Photographer: Yoshiki Nakamura, Seattle
Photo taken: Dec. 31, Bellevue's Garden d'Lights festival
"The color of LED lights explodes when the lens is set out-of focus. I used in-camera multiple exposures to capture a moody image."
Expert says: "Here's an artsy spin on a subject often seen during this season. The multiple exposures give the lights a painting-like quality, illuminating the face. The tight crop and clean background creates a striking image. Composition suggestion: Move the subject to the right, allowing the gaze to flow through the image." -- Kathryn Bachen, Seattle Times photo staff