Photo: White Christmas

White Christmas
Christmas is here early! The trees are frosted with ice.

Actually, this is Daytona Beach, Florida, where it doesn’t get cold enough to frost the trees over. I saw this tree in the parking lot at the grocery store; the stark contrast with the background caught my eye. There was a streetlight right near it.

I didn’t have a tripod with me, so I had to hold the camera. The first thing I tried was setting the camera on the ground pointing upward, but I couldn’t get the right composition. My 28-135mm lens only goes down to F3.5, and I didn’t want to go above ISO800 to avoid too much grain, so I held the camera by hand pointing upward, really still, and fired off ten shots. This was the best one. It came out clear even though I had to use a 1/3 second shutter speed due to the darkness. The image stabilization gyroscopes in the lens helped.

Most of the leaves have fallen off this tree. Winter must be here!

Merry Christmas everyone. It’s just 34 days away.

Canon Rebel XTi, EF 28-135mm, 1/3, F3.5, 28mm, ISO800, 2008-11-19T18:04:58-05, 20081119-230458rxt

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Credit me as Richard X. Thripp and link here.

5 thoughts on “Photo: White Christmas

  1. AMAZING!!!!!!!! :smile3: :smile3: :smile3: :smile3: :tormented: :help: :help: :help: :shocked: :shocked:

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  3. I love trees frosted with ice, too bad I missed that one before it will be in my next order 😉

    I lived in the midwest when I was a kid and we had those kinds of scenes often during winter. In Paris we mostly just have rain :tormented:

    1. Read the second paragraph where I refute the first. 😀 There was no ice. I’ve never seen snow or icy trees. I’m in central Florida.

      I sent your photos out yesterday. $1.82 postage. There are 9 prints I think. 5 of the leaf and 4 others. Not this one. I don’t even have any prints of this, but let me know if you want it. I’ll have one made.

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