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New Year’s Eve @ Columbus Zoo Lights

Available light photography at night is my challenge.  I find it fun but not always easy.  The one  family shot I lit the family with the flashlight app from the iPhone so I could get some light on their faces.  It was chilly but not bitter. We saw a rhinoceros, the tiger pacing, a sleeping polar bear but mostly it was the colored lights on every tree and branch,  some reflected in a pool of water.  My son Mark and his wife Erika, the four grandchildren(Anna, Michael, Jack and Maura), my DIL’s cousin Shannon who is like a sister to her  and her daughter Parker were all willing to stand still in the lights as I tried to focus quickly.  We had a lot of fun.  

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25 responses

  1. Looks like a fun time


    January 1, 2012 at 12:57 am

    • It was nice to come to your home afterwards for a hot bowl of soup. We missed you at the lights.


      January 1, 2012 at 1:05 am

  2. These photos are beautiful. Love the way you caught and directed the light. Colors are really pretty expecially the ones with blured depth of field. Looks like you had a great new years.


    January 1, 2012 at 1:03 am

    • Thanks Francine. Wishing you a wonderful year of blogging in 2012. You wouldn’t have gotten any animal shots tonight at the zoo! Thanks for taking time to look and write a nice comment on the blog today.


      January 1, 2012 at 1:06 am

  3. Kristin

    Great photos Ruth! I think you did a wonderful job!


    January 1, 2012 at 6:07 am

  4. Gail Radley

    HAPPY NEW YEAR Ruthie Wonderful photos What fun the McGrath’s have creating lifetime memories of special times together. Those are four very lucky children. I love you


    January 1, 2012 at 7:22 am

  5. Sue Reinfeld

    Beautiful pictures. I’m impressed everyone is smiling in the cold.


    January 1, 2012 at 7:42 am

  6. mary ann

    Looking forward to 2012 to see what you and your lens will capture always a joy to my day! H.N.Y.!!!


    January 1, 2012 at 9:04 am

  7. Lara

    Happy New Year Ruthie! The pictures look great to me!


    January 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

  8. What a fun time! Our Lincoln Park Zoo, also, does the “light thing,” as well as a “Carol to the Animals” night. The little ones love it! Here’s wishing you every success and happiness in 2012, Ruth, for you and your family!


    January 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

    • THanks for always leaving a thoughtful comment and I appreciate your good wishes. I am grateful for such a faithful reader and astute commenter, John. Looking forward to reading your blog n the New Year! Now to head home and return to work. The hard part!


      January 2, 2012 at 5:04 am

  9. Looks like a wonderful outing.


    January 1, 2012 at 11:11 am

    • A great way to bring the Christmas vacation to a close. Hard to drive back home and go back to work now.


      January 2, 2012 at 5:01 am

  10. Vincie

    I always love the photos of the family. These are great!


    January 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

  11. Northern Narratives

    Happy New Year. I haven’t done any night photography. Your photos are amazing 🙂 Judy


    January 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    • Thank you. Happy New Year to you.


      January 2, 2012 at 5:01 am

  12. Erica Wells

    Happy New Year to the Hendricks – McGrath – Payer – Weaver clans!!!! Erika and Shannon look like sisters, twins, even! Not identical twins, but the other kind. 🙂 🙂


    January 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  13. Paul Meese

    That flashlight app added nice fill in light. I love the magic of night photography.


    January 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

  14. The beautiful images reminds me why I celebrate New Year with full force and optimism. Everything in this post I hope for myself and for anyone. I hope for a family that is surrounded by joy and peace, of genuine smiles that reflects affection , of company that builds, of a world where children are safe and truly happy. Happy New Year to you and your family. May this year be a year of joy, peace, love and all forms of beautiful blessings for all of us.


    January 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

  15. So beautiful. I particularly like the shots next to the tree! Happy New Year to you1


    January 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

  16. Cj

    Happy New Year to you and your family Ruth. Looking forward to the love and pictures you will share with us all in 2012


    January 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

  17. Great photos – and looks like everyone was having a grand time! A wonderful new year to you!


    January 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm

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  19. yvonne kirmse

    great pics, Ruth! great to see everyone! lots of love xxx


    January 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm

  20. You are surrounded by beautiful (and patient!) family.


    January 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

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