My mom’s Christmas village belongs in a department store – not necessarily in a living room. She has taken two 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood on sawhorses (I built the sawhorses!!) and this year she set it up end to end so she has a 4′ x 16′ village starting in the living room and extending down the hall. It’s massive – it usually takes her about a week to put it all up.
There’s a park area, a farm area, and a seaside area along with many miscellaneous houses, churches, and merchants.
Interestingly enough, I’ve been reading a lot lately about composition and how it is human nature to try to include everything in your pictures. That’s exactly what I did and I ended up with a lot of background in the shots. And the shots were incredibly busy and complicated – there was no focal point and the shots just weren’t pleasing to view.
So I switched to the macro lens and instead focused on just one detail at a time.
The difficulty here is I could only shoot the details on the edges since the stuff towards the center I couldn’t get a good angle on and there was also limited light in that area. But it turns out the edges had plenty of details to offer.
As I do every year, I had fun trying to capture mom’s village. I also spent quite a bit of time during the holidays working with my camera’s flash. Not knowing much about flash photography – I’m fairly happy with the results.
I hope everyone is enjoying the last of the holiday season. I started cleaning up the decorations but I think the tree’s going to be around for another few days – I just love it so much I have a hard time taking it down!!