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This week started with a photoshoot.  In fact, I have three photoshoots this week, so I might be using pictures that I like from those shoots and sharing some insights.  The fortnight continues…

 

Day 8: Mother and Daughter

It’s always good to get a more creative angle when you are taking portraits, I love that my 50mm can focus on just one plane and everything else is a creamy blur of colours.  It was also quite windy on this shoot and all the girls were in pretty dresses, so it’s nice to crouch down with mum and get a bit of a cuddle.

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Day 9: Pets (Our pet house bunny Hazel)

Never work with children and animals, isn’t that what they say?  They are my favourite to work with, I wonder what that makes me??   I have no child in the house at the moment, so my focus for today was on taking photos of our pet house rabbit Hazel Bunny.  Trickier than you might think as she wanted to get a bit closer than I intended (i.e. hopping on top of me as I try and take a photo, whilst lying on my back).  Here is our beautiful bunny:

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Day 10:  Long exposures

I’ve wanted to do something with stacking photos for a long time.  Often you see them done with stars in the night sky (when you see the circular trails as the earth moves and they don’t).  Well, I just pointed my camera out of my attic window at the road outside my house and took a few hundred long exposures.  I then deleted all the ones that didn’t have any moving lights in them and stacked the rest.  I’ll definitely be doing this again, but with perhaps something a bit more interesting.  Here’s my picture:

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Day 11: Erm…

Day 12: Profiles

It’s often some of the first and last photos that I take at a shoot that I love the most.  This one was taken at home whilst daddy was getting ready and I was drinking my cup of tea.  I just love these kinds of shots.  Beautiful.

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Day 13:  Wonderful Indian colours

What a beautiful party!  I have always been a big admirer of sari’s and the way that Indian women dress.   I love colours and textures and fabrics and sari’s are just wonderful, then add the jewelry and bindi’s, well!  These were taken at a well attended event for a special little girl.  Everyone looked wonderful and I even got to borrow a sari!

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Day 14:  Coming soon!

Ah, alliteration!

It’s been nearly a year since I moved back to the UK from Basel, Switzerland.  It’s been an interesting year, a thoughtful year, a year where I have battled (and am mostly winning) with my ‘stuff’ and one in which I have sort of given myself a bit of a year off from too much work.  That’s one of the main reasons you’ve not seen too many updates here.  Well, that is about to change!  My year is nearly over and I have recharged my creative juices, refreshed my thinking and am ready to have my camera in hand whenever you see me!

To kick this all off, I am lucky (?) enough to have a full two weeks to myself;  no child, no big events or occasions – just me, my house and my camera.  In those two weeks I have big plans, for both me and my work.

So, my summer challenge to myself is to do a creative focus on photography for a couple of weeks.  Each day over the next two weeks  (27th July until the 9th August) I will take a different challenge or focus that involves photography and see where it takes me.  I will happily take requests and suggestions, leave a comment below.   Feel free to join in if you like too!

 

Day 1:  Rainbow colours (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet)

Here is a row of rainbow coloured photos from around my house and garden (it’s rainy today here in Sheffield, so I didn’t go out further afield).  I’ve exclusively used my macro lens (Canon 100mm F/2.8 IS L).  These photos took less than 5 minute to take (and a bit more than that to upload, edit and format).

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Day 2:  Texture (50 shades of Grey)

This one is easy.  My absolute favourite texture in my house is contained within my 4 amazing Gotland Sheepskins from Little Whitehall Farm.  I have 4 now, well, I have three and Maia has one.  They are all cherished and make up a feeling of home and happy memories.  These photos have not been converted into B&W.

 

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Day 3:  Unusual Perspective

Something I’ve been thinking of doing for a while.  A unusual photo, the solution to how it was made is up on my FB Fan page if you are interested!

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Day 4:  Arty nude

The most PC one for this page.  Purposely blurry.  For those that are not offended by breasts, I also tried to emulate a photo I liked.  Click here to see how I did.  Password is emulate.

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Day 5:  Film Developing and Sensor cleaning

I’ve noticed these last few days that I have quite a bit of dust on my sensor.  I had film to develop too, so I have taken the opportunity today to go to Harrisons, the camera shop with the best reputation in Sheffield.  I thought it was about time we got aquainted.   It’s a nice shop, with knowledgable staff and lots of pretty shiny things.   I kept to my mission – sensor cleaning and putting my film in to be delveloped.  Next Tuesday I will find out exactly what was on the films.  In addition to the array below, there was also a disposable, a lomography fisheye roll of film and an underwater disposable.  So, nothing every exciting today, but how many of you have rolls of film undeveloped or sensors that need cleaning???

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Day 6: 
The Best Camera

Armed only with my phone I planned to join a Meet Up group for a ramble in the Peak District.  As it happens, I had traveled to the start for the walk that was happening the following day.  I was a long way off where I should be.  This caught my eye, so is my Photo Focus for today, alongside a pretty view that I took cycling to a Dairy farm later that day to buy some milk direct.  The aim of the post will be to re-iterate Chase Jarvis and say that,  The Best Camera is the one that is with you.

 

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Day 7:  Find some Vitamin D

So, I went back to the Edale train station and found my walking group.  I took my little camera with me this time and here are a few awesome landscapes from my 13 mile walk.  Lovely.

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Current ideas for future days:

  • Take a photo of each bike for insurance purposes (for you it might be jewelry, tech gear or any other valuables)
  • Back ups and digital  de-cluttering
  • Abstract B&W pics (of me?) – this concentrates on contrast
  • Pets
  • Get rolls of film developed (I know I have at least a couple of rolls I need to take in)
  • Stock take camera  gear and use something you haven’t for a while (I have an awesome filter that I’ve rarely used, but felt I *must* have)
  • Updated headshot (with a white background for application purposes)
  • Friends and loved ones
  • Instagram my meals for a day
  • Awesome landscape
  • Lego people (or any other toy) and silly situations
  • Light – the main focus of the picture
  • Dark – the main focus of the picture
  • Pick a photo that brings you joy and do something with it
  • Thank you cards

 

This is something I have put together for Maia’s daddy for Fathers day, I’m pretty pleased with how it came out:

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I’ve ordered it as an acrylic stand, which has these nice details:

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It has an Aluminium Dibond backing, then a high quality print topped with an acrylic glass front.  The result is a beautiful piece of contemporary art that looks great anywhere.  I have quite a few of these in different sizes.  Here there is a desktop holder that will allow you to display on a desk/shelf etc.  It also allows for a more streamlined storage option and interchangeable images.

If anyone is interested in having a similar item – either with the name of your child, a family member’s name or even a pet?  I would just need a handful of images of your child (of which I can edit) and I can put the order in.  Orders usually take up to two weeks to arrive.

Leave me a comment below (It won’t be published) if you are interested.  The DADDY image is ordered at 30x10cm and would cost £35 if you provide me with the images.

For those that have been following my log for a while, you will know that last year I visited the amazing Whitehall Farm in Devon, UK to cover what was going on down there over 4 seasons. Jayne and Rowan gave up their Basel life to go and run a farm with their two little ones nearly two years ago now.

If you have a keen eye, you will also notice that I have two of these amazing Gotland skins and have used them at my photography shoots. Babies love them as much as the big people. The quality and colours are really quite something and they are just so beautiful. The sheep are seriously friendly (and tasty) too.

I am going to the farm during my UK trip later this month and as I will be driving, I am offering anyone that wants one that I can be the middle-man and pick up some for anyone that wants one.

Below is a selection of the ones still available, 1 & 2 are huge ram ones (140cm x 90) for £200, the rest are £150, with 3,4 & 6 long haired, and 5,7 & 8 short haired with softer backs. The white one is a special skin from a rare white Gotland sheep – a happy accident one baby making season, now in their 4th generation! Maia and I have bagged that one though to replace our very tatty white IKEA one in our living room.

So, if anyone is interested. I leave on the 11th May for 3 weeks, back on the 4th June. Just let me know before then if you want one and we can arrange the rest.. They really are amazing and a steal at these brilliant prices!

http://www.littlewhitehallfarm.co.uk