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.
Looks like a fun time
It was nice to come to your home afterwards for a hot bowl of soup. We missed you at the lights.
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.
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.
Great photos Ruth! I think you did a wonderful job!
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
Beautiful pictures. I’m impressed everyone is smiling in the cold.
Looking forward to 2012 to see what you and your lens will capture always a joy to my day! H.N.Y.!!!
Happy New Year Ruthie! The pictures look great to me!
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!
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!
Looks like a wonderful outing.
A great way to bring the Christmas vacation to a close. Hard to drive back home and go back to work now.
I always love the photos of the family. These are great!
Happy New Year. I haven’t done any night photography. Your photos are amazing 🙂 Judy
Thank you. Happy New Year to you.
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. 🙂 🙂
That flashlight app added nice fill in light. I love the magic of night photography.
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.
So beautiful. I particularly like the shots next to the tree! Happy New Year to you1
Happy New Year to you and your family Ruth. Looking forward to the love and pictures you will share with us all in 2012
Great photos – and looks like everyone was having a grand time! A wonderful new year to you!
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great pics, Ruth! great to see everyone! lots of love xxx
You are surrounded by beautiful (and patient!) family.