Day 2 – Ornament/Decoration



I decided to play again with my different lenses today by choosing to use my fisheye.  It’s a Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM fisheye lens for Canon, that opens up beautifully wide. Oh it’s so fun to use, and the distorting effects to lines and features in the frame are fabulous.  Here I focused on the mistletoe kissing ball which is hung from a light in the hallway, looking into the family room.  The Christmas tree itself is out of shot, in the back right corner of the room, but you can see the reflection of it in the mirror above the fireplace, and on the glass of the photograph hung on the wall to the left.  Clean, simple lines, just the way I like it.

I took the picture at around noon.  The light wasn’t particularly good, so my ISO was set at 1600, with my shutter speed 1/40, and my aperture opened up as wide as it would go at f/2.8.  I increased the exposure in Lightroom, and also the contrast and clarity a little.



Happy ‘day after’ National Cupcake Day!  If the date somehow slipped by you, I’d head on over to your local cupcakery  and celebrate a day late!  Why not?  YOLO!  😉 This shot was taken at Fairycakes cupcakery, one of Buffalo’s finest cupcake spots.  It’s always a cheery place, but it is especially whimsical this time of year with jingle bells used to hold the flavour cards, red bows scattered, and jars of peppermint and lemon drops gracing the shelves.  It just screamed “Holiday’ to me, so out came my camera.

I snapped this with my DSLR and my 50 mm 1.4 lens.  My settings were at ISO 400, F/ 1.4 and a shutter speed of  1/320.  My focus button was on those center chocolate peppermint cupcakes.  Post processing was done in Lightroom.  I changed the white balance a touch, slightly increased the clarity, sharpened and altered the luminance a tad.

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson


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