"We're kicking off our fun old fashion family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols." - Clark Griswold (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation)
This year I was in need of some of that same holiday cheer. Don't get me wrong, 2011 was outstanding on so many personal and professional levels. Still, it would be foolish to think life is all peaks but no valleys. Looking back, the gargantuan tree at Rockefeller Center has always proven to rekindle the wonder and excitement of Christmases past.
Over around 50th street I shot the classic scene in front of 30 Rock. Bustling, the plaza was a beehive of cameras, touristy group portraits, and most importantly, smiles. People had come from all over the world to find their Tannenbaum. This Norway Spruce was especially full, and every few seconds it would twinkle, prompting more flash bulbs to fire. Amongst these complete strangers, I could feel the warmth from the spirit of Christmas.
I'd like to share a few for my favorite Christmas moments from Rockefeller Center. In 2010, I watched the lighting while jammed into the streets with 500,000 crazy folks.
That same day, Josh Groban sang a classic from his holiday album "Noel" and I recorded it with the iPhone.
I've also shot it with a fisheye lens...
...and a little Sony point and shoot with Sweep Panorama technology.
This is the star that used to top it all off. It's since been replaced with something that twinkles even brighter.
From my family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy holiday season.