Monday, May 30, 2011

this is a new day today

Here's day two of my... homely photographic challenge! My sister and I went on a little driving adventure to this spot I love near my town's major water supply. If you're an avid reader of my blog you might recognise this bridge that I've taken a few photos on before, but this time we went exploring into the rather spikey woodland patch nearby. Injuries: many.

Rennie has very pretty hair.

About 18 months ago Rennie shaved all her hair off (actually, I think my first picture on this blog was of Rennie with her shaved head) and it grew back all curly and good. Jealous! Rennie's thoughts on hair: "it's like one of the coolest things that's happened to me... in a superficial sense."

Rennie is wearing dress from Kookai, coat from Cue and is holding a vintage wicker picnic basket!

"I eated the purple berries" - Ralph

Enjoy! Would love to hear some feedback :)

Snake, snake, face out an open window

I'm home! Home being... my actual home, in Central West NSW. Gah, it's so nice here, other than being around my loved ones it's just sooo beautiful all the time, I'm definitely a country type. Definitely.

So I'm on a short holiday from college and I've decided that for every day I'm here (other than the days I'm travelling) I'll take a picture, or a series of pictures I'm proud of. So, although today is day 2, I'll post day 1 now. (There's no wireless here, and it's really cold, so I don't go on the internet because the cable is in my room and it's cold in there :P So I'm doing this before bed!)

So here's day one, I went over to Steph's house for tea and treats and we took a few shots and had a general catch up that ended in the usual.. strange conversation.

Here is Steph with her snake. Lookin fiiinnnee! 

Stay tuned for today's photoshoot of my lovely sister :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Badoopey doo

The photo of the week this week is a photo by the amazing Richard Avedon. In his career he took sooo many beautiful photos, this one I think is especially great. As a classmate of mine said, this is a very unusual portrait of Marilyn Monroe, it's captured a side of her that we never saw, with the mask down! You can just see it in her eyes, she looks like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders. If I was doing celebrity portraits this is what I would love to do, get them without the 'mask'.

If you haven't seen much of Richard Avedon's work before I would thoroughly recommend checking him out.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Night time fun time!

Last week for Camera Techniques class we had a night class so that we could have a bit of a wander around the city practicing night photography. Here are a few of the shots I took...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Taken for college homework, we had to take a low key portrait - I took this on the train, it's actually a reflection in the window.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Feels so good to be a rose

Monday, May 16, 2011

rhymes of an hour

Hello all! Just thought I'd post with a few photos that we took in the studio today (these first three being of me!)
We're doing high, mid and low key lighting, which basically is... a high key image has lots and lots of white and no shadows, and a low key image has lots of black and lots of shadows! And a mid key has both. (So if you think of a high key image as white, and a low key image as black... then a mid key image is grey :) )

Anywho! Here are our pictures (well, my favourites anyway) - notice I've chosen ones with lens flare in them... I had a bit of an argument with my teacher because I thought they made the photos and he, for the most part disagreed - but that's just people's different taste!

I think these shots will probably look like nothing with a dark monitor... so if you don't see any lens flare (the little green and red dots) on the photo maybe try adjusting your screen to brighter to view these pictures :)

We also did a high key lighting set up and used one of our classmates, Grace, who is a perfect candidate considering she's quite pale with white hair :p Here are some pics I took of her...

straight teeeeeettthhhh.

That's all for today :)

Lighting project

Goood eeveenniinnng everyone!

This is a photo I took on the weekend for my Lighting Principles end of term project. Our task was to recreate the lighting design of a photo we liked (but we all recreated every little bit of the photo we liked!)

Taking this photo was quite the stressful one, as the lighting wasn't quite working out as I had planned it so I had to improvise, but thanks to the help of my lovely model, Lydia, and my assistant and... location... owner, Richard and hair, makeup and stylist Hanli I think we did it!

The photo I was recreating is one by Patrick Demarchelier that you can view here (I'd rather not compare mine right next to his - that's just unfair to me! Hahaha :p)

Anywho - hopefully you like it! I'd love to hear feedback!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

it's a trap!

I took this photo for college last week, we were meant to take a photo of line, showing emotion! Hopefully it worked out - I like how the photo looks at least! I had to use myself as a model because no one else was around :p

I can't take all the credit for this photo, I got the idea of the yarn from Iana and Eve Tokarchuk - two photographers I am a very big fan of!

Monday, May 9, 2011

peach, plum, pear, pomegranate?

We had to do a still life using only window light for college this week, so I took a photo of these pomegranates I found on a tree outside a neighbour's house! They're quite beautiful the way they've opened themselves - i was fascinated!

And I took this photo using my other lens as well... thought it was kinda funky!

I also photographed The Wombats last night for Faster Louder - so keep an eye out for those photos! Pretty exciting!

if we go insane

Recently I packed up my camera and took off, attempting to escape Sydney and the horrible uninspiring greyness :p And I did! I went down south, ended up in Royal National Park, where I stumbled upon this cute little town called Bundeena. It was a coastal town with a few cafes and shops. I took some photos there, enjoying the quiet and the scenery, then stopped over in Audrey, a little... town/park that had a river! I think rivers may be my favourite body of water, especially seeing as I've been watching so much Northern Exposure, which has a lot of river locations. The idea of sailing down a peaceful river in a rowboat or something... ahhh (that's a good ahh not a bad ahh).

Anywho, here are a few shots from the day! I left so suddenly that I didn't get any models to come with me, so I had to be my own model...

A little semi secluded bay with a nice view of the city and cronulla, and lots of boats passing by!

And for the record...

Dress: Quick Brown Fox
Compass pendant: Elvis4Cleo in Newtown

Keep an eye out for more photos coming up, I've been quite busy taking photos last week and I will be this week too!