We've been freezing all winter here by the Canadian border (Canada: where winter goes to spend the summer). And I'm sure that's no surprise to the rest of you, judging by all the news reports about freakishly low temperatures across the lower United States.
But we've finally had a reprieve. And what a reprieve!
been in the 40's and 50's for days and days of deliciousness now. To
some of you that may seem like a cold snap, but if you've been living in
the minuses, 40 feels glorious. We're talking shorts weather, Baby!
(Not quite, but almost.)
It's also the perfect time for
a little photography outbreak. It's so much easier to get the best
performance out of your models when they're not in danger of freezing to
death. Divas! However, since I was planning to be one of the models
this time, I have to say that in this instance warmth was a good idea.
had a really cool place I wanted to shoot at for a while now. I first
saw it this winter while I was driving home during a baby blizzard. An
abandoned old farmstead, it was hidden and softened by the falling
snowflakes, but I saw enough to know it was pretty amazing. Unlike most
wooden structures up here, the owners had built their farm out of stone
work. There was a house, a stable, the foundation of a large barn and
what looked like a chicken coop. I made a mental note to come back some
day in better weather and check it out.
Well, the site more than lived up to my expectations and
Tiggy and I began making plans to meet after school for some beauty
shots of both of us. Pretty ambitious plan, to try to be both the
photographer and the model in the same afternoon. Usually I spend
a good portion of any given photo shoot on the ground searching for the
best angles---not something I was eager to do in a fancy dress! Not to
mention the constraints of a dress that was NOT made for vigorous
Still, I hoped with a little planning I could make it work. I brought along a quilt to lie on in case that became necessary.
And I wore puddle stomper boots on my feet. Not very delicate, but a good call....
Especially when I looked down at one point and found myself ankle deep in an ancient, yet somehow fresh and juicy, cow pie.
Someone else I know wore only slipper boots. Someone else was sorry. Very sorry.
I had it all covered. Except for the part about full-charged batteries.
THAT part I left out! And so it was that after only a few pictures of
Tiggy, my first battery died.
So. Not. Fair.
I changed batteries, but I knew the second one never lasted long and I only had a few minutes before it went dead, too.
those few minutes were spent taking pictures of me. Hey, I only get
fixed up every couple of years----this was an event!
was playing mood music on her Iphone so we could be "just like real
models", but once she started holding the camera, she had nowhere to put
her phone. The ground was the consistency of thick soup, so we didn't
dare set it down anywhere. I ended up with it stuck inside my sleeve.
Interesting trying to be a romantic renaissance maiden while your arm
plays Taylor Swift....
then---the last battery died. After the heart-rending cries of dismay
were over, I decided to make the best of it and use Tiggy's Iphone to
take some more pictures----might as well as long as we were there. I'd
never done much with smart phone photography before, but it was kind of
fun and the picture quality was decent.
Until the Iphone battery died.
that we went back to the house and charged up her phone for a few
minutes so we could take some more pictures out in the yard. Not the
most romantic place in the world, but better than nothing.
the rest of these were taken with the Iphone. But don't feel bad if
you've never gotten results like this---they were all edited to death on
my computer in post-production.
This gentle "stream" is actually a mud puddle in my front yard. It's amazing what a little creative cropping will do! And it came with a bonus drowned rodent floating in it. Yech!
The flowing "stream" in real life...
And with a little photo-shop magic...
digital editing is a wonderful thing. At last, we can always look
skinny, never have flaws, and remain radiant and ageless...as long as we
never actually leave the house so people see us in person!