Sunday, 31 January 2016

Euna's Film Debut

Here we go, after a seriously self-indulgent number of Instagrams and my very own "Canon EOS 3 Homemade Manual" here are some actual pictures! 

Euna and I packed up our new cameras (Euna with her Vtec Kiddizoom and I with my Canon EOS 3) and went out at sunset, which was no where near as pretty as I had hoped thanks to the clouds. I was a little worried I'd heavily under exposed as it's taking me some time to work out the finer points of light metering and the digital girl in me always airs on the side of underexposure because you're less likely to trash a picture but I'm learning with film the opposite is true. 

BUT! This is my very first roll of film so the fact that it's not just a bunch of black squares had me doing happy dances around the kitchen when I downloaded the scans! My photography skills don't get much more exposed than this... No back of the camera feedback, no editing and very little idea about what I'm doing... So how did I do?

Thursday, 21 January 2016

January Progress Check & Farlie Frames #15

2016... 21 days down. 3 weeks. How's yours going?

Mine's good! Sessions are coming in nice and steadily and I'm smashing last January. I am loving this cold weather in my new Christmas coat and making lots of time for fitness. We called some builders to plan work to the house and I have a list as long as my arm with photography ideas. So it's safe to say I think I'm getting a little obsessed with plans. I'm completely resolution and focus drunk and clearly trying a little bit to hard to plan the entire year within the first two weeks. 

Buzz buzz buzz goes my little head at bedtime, I need start reading again to slow it down for sleep! 

3 weeks in to January and how are the smalls? Euna and Bow are growing quicker than ever right now, I'm becoming really aware I don't have babies on my hands anymore and it won't be long until I don't even have toddlers! Imagine?! Well here are my for now toddlers toddling over snapping twigs in the woods...



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FARLIE FRAMES #14


LET'S SEE YOUR SNAPS!! So what have you been snapping? Show me your fave photos from the week! 

Thank you so much for dropping by last time, such great shots from Sunshine and Elephants

This week I'll be away from Saturday so if you can give #farlieframes a shout out across social media land I'd be really grateful! 

To take part please copy and paste the code below to add the link up button to your post, then add  your photography post below. Your post can be any genre of photography and you an be any level of photographer... From keen hobbyist to enthused pblogger to working pro! Link up and show us what you've been snapping this week! :D 






Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Canon EOS 3 Homemade Manual: The Basics

Here I am starting something new again: film photography. It appears I was a good enough girl this year and Father Christmas awarded me a mint condition Canon EOS 3! And so my learning in analogue photography begins and I'm going to document a bit of it here on the blog starting today.

What have I learnt so far? Well firstly I learn that the hardest thing about starting up in film is that online tutorials and information aren't what they are for digital. My "new" film camera came wrapped in bubble wrap, no box, no manual, not so much as a sticker telling what batteries it needed. I've almost had it a month now and I thought I'd throw together a little manual of the basics because whilst the original manual is out there, it's 146 pages long and if you're like me, when you get a new toy you just want to know how to tear it open and play! 

Here we go, the basics.

The Canon EOS 3 is a 35mm analogue camera. You need 35mm film and 2CR5 lithium batteries, two of. There's a plastic screw underneath that you untwist to insert the batteries. 

THE CAMERA


THE FRONT VIEW


Shutter button - Where you expect it to be, it makes a brilliant sound when you take a picture.

To release the back to insert/remove film press the "Camera Back Lock Release" button and slide the "Camera Back Lever". The whole back will spring open. Have a look at this video to see how to load the film.

Lens release is the same as it is on a digital camera. Worth noting that this camera mounts all my EF lenses no problem. 

THE TOP VIEW


To select through any of the modes (metering, shooting, AF, ISO, focus selection or aperture) hold down the button labeled and roll through the options with the "Main Dial". 

If no other button is held down the "Main Dial" adjusts shutter speed.

The ISO should automatically select itself by reading the film when it is loaded, you do not need to change this between rolls of different ISOs to get an accurate light meter reading.

THE BACK VIEW

Eye Piece - The light meter reading is to the right as you look through. Check what metering mode you have, I'm relying mostly on "Spot Metering" where I point the centre of the camera where I want to check exposure, adjust the settings and then frame up the shot.

Main Switch - Top is camera on with beeps enabled when focus locks, middle is camera on in silent mode and bottom is camera off.

Quick Control Dial - Adjusts aperture.


There you have go, everything you need just to get snapping with the Canon EOS 3. I'm still to learn the finer points relating to metering, focus selection, exposure compensation and a million other things but this is what got me started so I hope it help you too! :)





Thursday, 14 January 2016

Mum's Stories & Farlie Frames #14

I posted a "casting call" on my Facebook page this week. I was driving to a pre-wedding consultation to meet a bride and groom and thinking (after being pretty home and family located all Christmas and New Year) how nice it was to be out, alone, working, in a quiet car with a Costa takeaway. I thought about how two years ago I didn't feel as easy being away from the kids. Then my mind wondered over a ton of things about being a Mum and me as a Mum and it was sunny so I'm feeling all inspired and reflective so I get a bit deep in to my mind and I think about all the Mums... All the Mums on all their journeys in motherhood, living out their styles of mothering and trying to fit it all together with the other pieces of their lives. I really do find it fascinating.

By the time I get to Hylands House for my consultation I'm thinking I want to flex some of my creative muscles and think up a way to take real Mum's portraits. So I post my casting call, go to my consultation and when I come back my inbox is overflowing with requests to have their "honest portrait" portraying them as Mums. How interesting that so many other Mums want to tell their story? Because these Mums aren't just registering interest, they're writing emails with reasons why they want to and how they think their story is important. 

The eagerness has literally blown my mind! So I'm doing it. If these Mums want to get something out there this much then I can't not try. I've got a rough plan in mind and I'm going to give it a bash. 

What's your story in motherhood? Would you want to tell it? I'd love to know!



In the meantime here's one Mum with her brood, a little family session I took just before Christmas over at East Mersea...



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FARLIE FRAMES #14


LET'S SEE YOUR SNAPS!! So what have you been snapping? Show me your fave photos from the week! 

Thank you so much to the linkers from last time! Such great shots from everyone! 

To take part please copy and paste the code below to add the link up button to your post, then add  your photography post below. Your post can be any genre of photography and you an be any level of photographer... From keen hobbyist to enthused pblogger to working pro! Link up and show us what you've been snapping this week! :D 






Thursday, 7 January 2016

Slow, Long January & Farlie Frames #13

You know it was just lovely to spend time as a family over Christmas. Truth be told the big day itself wasn't as merry as you'd hope. I had a sick bug, Bow had a temperature, Euna was overstimulated and overemotional by midday and Steve was overworked on the constant clear-up front with no back-up from me. But it meant we slowed down. It meant we took our time. It meant it was the first Christmas in years that I didn't feel like collapsing from exhaustion by 6:00pm. It meant I sat down a lot and watched and took it in.

And that kind of set the tone for the rest of the period. We took our time. We took trips out. We pottered. We just spent time together and the whole time we did we kept talking about what a novelty it was and how we need to do this more. 

I keep asking people "how was your Christmas?" and all I hear is "oh it was just nice to spend time together you know?!" I do know. Life is short and fast but it always feels little less short and a lot less fast in January right? Which after the December the month of chaos, feels just perfect. Silver linings to month of poverty, cold and steamed veg...


Here's us spending some time down at Walton Pier... Don't forget your seaside towns in the winter guys, in some ways they're even lovelier in August...



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FARLIE FRAMES #13


LET'S SEE YOUR SNAPS! We're opening the New Year of linkys with lucky #13! So what have you been snapping? Show me your fav photos from the week! 

Thank you so much to the linkers from last time! Such great shots from everyone! 

To take part please copy and paste the code below to add the link up button to your post, then add  your photography post below. Your post can be any genre of photography and you an be any level of photographer... From keen hobbyist to enthused pblogger to working pro! Link up and show us what you've been snapping this week! :D 






Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Baby Martha - Newborn Portraiture in Colchester, Essex

I love New Year. Cold crisp early January days thinking "what next...?" Waking up to new or renewed routines and seeing so much possibility. There's a reason we're a culture obsessed with new and we only ever seem to focus on how greedy and gross that can be but really it's just because we're all romantics. We like to take tags off new things and imagine it'll be our new favourite thing and it'll fit right or work perfectly and we'll keep it forever and it'll never let us down and smash our expectations. New Year is like that, only better because it's not a disappointing jumper that looks nothing like it did on the model and will almost certainly be stained with pasta sauce within a week. It's a New YEAR. And everyone's in-charge of their very own one.

So what better way to kick of my 2016 blogging than with a few highlights from potentially (BIG statement incoming) my favourite newborn session from 2015?! White, natural, soft new-ness. Everything that a new year symbolises. Looking at this beautiful little peach and seeing all this potential, a whole new person, with a whole new life to live and all the stories that can be told in a whole lifetime are just snoozing there on my white blankets. 

*Whispering I love my job, I love my job, I love my job...*

How can we look at these, at this time of year and not feel inspired? We were all like this once. And in a way we are all like this today. So say it with me... 

Hello baby Martha, welcome to the world, look at all the wonderful stories that await you! 

 And because Martha needs us to write our stories so she knows how...

Hello 2016, welcome to the world, look at all the wonderful stories that await me! 

Happy New Year folks! xxx

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