Last week I got a text message from youngest daughter (who - for the record - LOVES Christmas - is a total Christmas nut). It was like a coded message no one else would get it - but "mom" did - and mom filled up with tears. She wrote "Christmas is coming - the goose is getting fat - won't you put a penny in a poor man's hat - if you haven't got a penny a ha' penny will do - if you haven't got a ha' penny then god bless you". When she was young I would sing that to her every week (sometimes every day) through Advent. The song rolled around in my head for a little bit - then totally disappeared - POOF gone. (kinda like my Christmas spirit)
When I was baking this week - I thought how I was really just going through the motions.... there was no Christmas joy to all this baking. But Christmas WAS coming and the baking HAD to be done..................
Then last night I had my last photography class. Just before I left I grabbed a Christmas CD and popped it in the player in the car. (really there are no good radio stations here in Kingston - and certainly none I have found that play Christmas music)
We had the formal last class then teacher took us all downtown to photograph the Christmas lights - AND - she agreed to teach me how to freeze frame motion. You do know what I am talking about - when you see all those photos of sports - where one figure is frozen in time and all the action around them is blurred - showing the motion the speed - the action. I wanted to learn that.
I took the back roads to downtown (due to road closures) and found myself driving slowly over snow covered roads - soft snow flakes floating down - Christmas music softly playing - and down each dark street the Christmas lights brightened the way - glowing like magic in the darkness - each house offering some special sparkling moment of Christmas magic.
I spent about an hour in the minus freezing temperatures struggling with the freeze frame motion shots............ most didn't turn out - a couple sorta/kinda did - when my teacher came to speak to me - to see how it was going to check out my shots - it was like she woke me from a dream - I had been so immersed in the sparkling lights reflecting off the ice rink - so immersed in the skaters - the lovers - the magic of the moment.
And then - when the body couldn't handle the cold anymore - when my face was frozen into an ice mask - I made my way back to the car, dragging the camera bag and tripod. I drove home along the same dark streets with the same Christmas lights sparkling - and as I turned into our lil street - my heart was glowing.
Christmas IS coming - and it is starting to feel so very right!
For those of you who are interested in my learning curve in photography - here are my first efforts at freeze framing motion - skaters at city hall.............
The tree behind City Hall at the corner of the skating rink.............
my first efforts at freeze motion photography
just some ghosts skating past