DECEMBER THEME – Christmas

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  • #10937
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    Peter Robinson
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    The theme for November is now closed.

    The theme for December 2015 is

    Christmas

    Post your images as replies to this post. (Make sure you’ve read the Guidelines first.)


    Firstly, let me apologise for kicking off this months’ theme a few days late, but it’s been worth the wait. I’ve chosen the seasonal theme of Christmas to get everyone in the festive mood. It’s a simple enough theme that everyone can find all around them so it will be interesting to see how differently we can interpret the atmosphere. Shows us what Christmas means to you.

     

    Remember – only post photos taken this month, between 4th.and 31st December 2015

    #10967
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    Peter Robinson
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    I popped into town on Sunday afternoon and took a few attempts of photographing Crewe’s Christmas lights. I had a light help with the Lightroom graduation tool to help the sky.

    #10973
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    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Love the rosy sky in that first one, Pete.

    #10974
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    meg cumming
    Participant

    I also like the first one and the ghostly figures as well. “The Ghosts of Christmas present!”

    #10976
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    Anonymous

     THE COPYRIGHT IS NOT MINE-NOT MY PHOTO. Borrowed off PetaPixels–A–To show what you are missing and B. To wish the lads a happy Christmas. BTW- Thanks for all the help explaining why suddenly I was unable to get images into the forum. Re the missing URL bit from the download.Sorted again with the kind help from one of my friends at Altrincham PS.

    #10977
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    Anonymous


    And now it will only transfer thumbnails—not surprising so few members bother with this forum. Back to my friends.
     

    #10995
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    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Christmas tree waiting to get dressed…

    #10996
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    Peter Robinson
    Keymaster

    That’s a good size tree Ian. I look forward to seeing photos of it when it’s dressed. There’s so many ways to photograph it.

    #11001
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    Peter Robinson
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    Learning from my experience of photographing Crewe Town square last Sunday, I decided to photograph the lights on Memorial Square his Sunday. I thinks it’s far more photogenic having more subject matter and angles to photograph from. I heard somewhere that it’s best to take night shots at dusk when there’s still some light in the sky. It gives some ambient light on the buildings so the don’t black out and gives more interesting photographs than a black sky would. Depending on the cloud cover it gives you about 15 minutes before it goes too dark. This weeks attempts were taken at around 100ISO, f20 @ 25 secs. The long speed didn’t record any passersby.:

    #11003
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    Ian McNab
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    Nice set, Peter. The mixed light is much more interesting than photographing when the sky is dark. David Hobby published an article recently entitled “‘Tis the Season: How to Photograph Christmas Lights” . Amongst some interesting stuff about balancing the exposure between the ambient light from the sky and the light from the lamps, he mentions the trick of setting the white balance to Tungsten: it renders the tungsten lights white but the sky a richer blue; but modern Xmas lights may also be halogen rather than tungsten, so playing around with other white balance settings may produce better results.

    #11007
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    Ian McNab
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    …dressed!

    #11008
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    Anonymous

    WELL DONE IAN and PETER—NICE CHRISTMAS PICTURES.Artistic tree Ian. Well done. You must both be privileged knowing how to download pics, here since the system has clearly changed.——– I like the Red Cross motto- never – ignore- anyone in a crisis.

    #11009
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    Anonymous

    Crewe Town Council do such a splendid job with the Christmas lights-full credit to them. They asked to use my photo”s of last years lights-for their Christmas publicity this year.They did use mine, and my response was–they are all yours.I don”t do this copyright thing as no club photo”s have any intrinsic value and the joy is the photography-so was nice to see my photo”s used. Not sure Peter but think you could be a tad over exposed??the lights -what it is all about can get lost. There is a great tool -a one click slider now on Serif PhotoPlus 8 for correcting verticals.Must try and get down myself- will post on Flicker if I make it–nursing little dog pre-surgery so may not be able too.

    #11010
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    Ian McNab
    Keymaster

    Ken, you said, “You must both be privileged knowing how to download pics, here since the system has clearly changed.——– I like the Red Cross motto- never – ignore- anyone in a crisis.”

    There hasn’t been any change to the way we add pictures:

    1. you have to use a picture you have stored on a web site (in your CPS Gallery, or on Flickr or wherever);

    2. you copy its URL (i.e. the link or address for its web location);

    3. then you click the ‘Insert/edit image’ icon above your forum post, and paste the URL into the Source box; you adjust the longest  side’s size to 640 in the ‘Dimensions’ boxes, and then click OK

    That’s it.

    #11015
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    Peter Robinson
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    Thanks for the advice and the link Ian and Ken. It’s a bit tricky photographing night shots under different light sources which have their own colour balance. You can paint in colour balance settings in Lightroom to correct it although sometimes I prefer the warmer look. Next time I may try the HDR technique to try and recover the highlights and shadow details. I’m getting there.

    Your tree looks a lot prouder now it dressed Ian.

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