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.


  1. Love your photos, Becky!

    And my thought on the B&W vs color shot... I like both. I would maybe bump the contrast up in the B&W shot and maybe pull a little yellow and green out of the color shot. But they are both very nice and have good composition and focus.

    Have you ever shot HDR? It would look fantastic on the last photo! Just a thought :)

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