This was interesting for me to work up, as I was specifically aiming to do minimal processing, which, of course, is less common for me. I do have to give credit to Geoff who suggested adding in the light effects!
While many photographers have streams filled with happy, holiday, cheery photos right now, this photo has a darker tone to me. And that's ok. This time of year can be very stressful to people :) And I am personally experiencing an extremely trying period (for a number of reasons) so I wanted to create something that reflected my feelings in some way. Always create art for yourself first; it can heal and bolster your spirits like little else.
I have blank greeting cards and a 2013 calendar for sale, with 12 of my most popular images for sale at Red Bubble just in time for the holidays! Support an artist with your gift :) Also, if there's an image you'd like to see on a card and it's not in my shop, let me know; I can probably add it for you!