Thursday, December 4, 2008

Norwich's City Hall Lit Up for Christmas

This past Monday evening was a little cold but very clear so I decided that the time had come for me to take the Nikon out for a spin and see if I could figure out how to do a little bit of night photography. To that end, I headed off to downtown Norwich and City Hall in particular - which is lit up every year for Christmas and looks fantastic!
Norwich City Hall1
Because I'm still trying to learn how to use this new-fangled camera, these pictures aren't as clear as I would like but I wanted to share them anyway just so you could see how beautiful City Hall looks.
City of Norwich City Hall 1
Isn't it pretty? I have been using one of these picture as a screensaver at work and one of my co-workers said it almost looks like a gingerbread house!
City Hall Steps
This is a close-up of the steps leading to the main entrance and the two big wreaths that flank it.
City Hall Christmas Tree
A little blurry I'm afraid but this is the Christmas tree in front of City Hall with United Congregational Church in the background.
I'm hoping to find the time (and energy) to take pictures of more Christmas lights here in Norwich and with any luck, I'll get better with the whole Nikon D60 night photography stuff and they won't be blurry! Oh - and before I forget - I had to laugh while I was out taking pictures as there was a couple that were looking at the lights in front of City Hall and they came over to ask if I would take a picture of them with the building in the background and I said "sure". They asked if I was a professional photographer and I laughed as I took their camera, shot a couple of pictures for them, and said "no, not so's you'd know it!" Still, it's definitely a lot better than someone just thinking I'm some whacko out taking pictures in the cold of a December night with no gloves on because I'm an idiot!


  1. Anonymous1:16 PM EST

    Wow! Your Town Hall is gorgeous, so Americana! Ours is SO not! You keep practicing, Linda! We're enjoying being your guinea pigs! er, cats.

  2. Wow, that's beautiful Linda. The building is always ready for Christmas with those neat colors.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

  3. My first thought was that it looks exactly like one of those Christmas houses you can buy to make a beautiful it is!! I wish we had a City Hall that looked like that. Wow! I just love the way they've decorated it...I would just sit there for hours admiring every little detail! lol xoxo

  4. What great pictures :)

  5. Good to know some places bother for Christmas, and not just a couple of lights

  6. Your photos are very sharp Linda and the town hall looks just beautiful! :)

  7. Anonymous3:29 PM EST

    Wow! That is one beautiful building all lit up! And your shots were uber-fantastic!

    You go gurl!!!!

  8. He he he. That reminded me: I was out by the lake one day taking pics with my new camera (Nikon P80) and there was this guy with a beautiful CAT on the leash. I asked him if I could take a pic of her, he said yes and gave me his business card asking if I'd e-mail it to him. That totally made my day :o)

  9. beautiful!!!

    smiles, bee

  10. Very very nice linda, lucky you are not in washington state......

  11. Very pretty. Definitely reminds me of a gingerbread house.

  12. That is one of my favorite things about Norwich. Such a picturesque image in the middle of a hell whole city...

    Very Norman Rockwell...

  13. Um, Duchess Linda, those are beautiful night-time photos. You are way too hard on yourself and your photographic skills.
    I'm finding out how difficult night photography can be. I'm winging it!

    Your City Hall does look like a gingerbread house. They did it up real purty.
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. So beautiful and so New England-y. Now just a weeeeeeeee bit of s**w to really make it "Norman Rockwell". BTW, the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA is a beautiful setting for picture taking also.

  15. These are wonderful! I love how old fashioned they look. And as someone who can NOT take a good night picture, I think these are outstanding.

  16. Amazing as usual.. and when asked if you are professional. The answer is "Why Yes Child, Some days I am"....

    You were a professional photographer on our Tat adventure... and yesterday I was getting my tat touched up. I went to my blog and there was found the gorgeous pictures of the different operations in my tit tat and the guys said to thank you very much for the detailed pics... So they fixed my tat on my tit just right.

    Thanks Linda!!!!!!

  17. Anonymous9:27 PM EST

    I loved the close up of the entrance! Our courthouse is always lit up every year. Our town lights up the city park and we're on the "holiday trail of lights" that leads across the state. It's beautiful. We take the kids every year. They have a horse and carriage that looks like a sleigh. The horse has fake horns...Santa of course is driving. He takes you around the park (for a hefty fee). It's a fun time for the kiddos, though.

  18. Beautiful! Keep practicing! The more you practice, the more cool stuff we get to see.

  19. Wunnerful, wunnerful...I know you're getting better and better with each shot!

  20. Geesh Linda, amazing how picture-esqe Norwich looks at night with the Marina, new bridge, and the City Hall. Kinda reminds me of Rotary Park in Putnam, with all the X-mas lights, the river, and the waterfalls at night. It looks so much better in the dark! LOL Great pics again!

    BTW, check out my recent post, I'm sooo excited!!

  21. Anonymous10:57 AM EST

    What nice images.


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