I have been quite busy over the month of February, with a couple of things covered in other posts, I’ll link to them in here and write about everything else.
The month started off with one night me being bored and wanting to do some photography, so I decided to have a go at something I’ve not done for a while, oil and water photos. The basic idea behind these images is that you have a glass container, it can be a cup, bowl, but this instance I used a baking dish, and fill it with water then add some oil on top. Underneath this you place different items to create different backgrounds and it’s a very interesting idea and something simple to do.
I had a couple of model shoots this month, starting with a shoot alongside Lady Viper, who I hadn’t worked with since I think January last year. We’d been in discussion since late 2017 about organising another shoot, and while we had sorted out a date, it wasn’t until about a week before that we finalised other things. We ended up shooting at a kind of abandoned garage place, which I’d been to before and it worked well with the outfit she was wearing.
On the day it was very cold and the forecast was for a bit of rain, so the location we were at was perfect with it mostly covered and the walls providing a bit of shelter from the wind. It was still very cold and there were a few occasions where I thought we should call it a day due to Lady Vipers clothing not being the most protective against the cold conditions, but she was a trooper and carried on until we’d got the shots we needed. Really happy with the images we got from this shoot and I hope it’s not another year before I work with her again.
I then had a shoot with a model I’ve worked with many times before, on location and in studio settings, but this shoot was a home shoot as we wanted to create something a bit different to the images we’d achieved on previous shoots. Working with Jade is always great, we get on well, have a laugh and the shoots are always very relaxed. We managed to get through a few different outfits and while we were a bit limited in the space we could shoot from, I think we got some great results from a relatively quick shoot done on short notice. I have a few plans for a future shoot with Jade, which I’m hoping will be put into action in the not too distant future.
It’s been a while since I brought any new camera equipment and I made the purchase of a new wide angle lens which I’ve been thinking about buying for a while. It was after an event a Click this month (which I’ll get onto later) that I decided to buy a Samyang 14mm lens. I’d wanted to get a wider lens for ages, and although I wanted to have a wide angle lens with autofocus, I couldn’t justify spending the extra on another lens, so I went with the manual Samyang lens, as it will mostly be used for landscapes and astrophotography. I took this lens out to test it by creating a time lapse video around Leicester city centre and I’ll be doing some more shooting with it soon to put it through its paces a bit more.
Now we shall get onto the camera club events in February, there was one at Meadows and then kind of two with Click, one being a special event with a Peaky Blinders theme, which I’ve covered in another post.
Starting with the Click event, something a bit different to the usual events as it wasn’t model related and we went out to Bradgate Park to do a bit of astrophotography, trying to capture the Milky Way. We were advised to bring the widest, fastest lens we have, so I took along my 20mm f/2.8 lens, and while I have a wider lens, it only goes o f/4, so i thought the extra light capturing capabilities of the 20mm lens would be better suited. (I know that got a bit technical, sorry 😉 )
I have taken photos of stars before so kind of know what I’m doing with this type of photography, but most times before I’ve taken star trail photos and this night the main emphasis was on taking a single image of the stars. This evening we met up in a group and then went to one area where we would kind of all stick together and take our photos. I managed to move around a bit to create some variety in my images and it’s a subject I’ll be doing more of in the future, but it’s either a case of being out earlier but it’s colder in the winter, or going out in the summer when it’s warmer, but you have to be out later due to the sunset and sunrise times.
Finally for this month, I attended one event at Meadows camera club. This evening we had the model Sjay with us and we managed to fit in three different outfit changes and setup. Most of the group shoots I go to more as a social event, and if I come away with a few decent images then I’m happy. Sjay was a great model and I hope to work with her again sometime, either on a solo shoot or as part of another group shoot.
The other events this month have been covered in other blog posts and I’ll link them here. A couple of music gigs, Independent Venue Week and Saint Agnes at The Soundhouse. Talulah Blue had her last burlesque show at The Musician. Then there were a couple of bigger model events with the Peaky Blinders themed shoot and then the Scoliosis themed body paint.