05 September 2014
03 September 2014
So fun to see your contributions! I've picked some of my favorites, and I'm gonna allow myself to comment them too... I hope you don't mind!
I made my photo (top) in a small hurry and didn't really surprise myself with the result. But, I do like the shiny-ness I got in the hair. Or rather, in the hair-helmet.
I chose this one first because I think Lauren did a great job with light and color. I do think it's a little annoying that the hair goes over her upper lip (it would be more harmonic a bit lower) but composition isn't always as important as color and light! Make sure the skin on your model isn't magenta! That's so important for the right mood and balance. And I think the skin is very good here and the sun flare is just soft enough.
Great depth in this one! And I like how the girl looks like a precious fruit. Since she has such a kind face the lipstick really works for the photo. I also like the matte calm colors. No magenta in the skin tone :) If I could comment anything it would be that perhaps the brightness in the top left corner steals a little attention for her face, but it's toned down already so it isn't a biggie.
Iris van Vliet
If the last girl was like a fruit, this girl is like a lion. I like the fierceness in her gaze, and I appreciate the drawings on the face.
If I could give any tips, it might be to matte it down a bit. To put some sort of blue or reddish color in the blacks of the picture. So that the contrasts aren't so hard.
Signe Fuglesteg Luksengard (tumblr)
This one is from my homegirl Signe. She's always doing something unexpected nowadays. I've always liked how she mixes red and purple tones, I've seen it before in some of her photos. I thought this was an interesting way to solve the task. Fun to really focus on only the structure of the hair. Maybe it would have been great to see these three sets with three different hair types and with a tad more clarity in the actual hair :)
Gemma also focused a bit more on the actual hair. I thought it was really cute how she made it as water and placed a little paper boat in it. I think the photo could have had some darker colors and maybe a little less contrast. It's a great idea to keep working with!
This photo is funny and sweet. I love using masks :)
I appreciate a direct flash combined with warm tones. It's simple and real somehow. And I also like that the dark areas is tinted blue and not pitch black.
Hot tip from Uli would be not to have a tree behind the head. It will always look like you've got a tree-hat on. But once you've learned this lesson, you often never do the same mistake again. That's how it was for me anyways.
I think the photographers name goes so well together with the picture. I don't know if this is a self-portrait, but the girl sure looks like a Humle Rosenqvist (what a pretty name).
I like how it's so bright and sad. It feels like a girl from a Jane Austen book. Worried she'll never find a husband. The little bow in the hair does so much to ad to the mood. Without it the picture would loose it's vintage touch. If I would edit it I'd remove some of the red tones in the skin and maybe made her even brighter.
(If my readers don't know how to edit red tones, a quick way is to mask the face (ad some feather) - go to "selective color" - choose red - drag down the magenta. Sometimes doing this in the yellow channel can also help.)
Sweet and simple. The fabric of the dress works great with the lines of the door. I would have loved if the model was more symmetrical to the door though, I think that would have made it more peaceful :)
27 August 2014
Robert doesn't like his striped T-shirt though. I think he's super cute in stripes. But he doesn't agree. Also he says it itches (because it's in linnen fabric). That part I do understand because it does have an itchy texture. Oh well, at least we were stripy one night for this picture :)
23 August 2014
I’ve been thinking about the hair assignment and I’m actually having trouble deciding on what to shoot. I’d like to surprise myself… not do anything too predictable. Heh, easier said than done. I’m really hoping that you’re keen on the assignment too, I’d love to see your contributions.
I’m also working currently on a braid photo project which is why I’m extra interested in hair at the moment :)
I shot this photo in the birchforest last Saturday. Some of the branches were cut down and had been laying on the ground just long for the leaves to dry a little. So the whole place smelled like a luxurious sauna. It was great. I thought I would be alone so I could shoot this but I discovered that there was actually a path further down the forest so now and then people came by. But not too often…which had to mean the path wasn’t popular. It was marked with white dots. So after photographing and getting 3 ticks I picked 1,5 liter blackberries and went looking for the white path.
The weather was perfect. . It was 17 °C, cloudy, and I felt like one with the air. I wore jeans and a thin cotton sweater that barely touched the naked skin underneath. And NO bag. This is a big thing for me. I always have a super stuffed kånken backback – wherever I go. Packed with heavy camera, extra sweater, water, hairbrush, book etc. But now I only wanted the weight of my own body. I tiptoed around the berry bushes into the white path. It was strange. I’ve been in this forest so many times and never noticed this. It went the opposite way that I always do.
I came into a beautiful open field with a few trees and bushes. I climbed an oak tree and smelled the last summerair. Then the field formed into a hill and the view showed fluffy white cows. The path was really cozy. I found mushrooms and a larger pond with waterlilies, and eventually ended up right where I had been photographing.
Always great finding new places in a place you thought you'd already explored.
Always great finding new places in a place you thought you'd already explored.
19 August 2014
Photos from pinterest
My dear creative readers!
Remember we did a few assignment some time back? We had a Blue theme, A magical place and a Literature theme?
I feel like I've lost touch with my readers, since no one comments so much anymore it doesn't feel like such a crowded place anymore. I though a new assignment could be fun, so I learn more about you and also I know many of you are crazy talented. And I'd love to do this task together with you.
The theme is: "The Hair"
It can be anything from crazy hair in the wind - to a photo of hair covered in flour. It can also just be a nice hairdo captured in a nice way. You don't have to have yourself in the photo (although I do like self-portraits :) The hair doesn't need to be the main element in the picture either. Be creative with the theme!
And - it's about the hair on the head (beard also counts)- not the hair on the rest of your body.
I'm giving this two weekends and setting the deadline on September 2nd. Create a new photo, the idea of the task it not to participate with old material :)
Theme: The Hair
Format: 600 px wide
Deadline: 2 September
Submission: Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't forget: To add name and homepage/blog link in your email with the photo
And as usual I'll post my favorite submissions on the blog!
If you've got any questions just post them in the comment field and I'll answer asap.
17 August 2014
I think I'm super sensitive about my work-space. We also have the radio on all day which makes it harder for me to concentrate. Oh well, but that's life I guess. Buuut - that one time I worked from home - gosh was it easy for me to focus then. Maybe I'm the kind of person who needs her own room at work.
We have a small balcony with a great view but no one hardly ever sits there(why?).
By the time the clock was closing on midnight I went back home.
And that was that day.
12 August 2014
02 August 2014
Work starts on monday - but it's been a great vacation with a lot of bathing. I usually considered summers to be pretty boring, but since I met Robert this has really changed. And when you work full-time in front of a computer you appreciate summer a hundred times more - that's definitely an upside with work!