Still trying …
September 11, 2019
It’s been a long time since I posted an article about a shoot. Why? The combination of two elements:
- Wondering what the value is of doing so as few bother to read or even look at the pretty pictures ( I have defaulted to a way for me to store for, if nothing else, some of my best pictures and thoughts)
- A lack of inspiring shoots. Calgary is not the same as my previous haunts of Vancouver Island and Mexico where people wanted to shoot for the joy of creation of beauty – here it appears to be often vanity and money that are the drivers.
Occasionally, I do find someone to shoot with who inspires me. Arleen describes herself as an aspiring model. And she is striking, incredibly photogenic, and a pleasure to shoot, as I did recently.
I combined the shoot with a trial of a new camera. Bigger, heavier than my current one. Much more expensive. And with beautiful results – though my current camera and lenses kept up unless you look very closely! So it’s an open question as to whether I will migrate …
We began the shoot in the trendy downtown “village” of Inglewood, which has a number of interesting backdrops for a fashion-based shoot, as we planned.
While we have communicated about concepts and outfits, I really didn’t know what we would be dealing with on the day. In a sense, picking the right setting for whatever you have to shoot is one of the creative aspects that I enjoy. Doing this for several years has, I think, tuned my powers of observation and feel for what works together – harmoniously or as a (good) contrast. But you can judge ..
We began with a well styled blue jeans and lace blouse outfit. And here are some of the results.
For a complete change, we then headed to a local wildlife park where I wanted to contrast a striking black sophisticated evening outfit with nature. Different lens here to have more background separation, many taken in direct sunlight – I always seem to seek difficult lighting technically (where it fits the mood)