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Behind The Lens


I took this photo in my garden in Hackney East London.


I remember it was quite late in the afternoon and the light was dimming, it was overcast and started to rain lightly as soon as I got the armchair out there!


I had my daughter stand to the right of me with a reflector and I bounced some light onto the subject, I didn't want any harsh light but I did want my subject well lit and without harsh shadows, tho with a hedge for the head I didn't really need to worry about racoon eyes! :)


I used the 24-70 Nikon. Its my work horse lens but I'm using it more and more in my creative work as I think its a really great versatile lens to work with especially if you want variety in the scene that you are working with. I used the Nikon 610 camera body and also the SB900 flash.


I love quirky images. I try to use a lot of imagination in my personal work and love to see if I can make an unusual idea happen in front of the camera. I want the viewer to interpret my images themselves. I once felt so overwhelmed that I said " my head may as well be a hedge" and that was my inspiration. Doing something normal but with a hedge as a head. Then I thought it would be fun to make it even odder by putting the chair in an unexpected place. It was super fun actually and that photography book has a great cover so I loved including it.


I did quite a lot of colour work on this image. The chair is actually green but I felt like it blended into the garden too much. I wanted the colours to be too vivid to be real giving it a bold and surreal feel. I brought all the focus to the subject by darkening the surroundings and I added a texture to soften the tree in the background.

In my camera bag

I have dreams about losing my equipment! my bag has so many buckles, not at all practical but safe housing for my Nikon D610. I have three lenses at the moment that serve me well for different reasons. I love the 24-70 for its versatility, The 50mm 1.4 for its sharpness and well I just love it and the 105mm for its beautiful creaminess!


I usually make a list of what I am going to need and then a tweakable plan of how I am going to execute it. The last part always changes when I'm actually doing it but thats photography! generally photographers as creatives have wonderful imaginations and I would encourage stepping out and trying new things it really is healthy and a lot of fun!

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