Christmas Day in New York City 2011

It’s become a tradition to get out early on Christmas morning to view the department store Christmas window displays and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. It offers an opportunity for some interesting photographs, if done right. The challenge of shooting though store windows during the day is glare off those windows, depending on the incidence of the light.

To offset some of glare, a polarizing filter is key. And taking your flash off-camera and shooting at an angle will virtually eliminate your flash’s output reflecting back into your lens and ruining your shot.

Here are a few images from Christmas morning. Word to the wise: Better to see the store windows and the tree early in the morning. When family came in at night and wanted to see the tree at Rock Center, Fifth Avenue was so packed on both sides of the street (not to mention wall-to-wall street vendors adding to crowded sidewalks) that you couldn’t even make it into the Rockefeller Center Plaza.

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