was made

During my recent midnight walk in the park, I set my camera on a tripod and made two shots of the illuminated trees around which unfolds the circular skating rink. One shot in focus and the other completely out of focus for the bokeh.

In Photoshop, I combined the two images in overlay, adding a few adjustment layers, several sparkle and glitter brushes and a stock image of a child. I omitted the concrete texture in this version, but added a very thin overall veil of light and a little blur to add softness.

Brushes from here , here and here
Little girl

Here are the two photos I made of the park, in and out of focus (Parc de la Promenade, Candiac, Quebec, Canada)


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  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersalmost 5 years ago

    Wow Jo, I love this! So beautiful and magical. I love the bokeh! ;)

  • Thank you Ursula! I had worked with bokeh layers before, but it is the first time that I shoot one bokeh image with the final result in mind. Thanks for the fav too!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • John Beamish
    John Beamishalmost 5 years ago

    Just wonderful Johanne. Very beautiful.

  • Thank you so much for the nice comment and the fav, John. I really appreciate it!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballalmost 5 years ago

    Still beautiful and a fav!

  • Glad that it’s still a favourite, Susan, and thank you for taking the time to view the rework and comment.

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 5 years ago

    That is really lovely.

  • Thank you so much, Anna! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Tamara Brandy
    Tamara Brandyalmost 5 years ago

    So very BEAUTIFUL !!!

  • Many thanks, Tamara! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Tania1403
    Tania1403almost 5 years ago

    This is simply stunning!!

  • I thank you for your kind comment, Tania!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...almost 5 years ago

    you photography and what you do to them is so beautiful..I love this one looks like a little it..Sherri :)

  • What a nice thing to say! Thank you so much Sherri!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Donna Ingham
    Donna Inghamalmost 5 years ago

    Magical image!!

  • Thank you Donna!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • LadyE
    LadyEalmost 5 years ago

    Superb scene, I love the sparkle and softness! amazing photography!

  • Carole Brunet
    Carole Brunetalmost 5 years ago

    Amazing work!!! It’s looks so magical and lovely. Very clever to combine these two images with the one not in focus…. Instant fav!

  • Thank you Sister! I couldn’t wait to start working on it and see if it worked! LOL! Thanks for the fav too!

    – Johanne Brunet

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