One of the competitions that Dartford and District Photographic Society takes part in is the Annual Malling Battle of Prints in which a number of clubs in Kent take part. It takes place at West Malling Village Hall , Norman Road, West Malling, Kent. Clive Tanner FRPS Maidstone C.C was the judge this year. Nine clubs took part, Bexleyheath, Eastbourne, Malling, Medway, parkwood, Reflex, Sevenoaks, Staplehurst, and of course, Dartford and it was held on Tuesday 26 February 2013. My print entitled ‘Wood Nymph’ was one of 5 prints which scored the maximum 20 points, and was chosen as print of the night. This success got rather overshadowed by other things going on, but I felt I wanted to share it.
I’m a huge fan of Robert Rodrigues Mariarchi films, especially the second one starring Antonio Banderas.
Well, outside the British Museum a mariarchi has appeared. And tonight he was performing the Canción del mariachi, singing
Ay, ay, ay, ay
Ay, ay mi amor
Ay mi morena
De mi corazón
If you want the translation, here it is. I have to say it sounds better in Spanish!
Any how, this mariachi didn’t have guns and stuff in his guitar case, just a few coins from passers-by. Pity. He wasn’t half bad. But not as good-looking!
I decided to use my Elinchrom studio lights which I think create superior light to the speedlights but are not so portable. Taken in the same place as the previous portraits, but this time with soft boxes rather than umbrellas. My husband recently had a birthday so this was an opportunity to get a rare portrait of him dressed up for a lunch out. It was to my mind to short a period to get a series of shots, but his attention span for this sort of this is pretty limited.
I think this works well for him, an informal capture, almost Bond-esque.
Here’s another mono, this time of myself, with the same lights.
The quality of light from the Elinchrom is much better than the speedlights, but their lack of portability and reliance on a power source restricts their use to indoors. Speedlights are more portable, easier to set up outdoors, and certainly a valuable addition. But for me, Elinchrom every time.
Held in Rochester, and organised by the Kent Association for the Blind, the Eyes Wide Open art project will culminate in a forthcoming exhibition at Rochester Cathedral. I took some shots of the artists at work at the Rochester Visitor Centre. It was quite difficult in a small room, lots of clutter and not a lot of room to set any shots up. However, had enormous fun, the participants evidently enjoyed the day, as did the guiding artists and staff who volunteered their time.
I love the colours on this shot, the artist working on this piece gave up on brushes and used his hand instead. Not the sharpest shot in the world, taken without flash, but I think it works by giving the feeling of movement.
The same artist a bit later in the morning – the colours work so well, his jeans were also gaining a multi-coloured pattern too!
this gentleman was using charcoal to work on a portrait, with his model sitting just in front. I decided to do this one using just the natural light from the adjacent window as he had the benefit of a good seat there.
On weddings and wedding hair and make up, went to Danson House, Danson Park today and set up lights in the dining room and the upstairs balcony. The place is amazing, period decor and furniture and super light through the windows looking out onto the park. A couple from a huge heap I took and am still looking through. The aim of wedding make-up is not to look over-done, but to enhance your natural beauty. In the second shot, we went for a more dramatic look, perhaps that could be used during the reception and into the evening.
I made this one mono for a more fashion look. Jessica has amazing eyes and gorgeous brunette hair. What’s amazing is she isn’t a professional model. I think she has some talent that is going to waste.
This photo is pretty well straight out of the camera, just cropped a little. I took my studio lights, and used them to enhance the natural light from the oval skylight at the top of the stairs.
Lorraine is now expecting her first baby, but squeezed into her dress for the shoot. Absolutely blooming.
Then we again made the make up more dramatic, which really suited Lorraine on the balcony on the top floor.
Finally, some finished edits in mono and slightly desaturated illustrated here with a mount effect, and although it is difficult to fully see in web-size images, you can see that these would look stunning with a brushed metal frame to tone with the image, displayed large and hung on a wall. Bridal pictures shouldn’t just be for the album, they can be a much more prominent piece of wall art.
Sunday was a girlie day, make-up, nails, posh frocks, and studio lights for some shots for a make-up artist portfolio as well as my own. The wind and the rain lashed down outside, but everyone had fun indoors.