Cakes and Weddings

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So I haven’t been up to a lot this week.  Mainly I’m re-watching Buffy.  Yes I am a big fan.  No there is no thing as too much Buffy.  Sssh.  But that probably is a topic for discussion elsewhere.  As well as that I have been getting a few photo projects going.  My friend in Basingstoke has started up her own cake stall.  Only small at first but she asked if I would take some nice photos for the facebook page.  Some very yummy ones on offer if you are in the area! (https://www.facebook.com/lizzyscakesandbakes)

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Now this was something slightly different for me.  Normally I just take my camera with me and see what I can find when I go out.  I haven’t really done a lot in the way of small, indoors photos.  This was a good opportunity for me to practice setting up a shot exactly how I wanted.  It’s cool being able to put the light exactly where I want it.  So after a fair amount of re-shuffling of her kitchen, I got down to business.  I personally wanted to make them slightly more interesting than the standard instagram snap of a cake.  Mainly this involved playing around with depth of field.  Pretty basic stuff I know but it’s amazing how much difference it makes to the overall look of the photo.  I also used a white board to reflect the natural light from the window in some of them, though again it is pretty well accepted that natural light is a lot better to use than indoor light bulbs.  Not a huge volume of photos but I am pretty happy with what I came out with 🙂

While I mentioned that photography is a passion of mine (as far as someone as lazy as me can have passions), you may gather that I am no professional.  However one of my friends obviously liked my style enough to ask me to do the photography for her wedding this summer.  First thoughts were something along the lines of “Eeek!”.  After confirming with her that she knew I wasn’t a professional, I was reliably told (in writing!) that the only thing she really wanted was the formal group shots.  But if I was going to do that, then by Jove I would do the whole thing properly.  We did some engagement shots just before Christmas which went really well and gave me a chance to practice my director skills.  My friend Sam has been doing photography for far longer than me (in fact it was modelling for an idea of hers that got me started on the whole thing!) and offered her help.  So there are two of us.  What I spent a fair chunk of time over the last week was putting together a shot list for the day.  I think between us we have got it covered right from the getting ready shots, up until the first dance.  It’s a big thing to be working on but I am really looking forward to it and having the opportunity to try.  For all I know I might want to do more weddings afterwards! So shot lists, and a lot of Pinterest until August.  It will be really good to get a chance to put the things I know into practice.

It’s all about opportunities in this blog post.  We have a photo club at work.  There aren’t very many of us, but a couple of people in the group have been doing it for longer than I’ve been around and it is awesome to have that sort of resource to pull on.  It also stops me getting stuck in one particular style.  So we will have to see how that progresses….

Point of the blog: GO PHOTOGRAPHY!

Link to last week: Still looking at new poems.  This is a new favourite of mine 🙂

Do I dare to eat a peach?

Ok.  Well I tried to post this once and then the internet stole my words! How rude. Ahem.  Moving on.  Apologies for anyone who read this while it was just a title.

So the title is a line from this poem called The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot.  It is a very long poem with beautiful meter that flows fantastically.  And what a line! In fact I recommend you listen to a reading of it right now.  It’s quite long.

So the reason I’m quoting this poem is because I’ve just watched a film called Kill Your Darlings.  This is a film about a completely different poet called Allen Ginsberg and how his intellectual and passionate blooming entwines with the creation of the Beat movement.  I highly recommend it to anyone.

But it got me thinking about poetry.  About words and stories and sounds and experiences.   I like poetry.  Mostly this has come from an angsty few years at university where the best way to cope with my emotional confusion was to write.  Hey it’s cheaper than therapy.  But the thing is I never learnt to write poetry.  I never learnt about rhyme and meter and the difference between a sonnet and a haiku.  I never even learned how to read poetry properly.

This is a pet peeve of mine.   Thousands of people of similar age to me in the UK suffered through poetry at GCSE by being given an anthology, told to read a poem, in silence, and then dissect every line of the poem for meaning whilst completely failing to appreciate the poem as a whole.   This picture is a good summation of my English lessons (apologies for the swearing!)

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But now that I have even the shallowest skim understanding of things like meter and caesuras, I can actually enjoy reading a poem.  I can read it out loud the way they are most often meant to be and appreciate the sound of the poem as well the experience.    I would like to read more poetry.  I don’t really know any poets so at this stage it’s pretty much just a random search to see what sticks…..so far one.  But that is better than none. 🙂

Umm…the end…..quick Rachel try and get to a point!

Poetry is a beautiful art medium.  I’m glad that I can start to appreciate it properly now.  Here’s to exploring the world.