But I’m still posting 2019! Victorian Christmas in Nevada City

It’s the third day of 2020, and my first shoot of the year was a real estate shoot. I am anxious to get out with my camera for something else! I guess that will happen sometime next week.

In the meantime, I do have a couple of outings still not posted like the Victorian Christmas in Nevada City. This is a yearly happening in this small touristy town in Nevada County. The streets are decorated, all vehicle traffic is closed off on the main street, vendors take up the streets and people walk around in period costumes.

I once went to this at night, 2013, when the temperature was down to 25 degrees F! It was great that vendors were selling hot drinks! I had just started this photography hobby and now that I look back, the pictures were not that good. They were the best I could do at the time. It’s amazing for me to see the difference!

So back to the present and my images from this outing!

I didn’t take a lot of pictures since it was crowded and cold. One last story: We were having a difficult time finding a parking spot. As we were going up and down residential streets, I saw a woman and her driveway was empty. Since I was driving, I asked Marlene and Ray to see if we could park in her driveway. I was willing to pay for the privilege. She not only agreed, but with Ray’s help moved some fencing to make room for us. She said she didn’t want any payment. How nice was that! We did buy her a small gift.

I’m probably not going back to Nevada City for the Victorian Christmas. However, I might visit another small town next year!

Shopping and shooting: The Romanian Festival and more

I love farmers’ markets mainly because the vegetables are so much fun to shoot. But this one was closing and was in our way of gettting to the Romanian Festival. As we walked around, I did my best to catch whatever vegetables left. I didn’t do well. However, they had the water spouts on for the children to run through. I got a couple of good pictures there.

We stopped at a very special bench, and I tried to get a group photo. I didn’t have a tripod so it was without me. The shot I’m posting was the best. Jim, I think you have a habit of closing your eyes!

We finally made our way to the Festival. It was very small but people were enjoying the vendors, entertainers and food. Ron and I did some shooting while the others walked around.

I enjoy capturing people candidly; however, sometimes they just aren’t in the right position or their expression is not good. Then I will ask if I can take their picture. I’ve never had anyone say “No!”

This group of images is the last I shot before Richard’s back surgery. So it may be a while until my next post. Maybe I’ll do some fantastic, improved editing of already posted images and show them to you.

We’ve got to be creative and have fun!

Brrr: Baby it’s cold outside. Too cold for Victorian Christmas!

I remember that only two weeks ago we were enjoying temperatures in the high 70s (degrees Fahrenheit). This week, the high is maybe 50 degrees Fahrenheit! I’ve had a difficult time communicating with the dog about why it wasn’t a good idea to walk when our outside thermometer read 27 degrees and that he had to wait until the afternoon! It was in these extreme conditions that I went up to Nevada City to shoot the Victorian Christmas with my photography pals.

I thought being the first night of the event and the low temperatures, there wouldn’t be many people. I was wrong. Actually, I was disappointed. It was more of a craft fair with vendors packed into the street. The sidewalks were decorated, some men (probably a choral group) sang Christmas carols, but I didn’t see a tree. One of our group said the tree was at the far end of the blocked off area and outside the barricades. ┬áThat must have been the blue triangle I saw in the distance. But, this Jewish gal expected a beautifully decorated tree that was the centerpiece of the Victorian Christmas. There was entertainment and the people in Victorian dress were walking around, but they were cold also, wearing coats that partially covered up their costumes.

My disappointment didn’t stop me from taking photos. I took my tripod with me, but never took it out of the bag. There was enough light and my camera did fine without it. I’m glad I went and enjoyed out 2 hours up there. At one point, we ducked into a coffee shop and I warmed my fingertips by holding the hot coffee cup. As we were walking up to the car, my toes were complaining that they were too cold! Thank you Laura Munro for driving us up there. Wicked good fun!