Danny MacAskill in Glasgow

When I was walking Indie yesterday I just so happened to see a poster for Danny MacAskill performing nearby at Glasgow’s Riverside museum. Okay, I’m not going to pretend that I know who these cyclists are, but given the slump I’ve felt with photography recently, I made myself a promise to pop along and indulge in some crowd photography. Apparently these guys (The Clan) are Scotland’s number one stunt cycling team. I don’t care, there was a hot guy with tattoos and the sun was out. Yay.

 
 

Durrr…

Playing with my flash against the white wall again, and silly faces. I look especially stupid in this one. Anyway, I have a big shoot next week to help with my sister’s new line of dresses she’s designed. It will be in Glasgow’s Corinthian, and I’m going to break out the 430EXII and pwn that ambient / strobist balance I never seem to get. Can’t wait!

 
 

Lincoln

My friend Rick lives in Lincoln, and while he’d made the trip to Scotland twice to visit me, I had yet to return the favour. I got to meet his cats, play Portal 2 split-screen, drink coffee at Coffee Aroma, eat amazing sushi, take my first film shot, and have my picture taken for his Project 50 (anyone attempting a Project 50 should take heed from Rick of how to approach it… push yourself). Lincoln is a really pretty city, I’ll be back.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Lookbook

A lookbook is a collection of photographs compiled to show off a model, a photographer, a style, or a clothing line. It is an especially popular term with “fashion bloggers” and is even the name of a website: (Lookbook.nu). — Wikipedia

A red dress from a boutique in Edinburgh. Red is my favourite colour and I think this looks quite 60’s. I’d love to have the balls to team it with over the knee socks, but I think they can look a bit OTT. Nipped in with a thin black belt and a wistful look out the window.

 
 
Q

“I really like your photos! How do you get that much amount of blurriness? Where are you shooting with? Thanks! :)” – Martijn Melaet

A

Thanks! The blurriness is because I’m shooting at a wide aperture. For example, my latest photos in Edinburgh were mostly shot with the 50mm at ƒ1.4. Get in close to your subject, shoot wide open and you’ll get that shallow depth of field which results in nice bokeh.

 
 

Edinburgh

Nipped through to Edinburgh this weekend seeing as it’s less than an hour from where I now live, and I had to drop off secret files to my sister on a secret hard drive like a secret agent. Yeah. We had a sisterly couple of days together where we did more shots for our fashion blog (which I’ll be updating early next week) and had lunch at Frederick’s Coffee House on Frederick Street.

Okay, let me tell you about this coffee shop… They do white hot chocolate and white mochas, which you just have to try because white chocolate is the best chocolate. The food is good, too (next time I’ma get some cake). And the colour of the walls is the colour I’ve bought for my living room. Yaldi.

 
 

Mar Hall

A random evening spent slightly outwith my comfort zone, in the company of many a rich man looking to source a new Range Rover, with free champagne on tap and canopies I couldn’t pronounce. Welcome to the unveiling of the new Range Rover. I tagged along with my friend, neither of us looking to buy a car, but both of us looking forwards to the fashion show (and the free champagne on tap and canopies I couldn’t pronounce).

All these shots were snapped from the comfort of my own seat amongst the crowd. Not from laziness, but because I love the spectator’s perspective of the fashion show.

 
 

Firepie

Gary, Gary, Gary. Are you sick of seeing Gary’s face yet? ‘Cos there are still a few days left with him until he flies to the other side of the world for his 3 month tour with the Chilli Pipers. Seriously, there aren’t many people I can spend a great deal of time with, but Gary is one of them. I will miss him, but I’m sure the 3 months will pass quickly. When he returns it will be Christmas! I will almost be 25! Shit.

 
 
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