America’s First Power Couple: Charismatic John Adams (“potus2” from 1797 to 1801 of the Federalist Party), and his wife Abigail, an opinionated, well-read woman, ready to take on any challenge. Abigail worked at helping her husband build a new nation, expressing her thoughts and opinions to him on everything from a woman’s role in government, to the education system, and even slavery.
The White House
In December 1800, President John Adams and First Lady Abigail Adams celebrated the first Christmas at the White House with their family and close friends. Since that time, each First Family has shared the tradition of Christmas at the White House.
Christmas is traditionally the Mass for Christ, though better known in today’s society as traffic jams, buying presents for the children and the family, indulging in good food and candy; mostly followed by regrets and visits to the gym in the weeks following.
Christmas is often referred to as the Holiday Season, as it’s a holiday for most people.
The invitation to the White House Christmas Reception. Leica TL2 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/.0.95.
All the photos were done with the Leica M10 at 3200 ISO, DNG only. The conversion to black and white was done with my "Leica M9 black & white tones" preset for the M10. Often, when there is LED light soures present, (as in all the Christmas trees), color photography becomes difficult (because the LED light typically has a Kelvin above 12,000 and the lamps are 2,000 - 3,200 Kelvin).) Most photos were photographed at manual after I used he camera's light meter to determine the approximate exposure and checked the screen.
To Be Continued ...
That was my Story Behind That Picture this week. I hope you enjoyed this look into the White House. As always, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, ideas and suggestions.
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