The 2010 Holidays

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

Well, I managed to get a holiday shot after all.  This is a scooter zipping by a display at a pachinko parlor.  

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

 Hi all!

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.

Greetings, Filip..

Moje fotke:

Moj blog: 


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

  Whenever our dog thinks we are heading off on holidays he is the first one to “pack” himself in the boot of the car.

 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

 Hello Everybody,

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

 Happy Wednesday from Orange Beach, Alabama.  

 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



 Sign from above Monterey Bay – shot on Sunday, 12/26/2010.

Canon EOS 7D. 

Cheers!  -Ken & Cindy Papai


Special Bonus photos

Stanley Beck

Christmas Tree detail.



Roberta Davidson

The Macro bugs also wish us a Happy Holiday


Gej Jones

 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.


Happy New Years – a mini special

 Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

 Happy “Year 100” to everyone! (Taiwan’s dating system is based on the Republic of China – which is 100 this year!)  


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

 Where ever this coming year finds you, what ever  this coming year brings you, may you find peace , joy and laughter.

 Happy New Year everyone and thank you for this past year filled with new friends .

 Roberta/ Birdie


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 Happy New Year to all the photo contributors on Sharpshooters International and a very special Happy New Year to Joe Leotta, his countless hours of dedication and thought are most appreciated.

Hello 2011, goodbye 2010.  A time to both look ahead and to reflect upon the past.


 Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Happy New Year Sharp Shooters!! 


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Happy New Year!
This is what we eat on the new year days.  Used to be made by each family, but nowadays ask for catering 🙂

Best,  Ken 


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 It has been an interesting entry into 2011.  I hope everyone crossed the line happily and safely.

Gej – so what did the fireworks look like in Melbourne?  You must have been reading my mind.  I have never shot a “night scene” before – but this year I decided to give it a go (part of my mantra to shoot more things outside of sport). 

 This is a shot of the Melbourne fireworks viewed from Williamstown.  I came with a tripod but the crowd was too congested, so I ended up shooting hand held.  This ended up being a better strategy anyway because I had no idea where the fireworks coming from, apart from looking in a general direction.  The fireworks lasted around 9 minutes.


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Cheers and Happy New YEAR to ALL!

 -Ken Papai

 rainy morning in California right now… wow. (our local water supply reservoirs for Marin County are now 100% full — one of the earliest “full dates” on record) 




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