I am very lucky to have friends spontaneous enough to jump into a cold creek so I can take photos:
Sundays seem to be the days for impromptu photo shoots around here. I am loving the look of these, almost 1940ish to me. Isn’t she stunning?
My favourite, maybe my favourite image ever taken.
The light down at the creek was very tricky and I found myself wishing I had taken my Olympus OM2…film would probably have been better in dealing with it than digital.
This is almost an outtake, but one that I really love:
Thanks Dana, I really hope you didn’t catch cold and are fit for our next adventure, old school western camp next weekend 😉
I don’t really need to comment these, do I? Except to say that, no matter how stressful the day at the office was, what could be better than to come home to light as glorious as this:
And a peaceful sight like this:
And suddenly, everything is good again.
How’s your summer going everyone? Here it’s been way too hot for the past week and living in a top-floor apartment that means little sleep because it doesn’t cool down even at night and little computer time, because even turning on the computers seems to make it even hotter and stuffier in here.
Also, the air conditioning in my car is broken, so I get home exhausted after a 45mins drive home from work in the blazing heat.
And to continue this rant a little longer, the heat numbs and prevents me from doing stuff like sewing and crafting. Not being active is terrible to me and I feel down and irritated and I’m afraid I’m giving my poor boyfriend a pretty hard time.
I don’t like summer. There, I’ve said it. Heat doesn’t agree with me. Nevertheless, I wrote this post with the intention of showing you some pretty photos and being all positive about this season, so here’s some pics I took in my mom’s garden the other day:
Aren’t those lavender blossoms gorgeous? The bees sure think so!
Ok, so maybe summer isn’t half bad in the evenings…
How’s your summer going?
Sometimes you just need a little alone-time.
That little pony there? I’m lucky enough to have been riding him for 3 years. That pasture? Not where he’s supposed to be.
But the flies are a pain and in the big herd there’s a lot going on, with friendships to be forged and water to be fought over and he’s not a big socializer. So he frequently wanders off by himself, through the fence to greener pastures where he has lots of alone time, just the fat green grass and himself. Sometimes he’ll lie down and sleep with no other horse to be seen (someone has yet to explain to him that horses are herd animals).
He’s a weird little pony and that’s why I love him to bits.
A little impromptu shoot at the barn yesterday, mainly for me to practise some camera settings I wanted to try out without pressure.
Shooting in the bright sun at 2pm in backlighting… tough lighting situation but not always avoidable, so something I really needed to learn.
Spot metering…another function I had real trouble with and therefore never used during ‘important’ shoots. I finally got the hang of it yesterday.
And the last thing I needed to work on, especially in that light: shooting full manual. I used to shoot manual a lot with my Fuji S5600 before I got my DSLR. Then I happily settled for Aperture Priority and never gave full manual a second thought.
What inspired me to try all of this out were the presentations from Jessica Claire and Jerry Ghionis at Escalate Live , which I was lucky enough to be able to view online. Jerry’s examples made it clear that you really have to know your camera inside out to be able to get creative with it and Jessica stressed how important it is to try new things out all the time, even though they mightn’t always work (I’m sure she wasn’t talking about camera settings, but this is my starting point for now, before moving on to ‘higher’ things).
Bottom line: if you want to know how your camera really works, grab a willing friend and try, try, try. I learned valuable things about shooting in tough lighting, while using spot metering, while shooting in full manual mode yesterday.
If you need to start somewhere before that (for example moving away from auto mode to maybe aperture priority), try it!
This one is going to be an all time favourite, I am so in love with that picture!
Next on my things-to-do-to-become-a-better-photographer list: Learn to see more, become less hectic, learn to give instructions.
Oh, and I have already shot enough 120 film in my Holga to outdo the camera price…cool, eh? Look forward to lots of Holga pics 🙂
I did the final one of the kid’s photo sessions on Wednesday with a very cute 11-year-old at the barn and wow, she totally blew me away! In less than an hours we got so many great pictures that I seriously cannot narrow them down to the 5 or 6 I usually show in blog posts. Be prepared for a long post and many many pictures!
Look at those gorgeous blue eyes!
Don’t you just love taking photos when you can give lousy instructions like ‘ok, now smile’ (instructions are my weakest point out of many) and you get rewarded with this?
That’s what it must be like working with models (by the way, this is also a sneak peek of my new quilt with Anna Maria Horner’s wonderful Voile fabrics…more on that one when it stops raining and I can take pictures of it!):
The joy in photographing extremely photogenic people is that you can take 100 pictures and they look different in all of them. She hardly looks eleven here, does she?
We’d picked a great day for photos: slightly overcast with sunny breaks, nice afternoon light and a pretty strong wind replacing the professional fan I always carry around for people with long hair (not).
This may well be my favourite photo from the whole shoot:
Or wait, maybe it’s this one:
In case anyone was wondering, this is the ‘Vintage’ action from the free (!) Pioneer Woman Action Set.
All of my photos are edited using a mix of different free actions I picked up somewhere online, though I do have my very own super secret black-and-white action 😉
After we were done out on the meadow we went down to the barn to get some horse shots. This is the pony she’s leasing to ride twice a week starting in June and she’s already soo excited about it:
Seriously, how cute are they together?
I think I’m totally spoiled now for anyone else wishing to have their pictures taken.
Yesterday was the second of three kid’s shootings I’m doing right now. We were really worried about the weather and I got there in the middle of a storm but luckily once we got to the location we wanted to shoot in it cleared up fast 🙂
I’ve photographed Josy and Patrick before and they are the most delightful kids I’ve ever met, always happy and playful and so eager to pose for photos…perfect models really!
We included both their cute dog and their favourite horses in the shoot (though there were some tears in between when the horse stepped on Josy’s foot).
And two more because I’m loving all of these!
I’ll close with this one because it’s really representative of what a fun shoot this was!
It’s officially spring…it’s warm and green and flowery and the horses get to leave their winter paddocks behind for the wide pastures.
Spring means freedom
and food…lots of lush green grass waiting to be eaten
But it also means grudgingly coming back in after a while, so they get used to the grass slowly.
Soon they’ll be outside day and night though, one big herd of about 40 geldings, another with a couple of mares, a gang of oldies and youngsters, and one sole stallion.