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Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Learning. Do you do it for its own sake, or because you have a specific reason to find out about something, possibly how to do something?

If you’re a scientist, you will find beauty in learning for its own sake, in blue sky research. You may well have an airy confidence that somewhere along the line there will be a practical application, but you know that if you don’t explore, you’ll never find anything.

If you’re an accountant, you will want to have some assurance that whatever happens, it can be monetarised. The idea of multiple lines of enquiry (or many different types of vaccine in development) may well appal you, as it means a poor return on investment.

A humanitarian will seek to improvement and development of all: a politician will want to know if there are votes in it (or if there might be, in future).

And an artist will want to look at everything, and see how many different lenses she can view the world through… At which point, I’m tempted to start chanting ‘Lens, Lens, Baby!’ You might write a book about a man who can talk to a two-headed llama along the way.

I’m working on Layers in my digital processing. I have, at times, wondered if there’s much application for the technique in the work I do – and yesterday I found it. The pull to go with the push of trying something new and pointless (like learning to touch-type).

Four hours in a studio. A declaration of facts and temperature (taken with the studio thermometer: I cleaned my hands immediately afterwards, of course). And two things that mean I really need to get Layers sorted. A lot of pictures to practice with.

Because – large as the studio was – the background was a bit mixed for two of the sets of pictures we shot – with a parachute skirt, and with an aerial hoop.

Of course, I want to go back and do it again with more kit (a big black backdrop!) so that the edit is easy. I might also see if I can find a second photographer to help with throwing the dress, and stabilising the hoop (it turns, so that – with a fixed background – you have to keep rushing to reset the position, because the model hanging from it can’t control it!)

Today, you get two utterly unprocessed images. If you’d like to play with a RAW file, please get in touch…


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dudler Avatar
dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
22 Aug 2020 9:34AM
The model is Freya, shot at Silverwell Studio.
mistere Avatar
mistere Plus
10 36 8 England
22 Aug 2020 10:55AM
Learning is always fun, getting it wrong and figuring out why is all part of the enjoyment.
Looks like a nice big studio. If you need a volunteer to assist, I'd be happy to help out SmileSmileSmile
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chase Plus
18 2.5k 682 England
22 Aug 2020 11:47AM
If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.

Love that parachute dress !
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kaybee 19 8.7k 28 Scotland
22 Aug 2020 1:23PM
A case of terrible wind and a penny bicycle .......... an interesting shoot for sure.
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dudler Plus
20 2.1k 2048 England
22 Aug 2020 3:45PM
Dave - so noted...

Janet - I chose images that I don't plan to edit (a high proportion of out-takes with this stuff) for this blog - these really are SOOC JPG files.

Roy - the wind out of doors was driving rain through the skylights... No baked beans were harmed in the making of that picture.
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bluesandtwos 13 544 1 England
22 Aug 2020 5:10PM
In answer to the first question, both. Smile

mistere Avatar
mistere Plus
10 36 8 England
22 Aug 2020 7:01PM
Learning, one of the joys of being awake Smile We all have the capacity to do it all the time. 'Every day's a school day'
No layers. Just a quick 5 minute play with a local adjustment. Needs tidying up around her hair but Anne's just called
'dinners ready' Smile
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20 2.1k 2048 England
22 Aug 2020 9:02PM
Some of the other images are more of a challenge...


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