The other night the Mister and I actually put on our social pants and paid a visit to friends in our community. We wanted to see Kathie and Dwayne, of course, but the true draw was one of Kathie’s passions: Her Christmas village that was set up in her dining room.
Kathie started collecting the pieces in 1992 when her daughter Monica and son Tanner (who is a friend of my #1 son) were very young. Every year she adds to her wonderful village.
This snowmobile tour building (and more) was her addition this year. It’s set up next to a ski run.
The ski run actually works! The skiers shoot down the hill and then back up the “lift” endlessly.
Skaters also turn rings around a rink without ever falling. That’s quite an accomplishment!
Every bit of Kathie’s village is interesting and worthy of low-light photography (with my Nikon D700 and 50mm lens; my ISO mostly was set on 1250–1600).
I especially liked the parts that made sound. Such as the church’s choir . . .
. . . and singers inside the old-fashioned radio station (K-TOY).
I set my exposure compensation at –1 to tone down the light emanating from the radio station’s window. Aren’t they cool-looking characters?
Or maybe they’re really macho men (even though this isn’t a YMCA)? After all, they are the village people!
New Year’s Eve
I hope all my readers have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve tonight! Farewell to 2009!!