A Hill Country Christmas (a learning experience)

Tonight, my little family went to Boerne*, a cute little town in Texas to enjoy a little “hill country” Christmas.  I actually lived near Boerne when I was in college, in an even smaller “town” called Welfare.  Yes: Welfare, Texas.  Of course, Welfare was too small for its own post office, so our mailing address was Boerne.

Anyway, one year I went to a fun Christmas event in Boerne; all the shops stayed open late, they had hot chocolate vendors and carolers, and even fake “snow” that fell every hour.

When Adam came home from work, we all piled in the car and drove north twenty minutes to the beautiful little town of Boerne–only to discover that all the shops close at 5 p.m. on Fridays.  (Don’t you love small towns?)

Luckily, I have a resilient little family with great attitudes, who were content walking around for 45 minutes, enjoying the lights and the comfortable weather.  AND, it gave me the chance to practice night shots with my new 50 mm lens.  :)

Since the Confidence Workshop with Me Ra nearly a month ago, I have only been using the Manual mode of my camera, which means I am constantly tinkering with my ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.  Shooting at night (with no flash) gave me a lot to work with.  I set my ISO at 1600 and rolled my aperture down to 1.8, the lowest my 50 mm will allow.  What I’ve just discovered about a low f stop is the extreme importance of focusing correctly.  Since everything around the focus is blurry, I ended up with several shots where the focus was not exactly where I wanted it to be.  Here are a few examples:

And here are a few shots I am pleased with:

It was a great night; full of fun family memories.  :)  These pictures, while not technically perfect, will help me remember Addie at the great age of 2.5!

*Boerne rhymes with my maiden name (Cerny) and also “journey”–thank you, Google.

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