The smell of cookies and a Christmas atmosphere

Only one more night and Christmas Eve is here! Who of you already has bought and wrapped the largest number of presents, baked cookies, listened to Christmas carols or simply enjoyed the atmosphere of these special days?

I certainly have – only yesterday I baked different Christmas cookies with some ambitious helpers. “Linzer Augen”, Points of Paris, vanilla crescents, ginger bread and many other specials were on our list.


And as it wouldn’t be me if I hadn’t brought my camera for this event, today I’ll show you some making-of pictures of a cozy afternoon with nice guys, good mulled wine and delicious Christmas biscuits. I took pictures with a lens I’ve only recently added to my collection. The SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM. This lens is a standard zoom lens with consistently high light intensity. It is particularly suitable for portraits or photo stories – and I can already tell you one thing, I can very well imagine using it after a first short test!

Of course you can read an extensive test review here very soon!

Right now I’d like to tell you a couple of things I noticed when using the lens for the first time. The afternoon was dark, artificial light and some candles illuminated the kitchen – still I had to work with relatively high ISO values to not spoil the atmosphere with additional flash light. Despite the bad lighting conditions the powerful lens didn’t have any problems focusing, and I’m also contented with the image quality with an open aperture.

Another advantage of this lens is the close focus limit which made it possible for me to take some close and atmospheric photos of the pastries.

But for now I don’t want to tell you more – the details of the lens are coming soon. However, it’s certainly got the potential to become one of my all-round favorites.

Until then I wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS with your loved ones, a delicious Christmas dinner and nice chats, a great visit from Santa and a lot of fun.

All the best.

Yours, Tamara









  1. Merry Christmas! And, I think I may need to do some baking today!


    1. Sorry, I read that to late! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that whatever baking you did turned out great! 😉


      1. Christmas is a busy time of year! Thanks for the thoughts. And baking turned out great, and now it’s time to lose that weight. B-)

      2. haha, yeah, same here! 😉 But there is no way I would want to miss out on all the delicious things during the holidays!

      3. Agreed! Baking and cooking are such a big part of the season – so important, too, to share with family and friends, and in the middle of a dark and gloomy winter.

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