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"The Holly and the Ivy" is a traditional Christmas carol, which is among the most lightly Christianized carols of the Yuletide— the holly and the ivy being among the most familiar Druidic plants. "Holly and ivy have been the mainstay of Christmas decoration for church use since at least the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when they are mentioned regularly in churchwardens’ accounts" (Roud 2004).

I'm not surprised that they are so popular, they are fresh, green, with the jolly berries AND plentiful in the garden, this time of year, and also, so very decorative.
I am trying to use as little light and dof as possible, a challenge that I love.
I find it necessary and refreshing to regularly go back to the basics of photography.
As a discipline, I used to go out with my Nikon F4, a 50mm lens, b&w or colour film.
Now of course it is much more with the 'ease' of digital, however, I do NOT take hundreds of photos, the discipline is, I use my camera as a 'film' camera, each push of the button COSTS! So, I compose carefully, wait, look, ... if I AM SURE, pleased... then, I click!
Or like here, I'll preconceive a scenario, go in the studio, set it up and photograph it when I am happy that I have the result in front of my eyes that I had in my head.

I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanx, M, (*_*)

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