It’s been a little busy with the run up to Christmas and various other things lately, but I managed to get out with family and friends recently for a visit to Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park.
For those that have not had the pleasure, Winter Wonderland is a (mainly Germanic) collection of themed rides and craft stalls, food even a massive alpine pub. Looking beyond the ever present commercialisation, however, shows a picture of families and loved ones enjoying Christmas and having fun after a hard days work or shopping and aside from the Ferris wheel, Ice Rink, Haunted house (yes I did say Haunted house, think zombie santa) there are also plenty of opportunities for candids.
Apologies for the grain in this image I was shooting in the dark and ramped the ISO higher than I would have liked, but I did not want to use flash and destroy the great warm light. There were 5 Santa’s at the pub but by the time the crowd parted I managed to capture just these 3. I later saw the Santa’s, pints in hand, marauding near a basketball stall until being chased away by the stall staff (no presents for them).
Processing was pretty straightforward, a little adjustment in RAW, some levels in Photoshop before adding a glow in NIK Color Effex.