Trying to Hold on to Christmas

I noticed on New Years Day how most retail stores and restaurants had already taken down their Christmas Trees.  Christmas is one of those seasons that I'm not really ready to let go of that early.

How does one capture Christmas?  Yeah, that's an open-ended question, isn't it?  I didn't have as much time this year to capture some of the Christmas decorations in the San Francisco area, so the following pictures capture what I saw as I was out and about.  Plus, at the end is what I sent out as a Christmas e-card this year.

These first two photos were taken during the Jeffrey Chin Trio Concert at the Cadillac Hotel.  For me, the lights start to get me into a festive mood.

This next set are from two homes in a nearby neighborhood.  I really liked the Star Wars theme, plus the snow monster.  It's playful and fun!

The below photos are from a home that is always decked out for Halloween and Christmas.  Their decorations expand every single year.

And, finally, in my search for the perfect Christmas card, my friend JGuerzonPictorials recommended I go to SF City Hall and photograph the tree there.

And here's the final product.  The only thing I did in Lightroom was increase the temperature to make the tree glow more.  I really planned out this shot in my head ahead of time, intentionally making sure the stairs were part of the shot because that's exactly where I wanted the text to go.  The image was shot using the Fuji X-T1 and the Fuji 90mm f/2 lens.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  May you 2017 be prosperous!