What a nice frame of the year. I knew the moment when I tried out my 50mm lens the first time. The first subjects I caught with it were Christmas balls. Look at them: This picture is much more colorful, since I learned so many new things in photography, and the first thing was handling color management, the right point of sharpness, composition and color temperatures. I am proud of myself. 2012 was the year I learned the most. The bokeh is real. But my project is not over yet. One week to go!!
This picture has been taken and uploaded today, because I have so many things to do the next days.. I still need to buy all Christmas presents, I am going to the disco the first time in my life, and hey.. The Armageddon is coming.
(Gonna write in English so others can understand this. All the native speaker, pleased excuse my mistakes ) And... I am not good at such things x.x Just wanted to try. First: Have to say I really love this, nice work! Good job on the bokeh, I always love well done bokeh, so big plus for this pic anyway Aperture is chosen well too because you can still see the other pine branches but they do not distract the attention from the Christmas ball (love them, another big plus ) Composition is good as well. Only thing I do not like this much: the colors. They are just not Christmassy enough. For me such a bright yellow is a symbol for sun flowers and summer. I think a soft gold would fit better here. But anyway, as I said, another amazing and lovely work by you, congrats! Hope it's useful (although you're actually a much better artist and I am quite stupid wanting the give you advice ) and you think it's fair (Well, I bet you'll have another opinion on the color thing but it's just my point ^^ And as I said, it's beautiful anyway, of course )! greetings, isa :*
As a concept I think this is quite common and maybe a wee bit overused (by me too) - but considering that, to me it seems you've nailed most of the essentials, making it a nice Christmassy picture. The main problem for me, as the previous comment mentioned, is the colour. It is far too yellow, almost a bit sickly, to the extent that I can't tell what colour the bauble should really be. Is it a deeper red/purple? If it were that colour, with the green of the tree behind it, that would make this a lovely image for me.
I like your sharpness and shallow depth of field here - it's a shame you didn't post EXIF data so we could see your technique a bit more - and the star bokeh is a nice touch. The way the star shapes aren't complete is nice, makes them blur together well - but perhaps a couple of full stars would've been good. I dunno what you were using here but if it's a cut-out then you could just make the shape smaller to fit the aperture.
The framing is really nice, with just enough of the tree at the top to give context without detracting from the subject.