Friday, 2 January 2015
Theme for December for my online photography club was (not surprisingly) 'Celebration'. Sounds easy? It seemed to need a people picture - but given that I don't much like photographing people, that for me isn't as simple as it might be. I'd hoped to find a brass band playing carols somewhere... but I didn't. I did have two carol singers at my door but they don't seem to actually sing carols these days .. just 'We wish you a merry Christmas' - and they weren't festively dressed so that didn't appeal as a subject.
Never mind, thought I, there'll be plenty of opportunity and celebration on Christmas Day with the family - and perhaps there was - but with so much going on, wrapping paper everywhere, low light levels and a distinct lack of uncluttered backgrounds it was an uphill struggle to get a decent picture. Later in the afternoon, after we'd enjoyed our festive meal, things calmed down a bit and I thought that my chance was coming... Then my three year old granddaughter suddenly decided she didn't want any clothes on! We eventually persuaded her to keep her T-shirt on - and to pose looking at the Christmas tree with her mummy. Some cropping and an added 'bokeh' layer is enough to preserve her modesty!