One of the good things about working for yourself is the ability to hand yourself some time off to work on something you want to do or learn.
I’ve given myself some such time this summer to work on my lighting.
My normal chosen arena for portraits is natural light using at most a reflector (but only at a push if I can’t find an environmental reflector). While I love working with natural light I’ve been looking at a number of other photographers work and have become inspired by some of the looks that they’re achieving using off camera flash both indoors and outdoors. Up until this point my use of flash outdoors has been restricted to minimal fill in the daytime (on very rare occasions where client needs demand it), and any studio work has been taken with bigger unwieldly monoblock flash units sticking to my tried and tested set ups (as I know they work and will get me what my client needs). I’m starting to envisage a whole new lighting ethos for me, I’ve seen some one light set ups which produce some really styled looking photographs. I’m really enjoying my “me” time, just creating, playing, exploring and learning.
Only one image as the theme I have going for this blog only lets me post one per post, if you catch my drift. So you get this one, if you want to see what you might have missed, click the link above which will send you to the full project on my Flickr page.
Another family gathering gave a chance for more candid portraits today.
Not much else to say today, feeling in a quiet mood, nothing insightful or inspirational to write. I’ll just let the photograph speak for me.
Canon 1D mark2
Canon EF L 70 – 200mm
Days 15 – 18
A mixed bag of styles really. Just trying a few things, one was shot at the end of a job, one as part of a job, the others just for this project (well and for the fun of it). So the grouped postings have begun, it’s going to be a couple of weeks of this I think as I’ll be working away from home quite a bit. Also the improved weather means all the snow and ice has finally melted so I have to try and make up for all the lost training miles on the bike for the upcoming race season (gulp).
Next post will be at the end of the week, I gotta go earn some money.
Family gathering this weekend means that the camera adopts its stealthy mode.
Luckily when your family is accustomed to you always having your camera they start to switch off to it, meaning getting shots of animated conversations becomes a little easier.
Straight out of the camera (well apart from adding a frame)
Day 8 – Hey look it’s her again . . . . .
You have no idea how close I came to shooting a self portrait today. Spent a couple of freezing hours walking around the city only to find all the buskers and most of the market traders had decided to stay home due to crazy snow weather. Shot a couple of “photographers” who were out taking photos of the pretty snow, wasn’t really happy with them (the images I shot) so binned them.
The lovely Lisa took pity on me and decided to let me shoot her while we went for a walk by the river. Phew.
Little bit of “styling” to get the image how I wanted. It may be obvious from the images i’ve posted so far in this project that I like a certain “film” finish to my shots. Perhaps it’s something I’ll get bored by the end of the year . . . . .
Canon 5d mark 2
“Here Mister take my picture!”
This is what I heard as I was taking some shots of a beautiful building in Leeds yesterday. Yes the astute ones amongst you may noticed I didn’t post anything yesterday. This will happen from time to time, it will get shot, but circumstance may mean it won’t make it online for a day or two.
Anyhows, as this cheeky chappy was riding by on his bike I just about managed to swing the camera in his direction while grabbing one frame. Not bad to say I wasn’t even looking through the viewfinder.