Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and High ISOs…

Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!

I want to take this opportunity to wish my family and friends a very Merry Christmas. Some of you I will see this week, and some of you are far away, but close in my heart! I also want to wish a very Happy Holiday season to everyone who might be reading this blog, and say a big thank you for taking your time to read my thoughts and look at my photographs.

I do love all the memories of Christmas that I think about during this time of the year. From those childhood moments of waiting on Santa, like the year my brother, Fred, and I each received Big Wheels, and took them on a spin through the house, barefoot, only to step on a tack! And, all those wonderful big, family celebrations and how they got even bigger when I got married! But, today, a very thankful and blessed Christmas as my husband is recuperating and recovering from a total knee replacement last week. I will make my traditional shrimp creole on Friday, my southern grandmother’s recipe, and we’ll celebrate with stories, good food, good drink, great company and games of trivia. I do love trivia…and my history of photography students know how much I like to throw in a good dose of trivia now and then!

Oh, and as for the high ISOs, sitting here in my living room and looking at the Christmas tree got me to thinking. After squinting at the lights, and thinking about how cool they all look, I grabbed my camera, and decided to turn off all the lights in the house and run the ISO up to 4000, and give it a whirl. I do love these mind-boggling, epic (yes, I used that word!) digital cameras and their ISO capabilities! Here is a shot at ISO 4000 and it looks really cool, and pretty darn clean! I mean, I love grain, you remember good old, tried and true, Tri-X 400!  Heck, I love TMAX 3200 for all its grainy glory. But this shot, it’s so clean for ISO 4000, who would have thought? I liked this shot, as it is patriotic and festive all at once. I’m a collector of antique glass ornaments, and this little beauty is one of a pair that my husband and I scored years ago in our quest for antique glass!

Here’s to a week of joy, wonder and being with those we love and cherish! Enjoy your holidays, and let’s all look forward to a happy, healthy and peaceful 2016!

“May your days be merry and bright.” – Irving Berlin

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