take two

It has been over a month since my last post and I can’t believe just how busy I’ve been! Sicily was culinarily and artistically inspirational, preparations for life in sixth form have been non-stop and yes, I achieved my second photographic commission!

This next step in my photographic adventure took place closer to home, here in Oxford. I was asked to take photographs of buildings for a local building surveyor who needed images for his brand new website.

This commission required about two days of work; fewer pictures needed than for my first job in London. Similarly, this commission was highly architectural and I was inspired when taking photographs of what I knew so well but in a completely different way. The architecture in Oxford fascinates me and I love having the chance to photograph it for a wider audience.

However it wasn’t just architectural shots I needed, but portraiture too. For these portrait shots I used my 50mm lens wide open at f/1.8 to achieve beautiful bokeh in the background by using the sunburst through the trees as a backdrop. These shots turned out great despite my nerves as I had never done this type of photography commercially before.

I brought with me my Nikon D7000 with my trusty 50mm f/1.8 and my old 18-55mm kit lens – making me realise that I really do need a new zoom lens, like a 24-70mm f/2.8, but dream on boy! I think I’ll need a few more jobs before I can even think about getting a new piece of glass…

But having completed another assignment, there really is nothing like the satisfaction you get when you can see the finished article and be truly proud of the work you’ve done.

I loved every little bit of it – roll on number three!


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