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#1 Dennis

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 10:15 AM

It's December and pretty much all over the world there is some sort of celebration going on. With the end of this year and the start of the new year, I wanted to say thank you for allowing me to interrupt your month with challenges that I hope you enjoyed. Next year, I will be talking a break and there will be a new person that will challenge your mind and skills. But, you will need to wait until next year to find out who your new challenger will be.

 

So, for this month, share your festivities. Bring a little from your part of the world to us to enjoy with you as well.

 

As always, any lens, any camera.

 

 

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 06:35 PM

Job VERY WELL DONE, Dennis. Thanks for making a very big effort. Enjoyed your time at the helm!


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Posted 08 December 2016 - 01:36 PM

Dennis, your successor has a big pair of shoes to fill.  Thank you and well done.  :)

 

I'll have some material for this challenge up in the next week or so.


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 05:43 PM

I hadn’t expected to post for the Planet Nikon December Challenge quite so quickly.  In keeping with the spirit of the season, the challenge is Xmas.  Anything goes, including any camera and lens.  Nice, I thought, but we were going to Victoria, to help Angela’s sister celebrate her 60th birthday; and I thought it would be awhile before we put up our Xmas decorations.

 

Fortunately for me, Angela got creative when it came to picking a way to celebrate.  Instead of a party, the three of us went to Butchart Gardens. 

 

Hmm…  I haven’t been there since my parents took me there when I was 14 years old.  Back then, going to Butchart Gardens was the last thing on a 14-year old’s “Do” list.  However, my aunt and uncle were visiting; and it was made clear to me that I didn’t have a choice.  :o  I remember thinking that I don’t like gardening; and that this trip would be as much fun as a trip to the Dentist.  Yuck!  :angry:

 

So, I raised my eye brows quite a bit when Angela suggested that we take her sister there, for her birthday.  They’re both gardeners, so the choice made sense for them.  Alas, I’m having a really good day if I can tell the difference between a daffodil and a dandelion.  :rolleyes:

 

To my pleasant surprise, I didn’t mind this latest visit.  I think exploring the place with a camera made some difference.  Also, my world perspective has changed quite a bit since then.

 

At this time of year, there simply isn’t as much greenery as there is at the height of summer.  So, I decided to focus on Xmas.  First conclusion:  ribbons are fun to photograph.

 

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These folks put a lot of effort into decorating and lighting the place for Xmas.  Their depiction of the 12 Days of Xmas is an example of thinking outside of the box at its best.  They did a first-class job on creating a Xmas them.  It looked like they enjoyed their work.  It would be very hard for visitors to NOT get some Xmas Spirit. 

 

Second conclusion:  the eight maids a-milking were a lot easier to photograph than the lords-a-leaping.  Unfortunately, their Lordships looked like one of those carnival target shooting games.

 

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Third conclusion:  while the remaining displays were very creative, full justice wouldn’t be done until the lights came on.  Unfortunately, our dinner plans required us to leave before that happened.  As an aside, the restaurant is just as expensive as ever. 

 

Lucky for me, the Gift Shop had a gift for me.  The nicely decorated Xmas tree gave me a great chance to do some macro photography.  Even better, Angela kept the shopping to a low roar!  Yay!

 

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Looking back, would I go again?  Yes.  However, now that I’m cured of my long-standing dislike, I would do a bit of planning, to get even more photographs.

 

Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 09:57 PM

Well done, beautful images.

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 03:44 AM

Very well done, Mark. Some Pro grade images in the series that could easily be cards!!
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Posted 12 December 2016 - 07:31 PM

I don't put up a tree and decorations any more. This is a photo of my sister's house.

 

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 07:58 AM

Very nice, your sister does a good job.
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Posted 13 December 2016 - 01:33 PM

Nice shot, Robin.  Kudos to you and your sister.  :)


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Posted 14 December 2016 - 01:32 PM

Many thanks for the kind words, Art and Dennis.  I really like that Sigma 105.  :)


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 06:22 AM

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 11:52 AM

Wishing all Planateers a Merry Xmas...

 

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Posted 24 December 2016 - 02:06 AM

Thank you, Herman and the same to you and your family!


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Posted 24 December 2016 - 02:29 AM

This year, Christmas for my immediate family is at my house.  Just to give you a small idea of what my wife does before hand... the stuff you see here just scratches the surface.  We have 6 large storage bins in the garage full of Christmas stuff to bring out. 

 

These were taken with my iPhone so excuse the exposure on some.

 

Dining Room is set

 

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Trees are up.  We are one tree shy this year, the mother in law tree... don't ask.... just happy one less messy thing to deal with.

 

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Fire Place...

 

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Silly dog... got in the way and got decorated! :lol:

 

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Small sample of the Snowman collection!

 

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Poinsettias all over the house!

 

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Front door wreath, taken at night, sorry for the bad exposure.

 

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I will leave the FOOD EXPERIENCE to another post.  We are having Filet this year, BBQ'ed!  Not in the mood for 2 Turkey dinners this year.

 

From my Family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  I hope 2017 brings many good things to all of you!


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 03:04 PM

Xmas Day gave me another opportunity. While Angela and our son happily played the new word game that she got as a present, I was merrily snapping photographs of our Xmas tree ornaments. This ornament says it all.
 

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Thanks for looking, everyone and best wishes for 2017.  :)


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