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The Nutcracker King wishes you Merry Christmas! | by mkarwowski
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The Nutcracker King wishes you Merry Christmas!

I had had a plan to make a photo of a christmas tree ball. But when I returned home for holidays, I looked at this figure of the Nutcracker King. In fact, this is a musical box. The figure is about 20 cm tall and when you crank it, it turns around and plays the tune. I have bought it in Max Krug shop in Munich. When I'm on a travel, I always buy some souvenirs. And I really wanted to spent some more money and have a really glamorous souvenir from Munich. Fortunately - it was on a sale. :) As a background, I used my little christmas tree, standing on the table in my room.


This is an HDR picture made of five photos, taken at 1/2s, 1/5s, 1/15s, 1/40s and 1/80s shutter speed, with Helios lens at full aperture size, merged in HDR Efex Pro 2. When the HDR was ready, I threw the finished TIFF file in Color Efex Pro 4 and used some tools in order to give the picture unique character (Pro Contrast, White Neutralizer, Glamour Glow, Foliage, Contrast Only and Photo Stylizer with rust filter).


As I have an opportunity now, I wish you all very Merry Christmas. May your dreams come true, may Santa Claus be rich and your days always bright.

Many thanks for all my Flickr friends for your continuing support through the whole year, for your faves, comments, criticism and advices. I wish you many wonderful frames taken in the upcoming new year, always perfect light and sharpness, breathtaking and unique captures. You, people, are great!


Camera: Canon EOS 80D.

Lens: Zenit MC Helios-44M-6 58mm f/2.



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Taken on December 23, 2017