Simply Sunday……Flat Cap and Beard

Who made it November when it’s May?  A chilled Sunday after a four day week photographing groups and documenting a conference.  A quick stop for a portrait in between showers after brunch.

Location – Port Dundas

xox

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Rachael…..

A quick off the cuff shoot with the beautiful Rachael, whilst we were checking out this part- restored church for a forthcoming event in Glasgow.   I love the fact we hadn’t planned it, yet she looks so together – complete with matching lipstick and nails.  The day was overcast but still the light fell magically.

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Portrait and Landscape…..

A busy week.  Seven schools in five days.  The second image was taken at one of my schools on Thursday whilst I was waiting to take year groups.  It made a change to see such a lovely landscape view and natural light in my “office” for the afternoon.  Far too often I’m stuck in a spare bog standard classroom.   This image was taken on my work’s camera – Nikon D300s with a 35mm lens.

The first image was on I took today, a quick portrait of Jonny on the water, training. I used my OMD EM1 with 12-40mm lens.  Neither image has been edited (apart from putting into black and white).

xox

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Disappointed…

My first ever developed roll of film from my OM-1 arrived in the post today.  I won’t lie.  I’m disappointed. Most of the images are shit.  I’ve either thought….why did I waste a shot on that?  Or I haven’t got to grips with the limitations of what the camera can do and  the hang of the focussing.

Nevertheless…I will dabble on.  I shouldn’t be too hard on myself as its all new to me.    These two are my favourite shots from the roll.

Dead tulips – F1.8  60/S

David and Alfie – F2.8 60/S

Shot with Agfa Vista 200

xox

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Blossoming…

This week has started well. Yesterday I was taking portraits of a beautiful young woman I know in a beautiful part-restored church in Glasgow.  Hopefully I will be able to share a couple of the images with you, permission permitting.  Afterwards I popped to The Lighthouse viewing gallery to take a landscape view of Glasgow.  It’s a city I love, but don’t know well enough.  That I need to change.

Today I have pottered. I did yoga, I baked, made soup, walked Alfie, had a cuppa with a neighbour.  I played more with my film camera – taking a quick portrait of David when he came home for lunch -taking shots on both film and digital of blossom whilst I am waiting for Tuesday Tacos night, making notes so I can  compare. I found the timer function by accident and took a shot of fuck all.

Tomorrow is my birthday – my week is shaping up well.

xox

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Slow Down and Learn to be Patient

Well I have been relaxing off work for the past week.  It’s flown by.  Three birthdays down – with mine just to go next week.  April is always such a busy time for us. I’ve read a couple of books, baked birthday cakes with gusto, had longer lies and given far too many lifts to Mia, far too late at night.  Workwise – I’ve had a toddler shoot – very relaxed and chilled but needed to be quick with the shutter as Isabella was on the move on a mission.

When it gets to my birthday – there is usually not much money left in the pot – that’s why this year I snapped up an early birthday present – an OM-1 camera from the Film Is Not Dead stall at Brick Lane when we were in London a few months ago.  I’ve been waiting patiently to use it, but patience has run out and I loaded it with my first roll of film today.  Already – it has slowed my pace, I am thinking more before each shot.  I am recording F-stop and shutter speeds, making notes as I am going along. And I am already anticipating what the first roll of film will turn out like.  I’m loving it… but finding it hard to accept I can’t see the shot I have just taken!  It’s already forced me to change the way I shoot digital as well – less shots, more composed.

Here are a few taken on my OM-D EM-1 digital, probably with my 12-40 lens, with a  little or no editing.

xox

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