Friday, July 16, 2010

Poison Japanese Jasmine


Now that taking pictures of myself has become more of an undertaking - what with needing my tripod, two lenses, (one that only half works), my remote, the energy to run back and forth after a long work day, etc - I've noticed that while the original goal was "fashion" photography, I've become more concerned with simply staging a decent picture than with the elements of my outfit.  While my lack of emphasis on unique clothing and accessory choices sort of kills the "fashion" element of it all, I do like that my focus is on learning how to play with light at different times of day, play with the focus, even utilizing the broken zoom on my wide angle lens, and try to pair backgrounds with clothes.  Taking a daily "outfit" photo is too much work, but I like creating an editorial style photograph, and I hope to improve at it, as well as all aspects of picture taking.

In these photos, I truly suffered to create them.  Those are morning glories growing on the fence, with a few springs of Japanese Jasmine interwoven between them in spots.  I learned the hard way that leaning into the Japanese Jasmine vines makes my skin burn horribly, turn red, and prickle with hard bumps all over.  Nothing calamine lotion didn't heal - forty-five minutes later.  I sucked it up and finished shooting - tell me that's not being a trooper!  After the first couple backwards shots I couldn't do anymore because the exposed part of my back had turned bright red, as had the backs of my arms, haha.  If I ever wanted to pretend I was a super hero, the time has finally come - I've found my kryptonite!  And it's a flower.  Sigh.


Dress: Wal-Mart.  I am fascinated, still, by the ability to buy clothes and groceries at the SAME TIME.
Shoes: Classified
Necklace: from Buffalo Exchange in Dallas

5 comments:

Sam said...

I'm drawn to the out of focus photos. Something dreamy about them!

Michelle said...

Looks like you're getting the hang of taking pictures - these are great :D

Sidewalk Chalk said...

I'm loving your photos, and the out of focus ones too. You are really doing such a great job. I've been really drawn to doing editoral-style photos too -- even though I sometimes have Jeremiah to do it for me, I like knowing how to take them on my own too. But like you said, it really can be suffering for art. 100+ degree weather and bugs everywhere isn't exactly ideal for looking perfect...

You're moving to ATL? When?!? I'm so excited for you. Athens is not too far -- about 70ish miles away -- so I'd love to hang out whenever you're settled.

Robyn said...

I am awful when forced to take my own photos. These are pretty spectacular. You look whimsical, and summer perfect.

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

Beautiful photos, dear! Take care.

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