Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Studies of Catriona in the Evening Light





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  1. Wonderful. The jump shots look surreal. The shadows (?!) make it look like she's jumping in front of a poster rather than a real landscape. Did you use flashlight?

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    1. I did use flash on the last three Monica because the light was too poor to capture motion without. I'm not quite sure what caused the 'shadow' but I suspect that it is simply that the shutter speed was slower than the flash and caught more of the motion than the flash.

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    2. Ah. I thought it was a backdrop, too. What a gorgeous girl!

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  2. PS. I first opened this post via FB/NetworkedBlogs, and wrote my comment there. It never appeared, though, so I had to come back via Blogger and write it again. Perhaps that's what happened the other day as well. Tricky, because everything looked just normal while writing and clicking Publish. If one does not hang around to check the result, one might just take it for granted that when the comment disappears from the writing box, it does get published. Today I did happen to see that it did not, though. (Maybe you should check if you have comments waiting for approval or something, somewhere in the network chain...?)

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    1. There's no comments awaiting publication Monica. I'm not quite sure what the problem might have been.

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  3. Beautiful photos of a beautiful, full of life child. The light makes them look quite magical.

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    1. Thanks Pauline. She is a full of life child (except at 8 am).

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  4. They are like screenshots from a TV commercial but advertising what I am not quite sure. Shampoo? Washing powder? Hallucinogenic Drugs? ...Holidays in New Zealand?

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  5. Beautiful. I especially like the pensive first photo, of her sitting on the ground, watching the sky. Thanks for posting these. xoxo

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    1. I like that one too Carol. The others are really just for fun.

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  6. Fun shots! You also had fun with your grand daughter.

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  7. ... like a daughter. And Grand. An accurate enough description, I reckon. Lovely, fun images. The colours are just astonishing.

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    1. It often surprises me, Katherine, when colours actually appear in photos the way they were in real life.

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  8. See if you can put your flash on 1/4 power. The light intensity doesn't vary only the duration of the strobe. It should then freeze motion if your flash is powerful enough to overcome the ambient light.
    I suspect Catriona will have long gone half way through the set up process.
    When you get it sorted you can give her a handful of talc it looks magical when it ifs flung from a fast moving arm.

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    1. I'm not sure Adrian that my camera is sophisticated enough for 1/4 power but I'll investigate. I mentioned the talc to her this evening. Did you know that modern youth has little idea about talcum powder?

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    2. I was an assistant to a lass who takes proper snaps. It was my job to fill the models hair with baby powder. Then she whirled around and the talc streams off in a very impressive manner.

      Check if you have a sync speed on your flash. it is usually about 1/200s. (Don't use High Speed sync). if you can use this and whatever aperture you fancy. Then just experiment using f stops and ISO only.

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    3. Okay Adrian I'll check all that.

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  9. I knew Adrian would chime in with flash advice ~ but props of talc? On ya Adrian! We should all jump for joy like young Catriona. On ya Catriona!

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    1. Carol Adrian will always have some idea or other to improve things. I'm fascinated to know what the talc will look like but first I have to find some. In Scotland I've got plenty that has been left by visitors but here it seems to be in very short supply.

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    2. Carol. I don't always get it right but I spend an awful lot of time and money trying to. I do know that blurry, shadowed and haloed pictures are not good.....I must be a Muppet. Look at the response this post has got. Carol talc spraying from her hair and arm on a twirl could make her a fairy.
      PS. She would have to be a proper model. It can take a numptie like me half an hour to work exposure. Graham did it on the fly...Very brave.

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    3. Numptie? Muppet? Please don't be defensive Adrian ~ I am one of your biggest fans xx

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  10. Catriona is a beautiful young lady....I like the first photo best where she is sitting contemplating among the flowers.
    The motion shots are nice too.

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    1. That's my favourite too Virginia.

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  11. geweldig vooral de aktie foto,s klasse.

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  12. Those landscapes are marvelous and so dreamlike. Especially with the pink clouds rolling by.

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    1. Thanks Mersad. They were lit by the sun setting behind me.

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  13. With that lighting, it all looks very surreal.

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    1. When I saw the photos and the way the flash had reacted I thought the effect was surreal too Meike.

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  14. Lovely photos but I like the top one best of all. I can almost hear the silence. (Perhaps you're going to tell me it wasn't silent! I can only say that I did get a wonderful feeling of silence from it)

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    1. It was as quiet as it gets during daylight hours Jenny. The birds were thinking about bed and for some reason the cicadas are not as vocal as usual this year. The wind had died down so even the trees were quiet. So your feeling was spot on.

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  15. Hey Graham!
    I am loving the light here! I so wish that I could paint something when I see light like this. Your first photo could be a painting.
    I added a video to my post Birds And A Cartoon" about depression. Let me know if you see it. :-)

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