The last week we have had our fantastic friends Ade and Lou over to stay.
Sian and I went to school with Adrian and we were all firm friends. Ade, now a proper writer (seriously, check out his book The Mariner, on Amazon…it is definitely worth a read) was responsible for my love of the theatre – writing a play at the age of 14 and asking me to direct it. Amongst Much ado about Cutlery, a camp rendition of Dracula, an adaptation of Lord of the Rings and various other shenanigans, we had a great time together. We then went to college and, as time seems oh so well to do, we got stuck into our own thing and drifted apart.
Until Krissy’s wedding. We were utterly, utterly delighted to catch up with our dear friends of old, and between some speeches, some dancing and a lot of champagne, we hatched a plan for the pair to come and visit us in Barbados. And I am so glad they did, not least for the company, and the drinking and the stories and the memories and the debates – but just because it is great to hang out and re-kindle lost friends.
…And speaking of lost friends, Ade and Lou have a camera ever-so-similar to my first.
Well, this is a photography blog after all 😉
When I started shooting, I did what anyone does – I bought the best camera I could afford with a kit lens. In my case, it was a Nikon D80 with an 18-135. Ade and Lou have the more modern, albeit much smaller D3100 with an 18-55 lens, and very nice it is too. We were all relaxing on the beach together on Friday and as the sun started setting, Ade asked if I would mind taking a few shots with his camera. I was, of course, happy to oblige.
I now shoot with an amazing full frame camera, and have at my disposal a host of wonderful lenses and accessories (you all know how much I love my flash) – so you must forgive me for being a little hesitant at the results I would be able to achieve.
In a desperate bid to prove that the photographer makes the picture, not the camera – I present this series…and, to be honest, I am pretty darned chuffed with myself…Shall we discuss?
First thought for me was, of course, to shoot silhouette. I hate the horrible and hard light that the little pop up flash produces, so the first thing we did was run around in the water a bit whilst I framed nicely and shot fast, to emphasise the colours of that wonderful sky.
Following that, we sat together on the beach, and I covered that wretched, small light that sits atop the viewfinder and craned my hand around to bend and bounce the light into a softer, more flattering light…it’s no speedlight through a 32″ umbrella – but it is better than nothing.
And as the sun set, and the light disappeared, and we played a little more, I noticed that little street lamp up on top of the pier…
A quick shift of white balance, a little bit of posing…and I got my favourite shot of the evening.
(Hopefully) Proof that “the camera a photographer maketh” is not true!
Thanks for a fabulous time – it was wonderful to catch up, re-acquaint, and generally remember just how awesome you are.