Part of Christmas is putting everything away. I’ll admit, we are doing that a bit early this year, before the end of the Christmas season on the Church calendar. This year, our packing up is a bit more involved. We will be moving this coming year, so we are sorting though everything, and deciding what to keep, what to get rid of, and what is going into storage. Since we are moving from the US to England, all our lights are going into storage. That’s easy. Harder is sorting through the decorations. Or at least I thought it would be hard. It turns out my kids thought it was fun. Also, I drug out my camera to take some photos, and that is always fun. Here is an ornament that will be coming with us:
To shoot this photo, I used a magnifying, close-up lens on my 50mm lens. I lined Santa up so that the light would be smooth and luminous behind him. Here is the original photo:
I cropped the photo and applied a vintage filter in Aperture:
I liked the vintage feel, but thought it was too strong. So to get the final version I started this post with, I opened the image in Photoshop and then duplicated it. One layer I made into a black and white version, that was the top layer. Then I dropped the opacity of that layer to about 50%. I then made a mask on that layer and masked in the santa figure. The result was the more toned down vintage feel in the background. That, to me, is more appealing. What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.
A version of this image is available on Picfair.
Happy New Year to all my readers and visitors. This year will be a busy one in my household as we relocate. It is a cycle that we are use to, we move every few years for work reasons. To me, it often seems like a circle, we move, get set-up, get situated, get ready to move again. In a way this cycle feels like the smaller yearly cycle of celebrating Christmas.