Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's December!

December is here and we went out to get our tree last night. We managed to get it up with lights and garland by 8pm, then put them to bed. This afternoon the kids put up the ornaments. I took a lot of pictures and did very little in the way of helping them. I have strong feelings about the tree being a "family tree" and not a "decorator tree". So, it is far from perfect and I'm sure our motley crew of ornaments are somewhat bunched up and imperfectly placed. But my little love muffins did their best, and it looks great to me!
My choices seem to be ugly pictures with flash, or blurry darkish pictures with no flash. You can see I prefer no flash. I'm sure if I had actual photography skills I could remedy that. ;-)


Heather said...

it looks great! the kids want to put ours up but i need ben's help to get all the boxes down.

i'm with you, i can't even remember the last time i used the flash. for a dark room like that, put your camera in AV with the exposure at +1, and ISO at like, 800 or 1000. And lean up against something in case your shutter is slow so it will be nice and steady. and then download picasa and push your exposure some more. :)

Erika said...

Thanks. I'll try that. I tried to lighten them a smidge in Paint.net because my Photoshop Elements stopped working and reinstalling it didn't help. Paint.net annoys me though, and it just made them look washed out.

Suzy Q said...

I am SOOO with you on the family tree thing. Maybe one day when I don't have kids at home anymore I'll have a pretty tree. But I will still ALWAYS have the family tree too. It's so much more interesting to look at. Jared and I even have our little kid picture ornaments on there too.

Melissa Saldivar said...

So sweet!