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Merry Christmas!

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Quiet Reflection

In the midst of the visits with loved ones and the laughter and the yummy food, I got photos of my friends and some taken of me so I can come out from hiding behind my camera in my profile.I found myself taking photos of the quieter things as well, like this candle and stars that were on a coffee table.

Merry Christmas Season and best wishes for a prosperous, happy year in 2014!

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Celebrating the Light Displays

Now that we have had a few days of warmer weather I managed to get out to take photos of a few of the light displays around town. i did use a tripod and Shutter priority settings with exposures from 1/ 5 to 1/15 of a second. I so enjoy seeing the light displays, I hope you do too!


Strolling along Candy Cane Lane

Oh,  I thought, I have seen Candy Cane Lane so many times. But, maybe there is something new or a change in the usual.

I am glad that I went because there were new things to see and changes that made it better than last year. It was fun to run into friends and I enjoyed the music, some from the houses and some from live singers. It was cold and my thighs were frozen after eight blocks , even with “long johns”  on, but it was worth the trip and the wonder of it all warmed my heart.

I am going out for a walk right after this blog because the sun is shining and it is a beautiful day though somewhat cold and because we are, according to the weather reports,  heading for colder weather ( a ten degree drop) and more snow.

So enjoy the tour and blessings of the season to all…

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First Sunday of Advent -Hope

The lighting of Advent candles is a tradition that I decided that I want to follow although I am happy with all white candles because they came in a pack and were on sale.Different churches use different colours, I think the most popular are 3 purple and one pink one then the Christ candle in the centre is white and lit on Christmas day. This helps me to take the time and be still and reflect on the spirit of the season rather than getting all humbug over the sales rush.

Today’s candle is for hope, as in the hope for the coming of the Christ child. I just happen to have a rock with the word “hope’ on it. I enjoyed a walk after church then spent the afternoon putting up the Christmas tree and putting out the candles. and table cloths. Other years I have gone natural with wooden garlands but this year decided on the sparkles of the tinsel garlands and icicles.  I just love to sit in the living room with most lights out except the tree lights. it is very relaxing. So greetings of the season, for me, as Bing Crosby sings, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

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This Year's Christmas Tree


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I want to Share One Decorated House with You before Year-end-Amazing!

This house in Edmonton,Canada was decorated out of a son’s love for his mother,Maisy, who loved Christmas. Since her passing,he has kept up the tribute. It is a challenge to photograph  because there is so much but I will try to give you an idea of the immencse effort this must take as well as the load on electrical bills. There are pictures of her in different locations and even the windows are decorated.

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Christmas Past

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 I went on an outing to Fort Edmonton Park called Christmas Reflections. I took this photo indoors and Father Christmas was moving so he was blurred but I thought that this was appropriate as I was going to a historical site and everything was from the past so why not leave in the ghost-like image?


Season of Light

The shortest day of the year is here and now the days will get longer-yay! I am somewhat sensitive to lack of daylight. Luckily I have opportunities to get outdoors at my work. Longer days make it easier to cope  with the cold temperatures that come in January and February, though I am enjoying the warm weather that we are experiencing now. We have had a light dusting of snowfor which I am grateful-it seems to reflect the lights in a way that is pleasing. Speaking of lights, displays around the city are beautiful-somewhat aleviates the burn-out I am experiencing . To celebrate this season of light I am putting in a motion photo of what else, lights!

May your heart be warm and your soul be bright.

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It is Looking Like Christmas

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I like getting out to my favourite seasonal celebrations with my friends or alone with my camera.This was taken at a fundraiser for a children’s hospital. I deliberately shot this at a larger aperture to get a narrow depth of field and throw the background out of focus.Actually the whole thing is out of focus but I like the effect. I used a zoom lens which meant that people did not notice that I was taking a photo and were always walking in front of me.   When the crowds started to annoy me, (getting bumped was occuring more often) I decided to pack it in before totally losing my Christmas cheer, went home, turned on some quiet music and my tree lights and relaxed with an eggnog and coffee. Ah-h-h- so nice.

The view from the steps of the Legislature

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Like I said in my previous post, the star on the tree is really bright and “blows up”  I increased my shutter speed a bit to compensate for the brightness and get some detail while still seeing the rest of the lights.

Listening to Choirs and taking a Stroll

©Jane ChesebroughJoined a friend for a walk around the legislature grounds tonight and took some photos then went inside to listen to the choir and taste some hot chocolate. The snow is almost gone and icy and dirty so not much of a winter wonderland but the music sure makes a difference. I am putting a photo here from the other night because I have a sneaky suspicion that my battery will die before I complete the download. So here is a straight shot of the Alberta legislature then a shot from the front steps looking at the large Christmas tree-with a new star at the top.A very bright star I may add, that got me turning my shutter speed up to compensate.©Jane Chesebrough


The Light Fantastic

 I got a new computer(used) but had to wait to get it installed and uploaded.Although I checked my email, I missed getting online and seeing other people’s blogs. very tiring week but I did mange to get over to the legislature grounds after they turned on the lights.Did a more abstract version of the cityscape.

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Red Poinsettias

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Took this photo at the Enjoy center. It is a beautiful place, with spas, flowers, Christmas decorations, cafes,and wonderful displays. I know it is still officially fall but I think it is time to change my header. Getting out to places where there are decorations gets me in the mood to put up my decorations, so the advent candles are out, my gingerbread house that lights up and plays to the tune of “sugar plum fairy”, tree angel, coffee with eggnog…

A good Christmas gift

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I went out with the photo club today to a huge new complex . It was a visual feast and the owners were wonderful at giving us access to various vantage points. all these trees and poinsettas and what do I put in my blog? Socks! But aren’t they lovely?

Maisie’s House

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This house on the corner of 144 Av and 97 Street happened to still be displaying its lights this week when I happened to pass by. Apparently it was done as a labour of love in memory of the man’s deceased mother(whose name was Maisie) and is supported by Home Hardware store in the northeast of the city.

Alberta Legislature at Sunset

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After hearing that the best time to take pictures of Christmas lights is around sunset, I ventured over to the legislature grounds from 3:30 to 5:30 and took this at  5:08 p.m. I used shutter priority at 1/20 second, aperture of 4 and  set WB at cloudy to get more golden tones. I don’t have a lot of detail on the building but was going for the colour in the sky and the lights and am pleased with the result.  It helped that a couple wandered into view for perspective. There are still some shots I took earlier while it was still daylight and thought afterward, “Now why didn’t I get that point of view when it was darker and the lights were on?” I will get my chance when I go on a shoot with the Edmonton Meet Up Photography club next week, weather permitting. I am playing with different settings and using horizontal and vertical layouts for landscapes with interesting results.

Something a little less traditional….

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and definitely more abstract….

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Blue and White with Lanterns


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After our photo club outing to Candy Cane Lane got canceled on Wednesday because of a storm with high wind-chill factor, I went for a quick look this evening.  1/10 second, 4.5 f stop 500ISO using shutter priority mode.

Pretty Snow and Lights

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A Star!

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Embracing the Light

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Went into the streets the other night with a friend to capture some of the seasonal  lights. We learned a lot from each other, as I do from others on this blog site. I saw a person in this composition, reaching up to embrace the light.

used shutter priority of 1/10 second, f3.5 at a focal length of 18mm and 800 ISO



More Lights

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This photo is from the other night when I took my walk-about.did some post-editing on Photoshop, straightenened it out a tad, and lightened it. shutter priority at 1/10 second, f-stop 4, ISO 800

Enjoying the Lights


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Used shutter priority mode with 1/25 second at aperture of 3.5 The ISO was high at 800.18 mm

I would love to hear others opinions on the best way to take a photo of the Christmas lights with a DSLR. I am sure that it may be personal preference though I have heard the opinion that the best time is around sunset. I am happy with this one because it is in focus, and the colour is true, the way that I remember seeing it. I used a tripod, although a flimsy one.

I really had trouble with fog-up of both my LCD and my glasses, sometimes could not see the image at all-was surprised that the photos came out. I will take a plastic bag with me next time-the idea is to put the camera in the bag before going back indoors to avoid condensation. But mine was fogging up outside, probably because I kept breathing on it. Ha Ha….It was minus 15 celsius.

I am registered in a Continuing Education Photography course in January-looking forward to that! I know it will help me get more range out of my camera and help with catching the light in a variety of ways. In the mean time I will practice from the instruction manual and explore the different settings.


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I took this at the festiva and figured my lighting was set up for me so took the shot using shutter priority of 1/30 sec and aperture of 5.6 Kept my WB at daylight. It was so much fun but so many of my shots are not focused, or lack a strong point of view to attract the viewer’s eye. Must remember what it is that I want to express: contrast in light/shadow? Texture? Phenomenal colours? All of the above? Well in this one it was the subject and the lighting that caught my eye as well as the background busy-ness…

Tinsel Town

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I was just as fascinated by the box shaped hanging beads as I was by the trees. The lights would change constantly as  revolving spotlights would cast a different hue onto the decorations. I used an automatic night scene seting for this one. 1/30 sec. f4.5 ISO 400

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