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Lights festival not only at Sawmill Creek, send us your photos

Jason Werling • Dec 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM

The annual Festival of Lights lighting display at Sawmill Creek in Huron continues through the end of the year every evening from 5 to 10 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus are there from 6 to 9 p.m. until December 23 at the Candy Cane House to say "hi" to the children. They may even have a candy cane or two for visitors. Donations are accepted and support local charities.

The holiday giving experience continues as many local neighborhoods give more to their electric provider and give us all something to look at.

A few more local places to see displays...
• Ghostly Manor- A lighting display set to music can be heard by tuning your radio to 99.7 FM.
• The house at 718 Sycamore Line in Sandusky- Michael Young and friends set up the display to music each year. Tune your radio to 107.7 FM to hear the music.
• Bogart Road- Between Campbell Street and Hayes Avenue
• Cleveland Road and Bauer Ave- The whole neighborhood gets in the holiday spirit.

Have more suggestions? Post them below in the comments or send them to me at werling@sanduskyregister.com

And while you're at it, send us your photos of holiday lights. Include a photo or two in an e-mail to photo@sanduskyregister.com and also send an address. We will publish a page of photos in Sunday's paper and also a gallery at sanduskyregister.com.

A few tips to taking photos of holiday light displays
1) Photograph at, or just after, dusk: When you photograph at this time you can still see the house or tree to which the lights are attached.
2) Use a tripod: If you don't have a tripod, steady yourself to a tree, the window of your car or another person. Another trick is to hold your breath while taking the photo to keep the camera more steady.
3) Get closer: Most cameras have a macro setting (it's the one with the flower icon). Take a photo of a bulb or two.
4) Make it snow: This may be the most difficult tip, but it makes for better photos of the lights. If you can't make it snow, try to take some photos after a good rain. The reflection of lights on wet pavement can make for good photos as well.
5) Turn off your flash and blur: With most point & shoot cameras if you turn off the flash or put the camera in "night" mode you can make some interesting images by moving the camera around while taking a photo. This goes against tip #1, but can be fun.

We are looking forward to seeing your images.

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