Have you seen the mannequin challenge, yet?
The one where someone yells freeze and everyone holds their place and no one moves and every single person in the scene stays exactly where they are.
Just like mannequins.
There are scenes of restaurant mannequins and basketball game mannequins and party going mannequins…
…and even Santa scene mannequins.
But around here?
We’re a little different. We have house mannequins instead.
It all started because I just got a new lens in the mail this weekend.
Santa gave it to me.
(total aside: I hope I’m super impressing you with my photography speak)
That’s just a fancy way of saying it takes great pictures in low-light and it allows you to focus on part of the picture, leaving all that beautiful blurriness in the back ground.
You can see the difference in this picture I took of the birch bark Christmas tree.
See all those beautiful blurry Christmas lights in the background?
Thank you new lens.
Or these faux fur stockings I got from shopping the Target dollar spot.
See how the greenery is in focus and the rest of the picture is kind of blurry?
The depth of field on the lens is so short that you can zoom in on one thing in the picture.
But here’s the thing.
It was dark yesterday.
Dark and gloomy and gray and full of the absence of good-picture-taking light.
But I had this lens I wanted to use.
This amazing, incredible, awesome lens and I wasn’t going to let a little bit of dark get in my way.
So I opened the shutter all the way up to let as much light in to take these pictures.
So you wouldn’t see the dark.
Instead, you’d see light and bright and Christmas trees peeking around the corner of the stairs.
I needed complete and utter lack of movement to get these pictures so every time I’d press the shutter button and the timer would go off, I’d shout, “PICTURE.”
And the house would freeze.
Everyone would pause exactly where they were and exactly what they were doing…
…even the dogs.
Even the slightest of movements when the shutter is open for that long can make a picture blurry.
If someone walks on the floor or moves around or stomps their foot, the tripod might shake and the picture wouldn’t be crisp and clean like this.
So crisp you can count the floorboards.
Everyone loved it. They’d laugh every time the shutter would click.
It was our very own house mannequin challenge.
And I think the house passed with flying colors.
PS Good thing giggles don’t make a picture blurry…
…or the entry way would have been one big out-of-focus room. 🙂