Location, location, location

As a photographer who loves seeing beautiful things and beautiful places ( and then taking photos of them) I am often frustrated by simply not having enough beautiful places around to use.

Or the place is then but it is not safe to go shoot there for various reasons.

Frustration mounts and coupled with my current bad state of mind, it is really dragging me down.

One of the options I am exploring, though I know it is not a total solution, is 3D modeling of places. Pictured here is a fairly quick edit I did of one of my images composited with a 3D rendered image.

Pros:
I can rotate and turn and zoom the scene to match up to the angle the photo was taken at…
I can also set up the scene lighting to match the shoot conditions to make it more believable.I can create my own scenes.

Cons
It can quite time consuming to get the scene right.
Hunting down of free to use (great) scenes is almost as difficult as finding real ones.
Creating my own takes time

WPB-52939Is it worth it ?

I think it can be :)

Silence

“Silence”

All those places
Where I recall the memories
That gripped me
And pinned me down

I go to these places
Intending to think
To think of nothing
No anticipate

And somehow expect
You’ll find me there
That by some miracle
You’d be aware

I’d risen this morning
Determined to break
The spell of my longing
And not to think

I freed myself from my family
I freed myself from work
I freed myself
I freed myself
And remained alone

And in my thinking
Steal you away
Though you never wanted me
Anyway

Silence
Silence
Silence
Silence

“Silence – PJ Harvey”
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Weddings ! aka A lovely day for Alyssa and Joe

Let me start with my usual credo of “I don’t shoot weddings”, well except now I do…
The bride to be is a friend of my sisters, and with that head start, and knowing she was a lovely person and a fun character to work with, all kind of lead to me having the honour of photographing their big day.

So in no particular order, here of some of the images I liked …

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Pools of her

As it all became to much, she melted into pools of her
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Her humanity

Her humanity extends beyond her anonymity
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Her solitude

Alone she stands, her solitude, her strength

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Dreamer

Oh dreamer, love is unkind, but you’re in my dreams tonight
Dreamer, we’ll be alright, one day we’ll be side by side
One day we’ll be side by side
Chelsea Wolfe – Dreamer

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Double Determination

When two minds come together with the same purpose …

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Photography Gripes No1

I really should do a series of posts built on gripes about photography and photographers in general.

Not because i’m a disgruntled miserable old coot, but just because I think people are confused and need to be unconfused. But since it’s my own personal experience it probably will have no relevance for anyone.

But here goes, Photography Gripe #1

Having your photos being compared to the works of *insert famous name person here*

This should be a compliment right ? After all you have successfully studied the works of *famous name person* and managed to copy *famous name person*’s style sufficiently well enough that some person noticed it.

So yes it is, and no it isn’t, I have heard it 3 times recently and in all cases don’t recall thinking “mmmmm today i’m making a Rembrandt look alike” or anything suchlike. I take photos, I position lighting where it feels right and wield my lightmeter with a certain kind of artistic workmanlike attitude, and then I proceed to fine tune the final images based on my mood, how the image speaks to me and to a degree the music i happen to be listening to.
The image you see is birthed from me, not from my appreciation of some long dead great artist. Partly because I am not that well studied on long dead great artists.

Now I’m not saying my work is hugely original… oh no no, not at all, I’m just saying whatever it is … it happens to have come out of my brain, not the long dead artist.
WPB-52846If you see a resemblance to the work of *famous name person*, that’s great, especially if you do mean it as a compliment, just know tho, I probably don’t get the comparison.
What I do get is:
How much fun I was having at the time.
How I was balancing lighting ratios in my head (I suck at head math)
How I was concerned about the model / dancer in questions well being (it was freezing cold)
How I had to make certain compromises
The laughter and jocularity
How much the crack in the cameras Info screen glass bugs me.
And after finally sitting down at the old PC and editing the image(s), the thrill you experience when a few make you quite emotional.
That’s what I get, and why I do it.
You may now burn me at the stake.

Lightness of being

WPB-52921I did a rushed, very imperfect shoot today with young Jessica. I really hope we get the opportunity to work together again as there are many little bugs I would love to iron out :)

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