Every year in the past few years I tried to create a classic tabletop Christmas still life. This year I thought I'd do something slightly different for a change and simply work on a shot of my kitchen window instead.
My kitchen window sill is somewhere I like to express my love for seasons. Here I make regular arrangements consisting of current fruits of nature. Come first of December, Christmas time starts for me, and my window changes from autumn to winter/Christmas. I like traditional, Victorian Christmas, so I choose things the Victorians used in their celebrations. For a floral part there is a living poinsettia which I placed in a brass pot. I love the red of its leaves; red is the essential colour of Christmas and always has to be dominant for me. Next, there is a silver bowl that I filled with natural festive things, some of which smell gorgeous: holy sprigs with their red berries, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, dried oranges (sliced and whole), pomander (orange studded with cloves). I have a thing for ribbon so a traditional tartan ribbon had to be present; I tied it to the bowl to add to the Christmas feel. There is also a pomegranate, which can often be seen in traditional garlands and wreaths; a copper pot with mixed nuts; a rustic candle holder with a lit red candle emanating a warm glow all around; a ceramic robin, another symbol of the festive season, and a little ceramic nativity scene. For a finishing touch I hung a couple of mini stockings above my arrangement.
The view out of my window still showed a lot of greenery, so to enhance the winter mood I desaturated the green outside the window in postprocessing and added a snowy texture layer. Other than that, editing was pretty quick and simple using my new Jessica Drossin "Endless Winter" actions.