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CWCW6 – Cotswold Way – Circular Walk 6 – The Leckhampton Loop

My second walk today on the Cotswold Way, and I had the pleasure of Claire’s company on this walk. I was a bit surprised today as the guide said it should take between 2 and 2 1/2 hours to get around, but it took us about 4 hours (5 hours including our accidental detour). The extra time could well have been due to the slippy paths that were covered in ice, leaves pr both. But I am glad anyway – it really felt like we went for a decent walk rather than just a quick stroll.

This walk was 4 1/2 miles starting off at Seven Springs, going around to Devil’s Chimney, around to Sandy Lane and then back up to Seven Springs. We managed to make a slight detour up towards Coberly, but there were some interesting sights up that way anyway luckily.

The light today was very dull and the sky was very grey, so there weren’t a great deal of photo opportunities. I think this time of year isn’t ideal for photography, but at least I am finding places that will look fantastic when the warmer weather returns.

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Here are some links to walking websites I have found really useful

Rabbits!

On my way back from work, I noticed that all the rabbits were out in the snow on the Walls’ roundabout. So I went home, picked up my camera and made may way back to try and get some pictures. Now I’m not sure if they are psychic, but I must have been 40m away and just standing there, and as soon as I pulled the camera up to my eye, they all vanished! Poof!

So, I decided to take some pictures of the trees on Eastern Avenue – they looked stunning during the daylight (when I didn’t have time to go and shoot them), so I thought I would have a go and see what they turned out like shot under the sodium lights….. They don’t look very rabbit like though.

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I may have a crush on Ellie Goulding!

 

Hotel shoot at The George with the one and only Miss Pixie

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Bugs, bugs, everywhere. I do not want a cold thank you.

 

A location shoot at the derelict hotel with Ali Brooks

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We also tried some shots using my Bronica ETRSi and some Kodak 120mm TMax 400 film. There were some problems, but we managed to get some shots on the second roll through :)

 

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Pixie at Full Moon

A visit to Full Moon Studios with Miss Pixie

Pixie at Full Moon

A great day has been planned. A visit down to Lydney, Gloucestershire to visit Full Moon Studios and have a look around, and then a shoot with the fantastic Miss Pixie. She had a great outfit to wear that had she had not properly shot in before, and she also wanted to do some funky make up for her Make Up page – PixieFace.

I was convinced the shoot had not gone well, and was not sure we would come away with any decent images. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I got home and saw what we managed to get. What do you reckon? Success or failure? Please fell free to leave your comments or crit below – its always appreciated to hear what you think.

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CWCW7 – Cotswold Way – Circular Walk 7 – Cranham, Cooper’s and the Beechwoods

My 3rd walk along the Cotswold Way today – this time it was just me and Ellie Goulding to keep me company. Apparently this walk was 4 miles and would take 2-3 hours ….. I very much doubt that! I took a lot of pictures on this walk, but I didn’t hang about this time as it was freezing and drizzling. I thought I would get this done in well under 3 hours, but it actually took me 4 hours (nearly to the minute) to get around. It was again a fantastic walk though, so I’m going to make sure I have plenty of time and just go with the flow in future and not pay attention to the time – unless it starts getting dark before I finish yet again.

The snow seemed to have been avoiding Gloucester like the plague, so even though Cranham is only a 10 minute drive away, it was lovely to see snow all around. I was confused though – has no one told the trees that it is now winter? It looked like a typical autumn scene in the woods with gorgeous brown leaves covering the floor. All the better for me though as the leaves stopped me slipping on the ice many times today.

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Here are some links to walking websites I have found really useful

Dipping a toe in to the world of processing

img_scan038I have just developed my first roll of film. I was dead nervous about doing it and getting the timings and chemical mixes right, but I reckon I managed to do quite well.

I had a lot of trouble loading the reel for the developing tank, where I managed to scratch the film quite a lot and removed some of the coating here and there, but apart from that, they seem to have come out OK – they don’t seem to be over or under developed.

I used a 1+3 mix of the Ilford ID-11 developer for 25 mins, then Ilford Ilfostop for 30 seconds and finally Ilford Fixer for 5 mins, though I used it for another 3 mins later on after some advice from John.

I am really happy with the results. The scratches I can deal with as I thought I had made much more of a mess of the negs than I actually did, and I am really please with the noise and contrast I managed to get. To me they look like they could have been taken 30 or 40 years ago. My first attempt at going old school and I have loved it. Now to get shooting some more rolls of film……

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Artemis – The Rope Shoot

This was in theory my second shoot with Artemis, although on our first shoot, she was really a Creative Director. Artemis had arranged a studio day with 2 models that I attended and she stayed around to help me out during the shoot. Her vision was so in tune with what I wanted that I knew I had to shoot with her myself.

This time in the studio, Artemis was modelling for me (as well as providing feedback on images as we went along) and I am amazed at what we came out with. I had tried on previous shoots to work with the aim of creating black and white images, but had always ended up editing them in colour. This time I was a lot stricter on myself and I am really glad I left the colour out (shooting black and white was actually Artemis’ idea :) ).

I hope you like what you see – feel free to leave comments either way. I will be editing more images from the shoot once I have caught up with my other work, so keep an eye out for more of the fantastic Artemis, and please pay a visit to Artemis’ Blog to keep up with hew work.

As always, please feel free to leave comments or feedback.



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Ella DeVine – Barber Shop

My first shoot with the awesome Ella De Vine. We struggled for ages to find a location to shoot outside, so I gave up and we went into the barber shop that Scotty Watson had managed to get hold of for the day. It was extremely cramped and I was convinced the images were coming out terribly, but I was pleasantly surprised when I got home and checked the images on the computer.

A massive thanks to Scotty for finding the location and to Ella for putting up with my fumbling and moaning about my kit throughout the shoot.

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