Thursday, 31 May 2012

At Last A Hot And Sunny Shoot!

We have recently had the pleasure of a few hot and sunny days and I was determined to take some photos, and had been thinking up some ideas for a shoot with a difference. I even photographed some birds in my garden on one day and even snapped a photo of a woodpecker on my bird feeders.

 On the day of the shoot I had to do my weekly grocery shopping, and did this on my way to Swindon to pick up my model for the day S_Olivia.

 One idea was to take several images and merge them into a single photo. For the first photo idea, I set my camera up on a tripod with a wide angle 12 – 24mm Sigma zoom set at 24mm which took in the width of the garden. I then posed my model in various states of dress and in various places about the garden. This fulfilled the requirements for my main idea for an image.

 I followed up with several sets of images in different outfits making the most of the light and shade in the garden, unfortunately the light was very contrasty, and I should have got my reflectors out of storage, but I am afraid as usual I thought about it after the shoot was over.

The last few photos of the day were rather chilly of S_Olivia, as she soaked herself with cold water for a wet-shirt shot!

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Friday, 4 May 2012

Dodging The April Monsoon!

For some time I had wanted to work with Bethany, and I finally managed to arrange a shoot with her at the end of April. On the day I was not hopeful of a good weather as there had been several days of poor weather and the forecast was not good, so it was more in hope that I set off for Oxford to meet with Bethany. As usual the traffic in Oxford was dire and I had to keep a sharp eye out for Traffic Wardens, as I was not going to pay to park for a few minutes as I waited in St. Giles, the agreed meeting place. Bethany finally arrived and we set off for Great Coxwell to start the shoot.

On arrival at Great Coxwell I made a beeline for the Tithe Barn, as this was my choice for the first location of the day. It was cold and windy and this was not going to be a good location to work from, so after a few shots I decided to move on and as it was so windy I decided that we would be more comfortable and warmer working from my home.

After a hot drink, we got down to doing more photos in my garden making the most of the variety of mini locations within it including a couple of garden seats and a nicely textured wall at the end of the outbuildings that house my original darkroom. The last few photos that I took were of Bethany’s tattoos before we set off back to Oxford. We did manage to avoid rain showers through the shoot, just a pity that the sun did not put in an appearance.

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