Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Wonderland!

A beautiful winter snow coating, a bright morning and a little touch-up in Lightroom and you get some pretty striking images.  I am normally not a big advocate of extreme color changes to pictures, but I really like how these pictures turned out.  Let me know what you think about them.

This is the original:

And this is after processing:

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Countryside Christmas!

I took a few pictures at the grand opening of Countryside Christmas, a great Christmas experience that was created by good friends of mine NW of Chicago.  

Check out their website if you are in the area, it makes for a great family activity!

The Belgian horses are not only very beautiful animals, they also are extremely strong!

"O, what fun it is to ride in a two-horse open sleigh, Hey!"

I was glad when I saw that they had piping hot cappuccino for sale in the treat shop. It hits the spot on a cold winter day!

Kaity and Emmy, warming up in the treat shop next to a crackling fire.

Even the snowmen are happy to serve up holiday goodies there! :o)

Josh does a great job taking care of the horses.

These "gingerbread boys" that the girls were making are really tasty once they finish baking and decorating them with all sorts of colorful frosting!

Monday, December 6, 2010

A few family pictures

This evening I brought a backdrop and a couple of lights home so that we could shoot a few family pictures for my sister and her family.  For being a quick thrown together shoot in our living room, I was pretty pleased with the way the pictures turned out.

I love my adorable niece!

It was also this little guy's birthday tonight, so we got a shot of him for the family blog.

Friday, December 3, 2010

We have a WINNER!

We have an official winner of the SLR lens coffee mug!

I pondered about how to fairly and randomly pick one person out of the many who entered, and I came across this website while searching for a good way to do that.  I entered everyone's names (my followers twice) and the name that was selected by the computer was....drum roll please!

Anna Flora!

So congratulations, and please email me at: in order to choose your mug and give me your mailing address.

Thank you all for your participation and great thoughts on what there is to love about photography!
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