I thought that the county courthouse over in Burnet might look nice for Christmas, so I went to check it out and shoot some photos. I wanted these photos to be in early twilight so that there would be some color in the sky to offset the bright lights. Twilight passes quickly this time of year, so I didn’t have a lot of time.
The first one below is an HDR merge of four images from directly across the street.
I tried to get the Christmas tree centered but I don’t think that I did a great job. I think the problem was that there are larger trees on the left than there are on the right and that is what I was framing with. I was centered directly across the street from the courthouse, but to me it looks like the camera is looking off to the left a little.
There were a lot of photographers out on this Sunday night before Christmas and when I could stay out of their shot, I got down low on the corner with a very wide lens (14mm). I thought that the looking up perspective might be pleasing.
I put in some effort trying to correct the distorted perspective on this shot. You get this with a wide lens that has anything nearby and toward the edges of the frame. I lined up on the center lamp post and did a reasonable job, I think. But, be assured that all of those lamp posts are nice and vertical in reality.
In hindsight, I might have gotten down close to the base of the Christmas tree and took a few shots. I thought about this but was trying to stay out of everyone else’s shots.
Not much else to say but have a merry Christmas.