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Washing away the last of summer

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Seem to be rocking the square format this week, no idea why as I normally hate square format.

Anyway, this was more trouble than it was worth. It’s rained all day, I was uninspired (feeling a bit under the weather and my knees and hips are starting to hurt *woe* ), then after much trouble-shooting it looks like the transmitter from my wireless flash kit needs a new battery, by this point I had pretty much lost the will to do the shot, so used the extension cable and bedside lamp instead.
Being outside in jim jams in the wet/cold/dark whilst feeling pants is not an experience I would recommend. Next time, an OOF shot of the floor will suffice…

Of ragdolls and summer dresses

Of ragdolls and summer dresses

Last week I spend four days working (photographing) other people. It is a bit of an understatement to say that I am not a people person and I think it really took it out of me. I don’t like small talk at the best of times, and I’m rubbish at talking to people I don’t know. Combine the two and it’s not exactly a recipe for success.
On the flip side to this I am a lot more confident in my photography. I’ve come on leaps and bounds since “surrealist June”; and it’s not just my photography which has improved my uses of Photoshop have also gotten better.

All that said, I did think I’d bitten off more than I could chew this morning.
Yesterday and today I’ve not really felt like going out; so I decided to try to stretch myself even further in Photoshop.

Today’s shot is a combination of 41 images all taken by me today, and then put together. It has taken me roughly 3 and a half hours; which seems like a long time but it was actually quicker than I expected.

Against the will of the little nagging voices in my head I tried quite a few new things all at once.
This was the first time I’ve stitched several images together to form a larger background (in the style of the Brenizer Method).
It was the first time I’d used quite so many images together.
It was the first time I’d tried to make images into a piece of clothing (taking much inspiration from Brooke Shaden).
It was the first time I’ve used one of my own textures. Making my own textures is something I’ve been meaning to do all holidays, but I’ve found it is one of those things that is easy to put off. I’m going to carry on with it, but instead of pushing myself to do it I’m just going to keep my eye out when I’m out and about.

Inverse Leaves

Originally tonight I was supposed to go out with the photography group to do some night/low shutter speed/light trail shots, but it got rained off.
This is totally not what I had in mind (I was going for a scattered collection of skeleton leaves on a white background. I shall return to this idea but I think the lighting was letting me down on it) but there we go. Inversed the image in Photoshop on a whim and ended up with this. Decided that I liked it so rolled with it…

I love autumn

I really do love autumn, it is my most favourite season by far.
The air gets a bit crisp, just enough to pile on scarves, hats and what not (I have a worrying addiction to hats, scarves and knitwear).
The leaves on the trees go all kinds of wonderful colours, and then they fall to the floor ready for me to stomp all over them *crunch crunch crunch*, kick them in the air and generally get all excited.
Me with autumn leaves is a bit like a kid in the snow. Except if I think about it, I’m like this with snow as well….
Over the last week I have seen two people making big piles of leaves and I have used all my reserves of self restraint to not go crashing feet first into them waft arms and legs about like a loon and send all of their hard work flailing around all over the place… However I was raised a good girl (despite being urged on to destroy one of the piles by my own mother! :-O) and so far have not managed to pluck up the courage to act on my impulses. Possibly because the proud owners of said piles were stood close by.

My mission?

To destroy someone’s pile of leaves before autumn is over.
I lead a wicked life… 😛

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