I wanted to practice making composite images, mainly for websites. I took a series the other night to celebrate the rolliness of E. Here are the results.
I was looking through my Instagram feed yesterday and really enjoyed looking at old photos I had forgotten I had taken. If you’re on Instagram too you can find me as Midsommereve.
I thought this grouping actually worked pretty well as one!
Meet my husband.
He is not a ranger. He is a teacher.
He had to dress up for school as something he wanted to be when he grew up. He wanted to be a Park Ranger. He asked me to take a photo to record the day. I decided to pretend he actually was a park ranger. He is squatting in our garden to make the background look appropriate and block out our red car which is directly behind him. It is all practise! I will photograph anything at this stage.
I saw a tutorial today that suggested that you should never start out your photography with children. I have no choice, but I have felt that trying to take good photos of my children, who (like all other kids) do not cooperate and often actively try to prevent you getting a good photo, has forced me to look harder, try to be quicker to get a decent photo. I made a pact with myself when I got my DSLR that I would start out using manual mode and that was that. Its hard to believe that that was only a bit over a year ago! Since then I have kept my word. My camera can’t go over 800 ISO without producing noise so I do find it challenging, but I suspect that the hunt is what has kept and will continue to keep me interested in photography.
These are a few of the recent portraits I have taken of my kids (the only subjects available to me).
I have tried to focus on different aspects and styles to increase my creativity.
It has only recently occurred to me that I can create art with my camera.
I look to find the essence of a moment between a subject and the camera.
I am becoming increasingly interested in portraits. All ages.
That is the first time I have articulated those thoughts and it sounds a bit esoteric, but it is my truth. I have no idea what the aim of a portrait photographer is supposed to be. Yes, I like to find nice composition and interesting shapes, colours and textures, but they are a bit incidental. I will be coercing my friends into helping me explore portrait photography in the coming year. It will be interesting to see if I develop a personal style to my portraits. Exciting times, at least in my mind. My excitement makes me think I have found my photography niche.
I am looking to explore portraits. I love finding people through the lens.
I haven’t had much time to post as we are all sick so I asked my son to stay still and used Instagram for a quick edit. You can find me on Instagram as Midsommereve.
Here are three expressions of E.
My header is a selfie. One of those creative self portraits we love where we don’t truly show ourselves. Why do we have such an aversion to our own image? The reality of how we look never matches the view we have of ourselves in our minds. The reality check is most often harsh. How many shots did you take for this challenge before you were happy with the result?
I am thinking of exploring portraits. I want to use posing to present the best version of a person to them self so that the reality more closely resembles their mind view. In light of the challenge I decided that I should start on myself. How can I expect others to get in front of my camera if I will not be photographed?
Here I am.
(You may notice I am not in focus. I had prefocused on the fence and didn’t bother redoing it. I am sitting on a reflector in front of my mother’s backyard fence. A ladder made a very nice tripod, which I had forgot to pack. It was my first attempt posing anyone! It took about 7 shots to get a pose I was relatively happy with.)
I am a full time mum with 3 boys, 4, 2 and 0.
I have challenged myself to learn photography from scratch with no help in the 2 seconds I have free between feeding, changing and entertaining the chaos that surrounds me.
I dream of the day I can take more than a minute to locate, setup and take a shot. In the meantime, the pressure forces me to push my limitations and learn quickly.