Christmastime in Syracuse

Christmastime in Syracuse.

Christmastime in Syracuse. Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 450, EV +1.0, 18mm focal length.

Now the snow really has a reason, it decorates the season

The photo which leads off this post was taken on December 20, 2007 in Clinton Square showing the ice skating rink Syracuse (NY) Parks and Recreation runs each year.  I wanted to recreate this scene this  year to share with you but the rink was closed the night I was shooting due to being buried in three feet of snow.  As all good photographers will do, I found other scenes to share with you.

A Christmas wreath outside of 250 Clinton Street in downtown Syracuse, New York.

A Christmas wreath outside of 250 Clinton Street in downtown Syracuse, New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/40s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV +1.0, 40mm focal length.

For 2010, Syracuse’s Christmas tree in Clinton Square is using the energy saving LED lights for the first time.  Looks much different than the one from 2007.

Clinton Square Christmas tree in downtown Syracuse, New York.

Clinton Square Christmas tree in downtown Syracuse, New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/16, ISO 800, EV +1.0, 62mm focal length, tripod, HDR image.

The quote above is from a beautiful Christmas song written and performed by the Trash Site Blues Band which first recorded it in 1985.  Here’s a video of the song.

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23 Responses to Christmastime in Syracuse

  1. Thank you for sharing. You can’t say it doesn’t look like Christmas here.


  2. It’s snowing!!
    Love the first photo! To me, THAT’s what Christmastime is supposed to look like.
    That’s a lot of lights on that Christmas tree! Way too many blue and green ones, though 😦


  3. Robin says:

    The first photo is a classic. Looks almost like a vintage Christmas. Beautiful!

    I love the way the snow shows up in the Christmas wreath shot. (One would think I’d had enough of snow by now…lol!)


  4. Nye says:

    Scott, the last HDR image looks like a painting, absolutely beautiful.


  5. Giiid says:

    Thank you Scott, your photos are helping me getting into “Christmas mode”. I think you did well by chosing the” wreath in snow” as alternative to the closed ice skating rink, the light effect is perfect. The tree is impressing.
    Is saving energy by using LED a topic in Daily life? Here it is. And it´s still a problem to find light with similar color as the old electric bulb.


  6. Karma says:

    I just love your skating rink shot. So beautiful. I’d love to be there – I haven’t put on my skates in a couple years, and that looks like a great place to do it. The Christmas lights around here just don’t have that charming look since we don’t really have snow yet.


  7. Gerry says:

    I like the blue tree! It reminds me of the year . . . no. I will stop with the nostalgia. It’s pretty.

    Now I’m going to let the song load. Maybe I’ll bake a batch of cookies.


  8. Carsten says:

    Thanks for the LDCMB Scott. 🙂
    “Long distance Christmas mood broadcast”
    It looks very different from here in Denmark. I really like the mood in the picture with the skaters.


  9. scott bassinson says:

    beautiful photos – the song (co-written by Michael Carletta and me) was first recorded by the Trash Site Blues Band in 1985, not 1994. thanks.


  10. milkayphoto says:

    Great shots, Scott! Now, I’m all for LED lights (I have switched to warm white ones myself) BUT, I simply cannot get into the colored LEDs that seem to have waaaay too many blues and greens! Some day the light manufacturers will get it right. However, with that said, I do think in the case of the last image, the tree does make those white-lighted deer pop!


  11. Very nice, Scott. I really like the first one and the tree. Looks like your D700 is getting a workout. 😉


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