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Photography 101: Triumph

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I’m still playing catch-up ball with some of the Photography 101 themes I missed last month.

Today’s make-up assignment is Triumph.  We are supposed to take a photo of something that represents a triumph, and then adjust the contrast, post-processing.

I have declared victory against the ravages of time . . . for one more year.

My vintage tinsel Christmas tree (circa 1950-something) makes me happy.  But it’s old and fragile.  Every year when I open its box, I find my little tinsel tree has shed more and more tinsel needles.  And I wonder if this is the year I’ll be putting up Charlie Brown’s Tinsel Tree.

But not this year.

I always feel a sense of triumph when my tinsel tree is up and shining.  And as long as no one walks by it, touches it, or breathes on it . . . maybe it won’t drop any more tinsel needles.


I took this photo in natural sunlight this morning and then adjusted the contrast and white balance.

Nikon D800
ISO 800 | 105mm | f/5.6 | 1/600sec


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