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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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9 Jun 2020 11:56AM   Views : 414 Unique : 266


I’m blogging rather late today – which I had planned.

But I’d expected to be writing after lunchtime, and to be reporting back on taking pictures of Amethyst in the woods. British weather, though, halted proceedings.

So I was up early, breakfasted, and then the message came through: the weather in the area my model lives in, near the woods, was getting worse, and it was chilly out. That's bad news if the plan is to shoot art nudes.

At other times, we could have rung round studios to find a place to work: social distancing means that’s not possible.


It’s ironic, given the delightful weather we’ve had during most of the lockdown, but that’s life.

What I should have done was go for a walk, and then write: instead, I had another hour’s sleep, wasted an hour trying to make a wireless security camera work, and then decided to write about frustration.

So today’s advice – unless you’re very, very laid back indeed – is to have a Plan B with any photographic intentions. Take a spare battery, spare cards, even a spare camera body. Work out what you’ll do if the weather turns, or your model is ill.

And enjoy some of the pictures I took the first time that I took my cameras into the woods with Amethyst – which turns out to be little short of two years ago…


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chase Avatar
chase Plus
18 2.5k 682 England
9 Jun 2020 12:56PM
Only plan B John, I'm usually at plan F on a good day...indoors, outdoors, wendy house, computer room or kitchen......decisions, decisions Wink
mistere Avatar
mistere Plus
10 37 8 England
9 Jun 2020 1:13PM
Bugger. You had a visit from Sod's Law and Murphy's Law. One thing you can always rely on is the unpredictability of the British climate.
A plan B for the current situation would have to involve a converted camper-van or a mobile studio. Or some industrial strength space heaters.
Perhaps August is a safer bet.
Loved your images from the 2018 shoot. They were, and still are, very inspirational.
AltImages Avatar
AltImages 3 4
9 Jun 2020 1:20PM
Nice photos John. But I rarely have a Plan B. I recall doing a two hour art nude shoot in the snow and part blizzard at times. OK it was a bit chilly, but I had an extra jumper on. Lol. In fairness it was the model who asked me to shoot in the snow. Apparently she was only in bed for two days and on antibiotics for ten days. I recall seeing photos of another model friend of mine wearing a mermaid tail in the sea .... in late January. Clearly some models are better than others at suffering for art. Lol.
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20 2.1k 2048 England
9 Jun 2020 4:24PM
I recall a model who wanted to lie in the snow, and I think you know her... Five minutes in the garden, twenty with a fan heater on her feet and a cuppa in her hands.

As it goes, I've discovered a location quite close to home, and currently plan to shoot there late this week. Plan B, that day, is to stay in bed.
AltImages Avatar
AltImages 3 4
9 Jun 2020 9:42PM
Not sure who you mean, as we have shot with plenty of models in common and I certainly seem to know quite a few of the 'I'll try everything twice' kind of model. Smile
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20 2.1k 2048 England
10 Jun 2020 11:51AM
The one whose partner is a rigger... I think that probably defines tightly: if I add that they do rigging performances in normal times, it definitely does.

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