Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Longwood Gardens Christmas

Today I made a trip to Longwood Gardens. I always enjoy seeing their holiday display in the conservatory. I packed in my bag with the Lensbaby Composer fitted with the star aperture insert. I just love the way that lens ~ aperture combo creates stars from the out of focus lights. I tried getting some good compositions while also finding the sharp or sweet spot on an ornament. The light was low, so I was also using my tripod. When I processed these I also used the software program from Alien Skin called SnapArt3 which is tons of fun and offers many processing choices from oil paint to pastel.

In the music room the displays have cabinets full of apothecary jars filled with Christmas candy. I made a couple bracketed shots there for HDR processing later, but the aisle in the music room was very narrow and folks started passing through so I collapsed my tripod and headed out. Maybe one of these shots will find its way on to my Christmas card this year.

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