Christmas Eve Traditions

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Happy Birthday Jesus!

In our home we switched up traditions a few years ago to get a little peace back into our Christmas worship…and also to enjoy our Christmas Eve traditions a little more.  See we get the house ready, make our Christmas Angel Food Cake, then we have a nice dinner, light the Christ Candle and sing to our Lord and Savior.  Truthfully the house is so full of nervous energy I am amazed everything gets done and enjoyed!

After dinner we set the family gifts out under the tree, say our prayers…and the kids get off to bed so the good St. Nicholas of Myra (the good Bishop who smacked Arius) pay us a visit!  Oh I mean Santa Claus in the red suit.  Except for a last minute requirement to find eggs (thank you Bunn family for letting us share your egg coop bounty at 945PM!) everything was perfect.

More later…but all is good in the Wojtkun Home!  Our Lord is made incarnate!  He is ready to show us the word spoken and expressed in creation since before time began!  What a wonderful, wonderful blessing to the world!  I also love how my children love each other.

So enjoy a glimpse into our home, celebration of Christ’s birth, and understand my poor wife only looks a little green because Baby E is doing well and will make his name known next August.

-ehw

PS  These are the very first photos from Mr Fujifilm X-T1…enjoy!

Merry Christmas Aunt Suzi and Uncle Steve!

Merry Christmas Aunt Suzi and Uncle Steve!

Set out the Cookies with care

Set out the Cookies with care

Can you feel the excitement?

Can you feel the excitement?

A brief timeout!

A brief timeout!

I am so blessed my Children love each other!

I am so blessed my Children love each other!

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Hand in the Candy Bucket

I’ll confess this little one is a sweetheart, and I’m partial to her since her parents are good friends of ours.  However I think those eyes make the shot, and capture your heart.  Her eyes will captivate you in person, and I hope I put such a feeling in this photo.

To accomplish this little shot I was playing with my favorite little lens, the Fujinon 23mm F1.4.  In this photo I experimented with an extremely shallow depth of field, opening the aperture all the way just to see what it will do.  Because I was using a mirrorless camera, my Fuji XE-1, I was able to see the DOF in the screen as I composed the image in real time.

I know some purists out there will be screaming that professionals use a viewfinder, and that I am violating some law of photography since I did not have my eye up to the viewfinder.  Heck I might as well have used a cell phone right?  Well probably yes and definitely no.

See part of the reason I switched from traditional DSLRs to this mirrorless design was I got comfortable keeping eye contact with my subjects during composition.  An instructor told us how vital was, and at first I was like yah right…but then I tried it.  Eye contact helped me take a great group photo of 64 VIPs.   Why?  Because by looking at my subjects I kept control over them.  It then helped me take individual subjects mind off the camera and kept it focused on our conversation.  With younger kids it became much less about the camera, and more about the game we were playing.  I found more candid moments caught, and fewer cheesy smiles that look like the child in under duress.

Well…the journey is still moving forward as I learn more about my little craft…and I hope to share more of these lessons as I go forward with you!

-ehw