Day 8 – Santa

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Bonnie

This is a photo of some of my favorite ‘Santas’ from my Santa collection.  This was a perfect day for ‘Santa’, considering I just put out all of our Christmas decorations yesterday.  It really was the perfect time to decorate, with snow falling into the evening and a gingerbread man decorating party with friends at a local juice bar and cafe, we were feeling the Holiday spirit all around.  With Santa Clauses scattered all around our house, I gathered this small sample for the photo.  The best part of this collection is that all of my Santas have been gifts from family and friends.  Too many stories to share, but each of these Santa faces warms my heart with memories of Christmas past.

I snapped this picture with some early morning light flowing through the window. It was taken with my Canon DSLR with my new 35 mm F2 lens (Merry Christmas to me!!)  and my settings were ISO 800, F2 and a shutter speed of 1/80.  Other than cropping to a 5 X 7 in iphoto, there was no editing done. I kind of like it just the way it is!

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Alex

So here is my ‘Santa’ picture for today, or Father Christmas as we would more often call him in England.  This Santa is around 10 years old and is one of a number of pre-school ornaments produced by my 3 kids at their Montessori school, which each child attended before they entered grade school.  I’m sure those of us who are parents all have a similar collections of Christmas crafts that have been hung year after year on our trees.  I particularly like light bulb Santa, he’s cool and quirky and perfectly placed on our tree, looking out of the window onto our backyard.

I took this picture at around 2 o’clock this afternoon, when the light was still great in our family room.  I used my Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 lens as I knew I would be able to zoom in and get a good close up of the ornament.  My ISO was 320, my shutter speed 1/80, and my aperture opened up at f/2.8.  Post-processing in Lightroom was very minimal, I decreased the highlights, and increased the contrast and clarity.

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