Christmas 2011 … part A?

The holiday is full upon us and what better way to spend it than clicking away with the camera at whatever happens to cross your path?  The first batch of random Christmas photos is in and can be found in this Picasa Album for those uninterested in my random commentary.

I’m fairly certain that the tree didn’t look quite so barren until the cats got to it… anyone have any tips for keeping the cats out of the Christmas tree?

The Christmas Line-up
The Christmas Line-up

My favorite ornament on the tree this year.

Christmas Ornament
Christmas Ornament

I took (and kept) two versions of the nut photo and am frankly a bit torn on which I prefer.  I think I lean 1% towards this low depth-of-field version.  Magic of carrying a tripod around your fiancee’s house I suppose…

Christmas Nuts

If you’ve read this blog at all, you know I love a great candid shot…

Over the Shoulder Chef
Over the Shoulder Chef

From this perspective, the toffee looks more geological than gastronomical.

Toffee Geology
Toffee Geology

What’s Christmas without a cookie or 50?

Cookie or 50...
Cookie or 50...

I’m not sure cats go with Christmas but do you have any idea how insanely difficult it is to get a decent photo of a black cat? If the soft-fuzzy exteriors don’t screw with your auto-focus then they’ll move while you’re trying to figure out how to properly light something that’s so pitch black.

Black Expectation
Black Expectation

This little fluffy guy… yeah, again, just chance placement as my daughter left him askew on the sofa. He looks like a cast-off Easter remnant. I couldn’t fail to get a fairly decent shot of him. When I saw him there I was struck by the need to not touch or modify a thing. The moment is here as it really was. I wonder what Christmas will mean for this toy as her current favorite? I suspect his days are numbered.

Easter Cast-off
Easter Cast-off

A few nights ago, I was out shooting at night in Zionsville when I was directed by a passer-by to go find the gazebo in the park. Not 100% happy with the results but I do like the many-pointed stars that the lights turned into in the perspective shot.

You put the Gee in Gazebo
You put the Gee in Gazebo
Star light, star bright
Star light, star bright

And the Advent calendar tells us…. it’s just one day away…

Lonely Santa
Lonely Santa

19 comments

    • Thanks! I have to admit I was a bit disappointed with the results after the build-up of the person who recommended the spot, but I’m glad they struck you well. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Love the pictures, and as for the tree – I put a bunch of jingle bells on the bottom branches, when my kitten starts playing under there I can hear him easily and chase him out. It’s worked so far, he’s pretty much quit playing with it. Still goes under there, but not playing. 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Wow that toffee looks good!

    Is it an artificial tree? You probably shouldn’t ask me because I’m envisioning one of the power cords I have from an old lamp soldered directly to the steel infrastructure of said artificial tree…

  3. Those are great shots. 🙂 I’m really missing having family this xmas, but your photos made me smile and think of past years. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

    • Hey, thanks! I’m glad that one’s appreciated as sometimes I take a photo and think…. who’s going to like that…? It’s good to have some validation. 🙂

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