Thursday, October 30, 2008

2nd try on black and white Joel

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!

Black and white Joel

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!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

George has CHICKEN POX!

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.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Two more of Joel

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)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

my three boys

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.