Steampunk Photoshoot

My photography group did a special steampunk-inspired photoshoot last weekend. It was a very fun shoot in a rundown part of Carrington in Newcastle which really suited the theme. Our model for the day Tina and makeup artist Jaymee-Lee were absolutely fantastic and very creative.

This was a bit of a first for me. I’ve done portrait work before, including for friends and clients, but it’s almost always been in a controlled environment with flash. This was a very exposed environment, with lots of reflective surfaces and very harsh midday sunlight. So it was an interesting challenge.

We used reflectors to soften the light a bit and rather than try to avoid them, I decided to use some of the reflective objects and backgrounds as much as I could to create some interesting textures and shapes in Tina’s funky glasses. I also shot a couple of photos in black and white and I think those came out very well, particularly the final photo which is my favourite.

Overall I’m happy with the results. It was a good learning experience and was definitely something I’d like to do more of in the future. These kind of themed portrait shoots and covering convention cosplay are two things I’d really like to get into going forward.

I hope you like the photos.

Photos © CJ Levinson 2016

Sunset 17/08/2016

Sunset 17/8/16

Another sunset
Another day nears its end:
Time goes so quickly

The sunset over the lake was lovely this evening. The light and colours were beautiful, that dreamlike quality you only get on a nice warm day.

I had my camera with me and took a couple of photos. I felt like being a bit creative with the photos so I took this one looking through the trees for a bit of a different perspective.

Sunset 17/8/16

And I tried to give this one a bit of a vintage look to make it a little different too. They both came out pretty well in the end.

Photos and haiku © CJ Levinson 2016

Pelican on the Lake

The Pelican and the Setting Sun

Walking by the lake
I stop to watch
A pelican
As the sun sets

I spent a couple of hours in Valentine this afternoon, walking around the wharf and lakefront with my photography group. It was fun and good exercise to boot.

I haven’t gone through all the photos yet but I liked this one of the pelican. I really love the silhouette and the beautiful golden light. I thought I’d stuffed the shot up at the time as I hadn’t checked my settings but it came out pretty well in the end.

And yes, if you’re wondering, I named the pelican Mr Percival. Of course. I am such a geek. 😀

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2016

Out on the Wharf

Seagull

Out on the wharf
A solitary seagull
Watches our lives

Pass by

We had gale force winds around Belmont yesterday, so strong they were blowing the bins around outside. Thankfully they eased a little in the late afternoon and I went for a walk along the lake to get out for a while.

I wandered out onto the wharf and just as I did, the winds started to pick up again. They still weren’t quite as bad as before but wow, were they cold! Think I turned into an icicle in about three seconds flat.

In any case I managed to get a couple of photos while out on the wharf and I was happy with how this one turned out. The seagull seemed happy enough to pose for me, although he seemed disappointed I didn’t have any chips to share. Sorry Mr. Seagull. Maybe next time.

From the Wharf

I quite liked this photo as well. The boats were bobbing up and down and I think it captures a little bit of that motion in the choppy water.

Photo and haiqua © CJ Levinson 2016