Thursday, December 31, 2009
My friend Marie-Therese, is visiting for the Holidays with daughter Sophie who is 22. I have been friends with Marie-Therese for many years. I've not seen her, since I last went to visit her in the small town, of Crouy-sur-Ourcq which is just an hour outside of Paris. My friend runs a small Inn and restaurant in this town where she was born. MT as she calls herself, is staying with another close friend of ours.
My friend is one of those people who don't like to be photographed. The first thing she does, when I pick up a camera, is she turns around or puts a hand up in front of her face. I don't have one decent shot of her from my last trip! She is absolutely impossible! When I went to visit her & our friend Susan the other day, I decided to very quietly film everybody while we sat around toasting the holidays, with her family's home-made Eau de Vie she brought for the occasion. I quietly let the camera run (I love the fact you can now film with a 35mm camera) Gotcha! Now I have something of my friend!
On Tuesday, Susan, Marie-Therese, and Sophie came to visit us. They brought a whole mess of clams - a treat for those of us, who now live in the country and not near the seashore anymore. We polished off many raw clams and sat around and talked. My friend Susan, a very natural person, was totally comfortable with me taking a photo of her, as she was talking & laughing. The light was so pretty as it lit up her hair from a side window at our dining room table. Now here's a photo tip - when trying to capture the ambiance of a room, mix the light by shooting on M or A at a wide-open aperture. Depending on the available light, you might want to tweak down the strobe, a bit, so it looks more natural. Here is an example, not in any way a great shot, but it captures my friend Susan and you will get the idea. As for a photo of Marie-Therese it's a good thing she was caught opening clams!
For anyone interested in visiting Marie-Therese Frogneux's Restaurant & Inn in Crouy-sur-Ourcq here is the address and phone number -
1 Place du Marche
77840 Crouy sur Ourcq France
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Remember when photographing back-lit to open up approximately a stop and a half or possibly more. The exposure correction will depend on the amount of back-light you have and what you are photographing. I found the shape of this small decoration very beautiful and appealing because of its simplicity. I thought it would make a beautiful holiday greeting.