Christmas Homes 2011-Virginia and Washington D.C.

posted on 3rd of january, 2012

Every year in December ambitious home owners in Virginia and Washington D.C. decorate their homes with many Christmas lights in a competition for the best decorated home. For many their electric bill for the month of December is at least $2000.00. Some displays are timed to music with changing lights. Others are static. All most all of these well decorated homes are in the suburbs with many in lonely secluded neighborhoods. Washington D.C. has only one well decorated home. All of the displays seen here are free of charge and the home owners do this for the joy of Christmas spirit.

I have spent many hours driving to these places and taking photos. Local websites like "Holly's Tacky Christmas Lights" can help give you directions. This is the website for Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. What I can say is that after taking many photos it is best to choose homes whose exterior is evenly lit. Playing around with curves or levels in photoshop can also help. Using the lighten shadows function can help add some lost shadow detail. Taking photos during twilight is also a good idea. I used a tripod for all many photos with time exposures of 1-5 seconds.

These homes will only have their lights up for a few more days at most so if you live in the area enjoy them while you can. Hours for most of the Christmas light displays are 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Comments (9)

Posted by Almaterra on January 04, 2012
Wonderful !
Posted by Nero67 on January 04, 2012
Beauitful images!!!
Posted by FabioConcetta on January 04, 2012
Amazing images, very good work!
Posted by Rigsby8131 on January 03, 2012
Beautiful decorations!!! Nice photos, congratulations!!!
Posted by Peanutroaster on January 03, 2012
Great collection of holiday homes! It really becomes a year round obsession with some people.
Posted by Davidwatmough on January 03, 2012
Good idea here............. very colorful and creative. David
Posted by Ewamewa2 on January 03, 2012
Nice photos!
Posted by smartview27 on January 03, 2012
Beauitful Chirstmas decorations !
Posted by Mariaam on January 03, 2012
Amazing decorations!!! It is very beautiful.

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Photo credits: Richard Gunion.

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I like to travel and have been to many places like California, Europe, Maine and Mexico. I live in Washington D.C. and have also taken pictures around my home including the new WWII Memorial. Digital cameras come and go so like everyone here I am always trading up. The summer is coming to end here in Washington DC and I am doing sunset shots and looking forward to Autumn.

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