Mary and Joseph with Christ Child Music Box

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedNovember 30, 2018
TakenNovember 30, 2018
Exposure1/10 sec at f/3.2
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length7.1 mm
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"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119: 105"

I bought the music Box years ago for my late mother for Christmas ....She and my father were visiting us at the time and they enjoyed going with us to a special thrift store in a neighboring town from us. When I saw my mother looking at the music box under the glassed in case where the owners kept nicer items in the shop I asked her if she would like to have it for Christmas that year and her face lit up with a smile and she said "yes, that would be wonderful.".. After she passed away I inherited the music box that plays "Joy to the World"...The store no longer is in existence as the owners retired years ago. Both my parents have passed away too but treasured keepsakes bring back precious memories of them this time of the year during the Holiday season.

I set this display up tonight on the table with a black cardboard behind the music box and a couple of candles in glass containers in front. I turned off the room light and beamed a flashlight on a higher level directing it toward the music box which I also set up higher .. in the process the light shone on to the cardboard background causing an odd reflection of something on the left side, not intended. The candles are reflecting in the glass globe section of the music box also not intentional over the spot where the representation of the "Christ child" was supposed to be lying in the manger. I tried different ways of photographing this scene but I opted for this shot as I feel the reflections represent symbolism of how Christ lit the world reflecting His light for peace on earth and the reason for the season.

Best View in Light Box in the black section! Thank you!!!

5 responses

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (30 Nov 2018):

    a beautiful close-up!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (1 Dec 2018):

    Peace and Light, a beauty Andrea!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (1 Dec 2018):

    I can visualize an angel in the background looking upon the scene in the music box and the candles in the foreground. Great use of creative lighting and so well done. A beautiful image and theme entry!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (1 Dec 2018):

    Thank you all for your kind words...Heather, I also visualized an angel with wings immediately when I saw the lit up spot in the background with bluish purple color light but then figured maybe it was something that reflected off the music box where I had beamed the flashlight. Sometimes shadow and light can present some unusual patterns and loved what it formed.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (1 Dec 2018):

    Beautiful composition and tones!

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