Christmas - A Season of Love by Mark Van Scyoc

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Time lapse photo of a red pillar candle and a Christmas tree that appears to be covered with white hearts in the background.

(Canon Rebel – XT, ISO 100, F 1.4, 1/10 Sec)

Location: Leola, PA – Dec. 2009

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Note: The heart effect was not added in post processing, but was done with manually during a single exposure with a handmade bokeh filter.

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Also available as a Christmas card with text.


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I believe we are created in the image of the creator, and that as we express ourselves creatively we reflect a bit of God’s nature.

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  • BecQuist
    BecQuistalmost 5 years ago

    Oh i like the hearts

  • reindeer
    reindeeralmost 5 years ago

    love this series Mark….it truly is a season of love, the greatest Love of all. You have done well bringing the focus to Him. ><>

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago


  • vigor
    vigoralmost 5 years ago

    How beautiful is that? Those hearts are perfect…coincidence? I think not! ;>

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiteralmost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful work Mark!!

  • Thanks Lori, Glad you enjoyed it.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfalmost 4 years ago

    How cool!!! Love it!! :)

  • Thanks. It is an awesome when you can get the shapes you want.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • Evelina Kremsdorf
    Evelina Kremsdorfalmost 4 years ago

    P.S. How did you make a bokeh filter?… I’m having a hard time imagining it… Did know those exist!

  • I took a piece of heavy black paper and cut it in a circle slightly larger than the lens cap. I used an X-acto knife to cut out a small heart shape in middle of the paper and held it in front of my lens.

    The key is using a very low F-stop. The light that is out of focus will take on the shape of aperature / opening.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • Penny Odom
    Penny Odomover 3 years ago

    Love this! So very lovely.

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