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A rainy day and an impromptu photographic workshop
13/06/2010 James Clarke

A rainy day and an impromptu photographic workshop

Nagaokakyo, Kyoto-fu, Japan

It was something that came about because of a little miracle: On the 10th of June we were given a bunch of cut Hydrangeas which contained three different colours of flowers. By Sunday morning they were all looking pretty bad. Ritsuko though she could revive the light blue ones so she cut away most of the leaves and put them in icy water. However the blue/purple and red/purple ones she didn't think stood a chance so she through them in the bin (trash can). Well, then we had our church service and by the end of it the light blues were looking better than ever, so we retrieved the others and gave them the same treatment and pretty soon they were good again.
I didn't know how long they'd stay good for so I decided I was going document them that afternoon. Now Emi (one of the young ladies in the church) overheard my plans, and she asked me how to take good flower photos. So, I said why don't you come back after lunch with your camera and I can teach you. After lunch Emi came back with her Panasonic LUMIX G1, and together with a bit of modelling from Linus, Lucy (the cats) and Ritsuko we had a little photographic workshop.
Well, that was the first of four photographic workshops we've had now, each time gaining a little more popularity. I'm planning to BLOG about the others in future...
Here is a link to some more photos from that workshop.
P.S. The flowers stayed good for another week!

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D AF
(l) 1/60s f/2 at 50mm iso1600 (cropped) (br) 1/160s f/1.8 at 50mm iso1600 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
caveman_lee07-Jun-2013 16:23
An very interesting story and beautiful models as well.
XiaoBernard9931-Dec-2011 14:47
Lucy and Linus are cute models.Black and blue are sweet in this composition.Thanks to share the comment.
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)31-Dec-2011 13:56
Sam_C06-Dec-2011 10:13
Superb set James and great caption! Checked out the other photos too, they were great. BV!
shatterbug06-Dec-2011 08:41
A great story, and terrific images!
eye2see06-Dec-2011 04:32
These cats like you and pose well in-front of your lens! ~V
Jean Chiasson06-Dec-2011 01:04
Great presentation James vote
Kaden Kratzer05-Dec-2011 23:45
Love cats. Beautiful images. V
Simon Chandler05-Dec-2011 21:16
Great portrait with great pov. Interesting info. Good to give workshops. v
Raymond05-Dec-2011 13:12
What a great story, the start of a new passion ... love Linus too, just like my cat Ti-Pet
Vickie BROWN05-Dec-2011 12:05
Wonderful work and a great mood of optimism pervaded the information, very well done, James! BV
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