Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Castle Howard & Harlow Carr Gardens

School closed because of swine flu so Sam and I enjoyed a couple of days out to local gardens. Castle Howard just outside of York which has lovely grounds to walk in and Harlow Carr Gardens, just outside of Harrogate. Here are the best shots of the 2 days, the first 2 from Castle Howard, the second 2 from Harlow Carr, all using the sigma 10-20mm lens:
Castle Howard

Harlow Carr

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Self Portrait

Well I have been practising self portrait photography whilst the weather has been awful. I wanted a low key look (I feel like I'm hiding that way) so used a black background with a second flash with a red gel on directed at it. I had the flashes on separate groups so as to be able to adjust the strength independently from each other. I used my SB-800 as the main flash to the models left (me). I tried different diffusers for the main flash but found my lumiquest 80-20 with the white reflector inserted gave me the right look. I used Sam as my model to set-up and get the focus right to start with then left it in manual mode. I also used my infra-red remote so as not to have to keep getting up and down! Obviously had to wear something suitable and put some make-up on a little heavier than I would normally wear, I think wearing a hat makes the photo more interesting. My husband asked why I don't smile in my photos but it is difficult not looking like a grinning idiot when I'm taking photos of myself. The miserable look is better, believe me! I found it difficult getting the shadows right with the low-key look. I still have the shadows a little too dark on my face but there you go! The last photo was heavily photoshopped to hide my lines, pores and creases!! The first photo is a crop of the second.

And on a completely different subject Mark (hubby) has completed his Airbus conversion course which has taken him away from home for the past couple of months. Normality reigns at last!

UPDATE: I removed my self portraits as I don't like them!! :O

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Fountain's Abbey and Studley Royal

Have been busy digging the garden over and planting up whilst the weather has been lovely so not been out much taking photographs.... Went to Fountain's Abbey today for a walk and took my camera for a few snaps! All photos below are using the sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens again. The first and third are of Studley Royal Lake and the second is in Fountain's Abbey grounds itself down by the river. Was a fairly dull day.... Not impressed with many of my photos today...... Oh well!! There's always tomorrow.....