From Picture The Holidays,

There is nothing more beautiful than the gifts all wrapped up in anticipation of being unwrapped and enjoyed. Today find a gift adorned in its holiday best!

This one was fun!

And I don’t know why I shy away from learning the flash I’ve had for well over a year now. I’m kind of happy with the way this shot turned out.


No edits. Straight out of the camera with this one, other than sizing and sharpening for the web.

I need to study up a bit, and stop stressing myself out trying to find natural light all of the time. Although I prefer it (who doesn’t?) it’s winter here in Canada, which means it’s dark by five o’clock and that puts a serious dent in the ol’ creativity ;)


PICTURE THE HOLIDAYS with Tracy Clark and Paper Coterie: 31 days of seasonal photo prompts to inspire your creativity. Find out more here.

This post is a portion of my focus52 project, hosted right here at twoscoopz! Visit or join the focus52 flickr group here. My own focus52 project can be found on flickr here or by clicking ‘my f52’ in the category list to the right.

  • maureen @ cottage 960
    Posted at 02:11h, 27 December Reply

    Love this, love the comp. I wrapped all my gifts in brown paper this year. I love the contrast with the pretty red on yours.
    And when you have read up and get the whole flash thing, share it with us will you? I am stuck with the natural light thing myself.

    • janice
      Posted at 16:12h, 27 December Reply

      It’s a whole other ball game!
      We should be doing this.
      me = lazy :D

      Hey, if we can conquer the whole manual shooting thing, we can do this ;)

  • Esra
    Posted at 10:27h, 27 December Reply

    This is such a wonderful shot. Love it. So beautifully wrapped.
    I hear you about the flash… I’m the same way.. always chasing after the natural light. I’d better start learning the flash, too.

    • janice
      Posted at 16:13h, 27 December Reply

      A lot to learn, but so worthwhile!

  • Dagmar
    Posted at 22:28h, 27 December Reply

    Hey Jan…sorry I didn’t keep up with focus52..but I did learn a lot and met some great gals..but I continue to check in..Love the pot you did! happy mid week and joy in 2012!

  • Gwen
    Posted at 22:41h, 27 December Reply

    I think that looks fantastic! I shy away from my flash too, but I certainly used it a lot in the last week. The early darkness is hard, and we’ve had rain. That being said, I think it’s great that you got such a wonderful SOOC shot!

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