I don't know that I ever cared much for decorating our Christmas tree. When I was young, I remember walking down to our little shopping center and picking out a tree from the lot. But, as I think back, I was less excited about the tree and far more excited about what it represented. Presents.
But, as happens with all of us as we grow older, what's important to us changes. Since marrying, Carly and I have always put up our tree after Thanksgiving. And, as we've grown together, we've collected ornaments that have made a fake, discounted tree from Home Depot, into something rather special. It doesn't sound like much, but I always get excited when we get to put up an ornament for the first time.
This year, after returning from New York for Thanksgiving, I posted a picture of our tree. My mother wanted pictures of some of the ornaments. I thought I would oblige. Below are some of my favorites.
Some thoughts on photographing ornaments. Use an iPhone. I took these with my DSLR. I shot handheld in manual mode, wide open at f1.8. It did create a nice bokah effect, but with such low light I had to crank the ISO up to 3200. I guess I could have used a tripod to reduce the noise. That seemed like a lot of work. But, an iPhone probably would have done just fine. I used a VSCO filter to add "mood." I know, fancy.