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Self portrait in blue.

I’ve been lucky enough to experience a bit of growth in the photography area which is great. It has got me thinking more about lighting in general and strobism in particular, and the upshot of this thinking is that I’ve acquired a second strobe used in this picture above. It’s a Nikon SB-800 which complements my SB-600. The thinking behind this is that I could have enough power to light any person/small group of people in pretty much any location. I’m portable šŸ™‚

I’ve also been talking a bit to the models and subjects of a lot of the stuff I’ve been doing recently and as an exercise, I’m imagining myself and imaging myself as they see me. When I’m on the job, this is what they see: a rather large white-haired guy poking a camera into their face, trying not to be intimidating. It’s fun, I’m enjoying myself and hopefully the subjects are too.

You can assess the beauty stuff yourselves by clicking this link.


mua: Eleanor Magan | model: Davina Brennan | photographer: Hugh

Some more from the make-up student and model sessions. Here’s Davina, burning up the screen. Taken with the 85mm at f/4, really getting to grips with this lens, and since it’s on a crop frame camera, it’s effectively about 120mm and I can back off a little, be physically a little further away and not be up the model’s nose. Distance is good. But so are close ups.

lisa blue lisa black

OK I’m uploading this for no other reason than I seem to be breaking every available rule about blogging, namely: post regularly, keep it simple & keep it focused. I do none of these, but there again I have a very small audience, so it’s mostly just for me. So for those few of you out there: here’s a pretty girl, in blue. I took the photograph.

Pictured above is one Lisa R, an Irish model, with makeup and eye-prosthetics by Danielle Horan, an Irish student from the LA Makeup Academy. This was a fun session to shoot, however I kept on worrying about Lisa’s future health, batting those baby blues in a light breeze would possibly see her aloft, because Lisa is a slightly slight girl.

I agonised over the version above, or a BW conversion, so for those of you who’ve stayed with me this far, here’s another version, you be the judge, you be the jury.

For those of you old enough who might recall a song by Siouxsie & the Banshees called Eve White/Eve Black, you might be aware that I’m being a bit derivative in the title of this post, a little nod to my youth. I used to hang round with a bunch of people who played this song at the wrong speed on the turntable – 33 instead of 45 rpm (that’s a record Kids!) – scared the wits out of ourselves. It’s not the sunniest of songs. For those of you interested or old enough, here’s a link to it on youtube.

Shoot! I’ll just embed it here:

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I’ve been listening a lot recently to My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless which, depending on how you measure it, is twenty years old this year. ThisĀ abstract, noodling record is beloved of shoegazers the world over and I’m still enjoying it after all this time. It suits my current mood, somewhat introspective and a bit concerned about what the immediate future holds. I can’t assimilate how and why our situation has crashed so catastrophically and quickly –Ā it’s time to reassess andĀ figureĀ out what’s next.