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Mother of Pearl

October 18th, 2010

This picture was part of a test of some new gear I got: a Lastolite HiLite Illuminated Background.¬†And I have to say, I love the background. It’s easy to set up and dismantle and works beautifully. One of the best (read most fun) investments in gear I’ve made yet.

Pictured is one of a set of two chairs which come with a folding games (cards, chess and backgammon) table. They’re wood inlaid with mother-of-pearl and handmade in Syria, a country with a long tradition in, and famous for, the handcrafting of quality mosaic furniture.

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The Kids

June 23rd, 2010

I have a newfound respect for photographers who specialise in portraits of children.

A while back I set up to make portraits of my little cousins (10, 7 and 4), who are shining stars each. We turned the photography project into a game and made an afternoon of it. But my, was it challenging. They seemed to always manage to sit still for just long enough for me to compose a shot, but would then move at the precise moment I’d press the shutter. Gah.

That wouldn’t have been so bad except I was also experimenting with light. I had them backlit by a harsh flash (set on any of floor, a table, or sofa) while another flash (mostly hand-held to camera left) provided a softer light to illuminate their features and bring out a catch-light in their eyes.

Here are some of the results.

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