Saturday, 1 January 2011

Beyond the Lens - A White Christmas

Written by Tamara Kwan of TammyLynn Photography

This past Christmas was my first ever White Christmas. It was also my first Christmas without any of my children at home. Well they aren’t exactly children anymore, but they will always be my matter how old they get. So what do you do when your children aren’t home for Christmas? Well you sleep in, have a long lazy morning, cook a big breakfast with homemade blueberry pancakes, pack a lunch and go for a lovely long walk with your husband.

What is a ‘White Christmas’? For most I think a ‘White Christmas’ means a covering of snow on the ground on Christmas Day. Ideally snowing on the day as well. But if you are placing bets on a ‘White Christmas’ down at the local betting shop, then it means something else. To win a bet on it being a ‘White Christmas’ then a single snowflake has to be officially observed falling in the 24 hour period of the 25th of December. I’m not a betting person, so I enjoyed my first ‘White Christmas’. J

The above photograph was taken this past Christmas Day and is a view over the frozen Stradford Park Lake in Stroud. The tempature this day was around -3c and had been below freezing for quite some time. Camera used was a Canon 5D II with a 24-70 2.8 L lens. Camera settings were set to Aperture Priority, F/9, ISO 200 with a shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, hand held.

Here’s another photo taken down by the lake a few minutes later:

Sledging on Christmas Day....It doesn’t get much better than this.  

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