Saturday, December 29, 2007

Holidays Lights in NYC

People come from all over the world to see the decorations and shop for the holidays in New York. Although I still have plenty of excuses not to attempt the Thanksgiving Day Parade, I did make the effort to go see some of the store windows and the light display at Grand Central Terminal. Once again with my little point and shoot, these shots are from Grand Central.

I liked this angle and how it captured the environment.

I was almost more fascinated with everyone standing there staring at the ceiling than the lights themselves.

Got it? Got it.

Ok, New Year's resolution is to post more from my big camera. Seriously.

Happy holidays!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Dyker Lights

There's a neighborhood in Brooklyn called Dyker Heights and during the holidays, the families try to one-up each other with the light displays on their homes. This has become affectionately known as "Dyker Lights." They even go to the extent of having the lights professionally installed. This I had to see.

This was a tough edit with all there was to see.

This is a simple, more classic home we saw when we first jumped out of the car to explore on foot (much easier to take photos that way of course).

This tree was awesome with the amount of lights. I love how it almost looks as if it was taken in black and white.

Some things were downright creepy, like this 10 foot tall Santa. Most kids wouldn't go past the second stair for the better view and I could hardly blame them.

I started to pick out some of the details amongst all of the chaos, which was challenging and fun. This house had a traditional nativity scene, albeit quite an elaborate one.

I loved the simplicity of the angels and the duplicity of this image. You can imagine them going on and on.

And last, but not least, the toy soldiers. This is just a happy image and I like it.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Wall Street Holiday Spirit

I work downtown and have been anxiously waiting for them to turn on the Stock Exchange lights and a gigantic Christmas tree (the ornaments are the size of volleyballs!). Walking thru there the other night, I couldn't resist with the reflections and umbrellas with the night's rain. Once again, this is just with the point and shoot I carry every day, but wanted to share the beautiful lights with you anyway.

I have no idea why I didn't utilize the reflections here other than there weren't any or I'm a big dork. I'll go with the first one. =)

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

SantaCon 2007

This weekend I was out shopping when I found myself in the middle of SantaCon. This is an annual pub crawl that takes place in cities around the world where all participants dress like Santa. I didn't have my DSLR with me, but chased after them with a point and shoot I carry every day for occasions like this. I think the best part was the utter confusion of the tourists.

I like how this one has a few regular folks caught up in all of this.

I like the reindeer in the back there and that his antlers mimic the tree branches behind him.

There's a lot going on in this one. I love the older man's look of disdain, but even more the death grip of the concerned mother on her son's neck.

As in the previous photo, I like that the sign just reads "Chris" like it might just say Christmas.