George is so funny... I am trying to get a bit of practice every now and then with my lights and backdrop etc, and you would think that I have no problem getting models to sit for me. Well, George seems to think that this job is for him only. He fiercely guards his position as my model, and will not let any of his brothers and sisters sit in 'his' chair for the camera. This photo says it all.....
I was browsing through old photo's and tried a cross-processing effect whilst erasing back the skin, hair etc. I know the eyes aren't as sharp as they could be (but this was taken ages ago!!).But I had fun and this is the result.
Well, I am grateful to Adrian (not hubby Adrian, but Adrian the professional photorapher), who commented on the first version of these black and white pictures. So I am taking the opportunity to learn, and here is my second attempt. I can see that the 1st images were indeed a bit 'grey', so the question is, are they now improved any? Let me know!
I did some more practicing today using the silver side of a reflector to improve catchlights; and also working on using custom white balance and manual exposure. Joel is a very obliging model which is why he seems to feature more than my other children!
Well, I did wonder if he was coming down with something yesterday, as he was not quite his usual cheery self. And sure enough, this morning, SPOTS!!! Poor little boy! We set him up on the sofa with LaLa, and his cup, and his little pillow and duvet, and although he kept getting up, he frequently went back to his little 'bed' on the sofa and languished whilst watching childrens TV. He has been quite miserable but we have prayed for him and are hoping it won't get very much worse before it gets better.
It's half term hols for our children, so I decided to try and work out how to use my lights which I have had sitting in the house for several months without me really having had the time to try them out properly. Its a lot harder than I thought, especially as I am trying to do high key with only 2 lights and a reflector.... All the numbers and ratios etc, I really struggle to understand. Henry is being my right hand man, and is learning alongside me. We have had lots of fun, although it has been VERY scary having George around because he is a little too interested in lights, light stands and cameras!
You will see two similar photo's of George. One is an untouched photo of him in his full chicken pox glory (such that it is on day one!), and the other is George with spots removed. Don't look too closely it's not a perfect job. Finally you can see George in his little bed where he has been lying today.
Adrian and I have just had a weekend in Istanbul which was a great time. I will post pictures of the weekend very soon. But for today I will post a couple of Joel which I took today. The lighting was terrible: typical dull English weather which meant high ISO and not very impressive catchlights in the eyes. But it's still my lovely boy Joel ;0)
Its funny because when I think of other people who have three boys I think, wow, three boys! I don't really apply that to myself though, I don't know why. But I do have three boys, and they are all very different and very lovely. Henry is a clever boy who is really thoughtful and affectionate. I really appreciate it when he asks how my day went etc. Joel is really fun loving and also very affectionate. He always asks me for a big hug, and laughs when I say, that will be 30p please! (just a joke). So he gives me imaginary money and I give him a big hug. George is a cute boy who is starting to run around and say things, like more, up, nana (banana). He just started saying dada today. But alas he still calls me baa. Never mind, he will learn in time....
I have not taken photos for a while but I have decided to try and make an effort to keep up doing this blog, and try to improve my post-processing. I am still on my quest to improve my pp re skin tones, and I have been learning some new ways to help with this using photoshop.
It's been so long since I posted on my blog, and indeed so long since I spend time on my photography hobby. Despite having thought that life would get less busy as the children grew older, I am finding that life is getting more busy! It might have something to do with having a little 18month old boy....! I am, however, glad to have things to fill my day because I have been in the position before when I was unable to do anything (when I was on bedrest during my pregnancy with George). I can say that I prefer being able to do things than not. I am actually not very good at resting and doing nothing LOL!
Tamasin is now safely at secondary school, which she is really enjoying. She is doing well with learning to take responsibility and be organised. She has also taken on clarinet lessons. She did well and got a merit for her grade 2 piano exam. Henry got a merit for his grade 1 keyboard exam. We have given her a desk area upstairs to do all her homework so that helps with not losing her books etc. The other children obviously have gone up a year also, and seem to be happy with their new teachers. Joel likes his new teacher because she looks very much like Martha from Dr Who!
We have these big pictures in our lounge of the children which I took years ago and really need replacing, as well as the fact that George is noticeably absent. So today I got some photo's ready and have sent them to the lab to be printed at 12' by 12". I really hope they turn out well in print. I am a bit nervous LOL! Anyway, here they are. They are probably already on the blog elsewhere, but I wanted to get five pictures that kind of went together as well.
Tamasin is such a caring big sister to her little brother George. And George loves her to bits! Its a shame I cut his hand off though! (not in real life- in the photo). I couldn't resist this other photo also, taken yesterday at the school fete..poor tired boy!
Today the children had no school so we went for a walk to the shops to get some sweets! Joel found a worm, and asked, "mum, is this nature?" I'm sure I have taught him about these things before.....! Charis had fun riding her bike until one of the tyres deflated so much I had to carry the bike and she had to push the buggy. Then on the way back we got caught in torrential rain and looked like drowned rats. I felt particularly sorry for poor little George...
I just tried to do a postcard of the lovely Joel and Tamasin. I am still struggling with getting the skin tones right. The colors always look off on this blog, compared to in my photo editor. If you have any ideas, please let me know! Does anyone know how to check the colorspace for blogger, or safari or firefox??
I read an article on exposure today and learned about how to achieve perfect exposure. So..... excited as I was to practice, I took some pictures of Joel watching the TV! Well, I don't know if the exposure was perfect, but I was glad to have made a tiny bit of progress today!
....and five children are still enjoying the garden! We have been having such lovely weather lately, and it has prompted me to get my camera out again and have a bit of fun! I am currently concentrating on trying to get absolutely correct exposure and also trying to perfect my post processing technique. I find that if the exposure is off it is much harder to get the skin tones to look right. I am going to go on some more training soon so hopefully that will help. I spent literally about five minutes taking photo's. My children are very longsuffering..... LOL! You may notice that George is still covered in his sandwiches too... Joel as usual is pulling his funny faces ;0) The children have been enjoying playing cricket lately, and also football shooting into the goal. The trouble is they keep on losing their balls over fences and on the roof of our garden shelter. Henry did ask me to get up on the roof of the shelter to retrieve several balls, but I am afraid I declined!