Our Christmas Tree!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! #notmyhouse
The parents of the kiddos told me about this spectacle! I didn’t have my wide angle lens with me, so I photographed the house in sections and pieced it together. Not very professional looking, but I made it work.
It was like standing in the middle of Times Square. The photo doesn’t do it justice. There’s a life-size nativity scene that’s being blocked by the trees…to the right of Santa and his reindeer.
I may have to go back with my tripod one of these nights. That wouldn’t be awkward at all. Nope.
…and we were extremely proud of the string of lights on our front porch
We also have lights on a tree that have been there since last year. We never bothered to take them down. We haven’t even tested to see if they still work or not.
Last year, I told you all about the convincing it takes each year to get a Christmas tree around here. This year, however, all it took was so when are we going to Costco to get our Christmas tree?
[Notice I inserted a "When" and didn't just ask "Are we going to…" This psych major knows all about phrasing techniques . The keyword "Costco" helped too.]
Anyways, that didn’t actually make a difference. There was no doubt we’d get a tree this year because we went out and bought ornaments and lights on clearance the day after Christmas last year. They’ve been waiting patiently in storage all year!
My favorite ornament of all…
Though the ornaments are gorgeous, I still miss our special/meaningful ornaments from way back when. Like the ones I made with popsicle sticks in kindergarten. Sadly, I think they are in a landfill somewhere because we cannot find them anywhere!
It happens when you move 3 times in 5 years.
At least we still have our old [mis-matched] stockings…?
I’ve been filling up my Christmas board on Pinterest this week!
Even though I know I’ll never get around to trying 99% of the crafts/outfits/ideas I find on Pinterest, I love browsing through them. They get my brain thinking more creatively. That’s what I like to tell myself, at least.
I kid you not, I dreamt about these Santa Hat Brownies last night.
Occasionally while browsing, I stumble upon photography sites with great tips. Like how to photograph your Christmas tree so the lights twinkle!
Christmas Tree Photography
What you’ll need:
- A tripod or flat surface (preferably a tripod)
- DSLR camera (I didn’t try this with my point + shoot, but my guess is it wouldn’t work…?)
1. Turn off all the lights except for those on the Christmas tree.
2. Put your camera on Av mode. No flash, of course.
3. Set your aperture to the highest f stop to close up the aperture (I tried f/20 and f/32).
4. Set your ISO relatively low (I used ISO 400).
This will make the shutter speed very very long. My shutter speed ranged from 8-25 seconds! See why you need a tripod?
5. If you can, use the 2 second self-timer, so you don’t shake the camera when you press the shutter.
6. Press the shutter and stand very still!! Hold your breath if you can .
We don’t have nearly enough lights on our tree, so it didn’t come out as twinkly as I had hoped. I’ll have to put up more lights and try it again.
To celebrate Country Music Tuesday, I’ll leave you with my favorite country Christmas song of all time…
I’ll be back with all of my favorite country Christmas tunes next week!
Tell me…how do you decorate your house for the holidays? Wreaths? Garlands? Reindeer in your front yard?