Regular Random – Antique Keys

Last week’s Fob Watch post sparked the idea for this week’s post with the same set up and different subject; a set of replica antique keys. As it turns out there really isn’t a whole lot to photograph with a set of keys, so I got all artsy and out of focus, over exposed etc.

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I think next week I need to go find some flowers 🙂

Don’t forget to visit Desley Jane’s page for all the details of Regular Random.  Til then, happy snapping…

~ Julz

In the Studio – Alice, Through the Looking Glass

“I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Don’t you just love it, when everything falls into place; the stars are in alignment and Karma is your friend? I had a dream shoot recently, the skies were sunny and clear (although we were shooting in the studio, but I had to doors open most of the time to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.We had a new Make-up artist who did an amazing job; Micaela Hannan. My model for the day was Jess Ami, who has the most amazing large eyes and expressive face. Both arrived on time, no flat batteries, tyres or traffic hazards to hold things up. Make-up went smoothly and the shoot was a dream. I didn’t even have a drama with the cupcakes this time!

Alice, through the looking glass was the inspiration behind this shoot and I had been writing idea, after idea in my journal; I had all my ideas planned out and my props selected and set up. It was such a cruisy day, we took plenty of breaks and had lots of fun.

I then spent a fair bit of the next few days going through all the images. Some I wanted kept basic, bare bones or B&W, but a few I ran into Photoshop for a little bit of Magic……I mean honestly, what is Alice without a little magic?

I played around with some High Key and some more vintage stylings as well as a softer, fantasy/surreal stylings. To say I was happy with the images is a complete understatement.

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To be honest I am still going through the images, we had such a flurry of activity, I have not edited them all as yet.

We even had time to shoot some more images for my Tarot Series……….cue the Page of Wands, The Moon and The Empress please….but let’s leave those for another post?

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Page of Wands

I actually have another Alice shoot in the works, but more on the Mad Hatters Tea Party……….but that is another day and another post.

~ Julz

 

Regular Random – The Fob Watch

As per usual I seem to be running behind on this challenge, but I have hopefully made good on something a little more interesting.

I needed some better images of my Fob Watch for an image I was working on…

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Tick, Tock, Time Keeper

So I thought I might actually set up a little mini photo shoot, with my Fob Watch as the star. I have had this particular watch for nearly 30 years and there is a sad little story to go along with it, maybe one day I’ll go into details, but it was a whole other life ago. I dragged it out of hiding perhaps a little more than a year ago and it has sweet bitter memories, but now I am creating new memories, sweet, funny and creative memories. So I set myself up for 5 minutes, using one studio light and my Nifty Fifty.

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Oh and they are not in B&W………just very little colour 🙂 silver watch, white cloth, grey stoneware bowl.

Want to join in on Regular Random? Visit Desley Jane’s BlogDesley Jane’s Blog, Robyn at Captivate Me has some stunning shots this week of pears as well

~ Julz

 

In the studio – Working on the Tarot with Jess Ami

Back in the studio, working on my Tarot Series again, this time with gorgeous Jess Ami…..we’ve done the Cup and the Sword, this time I am working on my newly acquired wand…..well it’s more of a staff really. I have been searching around on random trips for the perfect piece of wood, Moth took it into his toolshed and created some of his magic…..honestly I should have taken a before photo, it looks amazing. and it has not even been touched by French Polish in these shots yet.

So we managed to get a few more images off; Page of Wands, Ace of Wands and The Moon and The Empress. Wow I can’t believe how fast I am getting through them. But with more travelling on the cards, it will be awhile before I get to do many more I think.

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Ace of Wands

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Page of Wands

The Empress

The Empress

The Moon

The Moon

So far, I am completely in love with this series, it’s been fun, interesting and very creative.

~ Julz

Monday Musings…

Such a fabulous weekend, of late Indian Summer weather, celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with friends at the RSL (Returned Serviceman’s League), good food, good friends, great music and got to see a friend perform on stage with her Irish Dancing.

Saturday I had such an amazing day, working with a new Make-up Artist Micaela and the wonderful Jess Ami on a Alice in Wonderland/ Through the Looking Glass concept shoot.

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Still going through all the images, will run a separate post on this, you can catch some on my Facebook Page. Spent a quiet night watching TV with hubby, while the girls were both out, even had an early night. Spent Sunday editing and catching up on a few odd jobs around the house, even did a tidy up on the studio……..trust me it needed it. This week, is tying up a few loose ends before we start getting ready for our Outback Adventure; yes folks we are off again! This time it’s a convoy of photographers (I think there is about 30 of us), going out in the outback, Broken Hill, Silverton, Mungo and Swan Hill……several other places as well, days of deserts and gold mining towns, desolate buildings and farm land, the great Australian Outback, sunrise, sunsets and night time astro shooting…….should be a hoot, exhausting, but fun! So much to get organised and I have not really done anything!

I hopefully have another shoot on Saturday and then a big family get together on Sunday……..and then it is all back to Monday again.

I hope you all have a fabulous week and happy snapping…

~ Julz

Tuesday’s Textures…The Tarot

I know I wrote last week about the new series I have started based loosely on the Rider Waite Tarot Card deck, and I am pretty sure I wrote a post about the actual deck of cards, somewhere in the deep murky past; I just can’t find it. No Matter Google to the rescue more info here. So…….back on topic I came up with the start of an idea when I found the cards again, but had so much stuff on the go I put it on the backburner for 2017. Slowly my images are dropping into my lap………I am not kidding; it’s like I have a genie or something. I needed to find sword, cup, wand and pentacle for the minor arcana and some of the major. I said one day I need to find a sword, nothing fancy just a plain medievale type broadsword…..but not so heavy. BAM! I walk into a store who were selling the perfect plastic sword, at 50% off! Then one of my models asked if I had anything in planning and I said yes you would be perfect, booked that weekd, BAM! Melissa is just perfect with her long red hair.

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Death

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Page of Swords

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The Hierophant

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The Sun

Even the coins in The Sun were recently bough for another shoot.

The Cup happened in pretty much the same way, I was on eBay looking for something else and this randomly popped up, not to expensive and perfect Wiccan goblet for my needs. I had just booked my Date with Hayley (New Model), when my goblet turned up via courier from UK!…….so here is the start of the Cup cards

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Page of Cups

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Ace of Cups

Models, props, ideas are flowing freely on this one, so many ideas and not enough time to shoot! Already have another shoot lined up soon and now need to find Pentacles (Perhaps I will find something perfect or make it) and a Wand or Staff. Perhaps they will suddenly turn up now, as I have need for them soon.

As you can see most of the images are square cropped, but once a top and tail are added, they can be used to perhaps make a deck of cards. I will post more as they get done, a sneak peek.

~ Julz

 

Back in the studio – Introducing Hayley…

I recently got a call from a fellow photography that a model she worked with would love to work with me on some of my concept/fantasy images. Sure, why not if they are happy to work for free, then I am happy to take their picture. I have more ideas than I have time to shoot and have available models for, so the more models the better.

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Time to see what the future holds

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Wishes

So I had a few ideas and we met on a sunny Saturday for a shoot in the studio, so a little bit of playing around and some Photoshop magic and we had the starting for a new series for my Latest Kaizen Group Project, few more fantasy images and a couple more images for my Tarot Series……..I have mentioned about my new long term series haven’t I?

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Page of Cups

Mmmmm…maybe I haven’t. Well I had this great idea to take a pack of Waite Tarot cards and create an image based on every card, especially the Major Arcana. I have different models arranged for different Minor Arcana, Cups (above), Swords, Wands and Pentacles.I have purchased a sword (actually just plastic, but looks cool) and I had this cup shipped out from the UK; very Wiccan! In fact I feel a very Wiccan vibe with all the shoots so far, strong, young, powerful women embracing life and creativity, even on some of the darker cards.

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Ace of Cups

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The High Priestess

So I have three shoots down and have finished off ten cards, and it’s only March……..wow really kicking it. Will do a post with some of the Tarot Images a little further down the line.

~ Julz

Regular Random

Every week Desley Jane host Regular Random, spend five minutes with the subject of your choice and go to town; up, down, over, under etc, etc…….Desley did her adorable dog GG this week, check it out.

I managed to get quite a bit done this weekend, one of the things I managed was to actually set up for this week’s Regular Random; some pretty dried flowers and hand dyed cheesecloth (as opposed to running around with a camera for 5 minutes after work one night trying to find something to shoot). My Five minutes of Regular Randomness actually yielded more photos, but I thought this was plenty to bore you with;

Oh…these are all shot with my 35mm Prime between F/1.8 and F/4.0 with natural light only, and edited with one of my new presets for Lightroom – Slightly Shadows (Still Life Preset Selection). This preset and other cool textures and preset sets are available free to download here.

~ Julz