Happiness Is . . .
1. Creating art with your husband
2. Being blessed by a photography ghost
Lemme explain …
As you all know I’ve been home sick on medical leave from work. There are days I can barely leave my bed so most activities that aren’t extremely sedentary are pretty much off the table for me until I get better. Now, I’m able to use a computer for a good long while each day, so I’ve been creating stuff and doing stuff online. And part of that (since I do photography myself and I’m a fan girl of Cole Sprouse) has been to look at Cole’s photography and the work of others I’ve gotten to know through ogling his pictures online. Like Damon Baker who is AMAZEBALLS. OMG. I’m turning into a huge fan girl of his as well … but mainly by just lurking for now.
But then what does all that do to me? Most days I’m stuck in the house with my camera bag and my tripod mocking me - visible from the the end of my bed - and a house full of OBJECTS (we just moved and are still unpacking) surrounding me, mocking me, new ones being uncovered as my mom comes by to help with stuff and unpack. I want to create shit - photograph all the stuff that my mind is coming up with - because still life is my passion and there’s SOOO much opportunity, so many muses just sitting here waiting to be shot, lying in wait around my house.
I’ve been lamenting this for at least a week now because I know I am not able to set up a shoot myself - I don’t have the strength. And I was even more saddened yesterday when it looked like we lost my old slides (we haven’t, we couldn’t have!), yet found my husband’s (old publicity shots from his movie), which frankly he’s really not going to do much with. Oh, the irony. Recently, I also have been missing the ‘peanut butter ghost’ from our old place (it’s the only thing I miss from there). ‘Random acts of peanut butter’ used to just suddenly appear in our home. LOL. Peanut butter based candy we’d never even heard of, two Costco size jars of peanut butter that would take us years to eat, etc.
What happened tonight then?
Well, my husband loves me, let me tell you. He wanted to help me set up for shooting some still life tonight because he knows how sad I’ve been and as he did we discovered two things:
1) A really nice kickass Manfrotto tripod
2) A 256G SD card
Okay, so we’re thinking … maybe this tripod just “appeared” cause we’re moving and we’ve had it all along … we did get gifted a lot of nice equipment from a TV station Henry used to work at (like a DOLLY - that’s a pretty fucking nice gift let me tell you - we just haven’t had any projects to use it on yet). But I remember going through it all, cause there were many tripods. I only kept the best one for video work. Had I seen the one that appeared tonight I would have kept it too. So it couldn’t be that. And the SD card was sitting right on top of my camera inside my camera bag. Uh, dude. I don’t keep those there.
Only explanation? A photography ghost! LOL Much better than a peanut butter ghost! I’m hoping to get gifted this macro lens I’ve had my eye on next. *wink*
Anyway, so Henry starts helping me set up … following my directions, but not for long - he’s a creative guy too and with his film background has a great eye, understands lighting, etc. Soon it’s a collaboration. But at one point he completely took over - to take his ‘dream shot.’ LOL He’d been thinking of taking that picture for 6 months + but didn’t think he’d get to use my camera (or any decent lighting for it).
We had a good time, and I amazed the old geezer (he’s twelve years older than me) with some technology. We were setting up for a new shot and I asked him “You wanna light this with some color?”
He said, “Sure, but we don’t have any gels handy.”
I picked up my Smartphone and changed the color of two of the three lights we were using (they are Philips Hue lights - I am completely obsessed with them).
I TOTALLY blew him away … And then we waxed poetic on the hazards of using gels while filming. Ah, nostalgia … Sounds like he burned up a lot of them back in the day. LOL (I would just take forever deciding on a color)
It’s cool too, that even though he’s ‘just’ a film guy, he knows his way around a camera, etc. enough that we speak the same language - rim light, key light, etc. He knows what I mean by f stops and depth of field, even if I’m usually the one adjusting those settings on the camera - I have a more intimate knowledge of how to make certain shots work with my own equipment. And he knows how to frame shit (really well) and how to work with light creatively. So different than my ex-husband who would sometimes help me set up shots when I would get sick, too. It would take a while because of communication issues - and there was no creative collaboration. Not the same experience at all.
Anyway … is that post long enough for you yet? (this is why I’m posting it in the middle of the night, so hopefully it will annoy less people - not everyone cares about my creative process or endeavors, I know) But anyway … take a look at what Henry & I shot tonight!
So I had an idea of my own brewing, started to set the scene, but then Henry wanted to have the tiny Maleficent photobomb. LOL. I couldn’t deny him. It was so cute.
Here’s where I turned on the Hue Lights (for the first time) and shocked and amazed my man:
Here’s Henry’s MASTERPIECE from tonight:
The pinkish cast is from a red table cloth underneath that we were reflecting light off of. Here’s Henry taking test shots in preparation to shoot these (he’s so cute):
I can’t believe my hands were even steady enough to take this picture tonight with my phone (but I had a good day). I usually have to use a tripod and my real camera these days if I want to capture anything decent.
And here’s one we collaborated on pretty much 50/50. Good for the marriage, no?
We like to call these the wee, not so wee, and freakin’ HUGE Malificents. :-)
I’m so lucky. I love this man!