Friday, December 9, 2011

Reflecting on the Holidays


Thiry Days Of Thanks Picture The Holidays - Day 8

Reflective surfaces can be creative muses in your photography. There is no way of knowing exactly how the reflection will translate. That's what makes it so much fun!

Have you ever looked into a mirror as a means to see things a little differently? Look around and see how unique the world around you can look in reflections. Mirrors, glass, metallic surfaces all offer us opportunities to see and shoot with a unique and often unexpected perspective.

Shoot something in a reflective surface today and see what you find. It could be you looking back at you, or it could be some other kind of seasonal magic. It's all in how you look at it.

For today, I have another shot from our hometown Christmas parade. This was an "accidental shooting" in that I didn't realize that I captured such a cool reflection of the band and the crowd lining the street until I downloaded the pictures to my computer.

Mom got a little teary as the band played and I felt a little wistful remembering all the years we spent following my son (who is now deployed) around with band all through junior high and high school. He loved to play his trumpet and the young lady who would become his wife played the flute. Love blossomed his senior year when they shared the field commander podium for the fall show. :) Recently someone posted this video of one of their competitions - a show where Adam had two pretty rockin' solos. If you are a former band geek or parent of one, you might enjoy watching. Its a ten minute show, so if you want to cut to the chase, his solos begin at 5:37 and 7:22. Just click here

Since I'm not decorating my home this holiday and I don't have time to put a lot of effort into setting up beautiful shots like some of my PTH cohorts, I will probably be pulling a lot from my parade day shoot, as well as my parent's home etc... I'm still recovering from the cold I had on parade day a week later, so I'm anxious to get better and get out into the community some more and catch some lights.

I have date night with my son tonight and there are some really gorgeous homes in his area that I'm sure are all lit up beautifully. Maybe we will have time to do a little night shoot. My grand-dog Crockett will be coming home with me for the weekend, so maybe I can scrounge up some Christmas props and get some cute shots of him. Poor guy. ;)

My goal is to get to work early today, so I best get on with it. TGIF!


  1. LeAnne,
    The reflections in this horn are so cool! Glad you were able to catch such a happy surprise.
    We have 3 of those. My son has 2 and my daughter has 1. They are just as important as the grandson, in our minds. I'm tickled to hear you refer to Crocket as a grand-dog, too.
    Hope you get to feeling better soon.

  2. Sooooo creative! Just beautiful.


  3. The reflection of the band in the horn is absolutely phenomenal, LeAnne!! Really nice capture.

    I'm having a relaxing morning, just letting the dust settle from yesterday's layoff.

    Enjoy your date night.

  4. What a fabulous got the whole story and the focused portrait all in one-genius! Really wonderful.


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