Thursday, December 12, 2013

December Photo Challenge - Let There Be Light

December's photo challenge, like every month, is open to interpretation by each participant and this month the challenge is "Let There Be Light".  It's hosted by Donna from Cottage Days and Journeys on a separate blog specific to the challenge.
At this time of year, Christmas lights are twinkling in most homes, and a perfect subject for light.
Canon PowerShot, an ISO of 1600 and f/5.  
I like how the tiny lights of the ceramic Christmas tree are reflected in the mirror, illuminate the snowflake on top of the birdhouse and add some sparkle to the silver sleigh.
Canon EOS 40D, an ISO of 400 and f/5.  (camera set to auto)
This is a bridge in Florida where we stayed a couple of years ago and our balcony faced it.  Each evening I found the reflection of the lights in the water mesmerizing.  The evening sky in the background with varying colours produces another dimension of light.
Canon EOS 40D ISO 200 f/7.1  (camera set to auto)
The mourning doves like to sun themselves facing south under our magnolia tree in the backyard.  I think the contrast of the bird in full sunlight with the one in dappled shade under the leaves adds more interest than both in the same light.
Thank you Donna for hosting.  Visit  A Personal Photo Challenge blog to see what the others are sharing.

36 comments:

  1. O accept the challenge. Lovely photos. I thought the dove was injured. Just sunbathing. Nice.

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  2. Beautiful photos Judith. I really don't know how to use my camera. I did just buy a 18-140 lens but I sure need classes! I especially loved the sweet bird!

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  3. Your ceramic Christmas caught my eye-very pretty.
    Jemma

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  4. Hi Judith,
    Lovely shots! That little Christmas Tree lighting up the room in all it's dazzling colors is gorgeous!
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  5. Great shots Judith. Your Christmas setup is lovely.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  6. Beautiful images, Judith. They are all so different but interesting displays of light. Good captures with your camera.

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  7. Terrific variety! My favorite is the first one because I like how the light is reflected all around the little tree! You knew where to stand to get that complimentary angle. And the light dancing on the water in the second one really enhances a nighttime/blue hour scene. And the sweet morning dove was catching some rays! As always, thank you for participating!

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  8. Your Christmas tree display is so pretty with the lights reflecting on the mirror, etc. So beautiful! Really nice reflection shot too. I thought the Dove was injured too! Good to learn it was just catching some rays.

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  9. Lovely choices, Judith, I also thought the dove was hurt. They are such beautiful birds. The lighting and reflection of the bridge is really nice.

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  10. You know I'm loving the bridge in Florida! Love the pretty tree and the sweet dove. I thought he was hurt, too but I see them sun themselves here, too! Enjoy your weekend!

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  11. Very nice choices! I like them all for the same reasons that you do. This challenge has been particularly pleasant. I almost didn't see the little mourning dove in the shadows, I was so busy looking at the one in the light.

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  12. Beautiful photos. I love the elongated light coming down across the water in the landscape scene. I noticed the soft reflections in the first photograph - so well done.

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  13. Nice photos Judith...I like the shade & sunlit mourning doves. Wendy x

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  14. I love the first shot of the lights reflection on the butterfly. Very pretty. Have a happy weekend!

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  15. The doves are so beautiful. Such a lovely photo .All of them are. I have to tell you, how much I love your lavender banner...Its just gorgeous. And the back rounds also.You have a lovely blog.Please stop by for a Vist,
    Merry Christmas,
    Marie Antoinette

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  16. Beautiful shots of the play of light. I especially like the one of the bridge - there is something about reflected light dancing across the surface of water! You captured it perfectly!
    Hugs and Happy Holidays my dear friend,
    Beth P

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  17. Hello Judith,
    I'm just popping in from Donna's photo challenge. Your night time photo with the reflected light in lovely.

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  18. I love all the reflections in your first shot, but I am also drawn to the lights on the water!

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  19. A good selection to illustrate the subject...love the Christmas lights...!!

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  20. Well, first of all...I Love the purple background on your blog! It's just lovely in here!
    Your photos are beautiful...love the little Christmas tree and the harbor light reflections! Beautiful color....
    Happy weekend!
    hughugs

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  21. I love the reflections in both of your first photos. That's one of the cool things about light - you don't know where it will end up.

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  22. Great shots - you captured loveliness in each photo. I enjoy bird-watching so love the doves - they are such quiet and gentle garden birds.

    Happy weekend - Mary

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  23. Lovely choices Judith. I really like the first shot of that charming little ceramic tree and its glowing lights. I wanted to try some indoor/ Christmas lights photos for this month's challenge but we don't even have our tree up yet. The light reflections on the water are lovely too - oh to gaze upon that tropical sunset right now- we have a big snowstorm coming.. ugh.
    Your mourning dove shot is wonderful too. You can almost feel the warmth he is soaking up...I love watching them under our feeder.

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  24. These are delightful. Especially the first one. Nice variety!

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  25. I especially like the bridge photo. There's something mesmerizing about light reflected on water. It's a great shot, and the variety of colors is quite stunning.

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  26. Hi Judith, Lovely photos and I love the bridge pic and the Morning Dove in the sun is just beautiful. Love your dear ceramic tree. I have 2 that are treasures from the 70's.
    Enjoyed my catch up.
    Have a nice evening.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  27. As always Judith some beautiful photos. My favorite is the first one also. Also I did not notice the dove in the dark that is an amazing shot.

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  28. Wonderful photos,
    The bridge is magnificent eliminated in the water. We have a pair of doves who share space in the garden with the Blue Jays, they love the sun for sure. Great shots

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  29. Nice take on this challenge. I love the one with the bridge.

    <a href="http://www.fields-n-words.com/2013/12/let-there-be-lights.html>Ruthi</a>

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  30. Nice take on this challenge. I love the one with the bridge.

    <a href="http://www.fields-n-words.com/2013/12/let-there-be-lights.html>Ruthi</a>

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  31. The bridge lights reflecting on the water are amazing. Love your ceramic Christmas tree. I'd love to have one and have been looking on ebay. There are many there, ranging in price from the 20s to over $100. I enjoyed your light shots as well as the birds.
    Hugs, Beth

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  32. Hello dear Judith!
    I'm like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland at the moment - I'm late for everything!

    I love your three photo interpretations - each one different.
    Your ceramic Christmas tree is adorable and creates a magical spread of light on the butterfly and snowflake.
    The Florida bridge with the light reflections on the water is so beautiful (it would make a lovely note card)!
    The little dove bathed in sunlight - it's so sweet!

    Shane

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  33. Excellent shots for the "light" theme...these are gorgeous! Love the lights on the water...enjoy your day.

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