Friday, November 25, 2011

"First Lights Of Christmas”

First Lights Of Christmas

"First Lights Of Christmas”
© David A. Ziser

It's officially the second day of the holiday season counting Thanksgiving as the first day. The Christmas music has been playing all day and we've putting finishing touches on the house decorations - LaDawn did most of the work ;~)  Everything looks great inside and out and LaDawn just finished getting her seventh Christmas trees decorated.

This is a close-up image of one of those trees. I think it captures the flavor and colors of the season as we move closer towards our favorite holiday.  I tried to pick up the reds, greens, and golds of the holiday season. I think this crop works pretty well in keeping the colors balanced throughout the composition. I did tweak the image just a bit in ACR to bring up the darker areas of the scene so as to better balance with the rest of the tonalities.

You can almost hear the crackles of the fireplace and smell the warm cider on the stove. I hope you're holiday season kicks off to a great start too.

Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with Sigma 85 MM F1.4 lens, F4.0 at 1/25 of a second, ISO 1600. Enjoy! – David


Hey gang, I had hoped to get a special announcement made in today's post and it just didn't quite make it.  But, no worries. I'm planning to work on the project for a few hours tomorrow so I'll definitely be getting the announcement up over the weekend. I think you're going to get a kick out of it and I sure hope you will be part of the fun.

On that note, I'm wrapping for the day. Everybody have a great weekend but don't forget to stop back tomorrow for my special announcement.

Happy holidays, David


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  2. Čudovite, barve lepa fotografija - redno spremljam vašo spletno stran in vam še naprej želim veliko uspehov - lep pozdrav iz Slovenije

  3. Thanks Boby26 for the nice remarks.

    Oh, BTW the remarks translate as:

    Wonderful shot, beautiful colors and sharp picture, I looked with more photos and your advice - Greetings from Slovenia

    Beautiful, beautiful color photography - regularly monitor your website and I wish you continued success -Greetings from Slovenia


  4. Hi David and LaDawn...after spending 5 wonderful days with both of you at the Fall Master Class which included two wonderful evenings at the Ziser household...I can only imagine how beautiful the house looks with all of the trees and decorations....

    You both are just special and warm people...I am Blessed to have met both of you...As we enter into this Christmas Season...may the Lord continue to Bless you and keep you healthy and safe....I wish you a joyous Christmas....your friend from New Jersey....

    Anthony R. Romano

    PS...Lord willing I am scheduled to be part of the Spring Master Class....see you soon.....