Shooting Summary: f/5.0,1/8,ISO125, Nikon D80,18-55mm lense

My mom bought this ornament at the Goodwill 5 years ago, it is hand painted and has no religous meaning. But the painting on it is so whimiscal, that every Christmas I'll stare at this ornament and wish I was a part of the picture.


- Margaret Warburton

Camera and Settings:
Canon PowerShot S5IS
f/2.7, 1/6 s, ISO 200

"This is not how Xmas is supposed to be. In my days, Xmas was about bringing people together, not blowing them apart." — Fry ("Futurama", A Tale of Two Santas 2001)


I found this ornament the other day, and thought that it would be perfect for this Shooting Challenge. Some color correction and blurring were added in Photoshop.

- Michael P. Douglas


My favorite ornament changes its appearance every year. I've got a bunch of amazing old macaroni ornaments my children have made, and I love them. But I'd rather focus on the here and now.

Fujifilm X-Pro 1 with a 30 year old Hexanon 35-70mm f/4 lens at 70mm and f/4. 1/250 sec and ISO 5000.

- David Lee


Eos 500D
Tamron 18-250mm
0.8 seconds

Each year Blizzard gives a Christmas gift to their staff and in 2010 they gave us all ornaments. I didn't think much of it and it's been sitting in a box pretty much since I got it, but when I saw this contest I figured it would probably make for a fairly unique image (unless more old staff thought the same!). Sadly I only saw this now, on the 17th, 1 hour before I have to go to work so it was a very quick and basic setup. Lights on floor (got no tree!), ornament on top and camera on tripod.

- Christian Arivdson


Meet Elysia...she's my Christmas Tree Fairy. I've had her a few years and she was the first of my collection so in that way she's pretty special. I think she's very pretty but my daughter thinks she's creepy. Elysia means Blissful Beauty.

I used the Christmas Tree lights to light up her face. I took the photo with my Canon T2i and boosted the colours up a bit with Iphoto.

- Georgina Lawrence


Body: Sony Alpha A77
Lens: SAL1650 (16mm-50mm, f2.8)

Focal Length: 35
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/10s
ISO: 400

When I was younger, Hallmark introduced their first ornaments that plug in, light up, and make sound. And they started doing them with all manner of spacecraft. Given my affinity for space travel, I was hooked. For many years, I have collected many of them. Star Trek, Star Wars, and NASA are all represented on a specific tree made just for them. One thing I enjoy doing is turning on the tree every night and hearing the voices of Spock, John Glenn, and Darth Vader sounding off simultaneously. For this particular photo, I chose to group together my 3 favorite Star Trek ornaments. While not directly from any one scene of a movie, I was going for the ominous setup of Kirk and Picard standing by while a Klingon bird of prey looms over them, having just turned off its cloaking device. After all, what makes for better holiday cheer than a tense situation in the Neutral Zone??


- Matt Tipper

"I never did think it was such a bad little tree"

This picture was taken with a Canon T1i EOS with a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens. Settings were a 1/50 sec exposure with f/2.0, ISO 400, and the flash off. The camera was placed on a tripod, as I found it very difficult to hold it still enough to get the detailed reflection in the ornament when holding the camera in my hand.


My two children (one in the reflection, and one out of focus in the background) are examining the single red ball on the drooping branch of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

- David Bowman


I love Christmas so I wasn't sure which of the multitude of ornaments I would choose. I took many shots but I opted for this "Irish angel" that my mom made 30 or so years ago. We have lots of ornaments on the tree, many store bought or received as gifts but the most special are the ornaments handmade by my family. Merry Christmas.

Tech info: Canon EOS REBEL T1i, 1/2 shutter speed, f/5.6, 18-55mm zoom, ISO 800

- Matthew Johnson


The manger scene and teacup were both bought this past spring while on vacation in Europe. I bought the Tea Cup at the beach in Den Hagg, Netherlands visiting friends. The manger scene I purchased when we traveled to Belgium for a day.

- Jeffrey Fetterman


Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 100 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Not to much of a story behind this one. I was playing with a cutout to make some shaped bokeh and thought this shot turned out pretty nicely. Happy Holidays to all.

- Jeff Gamble


Sony A65v w/50mm F1.4 lens

My wife bought the teddy-bear ornament for my son's first birthday 11 years ago in 2001. It's hung on the small charlie-brown trees we had back then and still looks just as new now as it did then thatnks to careful re-wrapping each year.

- Marvin Francois


Pretty simple shot. I'm sure many will use bokeh, but I didn't have any other ideas, so I did as well. As for the ornament itself, it's not so simple. It is actually hand-painted on the inside through a hole in the top of it. This style originated in China during the Qing Dynasty and no two ornaments are alike.

Nikon D7000 – f/1.8 – 1/60 sec. exposure – ISO-1000

-Spencer Lund


Exifs : picture taken with my 60D + 50mm at f/1.4, 1/250s with deported flash.

This year's the first time I decided to get a christmas tree at home. when my girlfriend an I went shopping for christmas ornaments for the tree, I found myself really disappointed by the lack of funny (and cheap) stuff. That was before I met that little santa waiting for me on its shelf. That "press here" button on its hand ? Turns santa into an amazing 80's christmas tune singer (with surprisingly good audio quality given the price tag). Oh, and makes an adorable tiny santa pop from big santa's gift box and dance. and dance.
By the time we'd hit the checkout, the whole store'd had its time of singing santa.

Funny fact is that i had to use santa's batteries to power my brand new flash with which i took that very picture, because I could'nt find batteries anywhere else !


- Rachel Poulet

Our First (of Many)

Canon EOS Rebel T3i Body, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens, Aperture f/3.5, Shutter 2.5", ISO 100


This ornament was decorated and given to us by my Mother-In-Law for our first Christmas together last year. Over the course of about three weeks in May 2011, I finished my graduate degree, we got married, my new bride completed medical school, we went on our honeymoon, I received a job offer, and we left lifelong roots in Texas and moved out to California. Last December we realized we needed a tree, but at the time we could only afford a $30 fake with about 8 branches and a single string of lights. We weren't able to be home until the 26th since my wife had to work on Christmas (which also happens to be her birthday). Decorating the tree with our childhood ornaments, and a few new ones like the one in the shot, was a great way to feel at home while making our own way out in the big, scary world.



This ornament is meant to represent my girlfriend's daughter, my girlfriend and me in snowman form. It was bought for her daughter as a gift and is a special ornament to us.

I shot this with a canon 5dmk2, 50mm f8 ISO 320 1.6 secs with a off camera flash on 1/128th power about 6 feet away off to the right side.

- Nate Cantrell


Nikon D7000
Nikon 60mm F/2,8 Macro
Nikon SB600 (Camera Left)
Nikon F w/ viewfinder removed
Nikon 50mm F/2

Shot Details
1/200sec @ ISO 100 @ 60mm f/3.2

I recently acquired a Nikon F body and am in process of locating original viewfinders for it, one of which is the waist level viewfinder. Although I am still awaiting delivery of this viewfinder I was able to replicate the look by removing the standard viewfinder. The ornament I photographed is a UK phone booth, this is one of my wife and I's favorite ornaments.


- Adam Nimmo

Shot with my Nikon D3000, had the ISO set at 800 50mm f/5.6 using my 18-55mm lens.


This ornament is part of a set of 9 that look just like it. A couple of years ago it was the first Christmas after my mother had passed unexpectedly and I wasn't particularly in the holiday spirit. I was in a store that had all these StarBrite retro looking ornaments and I became entranced by them as they reminded me of the ones we hung on our tree as children—the sparkly glass, the glitter, the neat oval concave front—and all those memories came flooding back to me of Christmases past. I picked up the box and knew then it would be better to celebrate her memory instead of being maudlin and remember the good times we had as a family during the holiday she loved the most. They are now part of my own treasured collection.

- B. Austin Wallace


I've recently taken up photography as a hobby and this is my first shooting challenge, so here goes.

I shot this with a Sony NEX-C3, with the kit lens at 35mm, f/4.5 at 1/20, ISO 800. My girlfriend and I got engaged in August, and my parents sent us a nice bottle of champagne so we could celebrate. They had made an ornament out of a champagne cork from their wedding, which still sits on their tree every year. My fiance and I thought it would be nice to carry on the tradition, so we put the cork on our mini tree and are looking forward to many more trees in the future!

- Jordan Boulger


I shot this photo with my Nikon D3000 Camera the first day I got it for not being very experienced it turned out well.
F/stop: f/4.5
Exposure: 1/30sec.
ISO: 1000
focal length 30mm
Lens: VR 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G
Flash Off

This is a picture of an ornament off of my aunts Christmas Tree, the ornament was made by my grandfather.

- Ashley Pappal


I was leaving a friend's house late on a Saturday night (Sunday morning Dec 9, 2012), and part of his outdoor Christmas decoration is a big ceramic planter that his son filled up with ornaments and Christmas lights, and I thought it would be interesting just to shoot down into it. It was raining too, a light mist, and you can see the water droplets on the ornaments. And there's a reflection of me in one of the ornaments as I took the shot.

Shot with an iPhone 3GS with settings at approx: 1/15, f2.8, ISO 320, 3.9mm

- Bill Berry


I'm not normally a sentimental holiday guy, but since we had a baby this year, I thought the "Baby's First Christmas" ornament made a good subject for this contest. I had been meaning to play around with background layering in photoshop from a previous challenge, so I killed two birds with this shot. The ornament was hung from the chandelier with our tree in the background, and I used PS to erase the ugly string it was hanging from.

Canon T2i, 85mm @f/1.8, ISO 800, 1/80s.

- Christopher Shaw


Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF 50mm 1.4 USM
f/2.2 1/13 sec. ISO 100

I chose this ornament because it represents my family's strong spirit during this time of year. My parents went through so much to keep my siblings and I believing in Santa. By so much I mean putting sleigh marks, reindeer prints, and boot prints on the roof when it snowed, making the fireplace a mess like Santa really did just come down the chimney, and, of course, responding to the endless letters we sent in the mail to the North Pole. Every parent should go through this effort with their kids because it not only fills the kids with spirit, but also keeps the adults in the holiday mood.

- Ben Grannis


iPhone 4S
1/15sec shutter
800 ISO

At my father's funeral (I was 2 years old), a swan flew down out of nowhere and sat calmly watching the ceremony. Since then, my father's parents (who adopted me after he died) have always seen swans as our guardian angels (no matter how mean and nasty we know swans are in reality). I bought this ornament for my grandmother, and it is our favorite.

- Scott Michener


After our wedding, my wife decided to take pieces of her wedding bouquet and preserve them in a unique way. She took peacock feathers from her bouquet and filled several Christmas ornaments so that we have a little piece of our wedding to put on our tree throughout the years.

Photo was shot using a Sony NEX-F3 with 18-55 lens, 1/60 exposure at f4.0 31mm focal length.

- Tristan Caulfield