Dieter underneath Waterloo bridge. Nice light there.

Dieter underneath Waterloo Bridge

Tried out the 105mm lens . Very different to my 50mm one. More intimate. Strong colours.gracie105mm lens again.The focus is only along the outline of her profile

Portraits in my home studio

Practising studio lighting

The background is not yet evenly lit. I used one flashlight from left to get rid of the shadows on the wall . I should have used two, I think. Aimed for butterfly lighting from the front, using a soft box.

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This is Ann, kindly sitting for me

Again the background is not evenly lit. And Katja doesn’t have the light from the soft box in her eyes.But I like their expression and the way they are sitting on the chair.

Katja and Leo
Katja and Leo

The left picture is butterfly lighting , the right one Rembrandt.Using only one soft box. I should have may be used two soft boxes for the right photo,or positioned the model further away from the background and put one light against the background. Next time.

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Dieters photo taken with a soft box and butterfly lighting.

Daffodils are my assigned studio objects. I was trying different ways .Overexposed against the flashlight, so it would like I am shooting into the sunlight.Or using blue background, making it look like against the sky. Or lost inside daffodils.

Daffodil, Wendy and a handbag

I researched Cindy Sherman, amongst others for my studio project, because I was inspired by the way she uses light in a very obvious way to create certain moods and even narratives. It made me think to think may be of a concept or sth I want to bring across , even when taking just a portrait.

by Cindy Sherman


In the portrait with the daffodil, since it is a plastic one, it was the idea of a woman with her out of fashion handbag to be waiting for something. A contained mood.

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Wendy and the Daffodil

Taken in the college studio. Black background, Beauty dish from the right side. Snoot light (which is a very pointed light) from the left. I was inspired by Cindy Sherman,who creates different moods by changing t he light. Depending on the focus, strength and direction of the light one creates completely different moods.I wanted the focus of the light by mainly on the daffodil followed by the face.

For Health and Safety

I had to make sure the table is sturdy enough for Wendy to sit on. No cables running across , not to trip over. Make sure the lights had cooled down, before I wanted to change it from soft box to snoot.




Daffodil studio shot


Taken in the college studio , white background and one light from the left, hence the strong shadow, which I actually like. It gives it a  sunny feel. The daffodils are a mixture of plastic perfect ones and some real ones which are on their way out. The vase is from my grandmother. The shadow on the vase has the same colour like the shadow on the ground

friendsTwo friends.


Postcode Project

Tolworth by day

iso250  28mm  f6.3   1/30sec
iso250  28mm   f13   1/3sec
iso250   28mm   f13   1/4sec
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iso250   28mm   f5.0   1/30

Tolworth is quite a bleak place, at any time of the year.But it has something intriguing  for me. Not alone because of the Tolworth tower.I went there a few times in order to take pictures for this postcode project.I started approaching the Tolworth tower , taking pictures from different angels . But it never came across as imposing as it is, on my photographs. Then I thought I want to have people in my pictures and set out and took some photos with people . But at the end , when I went through all of the images in order to select the ones for my project, I chose 5 that are more about spaces, underpasses and materials, concrete, asphalt, paint and neon light mixed with daylight.And the small details, graffiti, rubbish, leaves , and the wear of time on the materials and paints.Like cracks in the asphalt and faded paint.I did learn about exposure. And most of all ,with the corridors , I learned about lens correction .Which lines are the important ones to have straight.I also learned to use the sharpening tool.


Tolworth at night

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iso80  50mm  f1.8  0.8sec
iso250  50mm  f4.0  0.5sec

For those three images I used longer shutter speed, stabilising my camera, on bollards or similar items that I found. A tripod would have been the better option, only I would have been less agile. It was interesting to experience what light does with longer shutter speeds. The size of the bouquets in the photo with the black car on the left, or the way it paints a wide red stripe,as seen on the relevant image.



Richmond Park

iso250  105mm  f3.5  1/250sec
iso250  28mm  f3.5  1/250
iso250  28mm  f5.0  1/250

In those park pictures, I experienced the effect of wider aperture . How the leaves, fern and orange grass in the foreground are in focus , whilst the background is blurred. With the 28mm lens the trees and grasses further away are less blurred than the trees in the background of photo Nr 1, where I used the 105mm lens. On the orange grass I used some fill in flash to pronounce the brightness of the orange.  I learned how to get more control over the outcome of the image. For example to read the light of the ground, not the sky. And then compromise if I want the sky or the ground a little over or underexposed.


Health and Safety

I didn’t come across any health and safety issues, apart from scanning the area each time before taking a photo to ensure I was safe in terms of people and traffic for the few minutes it took to take each photo.