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The Look II

Ok, so I know I promised no more drawings after my last sketch proved none too popular, but you’re gonna have to put up with at least one more I’m afraid… Guess who ???…

This is only the second portrait I think I’ve ever sketched, and have to confess to initially not being at all happy with it when I first began sketching… You see, it’s a new sketch pad, and the paper is coarser than I’m used to, and as such I couldn’t adopt my normal sketching style of smooth even shading… To stand any chance I had to “line shade” or whatever it’s called… which is a style of sketching I’m entirely unfamiliar with… The intention was to just use it as a test, and then scrap it… and buy a finer sketch pad…

I have to confess though as I went on, it began to grow on me… and I’m now real pleased with the finished sketch… Hopefully my real good friend and beautiful model likes it too… :)


Almost Classic Perfection

So finally I’ve managed to sketch a proper portrait… I think… and it’s only taken me… ummm… more than lots of years of trying… lol… It’s the first one at least that doesn’t look as though it’s been sketched by a one legged spider on crack…

Honestly, I gave up trying to draw people back in my early teens, as I never ever could achieve any real likeness to the person I was trying to sketch… I don’t think I’ve achieved that here either if I’m honest… but at least it looks human… so I’m reasonably pleased with it…. It’s a sketch of a very good friend of mine Classic Perfection, (hence the title), and was based on this shot

I don’t think I will be making portraits my subject of choice though… lol…

Anyway, not sure I should really be showing the workflow of my etchings, but this was quite the challenge for me to do, and I really wasn’t at all happy with the initial draft of it… and ended up tweaking the eyes, nose, mouth.. and.. ummm… the hair too… So it went through a tiny bit of adjusting… lol… Here’s the outline sketch, and the first pass too… before I finally achieved something I was relatively happy with…


Zoom – mooZ

So I know this is an old old shot, and I really must take some time to recreate a far better version, now I have a better camera, and have learnt far more about photography… but for now I decided to throw this one on here, as I was reminded of it yesterday by a similarly titled shot… lol… But this is a Mazda, so I’m actually allowed to say zoom zoom… lol…

This was created by setting the camera up in the car on an extremely stable tripod, and wrapping the seatbelt around it too, to avoid any accidental shots of the whole thing flying through the windshield… This was set up as a fully manual shot…

Firstly I switched to manual focus and set it to focus on the A pillar… I did this to avoid having the camera hunt for a focal point in the low light…

The aperture was set to f11 to give me the prime dof for the lens, and an adequate shutter speed to capture the light trails…

The focal length set to 10mm, to incorporate as much in the image as possible…

The ISO speed was set to 100, to again give me a long enough exposure time to capture the light trails, and also to maintain the best quality and avoid any high ISO graininess…

Finally I set the camera to bulb mode, and using a remote shutter release exposed for (in this shot) 30 seconds… I tried other exposures, but given the previous manual settings this gave the most acceptable result…

In my next attempt ideally I want to obtain better colour, as the sodium lighting threw the colour balance so far out that even editing the raw in photoshop was unable to bring it back to where I wanted it…. That’s the plan at least… We’ll see….


Health Warning…

Yeah I’m sorry, but I thought I’d better issue the relevant health and safety precautions with this one… It’s not pretty, and certainly not for the faint of heart… And I don’t want anyone suing me that’s for sure… So as an extra safety measure, and last warning, here is the obligatory “take me to the kittens” link… although I have to confess, they’re not strictly kittens per-se…. No libel actions over that one either please… :)

So I have the opportunity to try out some night portraiture shooting for a very good friend of mine…. She’s agreed to let me experiment on her…. lol… (some people just never learn)…. ;)

Anyways… Before I experiment on her, I decided that maybe I should have a play around with myself first…. Oooooh…. Ummmmm…. Maybe I should re-phrase that…. Conduct some “personal research”… That sounds MUCH better… :)

So here ya go… You HAVE been warned…. It’s not too late to run away…

I know the single off camera speedlight probably isn’t ideal, but at the moment it’s all I have, so will have to do…. Hopefully at some point I might be able to acquire some candles… and if nothing else, at least the smoke will obscure my ugly mug… :)

Sorry… lol… But sometimes you just HAVE to make someone else suffer…. Consider yourself lucky, I have to look at me every day… ;)


Days Out

Well the other day I had the pleasure of doing a portrait session for a real good friend, which was kinda a first for me…. as although I’ve shot people plenty of times before (not literally you understand.. lol), I’ve never actually gone out with the sole intention of JUST taking people shots… Here’s just 3 of my fave shots from the day…

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We took LOTS of shots, and must have been out and about for a good 5 hours in total…. and man was it coooold out there… but it was one heck of a fun afternoon, and I’m pretty sure (given the right model again) that  it’s something I’d love to have the opportunity to do a lot more of…. It’s given me yet another bug… Just need some more willing volunteers… ;)


Kids… Gotta luv em…

Well there’s no area of photography that I’ll not attempt… Or at least I’ve not found one yet that is… But there are a few that I have to say chill me to the bone… lol… Well ok, maybe not that bad, but not something I’d choose in preference to spending the night in a bath full of worms… ;)

Anyway… One such area is portraiture… I’ve IMG_1090_sdone it, and will continue to do it until I improve… I’m a masochist like that… lol.. Maybe one day I’ll even enjoy it… (frantically trying hard to avoid the typical sexist attractive female model references)….

Today though I was asked by a friend to shoot her kids (as other forms of punishment weren’t working)… hehe… Great kids though, and a real pleasure to shoot (insert involuntary cough)… Yeah ok, maybe the last bit is pushing the bounds of reality.. lol.. It’s fair to say it was a trial… As one of them really really really did not want “her” picture taken, but I’m not telling on which one it was… suffice to say it wasn’t “him”…. ;)

We struggled for some time it has to be said to even get her to look at the camera, but once she did I just rattled off a few shots until I got a glimmer of a smile and decided that that was good enough… Phew…. lol…

IMG_0263_sHere’s a couple more though that I did IMG_0252_sof my own kids too… And again had a VERY similar experience with the youngest… The oldest really couldn’t get enough…. But the youngest… WHOLE different story… There were plenty of tears there too about 2 minutes before this shot… lol…

So if anyone asks me again to shoot their kids… Next time I’m going in with a Magnum… and I don’t mean the ice cream… ;)


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