Before I even started to think about my new year’s resolutions, I decided to take part in a Christmas challenge. And even two challenges. Today I know that, all the projects I want to work on, have to be thought through, planned out, fitted into my scheduler and I must analyze my strength and goals first. Because I can always find them overwhelming or too hard before I get into them.
Christmas in a lens
Great shots amaze me. I think that great photography is art. I enjoy photography sometimes, but you already know that since all the photos on my blog are mine. I am still considered an amateur that needs to perfect her workshop. I always appreciated tips and advice from Dorothy Zalepa, the author of the Kameralna blog, I have decided to join the challenge she has put up on her blog this Christmas and create my very own Advent Photo Calendar. During that same time I found another challenge on a blog called Frenchfoodieindublin. My ambition did not allow me to be indifferent. Since December 1st I have been publishing photos on my fan page and instagram for those projects. I was lucky and I was able to publish the same photograph in both projects. I also used a couple of old ones I had. Despite all the afford I was unable to come up with all the photographs. I don’t regret part taking in the challenge. A lesson was learned and what I was able to come up with can be seen below.
Rule of thirds
You know these photos quite well because I have used them on my blog previously. I included them in the Christmas challenge; they took a lot out of me. I think they are on point. I like both the idea- the composition of element and the final result. I tried to use the rule of thirds. See what you think of them for yourself.
The excuse I used is lack of time. You know why I don’t have any. I spend December of this year on breastfeeding, changing nappies and tucking in my baby girl. In the mean time I tried to create new photo projects as well as running around the house with my camera. We didn’t have enough room for the Christmas tree so we had to be content with a small branch appreciated by the Slavic tradition. This has also reminded me of my wonderful childhood. Back then we didn’t have computers, Smartphone or playstation for the kids. We could only see an evening cartoon and the weekend morning show on a black and white television. No one was bored. We enjoyed the white polish winters as much as we could, skiing and riding down the hill.
Christmas Advent Calendar
I was able to organise some time and create a couple of Christmas-themed photographs. A white polar bear played the main role. I love him. I was unable to say no to his charm. He reminded me of the arctic, white and never ending coldness. At home he contrasts with the warm atmosphere and the green trees that can be seen outside. Do you know where I got him? At Jamestown market for only 50 cents.
Nature’s wild beauty
The most beautiful things are given to us by nature. There is no way anyone can create something more beautiful. It doesn’t matter what season it is, I am always able to find magic in nature, that I always try to capture on film. It is a nice saying but you know what I mean. Along with the Christmas decor, the sparkling silver.
Souvenir for life
It’s a couple of photographs. Wonderful memories locked into a photo album. A photo book is not just one of the best Christmas presents. It is always the best gift, even if you want to treat yourself. It is hard to create it if you have thousands of photos. It is always best to choose the ones that captured emotions. Wonderful moments, so volatile. These are my Christmas photographs I took during out winter trips. We are discovering Ireland together for almost a year now. We were able to stay in a festive mood throughout the trip, even though the weather had her usual mood swings.
Preparations for Christmas this year were modest and pleasurable. We were not over our heads. We admired the Christmas decorations in town and the window displays at shops. Instead of making the traditional 12 Polish dinners, we created a few. The most honourable were the fish and seafood, our favourites. Of course the traditional beet soup with dumplings was also prepared.
The whole family
According to folk lore; animals talk in human voices during Christmas. Ours didn’t. Maybe we were not listening hard enough? They are very important to us. They are the ones that are always by our side. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, beautiful or ugly, intelligent or dumb. They will always love you. They are always there to cheer us up. They never wish us wrong, they are never jealous. We love them as much as they love us.
I hope your Christmas was as happy and that you have enjoyed your gifts.