Well this is my first blog post on my new WordPress blog. I originally started my blog using Google’s Blogger platform, but decided to merge my blog and website into one new website, this one http://www.timpile.co.uk. It was relatively easy to move as there was a plug-in that sucked all the previous posts , comments and images across, and I think it did a very good job. I hope to put many more images on this site, but have started with a small selection of my work.
So onto the post. I mainly shoot outdoors and during the Autumn and Winter it is too cold to do this in the UK. I like natural light, largely because I have pretty near to zero knowledge of studio lighting, and there are not many natural light studios about. Some are too far away, and others are a bit too instantly recognisable in the images or I have had not too flattering reviews of them from other photographers whose opinions I respect. So the next best thing is to find a friend who has a house with good natural light and interesting backgrounds and get them to ‘invite’ you over :)
A photographer whose work I adore is the extremely talented Rebecca Parker, I have worked with her on joint shoots a number of times, and as we have such different shooting styles I find it very creative working with her, so I got invited over. On this occasion the model was the lovely Ivory Flame, and we started with some shots in the bathroom, using the super window and also the bathroom cabinet that we emptied and dismantled! As the sun was not coming directly through the window I was able to hold detail in the outside as well as the inside. Click on all images to see them larger.
After this we moved on to one of the bedrooms, which had a wall painted in a Jazzberry colour. It looks purple to me, but then again I am just a bloke. I think the colour in the third image was probably nearest to realistic, but I played around with a few images increasing the saturation as well as subduing it, and applying various treatments, as I do wish to be more imaginative in my post-processing.
While Rebecca is a multi-talented photographer, some of her strongest images are headshots and portraits, so this one is a little bit different for me getting in close and influenced by Rebecca’s style, and I really like it. Holly has such a beautiful face I do wonder why I don’t take more close-up images, and am usually 100 yards away!
I am a regular in the local charity shops, buying sheer items, and I do love this particular top with the ‘dangly bits’ at the end of the sleeves – if someone could tell me the proper term for them it would be great, as ‘dangly bits’ is not really an appropriate term to use on shoots :)
Another image heavily influenced by Rebecca, and me fiddling around in Photoshop.
And finally a couple of lovely portraits of Holly, one with a bit of beauty treatment, and the last one just straight as just I loved the light. Tops courtesy of our local charity shops again, I do love buying them, as I get a great item to use in a shoot, and the money is going to a very good cause.
Do let me know which images you like/dislike, and whether my experiments with post-processing are working or not.
I’m still experimenting with WordPress will play around with the formatting of the posts to get them to my liking.
Thank you to Holly, Rebecca and Jamie Knowles, it really was a super day.