For Christmas this year, my sister got me the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens -- how did she know it was exactly what I wanted?! :)
It's perfect for all the close-up shots I like to take while I'm working on projects and around the holidays, it's great for creating the popular bokeh effect. So, before taking my tree down, I decided to give it a try and came up with some fun photos.
I placed a small stool about 8 feet in front of my tree and grabbed any object close by to set on top. I took some photos during the day and some at night and think I like the effect at night better.
I even tried to get some of the puppies while I was at it. Shiloh didn't mind having to sit on the wobbly stool too much -- I know she needs a haircut and a bath! -- but Nolan just wasn't having it.
With a little more practice, maybe I can get the puppies to cooperate for next year -- and plan better with some freshly groomed little ones!
As for me and my new lens, I'm in love and using it daily -- thank you Samantha!