30 Days of Gratitude day 13

Christmas is right around the corner.  I’m not ready, as far as gift buying is concerned, but I am ready for the Christmas spirit.  I love Christmas its my favorite holiday.  I am thankful that we live in a country where Christmas is celebrated, and I’m most thankful for the birth of Jesus, which is what the holiday is supposed  to be about.

I was looking back and pictures of past Christmases.  We have been very blessed to have our family around for the Christmas holidays.  Its fun looking back at my pictures.  Sometimes I don’t see the improvement in my photography, but looking back at the pictures lets me know that I really am moving forward.

Christmas 2004. My oldest was 8 and the middle was 1. This was taken with my first digital camera.
Christmas 2006. My oldest was 10. This was with my first DSLR camera. The picture was ok, but it would have been nice if the focus had been on my daughter.
Christmas 2007. My middle was 3.
Christmas 2008. Baby's first Christmas. She was almost 5 months.
Christmas 2009
Christmas 2010
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Happy 4th of July 2010

This year, we decided to go see the fireworks in Monroe, NC, since it is closer to our home.  It was not as crowded as Charlotte, but it was crowded.  Unfortunately we did not get a good spot.  We were around a lot of  street lights.  My pictures are by no means spectacular, but they are miles away from the first ones I shot several years ago.  Here are a couple of those pictures:

I was actually proud of those pictures… Now that I’ve learned a little more, I have better pictures, but I feel I still have a long way to go.  I took these using the Bulb feature on my camera.  The aperture was set to 10 and the with the Bulb feature, my shutter speeds were anywhere from 2 – 25 seconds.

My lesson learned…get there early and know exactly where they are shutting the fireworks from.