It’s beginning to feel a little like Christmas. Certainly after a weekend that included Christmas shopping, watching The Muppets Christmas Carol, and visiting Hughenden Manor it feels a lot closer to Christmas than it did last week. A lot of this is due to the wonderful atmosphere at Hughenden, with fairy tale themed rooms, beautiful Christmas decorations, and a fun gingerbread man trail -and yes we caught them all. I carried a kit bag full of equipment round all afternoon, but didn’t get anything out other than my trusty Nikon 5300 and 35mm lens. I am finding this happens more frequently, especially when on a family day out, when I don’t want to hold everyone up too much. When I first started using the 35mm prime lens, instead of a zoom, it was very odd. I kept wanting to adjust the focal length and getting very frustrated. But now I love my 35mm. It makes me think more, and move myself into a better spot, rather than simply adjusting the lens. And it has a very wide maximum aperture, which helps of course when photographing indoors, without flash.