Dare To Share?

From a very early age I was taught to share – even though we had nothing and this need to share has never left me.

When I visit camera clubs to do may presentations I am regularly thanked for sharing my “knowledge” and people often say that they are surprised I am so open as to how I “do things”. I have lost count of the number of people who tell me that so and so at their club knows how to do something to a high standard but when asked how they did it will say “oh, I’ve forgetting how I did that…. I did it a long time ago”… or similar statements.

Whether it be camera settings, what lighting was used, how a picture was constructed or even the name of the model featured in the photograph, many people will keep this information closely guarded.

In some ways I understand. If you have taken the time and trouble to learn something (especially if you have paid for that information) does it sit comfortably to then pass on that newly gleaned information to others ? I have heard people say “I had to learn how to do such and such a thing so everyone else should do the same and find out for themselves……why should I teach them”. I also understand that for some people telling others how they (for example) put their picture together might help others to “beat them in the monthly comps” – I have heard this reason for not helping others time and time again, I have also had personal experience of that particular mind set when the person involved would always shrug and smile when asked how they had created the image.

I was told a few years ago “that I was crazy” to show people how I did my textured images – I was told that I should “keep it a secret and tell no-one”. Those that know me know I didn’t take any notice of that piece of advice and there are lots and LOTS of people who have attended my workshops and those people are now producing some lovely textured images. Am I dismayed about that fact … not in the least ! I am thrilled to bits that they have embraced what I have shown them and gone off and done their own thing.

I try and help and give advise to as many people as I can – people come to my home for a one to one, I give critiques over the internet and I also run a Face Book group which is dedicated to help people be more creative. This is all done free of charge and I do it willingly in the hope that some (if not all) may benefit from the little bit of input I give them

Helping others improve is a great gift and seeing them blossom and move forward is a wonderful thing and I for one throughly recommend it.

 

As Time Goes By

This is the first composite I have put together for  quite a while.

The model was from a shoot organised (and styled) by Karen Boyle hosted at the  Saracen House Studios  (Andrew Griffiths) a few years ago and the resulting picture has been hanging around for quite a while.

I also put together the background about 6 months ago but didn’t do anything with it… until tonight.

I had a sudden spurt of inspiration and the whole picture came together quite quickly.

I wish I was one of those artists/photographers who creates images full of emotion and hidden (or not so) meanings but… as much as I try, it’s just not me.

All I do is create “pretty pictures” as they say “to thine own self be true”  🙂

Bygone Beauty

A quiet few minutes doing some more colourising of old photos before a very busy weekend.

I don’t know about you but I think this lady is so beautiful and there is so much emotion in her face.

The model is “looking out of the frame” a no no for some people today but, as far as I am concerned,  I think the photographer who captured this lady’s beauty, got the feeling and emotion spot on -even if she wasn’t looking at the camera !

 

Lady From The Past

Today I have concentrated on colourising a portrait – skin tones are always very difficult and also trying to bring a sparkle back into the eyes.

First colorised portrait I have attempted… and still learning as I go along.

… and the leaves that were green turn to brown……

..and the leaves that were green turn to brown… a line from a Paul Simon song.

So it’s autumn and the leaves are changing colour now  and I thought I would do a digital painting to celebrate the fact.

A bit more of a a subtle digital painting this time.

The leaves WERE actually green and I HAVE turned then to brown – does that make me Mother Nature or a picture manipulator?

Thanks Mr. Simon for the inspiration.

The Secret Garden – Not Secret Anymore

The photographic session last week has resulted in quite a number of images featuring the lovley Sarah (Model) and the make up magic of Melanie and I have called the whole set The Secret Garden – I have to say that I am thrilled with the results (thus far)

Secret garden 3

 I have put together a few from the set and will continue to work on the other pictures to produce a whole series themed around The Secret Garden.

Secret Garden 1

The pictures will be form part of an exhibition in a local Gallery and I can’t wait to see them gracing the walls 🙂

Sarah 2

Thanks for all of your lovely comments – they are much appreciated x

The Secret Garden

 

Queen Of The Flowers – Revisited

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of working again with the very wonderful Melanie Doyle (Make Up Artist extraordinaire) and the very lovely Sara Reed, whom I met for the first time (but not the last, I hasten to add)

The shoot was the continuation of my Queen series of images and we explored another avenue relating to the Queen Of Flowers

Sarah 1a

My hall (lots of natural overhead light) served as the studio and Sarah languished for many an hour on a bed of flowers whilst Melanie and I scurried around tossing flowers hither and thither around the reclining floral Queen.

Melanie again worked her magic and Sarah was a patiently splendid Queen (even when she was reclining half naked on a bed of flowers when the post man arrived with a parcel…..eeeek)

We now have our next set of images beginning to take shape and therefore in the pipeline and I very much look forward to working with Melanie & Sarah in the very near future.

Sarah 2

 

In the meantime….. I have loads of images that need to be worked on.

The above are a couple of VERY QUICK edits 🙂