Monday, December 7, 2009

Week 32, Day 228, December 7, 2009, "More Decorations"

There are probably as many types of Christmas decorations as there are people who decorate for Christmas or other holidays.  Some people have huge blow up Santas, Reindeer, and various cartoon characters dressed as Santa.  Some have lights on every conceivable location similar to Clark Griswald  from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  Others stick to religious "light up" nativity scenes.  Now is your time of year to display your tastes in your front lawn.

This house belongs to our neighbors.  They have the type of decorations that if I had enough ambition, I would emulate.  I like their taste.  First I like white lights.  To me they seem classy.  (I did get a chuckle out of a friends message on facebook the other day.  She has little children, and she said she lost the battle and has to put up colored lights.)  Second, these neighbors don't overdo the lighting.  They have just the right amount of lights on the trees out front, and a flood light shining on their front door with a simple wreath, and a wooden sled with a red ribbon on it next to the door.  Well done Murry's, and thank you for letting me photograph your house.

Lessons Learned:
  • I'm finding that many times after I've taken photographs, and bring them back to my computer I want to change some things.  
    • In this case, I want to put a blind on this side of the flood light.  The one bush on the left is a little two green where the flood light spills.  
    • I really like this angle for the photo, but the wooden sled is behind the large tree in the middle.  I would like to move the sled for this photo to the other side of the door, so that it can be seen.
    • I want to try and take this photo when it is a little lighter, but snowing hard.  I want to capture the snow flakes in the air.  This will require a faster shutter speed.  I won't be able to use a faster shutter speed unless it's a little lighter.  
Perhaps the Murray's will be kind, and allow me to take the photo if those opportunities present themselves.  I'll be watching.  Thank you Murray's for sharing your beautiful decorations with the world.

Weekly Winner in online viewer poll.


Gary's third pottery blog said...

you said it, CLASSY!

ruma2008 said...

It is a heartwarming view.

Yolanda said...

a beautiful night shot for the holidays! I think this time of year there are a lot of great opportunities for festive shots like these.

Elizabeth Gilje said...

You knocked this one out of the park, gorgeous!

In lightroom I can edit the saturation on specific colors. You might be able to adjust the green tone.

I still think it looks great as is. I'm the same way though - I see little things in pictures that stand out to me.

TheColorTree said...

This is a wonderful shot! Would make a nice Christmas card.

It was great to finally meet you the other day!

Andrew said...

I wonder what this would look like if you used one of those star filters that turns lights into massive corona-like points.

RuneE said...

You have a different tradition when it comes to decorations - we have traditionally been more low-key, but I think you captured this very well. it seemed almost like a model taken in studio.

Maybe if you wanted to get the impression of snowing you should try a slower shutter-speed to make the snow show up as streaks?

PS Thank you for the comment. The person on the picture is in fact my wife (which she still is).

AB said...

Nice scene, nice colour tones.