The local merchants association organizes the arrival and subsequent stay of Santa for children to visit and give their wish list,and this room was done up very nicely for this season of young visitors. I brought a few of my fake packages from home because I knew they had shimmering colored paper on them and would hopefully reflect their color across the wood floor. Lighting things at the correct angle allows the items to bath the floor in lustrous color which adds to the dreamy atmosphere. I wanted to do a tighter shot,but the town sign and lanterns on the wall lead me to go wider to capture everything. Special thanks to Shawn Lindberg who has personally known Santa for twenty plus years and he helped make sure the jolly old man was here this evening. Santa is shown packing up a toy steam train up as he made last minute preperations this year.
This lovely home is a retirement home for seniors and it is decorated exquisitely both inside and out, and the addition of the color changing lights that wash the exterior in a blanket of hues drew me to capture it. The santa was actually inside and I asked the owner if I could bring it out to add to the shot, which he gladly agreed to. While there was an old ugly mailbox there,I decided to drop another cool mailbox in that I had just shot the same week. Those that are familiar with my escapades know I do some crazy things to get my images, and for this one it involved dumping a case of bottled water on the road to get some reflection. It had rained earlier but the road was rapidly drying so anyone driving by must have thought I was nuts as they saw me with my water bottles soaking the street. I light painted the area were the wreath was to showcase the detail that was hidden in the darkness. This is located right at a red light and the white line on the road is where cars are supposed to stop but almost everyone pulls ten feet forward,putting the car in my shot till the light turns green.
This local shop has all kinds of creative items for sale and this dress made of pine branches catches your eye when you pass by. If you notice there is also a very unique creation against the wall that was custom-made by a local artist. It is a tree with windows,doors and little areas that capture the imagination of young and old alike. The store is called squeeze spot and it has been drawing many to participate in their art night events.
This scene is located in a nearby town and the tall store in the middle used to be a well-known hardware store but it closed a few years ago and is now home to a home furnishing store. The new owners gave the community a Christmas treat by decorating the large windows on the upper two floors. For the last few weeks I struggled to come up with an angle that would showcase it but after it rained the other night and the road turned reflective,I knew the shot had just revealed itself. Sometimes I can be a bit obsessive about trying to get the perfect shot and because this is a main thoroughfare , it rarely is ever car free, so when I saw the shot without cars, I immediately went to work capturing it.
As I mentioned one of my character flaws is aiming for perfection all the time and it can be something that drives people crazy but I always thought, do it right or don’t bother. Anyway the reason I bring this up is because the sky was pitch black the night I first tried this shot and as I lay in bed that night,all I could think was how nice it would have been with a blue sky? So as you guessed I got up the following morning before dawn and figured there was going to be cars parked there and my one chance was passed to get it,but lo and behold the street was still bare and as a bonus it was even wetter than the night before.I lit all the buildings while it was dark and captured the sky color as daybreak arrived. The hardest part was getting my flash on a pole high enough to illuminate the hardware sign on the wall.