Happy Holidays from Sharpshooters
Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York
The most famous Christmas tree in America
In New York if someone tells you : We’re going to see the tree , You know exactly where they are going – Rockefeller Center. The address 30 Rock, home to NBC, the Today show studio windows. Saturday Night Live, and Radio City Music Hall with the Rockettes. This is the traditional New York Christmas experience. There is always a crowd at the tree. Everybody goes to see it, Not just New Yorkers but tourist from all over. I remember the excitement when I was a small child and my parents took us there. This year I got all of us there and despite the complaining, they all loved it.
The entire area is magical. Turn around and thru the herald honking angels Saks 5Th Avenue is putting on a snowflake light show that is drawing even more crowds to the area
Nikon D300 handheld using Nikkor 24 – 85 F2.8 Zoom
Tree – at 42mm AE, 1/50 sec, f/3.5, ISO 1600, Compensation: +1/3
Snowflakes – at 40mm Program AE, 1/40 sec, f/3.3, ISO 1600
Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona
Wishing you all the best for this holiday season
Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan
Okay, here is my holiday photo. This was taken at night, near the Tokyo Bay area. I brightened the center and darkened the surrounding. The surrounding would kill the beauty of this tree. And added a bit of glow. Although I am an atheist, I enjoy this season – particularly because I am with family this year!
D700, 24mm, f/11, 1/50s, ISO 2200
Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America
Beginning of Christmas 2010 mass at ST.Petrus and Paulus Cathedral today (AKA world’s largest wooden cathedral) with Monseigneur Bekker, Bishop of Paramaribo
I wish Merry Christmas to you all and your families. I know you may already celebrated it but Suriname have two days of Christmas 😉
Best Regards,, Ertugrul Kilic
Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan
Contrary to what you (or I, the first time I saw these) might think, this is not a “casino,” as gambling is illegal here in Taiwan, except on some outlying islands. This parlor holds pachinko machines – which people play to win small beads. These beads are then able to be traded for prizes – which …conveniently… can be traded for cash at an “unconnected” establishment. How convenient! These are often seen as fronts of organized crime, which is pretty big in Asia, but fortunately not something a foreigner has to worry about… unless I do stupid things 🙂
I know this isn’t much of a holiday shot – but Santa is used by these places to inspire good luck. You’ll also see some holiday decor in stores, but from what I’ve noticed, it seems to be gone by now. Regardless, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi
Christmas decorations – no description needed.
Nikon D200, ISO 100, f/5, 1/500 sec.
Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia
I’ve had some trouble what to send for this occasion. Well, believe it or not, I don’t have a single photo of our Christmas tree, recent or older. Somehow I don’t find it enough interesting to photograph it… So, I’m presenting a photo that was taken in nearby town of Varazdin. It’s a Christmas tree on their main square, together with vendor booths set up for sale of Christmas decorations, food and beverages. I was sipping my cooked vine and decided to make this photo. Take care, and see you next year. 🙂 Nikon D80, Sigma10-20@10mm, f13, 25seconds, ISO 100 + 2stop gnd filter.
Post processing in Capture NX2.
Moje fotke: http://www.filiplucin.com/
Moj blog: http://www.blog.filiplucin.com/
Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I wish you all a joyous New Year filled with joy and laughter .
Looking forward to a year filled with wonderful shots from you all!!
Roberta / Birdie
Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas
I am submitting a shot I took last December for the holiday theme. I haven’t shot much in the way of holiday photos except snapshots of my family, so forgive the old shot, but it’s one of my all time favorites. This was one of those pure luck shots, so it didn’t have much to do with the photographer, other than I was there to capture it. The spider and Mother Nature get the credit for this one. If I was to do it over again, I might have tried to get more of the hibiscus in the refraction, but at the time, I didn’t know about placing flowers. This was just as it was, and it was probably best not to mess with it anyway. I hope you all have a healthy, happy, prosperous 2011! (tags: macro, spider web, dew
Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Camera: Nikon D200 Lens: AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Settings: 1/320s at 185mm with f/5.1 and ISO 560 (Manual, hand held, exposure bias 1EV)
Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
this special edition is one I am really looking forward to, as I am a bit mad about special Christmas decorations. Czech Republic is one of the few countries, where hand made, glass decorations are still made, they are incredibly fragile, but to me they are the most beautiful ones. Lately I’ve been buying special pieces in Australia, you can imagine my thrill, when I discovered, that one of the main stores sells them. Since then I make few trips every year and am rather well stocked up by now 🙂 This one is a very typical glass bird decoration, I have few of those in all sorts of colours.
Have a lovely week and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Nikon D60, 18-55, f/3.5-5/6@ISO 100, 1/200s, f/7.1
Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida
I didn’t think doing the holiday special would be that hard. I decided to try photographing ornaments on our tree. After 3 hours and getting out all my new and old equipment I finally got something to share. This glass ball was extremely hard to shoot. It picked up every light reflection in the house and from my flash. I had to shoot with all the house lights off. Nikon D3, Nikon 105 2.8 AIS, 1/60 sec, F/11 ISO 800, SB 800 flash with old sock as diffuser.
Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut
Here is an abstract representation of Chanukah that I used for a holiday card a couple of years ago. It is rendered from an actual photo Chanukah knick-knacks I display in my china closet.
…this is a highly modified photo of one of the angels at Rockefeller Center I created a while back for holiday cards to special friends. No camera settings because I cannot locate the original. Here’s hoping our angels guide us through 2011!
Happy Holidays to all!
Tags: Rockefeller Center, angel
Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark
A walk in the forest before Christmas dinner.
Two very impatient grandchildren, we unpack gifts Christmas eve, you know.
Happy new year all.
Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan
I took my Holiday Photo on the 23rd at 11:52PM. Tried for Midnight but it was just too cold. There was one car still on the street at this late hour, I got rid of it using Photoshop.
The contrast of the Christmas Tree and the Palms were interesting to me. Yes, that is the Ferris Wheel in the far-background.
D90 – 2.5sec – f/8.0 – 18-200@18mm – ISO 400 – Aperture Priority
Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway
Christmas has now come, even to photographers, and I thought I’d sign off 2010 with a photo of my daughter in her brand new folk costume, which originates in the western part of Norway, where she has some ancestry. They cost a fortune (=Nikon D3 😉 ), but she can use it for festivities about 25 years ahead, they say…. ? At least it is different from her dancing costumes…
There has been plentiful of snow this winter, and with an exceptionally low temperature. In December, we have hade mean temeratures of minus 15 degrees Celcius, with often spikes down to 20 degrees Celcius. That’s COOOOOOLD! Only the most hardcore vikings go out photoshooting in that weather – and no, I found it better staying at home, trying to sort out, enhance and tag approx 11000 (!) images in Adobe Lightroom from the last 18 months
I want to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR, with lots of good photos and photo ops in the year to come. You know you have an audience here at Joe’s emails!
Best regards from Per-Christian!!
Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi
Not a very great holiday photo for you. It was shot through the windshield of our car coming home on Christmas day. However, since we haven’t had a white Christmas since about 1964, I just had to send it.
I would like to extend my very best wishes for everyone in this wonderful group to have a great 2011. This is a very special bunch of photographers and friends!
Ken Papai – San Rafael, California
HAPPY HOLIDAYS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Sign from above Monterey Bay – shot on Sunday, 12/26/2010.
Canon EOS 7D.
Cheers! -Ken & Cindy Papai
Special Bonus photos
Christmas Tree detail.
The Macro bugs also wish us a Happy Holiday
I heard the crack of a whip and there was a distant ‘Ho Ho Ho’. Then all was silent. I’m glad I stayed out of the road.
Merry Christmas from Orange Beach, Alabama.