It's that time of year. In the words of the late, great Tom Petty, it's Christmas all over again.
This blog has been quiet for a while, and has actually been relatively quiet all year. It's been a rough year, personally, and my photography has taken a back seat.
But I'm hoping that 2018 will be a better year. And with that will hopefully come more photography, and a more active blog.
To kick that off, I wanted to make sure I posted my annual Christmas photo. As sometimes happens, I have more than just one Christmas image to share. There are actually two this year.
The first is an image of our beloved dogwood tree, all decked out with Christmas lights. I decided to isolate the tree and its lights while darkening (and de-saturating) the background, with a slight vignette around the edges of the frame, to emphasize the tree (especially the lights) and establish the nighttime setting.
The other image is a more standard shot. A red bulb hanging on the same dogwood tree above. These close-up images with a shallow depth-of-field, and with blurred Christmas light "bokeh" in the background, are actually pretty easy to create. But at Christmas I think a classic approach is ok, so, here ya go...
So there you have it, your 2017 Christmas images, courtesy of all your friends at "mark ali | photographs".
Have a Merry Christmas, and let's hope for a happier New Year.