Choices, it’s all about choices

Sometimes I like to play with my photography but that usually ends with me having to make choices. It’s hard to decide which few photos (of many shot) to spend time editing.

Then a choice has to be made about how to use the final photo. Will one become a print? On regular paper? On canvas? Metal? Wood? Some other medium or a product like a mug or coaster or something? And if so, what? Or will it or another version be used for social media banners or a blog post highlight?

I went to the local Dollar Store today and bought a single, large Christmas ornament to play with. I roamed around the yard hanging the ornament from the branches of a blue spruce, a regular spruce, a lilac tree devoid of leaves, set among the branches of a burning bush – you get the idea. I put it anywhere I thought I could make it look interesting.

I narrowed my selection down to a few of the forty images that I shot and played with them. Now it’s down to the final ones and I need help. Have a look at the images below and let me know which one you like the best. It would really help if you could tell me WHY you made the choice you did; but if not, that’s ok. Also, any suggestions you might have about an end-use for your chosen image would be helpful too. Just leave a comment for this post with your photo selection and anything else you’d care to say!

To encourage participation, I’m offering a random surprise prize to be drawn on Friday evening from among the respondents to my ‘quiz’ – so get your answers in to have a chance to win something!

And, here are the contestants in the Choices line-up!

#1 Red and White Christmas ball


#2 Red and White Christmas ball


#3 Red and White Christmas ball


#4 Red and White Christmas ball


#5 Red and White Christmas ball

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  1. Donna Goddard November 3, 2017 at 3:39 am #

    Hi Ceci! I like them all for various reasons. #1 traditional, reminds me of my childhood and simpler times. #2 Because of the diminished background , I focus on the ornament and the images mirrored in it #3 The lighting focuses on the true colors of the ball #4 Reminds me of the twirling ornaments hung in trees in summer to captures the rays of the sun and reflects back a kaleidoscope of color #5 The lighting and color appears to capture the colors of a sunrise, I have seen that blazing color so often. My choice is #1…it reminds me of lying under the Christmas tree, watching the heat move the ornaments so they captured the reflection of the lights. Brings back many fond memories of my childhood! Would make a beautiful Christmas card

  2. Carol Ann November 2, 2017 at 9:55 pm #

    I am drawn to 2 and 4 because I like the non-Christmas backgrounds for a blatently Christmas decoration. If I were to chose one though I think 4 would be my choice with the single branch in focus.

  3. Judy Hutton November 2, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

    Hi Ceci. All of your pictures are very nice, and look very in season. I like # 2 nice supporting background that does not take away from the ball. Love the reflections on the ball, candle like, a bit of an added Christmas touch .#5 also. Here is a ball, in your face,. Nice light and a soft background , I have had fun with this; sound like I am at an art class. Have fun picking out your winner. J

  4. Peggy Blackwell November 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm #


    I love all these shots but number 1 is my favourite. It reminds me of a decorated Christmas tree. I like the angle that this photo was taken. It almost makes me feel like I’m lying under the tree looking up at the decorations. I think it would be a great Christmas card or print.

  5. Barbara Hibbs November 2, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

    Hi Ceci! I like #4 the best due to the contrast with the blue sky in the background and the tree branch in the foreground. I think it would make a beautiful print.

  6. Judi Stiles November 2, 2017 at 8:43 am #

    Definitely #5. It is unattached to anything distracting and the texture and colour really leap out from such a close-up. Nice work.

  7. Bluette Higgins November 2, 2017 at 7:27 am #

    They’re all lovely shots, Ceci, but I like #4 the best. There’s just enough red to catch the eye, but the focus is more on texture and I like the way the indication of stripes in the branch works as counterpoint to the textures in the ball. With the blurred earth tones and blue sky; it all works together very well. A close second would go to #1 because of the interesting angle. It’s like looking up from the bottom of a Christmas tree, and the shot has a generally festive feel. I think either would work well as a Christmas card – one unconventional, the other more traditional.

  8. Mary Mercer November 2, 2017 at 6:22 am #

    I like number five. It appears to be floating. As an after use I suggest just leaving it hanging in your yard, perhaps from a bare branch……sort of like a wind chime would.

  9. Caroline November 2, 2017 at 12:11 am #

    Ceci, I like all of your pictures/photos. Today, with the blue background, # 2 is the one of my choice. Beautiful. Caroline

  10. Lee Blizzard November 1, 2017 at 10:34 pm #

    Hi C.C., I prefer number 2. There seems to be a world of Christmas’s held in the glowing red depths of the holiday orb. It looks as if it could go on gracing beautiful green trees forever.

  11. Mary November 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

    Number 4 is my favourite too. It appears the ornament has been placed on a little hardwood sapling. There is something a bit whimsicle about that. There might even be a story about why it got placed there. It’s a little unconventional and maybe even mysterious.

  12. Bella McBride November 1, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    Hmmm….first of all, they are all great, but I really like #1 the most! It reminds me more of Christmas with the evergreens in the background and it has the feeling of laying on the floor and looking up at the Christmas ornaments on the tree the way the ornament is positioned. As for an end use….I think this would make a wonderful Christmas card!
    Thanks for the fun!

  13. Gerry Levesque November 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    Love number 2, the way the sun caught the red, there seems to be a mystery image on the ornament. Love the back round!!

  14. Micky Clark November 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

    I like #5 the most…really don’t know why….maybe it doesn’t really show that it is about Christmas right away… plus the red on the ball is attracting me.
    Also it is brighter and I like the shadows showing in the red glow!!

  15. Pam Goold November 1, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    I like #1. Shows what it is, but at an interesting angle … lots of red, so it is bright … and I like the greenery in the background – very seasonal.

  16. Melissa Hicken November 1, 2017 at 4:12 pm #

    I love how you look at all the angles and so appreciate your talent. Personally my favourite is the first one, I don’t know why I say this other than it brings thoughts of Christmas and one of my favourite things is to decorate the tree 🙂


  17. Beth Godbout November 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

    I liked number 4.
    I liked the hint of green in the blurred background, with the blue sky
    and the tree trunk to the right. 🙂

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