We’re nearly there and, unusually, our Christmas Tree has already been up for nearly a week. We’re normally a lot later putting it up what with one thing and another. Presents have started to appear under the tree…I still haven’t wrapped any of mine, but I have at least got them all 😉
It was the works Christmas party last night and we went to a big marquee out in North Weald to a “From Russia With Love” themed party. It was good fun. By the time I took this shot I’d had a bottle and a half of Shiraz and 3 pints so I was quite surprised I didn’t have to straighten it too much…I had a headache this morning 😉
This gentleman is our tutor on our City and Guilds Level 2 Photography course in Chelmsford. As you will gather, this evening we have been learning lighting for portraiture photography, with an emphasis on the correct focal length to use. This was shot at 70mm, ideally I should have had my 70-200mm lens with me so I could have gone to somewhere around 100mm. This was processed using Portrait Professional which is an excellent piece of software.
I can’t believe we only have a little over a week before Christmas…I have just about completed my Christmas shopping though!
Debbie put the Christmas tree and decorations up this evening, so we are looking nice and festive. To celebrate I dug out the lensbaby…I’ve used this a couple of times before…but I only found the aperture disks tonight…it took another half an hour to work out how to take out the aperture disks!
Anyhow, here you go, Rushing into Christmas
This is one of the local playgrounds in Dunmow. When I was growing up these would be well populated with teenagers in the early evening, nowadays I guess they are all inside on their Playstations. and to be fair, it was about -3C when I took this photograph – so who’s the dummy 😉
Just a quick comment on the look of this shot – I’m not entirely sure why the trees are so green. I’m assuming this is caused by the fact I am using the floodlights of the local tennis club (to the left of the shot) to provide some of the light and I assume this is giving the picture, and particularly the trees a green colour cast. That said, I like the look, it gives it a kind of dirty chemical look that appeals to me.