Brace yourselves, Christmas lights are coming…

That title is hilarious if you’re familiar with the meme.

Very few of the houses in my neighborhood (including my own at the moment) have light displays this year.  This is different from past years and I don’t know why.  People do seem to be less happy and enthusiastic this year in general though.

Anyway, because of that, no pictures of lights yet.  However, if you are going to be going out light peeping follow the below link for some quick, easy to follow tips on how to take great pictures of Christmas lights.

How to photograph Christmas Lights

The link will take you to the Strobist website.  The site is maintained by David Hobby who has fast become one of my favorite people since I discovered his blog a few years ago.  Photography is all about the light, and David will teach you (if you read all of his blog) all you need to know to use light well.  For free.  And using real people language (no inverse square laws there).  Even better he tells you how to do it using relatively inexpensive gear, hot shoe flashes mostly.  If you have any interest in lighting and especially if you know nothing about lighting, you should be a regular reader of Strobist.

Not photo related but…

We lost our sixteen year old cat last night, poor old guy.  He’d been having health problems for the last year and Friday morning it was pretty obvious he wasn’t going to last the weekend.  Started looking through my old files and realized  I don’t have many pictures of him, and none that are really good.  But I’m a photographer amirite?  Fortunately my brother in law took this one a few years ago at my daughter’s high school graduation.  So long Quincy, we’ll miss ya!

Quincy

Animal Portraits

I see the work of well known wildlife photographers (Moose Peterson et. al.) and think to myself, I know my way around the woods, if nothing else I’ve been hunting for 35+ years.  I can do that.

Well, no I can’t.  Finding animals in the wild is one thing,  getting good photographs of them is something else again.

It seems animals behind bars are more my speed.  I took this shot of a young alpaca who had been freshly shorn at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival a few months back.

Copyright @ 2011 Adrian Benson Nikon D200 f2.8 @ 1/160, iso 400 70mm. Nikkor AF-S D f2.8 28-70mm

Winter Blah…

There’s no snow around here yet, I’m sure it’s coming, but in spite of that it is still winter and that means a serious lack of colorful outdoorsy stuff.  I wandered around a local park the other day though and was able to make a few good images.

Copyright @ 2011 Adrian Benson Nikon D200 f22 @ 1.3 seconds, iso 100 AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm f2.8 ED