On Sunday I travelled to Solihull to photograph Farrah, it was really good to meet the family (Farrah is sister to Zorra who is going out with my cousin Ben). We had no plans and so just went for a wander around the local area as the sun started to get lower in the sky. I switched my old Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 from my Pentax Spotmatic onto my Nikon D300 and shot into the sun using my hand to block some of the light entering the lens. The old lens may not be optically perfect but I think this adds to the images in a way that newer lenses cannot match. Images are straight out of camera with no editing, shot in RAW then converted to JPEG and uploaded here. Enough rambling—
I did a shoot a little while back for Damselfly and have had to wait until the collection was released to show the pictures. The location was in the dairy at Berrington hall, South Shropshire. We arrived early to the dairy so that the heaters could be put on to keep the models warm in the light spring collection. It was hard work shooting in such a confined space as the dairy and required a focal length of around 20-50mm for most shots. I have worked with the models Annie and Grace before and they are impeccably behaved and easy to work with, most adult models cooperate a lot less!!
Here is another screen grab of the website:
Make sure you check it out damselflyboutique.co.uk
Todays shoot started off badly when we didn’t manage to make it into the first location which was a semi derelict quarry. We had parked the cars and walked about 50yards when we got collared by security. When I say security I mean a couple of men who looked like they were out of the film the hills have eyes! We were told we had two minutes until we would be locked in so we had to make a quick getaway in the cars, this meant we had to go to our backup location only a few miles away. No security as usual here so I spent a couple of hours exploring and taking pictures for Prototype magazine. The weather was good and after the bad start things turned good. Here are a few unedited outtakes from the day, to see the best ones you’ll need to see the magazine when its out, links will be up here when it its live so check back!
Well I spent yesterday taking photos for Faith Tilleray and then today is mothers day and tomorrow and tuesday are deadline days at uni so I havent had any time for portraits
And as much as I hate pictures of flowers this one does capture perfectly how the weather was this morning as I walked down to the Rocke Cottage Tearoom in the morning sun inbetween heavy showers. I like the lens flare from the old Super Takumar 50mm. This was shot at f2.8.
Back to uni work for me..
Its true what they say, it is all about the light. Driving back from uni and the light turned really nice, burning all the fog away instantly so we pulled into Copmere End and took a few quick snaps. I only had my old Takumar 50mm f1.4 on my D300 so I was constrained slightly by the fixed focal length but the 50+year old lens flares madly (which I consider a good thing) when shooting into the sun. Below are a few technical outtakes but I kinda like them and they will serve as ideas to work on.
On a personal note I got accepted onto the Student Associate Scheme today so thats a nice £600 for 15days work in a school in the summer. More importantly it will also look very good on my PGCE application.