I love this nutcracker that I bought from Target a couple of years ago. It’s definitely a mix of tradition, and maybe a little bit of glam rock Elton John thrown in. He usually sits on our mantlepiece at Christmas, but I moved it onto a white background for this portrait so that the glitz, glam, sparkle, and glitter in gorgeous green would really stand out.
This image was taken at around 11 o’clock this morning on our kitchen table, where the light was pretty good. My ISO was set at 320, my shutter speed 1/80, and my aperture wide at f/2.8. I used by DSLR with my 17-55mm f/2.8 lens attached. Post processing in Lightroom 4, I was really hoping to make the shine and colors stand out, so I increased the clarity and contrast, and decreased the highlights a little. Finally, in the HSL panel, I increased the saturation and luminance of the greens and reds in the picture.
One of my favorite Christmas memories as a child was when my Mom would wrap the gifts. She would bring out this HUGE, perfectly organized box from under her bed filled with paper, tissue, bows and homemade tags. ALWAYS homemade tags made from last year’s Christmas cards. All beautifully cut out, hole punched and tied with gold, silver or red twine. As I began wrapping presents for my family today, I realized that my box of wrapping supplies isn’t nearly as exciting as what my Mom had. Well, I don’t even really have a box and I certainly don’t have home made tags. But, I do have glitter ribbon, and that must count for something, right? 😉
I took this photo with my DSLR using my 50 mm 1.4 lens. There was no natural light, but lots of over head fluorescent lighting. My settings were, ISO 200, aperture 1.4 and shutter speed 1/160. I cropped to a 5X7 and increased the brightness, clarity, and contrast in lightroom.