Blow, blow thou winter wind

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkindAs man’s ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho! the holly!
This life is most jolly.
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
Thou dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remember’d not.
Heigh-ho! sing heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho! the holly!
This life is most jolly.

From: As You Like It by William Shakespeare


Unexpected find

I did a charity shoot yesterday (too long winded to explain) but the girl that I was shooting, although she had never modelled before was a natural. Fantastic bones! Watch this space!! 

After some of the girls that have been presenting themselves to me over the last few weeks this one was a breath of fresh air. Lovely.

monday morning shoot

Well, got up at 7.30 to start lugging lumps of dead tree into the studio in preparation for today’s shoot with my ‘winter’ model. Actually I have two models coming today – and anther one up my sleeve if I need her.

The weather is overcast like I wanted it to be but not a breath of wind so we probably won’t be shooting outside unless I can get volunteers to waft their arms about and create the wind!!  Maybe not.

The studio set up worked first time, I have done my test shots, using the step ladders as a stand in model, and it all looks ok so far.

I used honeycombs on the lights to keep it all very directional and there is a snoot on the model’s light because I want her to be in a small pool of light, the end result should be really low key, very gloomy.

The reason I want it like this is because I want to signify the fact that unlike today when we all have central heating and ample supplies of food and clothing, in the past the winter was a killer. When it came it was severe and lasted a long time.

Tricky to try and get all of this across in one pic, hope it works.  The model I have  is an ex professional model and when I explained to her what I wanted to do she grasped the concept straight away. I am really looking forward to this shoot.

spring shoot

Well, did the shoot. 

The model, Ashley turned up very late having got seriously lost.  She had also decided to get all all painted up, toes, nails, face, the lot. Not only that he had brought PILES of clothes to wear.  I thought I had been very specific when I told her what to bring, she obviously had different ideas!!

Showed her some pics, that had a look similar to what I was after, they were in a book by David Hamilton so I had to be  bit careful about which pages she saw – or she may have got completely the wrong idea and bolted!

I don’t think she was totally impressed when I removed all the nail varnish and most of her make up, neither was she impressed when I gave her the dress to wear – I’m still not sure we were singing from the same hymn sheet.

Went to the appointed spot to get the shots – got attacked by a cockerel!

It was really windy so we used the big white umbrella as a windbreak.

Model keeps giving me cheesy grins and sticking her chest out.  WHAT IS IT WITH THESE GIRLS!!!!!!   Oh, and lose the chewing gum!

Got some nice pics but she didn’t like the reflector as it threw light in to her eyes so she scowled a lot.  

I have to remember she is a first time model and doesn’t know what is expected.

Got back and downloaded the pics which she insisted on seeing and then clearly didn’t like.

I feel guilty for a while but the more I think about it I get annoyed because actually it wasn’t about how she wanted to look, it was about how I wanted her to look!!!!!!!   

I even promised her another shoot because she was disappointed!   Again.

 IT WASN”T ABOUT HER!!  Everything was fully explained so where’s the problem.

ANYWAY……………rant over!

I got the pic I wanted – I think. I will await  feedback from Richard. 

 What do you think?

Ode to Spring

I am doing a shoot this morning for the Spring part of the series. The weatehr is n’t being kind, I am on the brink of cancelling the shoot – it’s very windy and overcast – it might be ok.

I am very aware that time is running short for this and I can’t mess about too much.

I found this poem that kind of sums up the mood I want to create with the pictures on

On The Spring
Thomas Gray

Lo! where the rosy-bosomed Hours,
Fair Venus’ train, appear,
Disclose the long-expecting flowers,
And wake the purple year!
The Attic warbler pours her throat,
Responsive to the cuckoo’s note,
The untaught harmony of spring:
While, whisp’ring pleasure as they fly,
Cool Zephyrs thro’ the clear blue sky
Their gathered fragrance fling.

Where’er the oak’s thick branches stretch
A broader browner shade,
Where’er the rude and moss-grown beech
O’er-canopies the glade,
Beside some water’s rushy brink
With me the Muse shall sit, and think
(At ease reclined in rustic state)
How vain the ardour of the Crowd,
How low, how little are the Proud,
How indigent the Great!

Still is the toiling hand of Care;
The panting herds repose:
Yet hark, how through the peopled air
The busy murmur glows!
The insect-youth are on the wing,
Eager to taste the honied spring
And float amid the liquid noon:
Some lightly o’er the current skim,
Some show their gayly-gilded trim
Quick-glancing to the sun.

To Contemplation’s sober eye
Such is the race of Man:
And they that creep, and they that fly,
Shall end where they began.
Alike the Busy and the Gay
But flutter thro’ life’s little day,
In Fortune’s varying colours drest:
Brushed by the hand of rough Mischance,
Or chilled by Age, their airy dance
They leave, in dust to rest.

Methinks I hear, in accents low,
The sportive kind reply:
Poor moralist! and what art thou?
A solitary fly!
Thy joys no glittering female meets,
No hive hast thou of hoarded sweets,
No painted plumage to display:
On hasty wings thy youth is flown;
Thy sun is set, thy spring is gone
We frolic while ’tis May.

Still on the lookout for models, I have been in touch with our local radio station, The Bee, to ask if they can help me in my quest to find new and unusual looking models.

The last shoot with a model unseen until the day of the shoot was a bit of a disaster, not so much a fresh and innocent look as pure page 3! Well I suppose I did say I wanted a blonde and blue eyed model, and that is what I got – and much, much more!

really it’s all about the pagans

Now I have got my head round what it is I intend to do for my fmp and done a bit of research, it is really about ancient rituals that celebrate the passing of the seasons. Tsk….there was me thinking it was about fashion – it’s Lord of the Rings!

A quick trawl round google found some fascinting information about the easter bunny (German invention) and how christianity and paganism has got all mixed up together over the years (hope that doesn’t offend anyone!).

I have a whole weekend of shooting planned, the weather forecast isn’t being particularly kind to me so I have decided to take control of the situation and bring the outside in. Literally. I have some large branches cut from some dead trees and I am going to do a studio shoot with them this weekend. I have borrowed a lighting kit and huge softbox from college so it will be a weekend of experimentation.

When technology bites – bite it right back!!

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