This year for Christmas we went on a road trip to visit my family. I hadn’t been home for Christmas in about 5 maybe even 6 years. During our trip home we went to an event at The Henry Ford called Holiday Nights. This was something my mom had been planning on for weeks before we got there. We had to buy tickets in advance as they sell out.
Growing up just down the street from The Henry Ford, visiting the village and museum was something we did regularly and loved it. But none of us had ever been to holiday nights, so this was a first for us all.
We had decided ahead of time that Wednesday, December 26th would be the best day to go and my mom bought tickets.
Something you can not plan for ahead of time…weather. Our entire trip we were experiencing below normal cold temperatures. it had been in the single digits as the high all week, of course with Wednesday being the coldest. If I remember correctly it was -2 degrees when we were out there.
The night before, I had asked my dad to help me prepare my cameras for the cold. You see, earlier in our trip, my cameras had been exposed to below freezing temperatures and my Canon shut down and would not work again for 24 hours. According to an article I read, cameras can withstand temperature well below 0 but only if they have been constantly and properly exposed to it. And let’s face it, my cameras live in Louisiana so they hadn’t. My dad and I decided to make some camera sweaters out of old socks. We made sure everything I would need access to was exposed and kept everything else covered. In theory, it sounded great!
All day Wednesday we tossed back and forth on whether we were going to go or not. We finally decided that we would bundle up the best we could and we would go until any 1 of us couldn’t stand it anymore. So that’s exactly what we did. We bundled up like 4 Randy’s in a Christmas Story, I personally had 2 pairs of pants, 3 long sleeved shirts, 2 pairs of thermal socks, ear muffs, a hat, a winter jacket, a scarf that covered my face and of course winter boots (which happened to be mine from like 15 years ago that my mom still had because they were perfectly good. Thank goodness for moms). That is right around how all 4 of us were dressed that night. We got there right at opening, as we figured that it would be “warmer” at 6:30 rather than fireworks at 10pm.
Totally random side note, we didn’t stay to watch the fireworks, but my parents live just down the street so you could see them and hear them from their house. The sound of fireworks on a -2 degree night is very different than the sound on 4th of July. It was very interesting.
So anyway, back to holiday nights. There was really so much more to do than what we did or saw but we were so clod we rushed through it.
My canon, even covered, completely crapped out on me the very first photo I tried to take. Apparently, that poor old Canon just cannot handle it. My Sony a6000 however, impressed me. I wound up having to take the socks off of it because the socks were covering the light sensor and whenever I tried to manually adjust my settings it would go haywire. I’m still not 100% sure why, but it did. So I decided to take a chance on it and took the socks off. And what do you know, it stayed up and worked the whole time we were out there.
We lasted longer than any of us thought we would, about 2 hours, and I actually managed to get some very neat photos that embrace how cold it was and the unique holiday spirit that Holiday Nights was. I would love to go back again one year when it’s not so crazy cold. Until then, these are the shots I ended up with.