We went to Bone Gully in Kuitpo Forest south of Adelaide recently, specifically to shoot on Hasselblads: the relatively old H4D40 digital camera and the much older 500CM film camera, loaded with Kodak Portra 400. Twelve shots on the roll, one roll only. Focussing this camera is quite difficult, it has no autofocus, no auto exposure, no auto anything. No electronics, no battery. When I got the film back I found that 6 shots were a little out of focus, the other six were good. I did not shoot tight enough, so the resultant scanned images have been cropped in Lightroom, no other changes made.
A short video
If you saw my last post, you will know that I visited Brownhill Creek with Sophia Anna and shot some still photographs. We also shot a small amount of video, testing a different video setup. Here is my edit:
More Personal Work
The Woman in Black
I went out to Brownhill Creek on a not too warm spring morning with the wonderful Sophia Anna, primarily to shoot with the blooming wattle, but also to test some video gear, and use a black cloak I’ve had for a while.
The video was not wonderful, but useful in learning some limitations of the equipment. The stills photography was much more successful. Here some images of Sophia in black.
Showcasing the latest Jaase dresses in store for Coltish. We shot one roll of film on the Hasselblad – 12 shots, one is from a previous shoot, one was lost because of lens flare:
Shoot with Amy Caldwell
We were lucky enough to have a shoot with Amy Caldwell at Heywood Park in Hyde Park Adelaide. Lucky also in that the weather cooperated and gave us the big softbox sky rather than the usual blowtorch Adelaide summer sun. For this shoot we borrowed some clothes from Coltish Boutique on King William Road: the Daisy Royale Top from Dasha the Label, and the Venice Wrap skirt. The colours matched Amy’s red hair and the greens and browns of the park perfectly. As another outfit we paired the Daisy Royale top with Minkpink’s Mandala Wonderpants, and obtained an image which I can call the Heart and Soul of Boho.
Classic High Heels
While looking for something to add to my Shoe Photography portfolio, I came across these shoes, called Swift, by Skin Footwear. Shoes are among my favorite products to photograph, both because they can incorporate beautiful design, and because to the challenges in presenting them in an interesting way. High heels offer the best opportunities to a designer to produce beautiful curves. In this shoe the designer has excelled themselves. There is probably an optimum heel height for the best curve in the sole of the shoe, and this height is probably too great for the health of the foot. This has not stopped women (and in some periods of history, men) from wearing high heels. The slim heel in this design, close to the classical stiletto heel first seen in the 1950’s, could only be constructed with modern materials and methods.
At one time, the wealthy wore platforms under their shoes to keep them out of the mud. An elevated heel was also found to be indispensable by horse riders, as the heel prevented the foot from slipping through the stirrup. Men wore high heeled shoes in the French court following the fashion of the king, Louis XIV. This was primarily to add height and dominance to the wearer.
There is a great deal of nonsense written about heels generally and high heels in particular. Journalists, never known for the depth of their knowledge on any subject, seem to just make stuff up when writing on this subject. For some authoritative writing on the subject, see this article explaining why the French heel is no longer seen today: The American Duchess
There are a great many types of heels seen by a student of fashion over the years from the time of Louis onward. French, Cuban, and Spanish heels to mention a few were all distinct patterns of heel design. The Cuban heel is still popular, especially on riding boots and possibly Flamenco shoes. The stiletto heel is a development of the Itallian or Kitten heel. With such a variety, more shoes are going to find their way into my Shoe Photography portfolio.
I came across these shoes by accident. Though nearly new, they had been discarded. So I added some glitter….