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Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , on 18 September 2016 by misselisabethuk

A quick post really to share a photo I took this morning.

I haven’t been completely happy with my 70-300mm lens but I think that’s mainly because I have been using it in the wrong situations.  Also I like taking photos hand-held and feel restricted mounting a tripod for the longer focal length shots where there is not enough light to crank up the shutter speed.

Sometimes it’s all about acting on an opportunity and this morning was one of those times.  There was a bird perched on an aerial on the house at the back of mine and I thought I could do some silhouette photography.  So I went inside changed my lens to my 70-300mm lens and wondered if I would be able to quickly take the shot hand held before the moment passed.

I steadied myself against a wall and put the lens on stabilisation setting 2 and hoped for the best.  By the time I got myself sorted a few of the bird’s mates turned up so it worked out better than I had anticipated.

There was a bit of manipulation in Lightroom in that I cropped the image a bit and lowered the black point /upped the white point to make sure I got a good contrast silhouette.  And volia….

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Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Southbank Skateboarders – 12 August 2016

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 3 September 2016 by misselisabethuk

As some of you may know I am currently studying a photography degree and as a result of my 3rd Assignment – ‘The Decisive Moment’, which I have now submitted, I found myself at the Southbank Skate Park armed with my camera ready to take some action photography.  We had a number of options with regards to what methods we could use and I chose the ‘frozen moment’ i.e. freezing the action (for those of a technical disposition this means using a high shutter speed).

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got there but it was a lovely summers evening so the park was buzzing with skateboarders and people in general and I was pleased to see the tourists were taking photographs.  This meant apart from my slightly bigger lens I didn’t feel too inconspicuous.

Luckily there were a number of skateboarders doing some really good tricks so I snapped away.  There was one particular skateboarder who was trying to master a trick so he was doing the same trick over and over again, this was great for me as it meant I could set up my focus point where I knew he was going to jump and then wait until he got to that point before pressing the shutter button.

After I had got everything I needed, I thanked the skateboarder for putting up with my persistent endeavors but would like to thank you again Luca Menegon, you really helped me out!

Here are some of the photographs I took of Luca on the day:

 

If you decide you want to give this a try I would definitely recommend you check out Josh Katz’s video – Skateboarding Photography For Beginners, which covers 10 simple steps to get started in skate photography.

Also for some inspiration take a look at some skateboard photographers work, I found a list on an online skateboarding photo magazine: http://skateboardingphoto.co.uk/

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Brandon Baily – Photoshoot – 26 August 2016

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 28 August 2016 by misselisabethuk

Date: 26 August 2016
Location: Home Studio, Medway
Model: Brandon Baily, Dartford
Make-Up Artist (‘MUA’): Chloe Cannon, Medway

I was a little nervous going into this shoot being that I hadn’t done this particular style of shoot before; it was the first time I had used my full home studio set up for a portrait shoot and the first time I had used a professional make-up artist.

The research beforehand was crucial as not only did I need to have in mind what I wanted to accomplish, I needed to give the MUA a brief as to the make-up required and to give the model direction on clothing and poses.

I would say I am pretty good with people and have run projects at work but this was different.  With photography you are managing emotions rather than processes, and what I mean by that is that you want your model to trust you and feel comfortable so they can present themselves to you in a way that could make them feel vulnerable particularly with a stranger.  We all have a face that we wear and it is usually only our nearest and dearest that see us as we truly are. As a result I think you need to “manage” in a slightly different way.

Admittedly in business you still need to build trust and rapport but it is in a much harder environment, emotions are put aside to get the job/task done and this is accepted as being the standard professional approach.  So I definitely think although I am using the same organisational and management skills, they are utilised in a slightly different way.

So to the shoot…. When I was planning the shoot I initially wanted to cover 3 things; high key, low key and an urban location.

Whilst researching I was very confident I could set my studio up for high key; low key was going to be a bit more tricky and I had chosen a few potential locations.

I came across a couple of YouTube videos which said keep things simple and I think this was the best advice that I took away from them.  I decided I would primarily work with the high key idea, then experiment with the low key element and for this particular shoot scrap the ‘on location’ element.

On the day I decided to keep the clothing simple so I had Brandon wear a white shirt and then we added a black tie, using them in varying ways.

For the make up I wanted dark eyes to give a broody look.  On the day Chloe built the effect up, so we started with a natural look and then added smoky eyes and then built up the intensity to dark eyes and contouring.  This worked really well as the ‘look and feel’ changed by primarily changing the make-up and lighting rather than outfits.

The purpose of the shoot was to build portfolios and practice techniques… I think this was achieved and more. I personally am very pleased with the results, here is a selection…

I have revamped my official MissElisabeth website which can be found here

Please contact me if you, or someone you know, would like to collaborate with me, a contact form can be found on my website.

Have a great weekend!

Passing Time and Moving Water…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 18 June 2016 by misselisabethuk

Hello all, hope you are all well and are having a great weekend.

I realise I haven’t blogged for a while so thought I’d update you on what’s been going on in my life.  So much, is the answer.  To say I’ve been busy would be an understatement, however, I’m here now; I’m fine and ready to blog.

Most of you may have picked up by now that I am part way through the first course of a photography degree, so one of the reasons for not blogging for a while is due to lots of photography related activity.  Not just taking pictures and post processing them but also a lot of reading around the subject of photography as contemporary art and it’s practitioners.  I have also been visiting lots of photography related exhibitions.

So my aim today is not to bore you with photography tips and techniques but more to provide you with a round-up (with photos where possible) of what I’ve been doing since my last post (in addition to my day job which I won’t bore you with)…  So here goes:

21 May 2016 – Photo London exhibition and an ‘in conversation’ with Ed Burtynsky and David Campany

26 May 2016 – Reflex Photography club (Clash of the Titans competition)

28 May 2016 – Wet Plate Collodion demonstration and talk

28 May 2016 – Played around with Lightroom and NIK filters

29 May 2016 – A day at Brands Hatch giving panning a go

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Then I had a week off catching up with friends and family… including having my nails done which was a nice treat.

9 June 2016 – Reflex Photography Club (AGM)

10 June 2016 – Switching the Lens, in conversation with Ghanaian photographer James Barnor and Margaret Busby OBE and a talk by Martin Barnes, senior curator of the Paul Strand exhibition at the V&A

11 June 2016 – Moving Water, bringing together experimental music and performance art, courtesy of Bjorn Veno and the Errorists

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And that concludes my update, so that’s all folks…  Until the next time.  Peace!

Should you wish to check out my photography degree blog you can find it here

 

Goodbye 2015, Welcome 2016

Posted in Time for Change with tags , , , , , , , on 1 January 2016 by misselisabethuk

 For my first post of 2016 I have decided to look back on my 2015 posts and pick out some highlights and share these with you.

So to start, here are links to the posts which for me have been my turning points in 2015:

Cakes, cakes and more cakes… – during 2015 I decided to try out some new hobbies and one of these was cake decorating.  I felt that this was a life skill that once I knew how to do would be with me forever.  I really enjoyed the learning process, which inspired me to make a 40th birthday cake from scratch.

Photography: A Different Perspective – the birth of my practical interest in photography (15 September 2015). I set up a website, linked it to my Twitter and Facebook accounts and have not looked back since.

MissElisabeth.co.uk’s website

MissElisabeth.co.uk’s Twitter

MissElisabeth.co.uk’s Facebook

Three little geese… – this was my most successful post of 2015. As part of the Weekly Photo Challenge ‘Trio’, I was amazed when I started receiving comments and got 47 likes for this photo which I took on the Paddington canal, London. It showed me the power of being part of a community of like minded people.

And finally it would be remiss of me not to thank every single one of you who liked, commented or purely visited my site in curiosity or for inspiration in 2015.  I wish you all a truly special 2016 and know that I have exciting things planned for 2016 which I can’t wait to share with you.

Peace!

Where’s the cake when you need it…?

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , on 14 September 2014 by misselisabethuk

I would love to do a complete blog on cake but this is not what this blog is about and after getting back to my running regime today it would seem frivolous to indulge in such things today, unfortunately.

This blog is actually about creative thoughts and ideas.   If you have read my blog before you will know that I’m part way through writing the first draft of a children’s book.  My first.  Needless to say a good book, with a great idea behind it.  But there comes a point when inspiration runs dry and you have to take a break to gather some new information and inspiration.

I think it’s a bit like solar power.

You have this reserve of ideas which at first you steam along using as much as you can as quickly as possible, all is going along merrily and then one day you use it all up.  It runs out.  And stop.  You sit at your laptop staring at the screen.  Nothing.  You go and make a cup of tea and sit back down at your laptop.  Still nothing.

You think ok, let’s be sensible and logical about this, like all things it will come to you, you need to be patient and relax.  The next week you open up your laptop and… nothing.  You go for a run.  Nothing.  You are at the point of giving up… again!  Then you remind yourself why you started the project in the first place, to try something new and have some fun.  Have some FUN dammit!

So here starts a period of having fun, the book can wait.  It’s not eating anything or harming anyone after all eh?  It’s time to get out, get some more inspiration, re-charge those imaginative/creative solar brain cells.

Hope you all have a day of re-charging and bags of fun too.

Week 43… cakes and biscuits…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , on 26 October 2013 by misselisabethuk

I have been trying out my cooking skills this week, so thought I would share some of my efforts with you…  Happy baking!

Cup Cakes Ahoy

Watch Out Biscuit Men

Watch Out Biscuit Men!

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