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12/25/2010: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! May joy find you today!

Walking down paths at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters during a snowstorm, where mine were the first footprints, I discovered that someone with a Christmas spirit had been there before me (and before the snow). I was blessed. I am hoping you will be too, especially on this most blessed of days (or on the day we celebrate such a blessing).

Canon SX20IS at 28mm equivalent, f2.8 @ 1/250 @ ISO 80. Landscape mode.

I did my usual processing for intensity and clarity in Lightroom, but I wanted the wreath to stand out more than it did in the original exposure. I boosted the saturation and the luminance of of the greens and yellows using the spot HSL control, but even then the wreath was too dark. I resorted to the local adjustments brush, with which I painted over the green of the wreath, increasing brightness, contrast, and clarity. And all of that just to present something closer to the feeling of the place, so that you can, hopefully share in it. 🙂

Merry Christmas!

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7 Responses to “12/25/2010: Merry Christmas!”


  1. 1 joe giambelluca
    12/25/2010 at 6:46 am

    Looks like my neighbors yard during our daily doses of snow.

  2. 12/25/2010 at 10:00 am

    Merry Christmas Steve!

  3. 3 Carol
    12/25/2010 at 9:23 pm

    I have been there and I have sat on that very bench…It is such a beautiful spot!!! The wreath is just ‘perfect’…

  4. 12/25/2010 at 9:23 pm

    This is very nice!!!

  5. 12/26/2010 at 8:13 am

    Your photo and your thoughts are beautiful. Wishing you and yours
    a blessed holiday season.
    Gayle in Saginaw, MI

  6. 6 Wendy Hollands
    12/26/2010 at 5:27 pm

    Very beautiful & what a great find!! Hope you & your family a very Merry Christmas & all the best in the new year!!

  7. 12/29/2010 at 5:56 am

    Your photo and your thoughts are beautiful. Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday season. Gayle in Saginaw, MI


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