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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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Olga

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Alex –  In green #2

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Alex –  In green #3

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Links to the model’s Instagrams:

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

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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.

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

Remember you can also connect with me via:

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And of course please feel free to visit my official website: www.misselisabeth.co.uk

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
unattractive. 
 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.

References:

Farlax (ONLINE) The Free Dictionary, Available at:   http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/pretty+as+a+picture (Accessed: 22/07/2018).

Farlax (ONLINE) The Free Dictionary, Available at:   https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/no+oil+painting (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):

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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 : www.misselisabeth.co.uk

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

To 35mm or not to 35mm, that is the question…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , on 10 February 2018 by misselisabethuk

So a while back now, blimey 1 October 2016, I went to see the William Eggleston Portraits Exhibition at the NPG and thought I would take my new (old) 35mm film camera out for a spin.

I have just got round to scanning in the images I took that day and thought I would share them with you.  Before I do though here are the technical bits:

Camera: Fujica Compact Classic Vintage 1960s 35mm automatic retro film camera
Film: Kodak Colourplus ISO 200 Ext 24

And now to the results:

The camera handling and results were not too bad considering.  I was using manual mode so used a Sekonic lightmeter to meter the light and that was relatively easy to do, although the image taking process took longer and meant that there was less chance of capturing a spontaneous moment quickly.

The original prints were processed by Boots.  I’ll be honest I wasn’t 100% impressed with the quality of them so there is still a bit of experimenting with who provides the best processing services.  A lot of them nowadays you have to send off in the post.  Maybe I’ll develop my own at some point in the future.

I hadn’t got a 35mm film developed for a long time and there are now print, digital and both options.  I could only afford one option so I opted for prints which maybe in hindsight was the wrong decision considering the sharing of images is now digitally online.

As a result I had to scan them in myself to share with you and to be honest I haven’t got the greatest scanner for these purposes so feel the results posted here could have been better.

My favourite shot from the day was this one:

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I think the composition of getting the underground staff outside the underground sign and having a cigarette was lucky.  One of them spotted me snapping away which was funny.  I also liked the smoke frozen in motion and the shadows to the right hand side giving some contrast to an otherwise quite bright area.

For Christmas 2018 I got a pinhole camera and have just finished building that, so today I started taking photos with it.  I’ll post the results on a blog post once they are available.

Until next time, I hope you are having a great weekend!

Tea with Alice…. flash back to July 2016

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14 July 2017 by misselisabethuk

Recently I was asked to contribute some images to a charity fundraiser flyer and found myself going through some I took in my early days of photography, when it really was just a hobby hobby, before I signed up to a photography degree and joined a photography club etc.

It was going through these images when I realised I hadn’t posted any of the themed photo shoot images I took with Pinup Doll Alice Oxley back in July 2016.  I had posted a blog with the portrait shots of Alice but not the more themed ones.

So, a year on, I thought now was the time to put some of these images up for you to see. The theme was a 50s style tea party and I had big plans for the shoot but when the day came it was windy and I had to abandon some of the ideas I had.  This taught me that you should ‘always’ have a plan B and expect to re-assess your plans on the day and think on the hoof.  Also not to plan anything too elaborate, keep things simple where you can if you are working solo.

That said it was a brilliant shoot, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and think it was from that moment on that I realised that this was THE hobby for me.  Here are some of the images from the shoot:

Hope you enjoy this post and have a great weekend!

Lois Loren – Photoshoot – 1 July 2017 – The Images

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12 July 2017 by misselisabethuk

Following on from my last blog:

Date: 1 July 2017
Location: Underpass, under the Ito Way, Gillingham
Model: Lois Loren Rochester, Kent
Make-Up Artist (‘MUA’): by Lois

I now have some images I can share of my shoot with Lois:

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If you want to see more of my work then please head on over to my website at www.misselisabeth.co.uk

 

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