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Dec 3rd

Assignment Twenty Two / Twenty Three

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Yes, this is a combined assignment.

This is for the Holiday Weeks… and a bit before, so start when you can and have the images ready for our first Webinar of the new year on January 2nd and 4th.

The topic is simply “The Holidays”… and it is a story of Christmas in your town.

I do not care if you are into the holidays or not, they are everywhere around us, and they effect us no matter who we are.

So this is a mini-personal project… and it is open for three interpretations:

The still life approach – The Artifacts of the Holidays; Think items, things, iconic stuff, and paraphernalia of the holidays.

The “Reportage” approach – What Christmas is Like In My Town; Think the environment, the ‘holidays’ as it is all around you.

The “People” approach – Portraits of the Holidays; People who make the holidays work, family in a new and different way, Santas… LOL.

Choose one – only one.

We need 8-10 images. That means at least eight, and no more than ten.

Put those images on a sharing site like Flickr – create a “Set” there.
Or put them on your Behance page, or your Yahoo share page or on Google’s Picasa.
Or on your blog, or Tumblr, or whatever.
Make sure you put them all on one post, so we don’t have to go from page to page, just image to image.

Then add the link in the comments below. That is what we will use to look at these images.

Webinar Thursday, January 2, 2014

Webinar Saturday, January 4, 2014

Create a Tumblr account at

(My Tumblr Account is here… it is currently one image per day. Changing up big time on the first of next year.)

Have a great Holiday, everyone.



  1. Chris Dean
    December 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I went for the reportage approach – the people I was with on Christmas day and Boxing day. It was refreshing to do something without lights.

    • Sally Bair
      January 2, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Nice shots as well as line to your shots, Chris.

  2. Tammy
    December 30, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I decided to do a still-life/table-top series to show items from a typical Danish traditional Christmas that differ from Christmas as I remember them growing up in the US.

    • Sally Bair
      January 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Great shots!

  3. Julie L'Heureux
    January 1, 2014 at 3:16 am

    I have a gallery of iconic images and still life/table top items that I took this December.

  4. Patrick Matthews
    January 2, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Here is my gallery. I took the reportage route. These are shot at a tree lighting ceremony, a Nativity Play, and a High School Concert.

  5. Brady Wolf
    January 2, 2014 at 1:17 am

    “Work” got in the way, so I went with the still life approach:

    • Sally Bair
      January 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Reportage approach. I am working with Nikon on my camera. I believe I have a problem with focusing correctly on it. I posted to Dropbox:

      Lovely! Especially the cookies.

    • Sally Bair
      January 2, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Reportage approach. I am working with Nikon on my camera. I believe I have a problem with focusing correctly on it. I posted to Dropbox:

      I shot at First Night in State College, PA. This event is a great event for families. It features ice carving and the final carving products – 52, I think this year, concerts, entertainment geared to children, a fun run and a grand procession as well as other activities like an ice slide. This year featured the chance to skate in the new ice arena on Penn State’s campus.

      What can cause focusing problems? I always thought I just didn’t understand how the D7000 focused and was trying to learn it but Googling it, I find the D7000 can have a focus issue. Perhaps not the issue I am having but non-the-less it is known.

      • Brady Wolf
        January 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm

        Sally –

        I’ve had some real “challenges” with the focus plane on my D7000 — it was off by approximately 30″ on a shoot I did with the 17-55 f2.8 lens. After the shoot I was noticing that the faces/people were not as sharp as I expected, but the brick wall behind them was! After a day of focus testing and “AF-Fine Tuning,” I “think” I’ve got my lenses tuned to the D7000, but a number of them required an AF-Fine Tune value of -16~-18 … the maximum AF-Fine Tune value is between -20 ~ +20. Still has me a bit uneasy when shooting in close, wide-open where the depth of field is so shallow that it better be spot on …

  6. Bryan Lawler
    January 2, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Hey guys – Happy New Year! Hope you all had a great Christmas. My went more towards the “Reportage” approach as our Christmas routine was a little different this year. My family and both sets of grandparents headed to St. Louis for a couple of days.

    Here is my set:

  7. Sally Bair
    January 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Reportage approach. I am working with Nikon on my camera. I believe I have a problem with focusing correctly on it. I posted to Dropbox: