‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore. One of my favorite poems of all time. So one can only imagine how excited I was when my daughter came home from school one day and told me that in English class, somewhere in between her literature in film unit and the start of delving into and dissecting, The Trojan War, they had an assignment to memorize ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, in its entirety. Although not the easiest of tasks, my daughter completed the assignment in stellar fashion, and as a gift to me, I have asked her to recite the poem to the family on Christmas Eve.
So here she is snuggled up in her favorite Christmas socks, taking in some of the pictures from one of the many versions of the book we have acquired over the years. I shot this photo with my iphone 4 and used the snapseed app to crop, center focus, lower the contrast and add blur. I then went into the VSCO app where I faded the photo just a touch. Then once I sent the photo to my computer, I decided to convert the picture to black and white and add a bit of edge blur, both done in iphoto.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”
Only 2 weeks to go… we are definitely on the home stretch. Watching The Lone Ranger, here are Will and Gimli (Ella’s Cairn Terrier) snuggled up on one of our couches. It’s as simple as that!
Taken on a dark afternoon with my Canon DSLR and my 50mm 1.4 lens. I wanted to focus on Gimli’s paws and so I chose a very wide aperture, f/1.4, so that I could achieve an extremely shallow depth of field. It also let in maximum light in a particularly dark area. My ISO was set at 1600, and finally my shutter speed was 1/80. Post processing in Lightroom 4, I increased the exposure, but decreased the contrast in the image, then finally increased the clarity and adjusted the sharpening.