December 25-31, 2012
Week 32 of the 365 Photo Project started on Christmas Day.
The holidays are a time when I take lots of family pictures. However, since I’ve been doing this photo a day project, I feel like I’ve been taking fewer pictures of my family. I do feel the pictures I am taking are much better.
The first picture of the week was of my brother and his son (both named Chris) and a big present.
The present was actually from me and Evan to my brother and his wife. I love the look of the little guy as he hold the gift. Nothing like the smile of a six-year old on Christmas morning.
I went with two pictures this day because the photo below is a years long Christmas tradition.
I used the tripod to get the shot and set it all up, so it is a picture I took even though I am in it. No one knows for sure how the tradition began, but it is believed my dad started it over 30 years ago. I have many of the pictures going back to when I was in grade school. I think I am going to post them all in a future post. Anyone who is at Christmas dinner at my aunt’s house is in the picture. The people change each year. Sometimes there is just family. Often there are friends over who get in the shot too. I love this tradition.
The day after Christmas is a funny day. After the build up to Christmas, the day after is always a weird day. I had read an article about shooting Christmas lights, so I decided to try some of the techniques. This is a spruce tree outside my parents’ condo in Fairbanks, Alaska. The morning was crisp and pretty clear. I shot this around 9:30 in the morning before the sun came up.
I like the effect of the tree lights and the slowly lightening sky.
Thursday saw us getting on a plane and heading home. This was shot right before noon.
Again, notice how low the sun is on the horizon. The mountain range in the back is the Alaska range.
Friday we went to see the production of STOMP that was in town. What a great show. I got this shot backstage.
STOMP is such an inventive show. This can full of brooms was backstage, and I thought it looked cool. I wish I’d had my good camera and not my iPhone.
Saturday began the work toward the New Year’s Eve dinner with friends. Here Evan uses the mortar and pestle to grind peppercorns.
And what is New Year’s without black-eyed peas?
Evan prepared them from scratch and had these soaking for a couple of days so we could enjoy them on New Years day.
On New Year’s Eve we had a group of friends to dinner and this was the dessert Evan made.
It was a Raspberry Mousse torte or something. It was so freaking good.’
And this brings 2012 to a close.