If the fires out

If the fire’s out baby, How you gonna keep me warm?

“Metric – Collect Call”

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Ophelia

Ophelia’s mind went wandering
You’d wonder where she goes
Through secret doors down corridors
She wanders there alone, all alone
Ophelia ~ Natalie Merchant
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In a lonely place

Caressing the marble and stone
Love that was special for one
The waste in the fever I heat
How I wish you were here with me now
Body that curls in and dies
And shares that awful daylight
Warm like a dog round your feet
How I wish you were here with me now
Hangman looks round as he waits
Cord stretches tight then it breaks
Someday we will die in your dreams
How I wish we were here with you now

In a lonely place – Joy Division

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Footnotes:

This is a (surprisingly moody) black and white version of an photograph I took. I was a little disappointed in the sky that morning, I was hoping for spectacular, and all I got was ok.
It was still a fun outing, for a change I only got my feet wet.

Camera setting for those of you interested in such things:

Shutter Speed : 6 seconds

Aperture : f/7.1

ISO : 80

Focal Length : 18mm

Single exposure, and levels tweaked in Lightroom.

Lost

There’s no angels here
Just a sun to light the way
To places where my friends
Turn to strangers

Vast – Lost

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Magnum opus

Magnum opus or opus magnum (English pronunciation: /ˈmæɡnəm ˈpəs/; plural magna opera or opera magna), from the Latin meaning “great work”,refers to the largest, and perhaps the best, greatest, most popular, or most renowned achievement of an artist.

(Courtesy Wikipedia)

So to all intents and purposes, this

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is my magnum opus, my greatest work. Certainly it is my most popular, and I am unsure if I will top it anytime soon, or ever for that matter.

So what do I do now ? Call it quits, give up ? Or keep plugging away at it, in the hopes I eventually do something people like more ? Or is it just the next stepping stone on a journey to who knows where ?

I think I might keep on, because I like the idea I may do better at some point :)

The trick is to keep breathing

I have been quiet now for a few days (weeks ?)

This always troubles me as I am told one of the keys to a successful blog is to be as regular as clockwork. Sadly that does not describe my life at all.
I have been busy on most fronts
Photography – A project shoot, several Matric farewells (“Prom” to you American fans), An equine event or two
The “other job” – Little piece meal jobs, so I’m bouncing around and feeling like i’m getting nothing done.
Not only does being busy like this take time away from creative ventures (and pay the bills) but it also just robs me of any creativity. It becomes a real struggle to sit down inspired, with enough energy to translate that inspiration into a tangible work.

So interesting things are taking a lot longer to bring to the “blogging table” than I would like. Sorry

Which brings us neatly to todays ‘meat’ of the post :)
This edit was more about learning some new techniques, rather than the final result. In fact the final result could even be seen as a little corny, but as long as one understands where it’s coming from it’s all good. This song by Garbage seems to fit perfectly in many ways

The trick is to keep breathing

She knows the human heart
And how to read the stars
Now everything’s about to fall apart
I won’t be the one who’s going to let you down
Maybe you’ll get what you want this time around
I won’t be the one who’s going to let you down
Maybe you’ll get what you want this time around

The trick is to keep breathing

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Dying Light

After finishing up Christine and Sidikis shoot on the beach, it was time to head back to the car, copy photos to the laptop and ultimately make my way a very short distance up the road to my final shoot of the day.

All that stood in my way was the monster sand dune, I really need to work on my fitness :(

My last shoot was with Megan & KC. Megan earned this shoot by helping me out at one of the big horse shows in Port Elizabeth. She did such an amazing job that I was more than happy to do this for her. Besides which she is just an all round awesome person.

The light was fading fast, so we were a bit rushed and the photos were a bit grainier in some instances than i would have liked. The moments however were superb. I thoroughly enjoyed it although my bodies batteries were approaching empty by this time…

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Lifes a Beach

After shooting “The Cellist” (and rushing through the last minutes of that, which I hate doing- but time was dictating) I had a 20 minute drive to Sardinia Bay where I would meet Christine and her Arab mare Sidiki for some beach fun.

In theory it’s one of the easiest types of shoots to do with horses, get them doing what they do best which is galloping around and having fun, and simply click away… But it doesn’t really work like that.

I’m always trying to see if there is an artistic angle or something unusual to be tried. In this case there was not much at all, she sun was still quite high and harsh but at least horse, rider and the sea itself looked fantastic.

This one was mostly going to be about them doing what the do and having fun doing it..

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Such a pretty girl

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Who needs a surfboard ?

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And then time for kisses and cuddles

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The Cellist

The Cellist

this was the second shoot of my mini road trip and I am hoping you will indulge me a little that I may share some background with you.

I met the young cellist early last year. I gave a talk at a school and she was one of the photography students that attended the talk. Often in life one things leads to another and in this case it lead to this shoot.

There were a number of key points to the shoot.
1. I wanted a darker ‘Gothic’ aesthetic but we settled on a blue dress which was all she had.
2. We both liked the idea of a choker around her neck, she felt she may have some ribbon.
3. Due to the time of day (1:30pm) the light would be dreadful and we were unable to find a suitable indoor facility, so I settled on doing it in a well shaded park.

There were an equal number of unexpected things that changed things a lot.
1. I arrived at the park 30 minutes early, and during scouting I found the “Pearson Conservatory”
So much better than sitting under a tree !
2. A friend of hers got involved and loaned her a far more ‘in theme’ dress and choker.
3. She had her makeup professionally done which makes a huge difference

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WPBPE-53692When she and her dad came walking towards me, I’m sure my jaw dropped. I was expecting great, and I got amazing.

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WPBPE-53713She then iced the cake when she started to play. She is still learning, by no means an expert, but she plays beautiful and the Cello has a way of resonating deep within you.
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WPBPE-53748All in all I found it a deeply moving experience, and I had to fight back tears of sheer emotion at one point. Music truly has a special effect on me.
WPBPE-53750As always, things were a bit rushed, and all too soon it was time to pack up and race across town for the next shoot.

Part one of my road trip is here

Part three “Lifes a Beach” is here

Road Tripping ! Again

This weekend past had me on a mini road trip to the fair city of Port Elizabeth, some 350km from home.
Just between us, the more I see of Port Elizabeth, the more I like it. However I digress!

The first stop of the day was to photograph young Kelly and her two horses “Sting” and “Love”
The time of day and location both had there challenges, but I think the three of them (with a guest appearance from her mom) made all that insignificant.

I love shoots that have a large amount of fun and laughter as an integral part, and this was one of those :)

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