This past weekend, a couple of my photographer friends and I decided to get together in Manassas and walk around downtown and shoot (photographs that is). This time of the year just about every town is decorated inside and out. We knew the outdoors skating rink would be filled with all walks of life skating…or at least trying.

Walking past Center for The Arts, we decided to step in. Lucky for us they had two major events – local high school artist/photographers work on display and the Winter Wonderland Train Show. The high schoolers work was awesome! If I don’t forget maybe I can go back for their Open House. 

The Winter Wonderland Train Show was put on by the National Capital Trackers Gauge Railroad Club. None of us didn’t have a clue what was waiting for us but it was well worth it. Just the detail of EVERYTHING blew me away. I have a confession: I’ve been watching just about all the HallMark Christmas movies and if you ever watch any of those movies you know they’re based on a small town. So immediately my mind jumped into that mode 🙂 🙂 It was really fun to shoot. The lighting was great, not too bright but gave a nice calm, warm, relaxing feel. Nice colors but you know with so many colors they will bounce back up on the people faces. 


Camera gear: Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and the Fujinon XF 16-80mm F/4 R OIS WR lens. This new lens OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) is built-in, meaning there’s no switch on the lens. Set my camera to Auto ISO and left it in aperture mode. F/4 isn’t a fast lens but for what I will use it mostly for it will work fine. The lens is equivalent to 24-120mm and that’s a great range for me especially when I’m shooting events, etc. It performed very well in low-light. Had the camera set in Classic Chrome film simulation. All images were edit in Capture One. 

If you’re out during the holidays, make sure you take your camera and capture the moments 😉











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