I took the easy way out today with the season appropriate, but not terribly original, lighted evergreens. I took a number of shots, with two lenses. Each lense was tried with and without flash. (I was doubtful that flash would matter since the tree was a good 15 or 20 feet away - but flash made a ton of difference.)
My husband and I disagreed on our favorites - so I'm posting both. (Plus a likable third.)
My favorite. 70 - 300 mm lense at 70 mm, flash on. I liked seeing more of the white snow.
My husband's favorite. 70 - 300 mm lense at 70 mm, flash off. He liked the blue sky and the greater shine of the holiday lights. On the black of the blog page I do enjoy this photo as well. With the black border maybe the first picture isn't a clear winner anymore?
And a runner-up, the whole scene. 18 - 55 mm lense at ~18 mm, flash on.
Kind of blissful.