Friday, December 23, 2011

Presents!


Today's post in the Christmas series is presents! They've all been wrapped and are ready to go under the tree. (: I CANNOT wait to give them to everybody! I'm so excited! These pictures had incredible natural light, so they didn't really need any editing. They're SOOC. I took them manually, but I can't remember where all the settings were at. Sorry.
I always wrap with brown craft paper. I really love the old-fashioned feel of it. This year I tied jute around them, as well as gold ribbon. The ones with the ribbon are a little bit fancier, but I like the jute, too.


This year I made my own gift tags. I LOVE the way they turned out! I used a vintage keyhole that I have, traced it onto watercolor paper, and cut it out. Then I used a black Sharpie to outline the tag, fill in the keyhole itself and outlined that. After that, I put them in a shallow container of hot water with 3 teabags. The teabags dye the paper and give it this totally vintage, antique, kinda look. After they dried I covered them with Mod Podge to give it a hard, smooth, shiny finish.

You could do this with any shape or patter or idea, but I really love the keyhole.

The only problem, I must say, is that the brown craft paper DOES NOT stay together very well. Meaning that scotch tape will not hold it together. You end up using like 3 pieces just to get the ends to stay shut. I thought about using duct tape. I probably should have.

And to conclude this Christmas present post- the presents under the tree. (:

Two days til Christmas!

~Becky

Monday, December 19, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...


Next post in my Christmas series: Christmas tree!

I took the liberty of actually preparing for this post by taking pictures of the tree in anticipation of them going on the blog. Maybe I shouldn't be telling you this. Now you'll be expecting some elaborate pictures that are beautifully captured with spectacular lighting.

My lighting was lousy. Sorry. I did my best with what I had, but it doesn't always work the way you want it too. Thank goodness for photoshop. And a wonderful friend who lent you theirs. (:

My family and I always go and cut down a tree. Or at least we try to. This year we got to the tree farm a minute after they were supposed to be closing. We got there at 4:31. It usually takes us hours of "I like this one!" "No, what about this one!" "That one has a bald spot! No way!" to pick out a tree. So Dad jumped out of the truck and asked if we could still go and cut down our tree. The man said yes, but we had to be quick. We picked out our tree in, literally, 3 minutes. By the time we picked the tree, cut it down, got it wrapped, and loaded it in the truck it was 4:41. We picked our tree in 10 minutes flat. It was quite the accomplishment.

Did I mention my Christmas tree smells like a citrus fruit?

I'm not joking- it really does. If the internet had scratch-and-sniff I would totally be doing it right now so you could smell it.

Don't ask me what variety of tree it is. I have no idea. All I know is that it smells like a fruit.

Anyway- now onto the Christmas tree photos. Enjoy!

Last Christmas we strung cranberries to go with the popcorn strand we made 3 years ago. My boyfriend had the privilege of helping us with the cranberry one. He was thrilled. (;
This is my Dad when he was little. As you've seen in other photo posts of my Dad, he has a goatee. My cousin, who was 8 at the time, saw this and said "Wow, your dad had a beard when he was little, too!"

I did this picture with two different edits. One in black and white and one in color. I'm not sure which one I like best. Thoughts?
And in conclusion of this Christmas tree post- my Christmas tree in all it's lit up, popcorn stranded, ornamented glory. It didn't turn out so bad for picking it in 3 minutes.
~Becky

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cookies!

Ok, I have 3 rather lame pictures for today's post in the Christmas series. Sorry :\

They're of cookies.

Sugar cookies.

They are decorated.

Ok, I'll stop stalling.

Here ya go..

This is a snowman that, I believe, my mother decorated.
Some of the finished products. (:

A Christmas tree!Yeah, that was all. Sorry.

Next post will be better, I promise!

~Becky

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Drum Roll Please....

Next post in my Christmas series will be cookies! Bear with me, though, there aren't very many pictures for this post.. cookies are hard to photograph. You end up eating your subject. :\
~Becky

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lights!


Welcome to the first post of a series of Christmas posts! The first matter of business- LIGHTS!!
I love Christmas lights, and Christmas light photography is always so much fun. You can do so many creative things with them. And some not so creative things. Or you can try to do creative things and epically fail.. like this one-
The whole 'shaped bokeh' thing is really cool. I've seen some awesome examples of it, however, I have yet to master the art of shaped bokeh. I've got the idea, but not the technique, I guess. Here's the lens hood I made for it-







It's cute, isn't it? Well, it didn't work that well.

I took these with my Nikon D3000, completely manually. I was rather proud of myself for that. I can't tell you what each pictures settings were, but they were an 5.4f, 400 ISO, and somewhere between 1/6 and 1/13 shutter speed. Anyway, onto some better examples of Christmas light bokeh, and a few ornaments. (:

Here is one example of just bokeh. Nothing fancy, just plain old bokeh out of Christmas tree lights, on a small tree. It's kind of cool just by itself, but I like having it focus on something else.

I love how you can see the lights reflected in the snowglobe. It's like double bokeh. (:

Isn't he adorable??
I love this one because you can see the whole antler reflected in the snowglobe. (:

Can you tell I love snowmen? (:
And just because I love my deer, and am a bit of a redneck...
~Becky

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Series

I know, I haven't posted in close to a month. But I'm here to say that I'm getting ready to start a Christmas series of photos! Get ready for lights, presents, cookies, and decorations. (:

~Becky