Well, I have just returned from an amazing eleven day road trip around Scotland, the Lake District and Yorkshire, where I was privileged to be able to share my images with some wonderful audiences in five different camera clubs, and made lots of new friends. I also managed to “squeeze in” :) nine days of working with some really special models in a staggering variety of locations, collaborating with some great photographers.
By the final shoot of my trip the car was looking a wee bit messier than when I started out, but I was as full of enthusiasm as on all of the previous eight days. I should probably have been feeling a little tired by then, but producing images with these creative young women just brings out some inner strength which keeps me going.
I had spent a huge amount of effort finding locations and planning the movements of various models and photographers, and up until then everything had gone without a hitch. On the night before this shoot I finished backing up all my memory cards to my laptop and an external disk so that I could overwrite the cards. However I stupidly forgot to put the memory card case into my camera bag, so when I arrived at our chosen location with fellow photographer Richard Spurdens and the lovely Cassie-Jade McDowell I realised that I had no cards, and Richard uses a different type of card so could not help me out.
This is where my Plan B came into action, as my organisation is such that I also keep a spare 12GB of cards stashed in a secret compartment in my camera bag for just this eventuality. While that may seem a lot it equates to around 300 images for a full 8 hour shoot, so it forced me to completely change my style of shooting and make every shot count, just like it must have been in the film days. I actually quite enjoyed the discipline it forced on me, and I will try to maintain that in the future – note I said ‘try’ as anybody who has worked with me know’s that I’m going to find it very, very hard :)
One of the models I worked with suggested a change to my workflow to ensure I get more images out, and get them our quicker, and here’s the first results.This is a taste of what we produced, some of them will need a bit more work but I thought it was worth sharing them.
A big thank you to Cassie-Jade and Richard, it really was a memorable day and a great end to my trip. The next episode I will write about involves a vicar and a Prius, but that’ll have to wait for another day ;-)