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Christmas lights in Carnaby Street, London – December 2018

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , on 18 January 2019 by misselisabethuk

I’ve been looking back at my shoots from last year picking out images that got overlooked at the time because they were not to the brief.

This one I absolutely love – I had a ‘that’s great’ moment when I took this image as I fell it was a good one. This does not have any editing done to it.

The other reason I like this image is because I felt it had a Sato Shintaro Night Lights feel to it. I love neon images and where better than London at Christmastime (or Japan) for this kind of image.

Hope you are all having a great Friday and have a super weekend. Peace x


Off Camera Flash

Posted in Weekly Wonderings on 5 January 2019 by misselisabethuk

I’ve been experimenting with off camera flash today….

This was for a number of reasons;

1) to understand the results that could be obtained by using my Yongnuo flash on its manual setting rather than TTL (Through The Lens),

2) the light quality was low today but I had seen some interesting shadows and wanted to replicate these but with more contrast;

3) I wanted to take some shots with my film camera so I used my light meter to assess the light and camera settings required and used these setting with both my film and digital cameras; and

4) in preparation for a talk I am giving at my camera club next week on artificial lighting techniques.

I used my Sekonic light meter to work out which flash settings I needed to achieve a correct exposure using an ISO 400 film, a shutter speed of 1/125 and to account for an f-stop appropriate to achieve a reasonable depth of field (say between f8 and f10).

Playing around with different compositions and shooting with my digital camera first to ensure I was happy with everything, when I found a good composition I took a shot with my film camera.

As an aside I am currently putting together my own dark room so the thought of developing my own films in the future is rather exciting.

Anyway I want to share my efforts with you, I give you… off camera flash and some bananas…

Have a great week all and when I have something more to share with you, I will. Peace!

Halloween in Hyde Park

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 18 November 2018 by misselisabethuk

I am a little late in posting these images to my blog because I have been posting in general to my Instagram account instead; most of my output being images not words of late.

In case you want to take a look at my Instagram account it is: @misselisabethuk

That said, there are some words which need to be said on this particular topic so I’m back over here to my blog for the chatty bit.

Last year I completely missed the Halloween celebrations, work was full on (an update on this is still to be done) and I really didn’t feel like doing anything special, so this year I was determined to get involved from at least a photography perspective if nothing else.

Since joining Instagram and the Meet-up App, and after attending a few photography social groups I got to hear of a Halloween group shoot in London which sounded perfect being run by Rod Trusadi of Vizualography / Streetraitz.

These group shoots are great events because you get to meet a load of models and photographers in what I would call a photographic ‘orgy’ or if that analogy is too much for you – photography ‘speed dating’.

In a matter of hours you have photographed and networked with so many people, and got so many shots of the models that at the end you are completely knackered.  What it does do though is it gets you to think on your feet, as you don’t have much time with each model or there are many photographers trying to shoot the same model at the same time so you have to get creative with your angle of view and speed of execution.

This was the second of these group shoots I’ve attended and I have to say both times I have come away with some really great images.

So enough of the chat the first set of images I am going to share are of Sophie and a model that goes by the name of B3autiful_D3struction:

I also took some images of Sophie on her own:

I also had the pleasure of photographing Claudia:

I photographed a number of other models and will post their images in a subsequent post once I have gathered their images together.

Hope you like the above and I would thoroughly recommend a group shoot if you want a range of images from a range of models to either get practice or for your own portfolio.  Noting that one of the conditions of you attending these events as a photographer is that the models get images for their portfolios, after all that’s what collaboration is all about… right?!

So that’s me signing off for now.  Have a great week!!

The Portrait Mission…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 28 August 2018 by misselisabethuk

On 11 August 2018 I was lucky enough to join The Portrait Mission on an Insta-meet portrait group shoot #tpmsummershoot.  Run by Josh and Sevi, this shoot consisted of about 40 photographers and initially 3 models which grew to 5 during the session, around the Shoreditch/Brick Lane/Barbican area of London.

I had never shot in most of the areas we visited before and found a couple of recognisable locations used in images I had seen on Instagram.  There are truly some amazing architectural landscapes to be found in these areas.

I would like to thank all the models involved for giving up their time, links to their Instagram pages are listed at the bottom of the page for your reference. And to Josh and Sevi for arranging.  I would love to organise my own shoot in this area of London in the future.

Below are a selection of my favourite shots from the shoot:



























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Alex – In green #1



Alex –  In green #2


Alex –  In green #3

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Olga – Despair














































Links to the model’s Instagrams:

Adricoste  – This lady was in the area and we cheekily asked if she would model for us, to which she agreed.

Jessica Louise Dress-up Day – 25/08/2018

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 26 August 2018 by misselisabethuk

It was threatening to rain and the Jessica Louise dress-up day had finally arrived.

I have to congratulate Richard Dalton, owner of Jessica Louise, for his continual and consistent enthusiasm for the fashion industry and the direction he has set out to follow with his brand.

My passion for people and pretty things resulted in our paths crossing some months ago  at a dress-up day such as this one.  I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, regardless Richard was very welcoming and so too was everyone else who was there; be it models, photographers or their friends and family.  It felt like a supportive community.

I wanted to share with you some of the images from yesterday’s dress-up day.  I hope you like them.

Shay James / Shay James and Faye Andrews


Hope you are having a lovely weekend and look forward to sharing more images with you soon…

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As pretty as a picture…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings on 22 July 2018 by misselisabethuk

Periodically I reflect on the photographic work I have made both personally and for my degree.  This is a really important part of the artistic journey for me as it helps me to grow ideas and technique; pulling apart what you have done and reinventing your work with a different perspective or skill, or thinking about the creative things you want to do next, spurred on from an initial idea which may or may not have worked out first time.  Usually there are far more ideas than I can achieve in the hobby time, however, these ideas go down in my notebook ready for the right moment to try them out.

During a particular post submission reflection I thought about the images I had recently taken and, through messing around with the filters in Photoshop, applied an oil paint filter to a few still life images that I took.  I actually felt like one of the ‘Masters’ (delusional I know).  Anyway I thought I’d share the results of my toil and struggle with you….

Pretty nice effect I thought!

This led me on to reflecting on two sayings I remember hearing as a child;

1 –  As “Pretty as a picture” and
2 – “He/she’s no oil painting”.

I never really thought too much about what these two sayings meant only that I knew the first was a compliment and the second was not.  Now I am studying in a relevant field I asked myself what were they actually saying.

Some background on these two sayings can be found below:

Pretty as a picture

Very attractive, as in She looked pretty as a picture in her new hat.
The noun picture alone was used to describe beautiful objects from
the early 1800s on; this locution, however, dates from about 1900.”

He/she’s no oil painting

“If you say that someone is no oil paintingyou mean that they
are not attractive.  A person is not attractive to look at. Physically
 Jack’s a nice guy, he’s just no oil painting, you know?

[The links to the online sources where I obtained the above information are below in the references section, for your reference.]

Oil paintings as I have learnt on my degree course used to be treated as a commodity for the well-off, they would have been specifically commissioned, cost a lot and were a symbol of social standing.  They were usually placed in a prominent place within the household, entrance or hallway, so all who entered could admire them.  Oil paintings were and still are considered a thing of beauty (and some very expensive) which is why so many of them are hung in museums and exhibition halls for us all to look at and admire.

A lot of emphasis was put on the beauty of the oil painting, it’s textures and later the subjects and this is where the saying comparators derive from.

This interestingly links to photography.  Initially photographers used paintings as their inspiration and benchmark; mimicking composition, lighting and general aesthetic.  Also in the early days of photography it took a long time to take a single exposure, although some would argue not as long as having a painting done, however, time was a factor – to create a work of art you needed the luxury of time.  It was therefore accessible to those who had the means, you would have been of a certain class to be able to afford such a hobby, where the required time and materials were available to you.

That said photography was not considered an art form until much later in its development and in a reversal some painters now use photographs as a source for their work… topics probably for another post…

Hope you are all having a great weekend and this post has given you some food for thought.


Farlax (ONLINE) The Free Dictionary, Available at: (Accessed: 22/07/2018).

Farlax (ONLINE) The Free Dictionary, Available at: (Accessed: 22/07/2018).

Flat Lay Photography…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 24 February 2018 by misselisabethuk

I recently watched a tutorial by Makelight’s Emily Quinton on flat lay photography (autumn theme) and it really inspired me to pick up my iPhone camera and give it a go.

What I think caught my imagination most was that up until now photography for me was getting out my Canon DSLR, checking batteries and memory cards, then going out for a couple of hours taking photos and then coming back and post processing 100s of images.

This is where I am going wrong… Post processing for me is probably one of the worst parts of the digital photography process.  I don’t have a lot of time or space to be setting up my ‘proper’ camera up in a studio type environment to take images all the time.

Emily showed me that even using an iPhone camera you can still do photography for online images and only having a small amount of time here and there should not stop you from doing your photography.

So I put some of her teachings to the test and produced the following images which I am really proud of:

I even made a montage of the images for my Instagram account (@misselisabethuk):


I don’t think I did too badly….  If you have any questions about how I created these images then please drop me a line.

If you want to see more of my work please head on over to my website at :

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend and that this post inspires you to have a go at  flat lay iPhone photography.

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