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While my back was turned

Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: April 22nd, 2017, 6am
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV 39, Zeiss 50mm C Lens, tripod, 200th Sec, f4, iso 50 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable and remote.

I love walking Fletcher our dog as there is never a dull moment. His heart is in always in the right place but his smarts are sometimes left at home, very much like mine.

He, like most Springer Spaniels, are ball crazy, which is why I tend not to take one unless I want his full and undivided attention.
The short walk to the lake next to the house is only 3 minutes walk. Normally the road is very quiet so it’s rarely a problem to go down there without paying too much attention. There is the odd occasion when a vehicle comes past but as it’s logging season, huge trucks laden with logs come thundering past at all times and speeds. This is why I needed Fletcher to heal so on the way out the door I grabbed a few plastic balls in a bag with other props for picture I was hoping to get. I grabbed another tennis ball for him to keep an eye on while we walked to the lake.

Problem is, though he sticks to me like glue, if I don’t throw the ball, he gets crazy, including whining and shaking. By the time we got to the lake he was simply beside himself with anticipation. On the off road track to the lake he was sprinting to the lake and sprinting back to where I was then sprinting back to the lake again.

I knew Fletcher would be in the lake at any minute so I found and threw a stick I’d found, I threw it as far away from the lake knowing that I had at least a few seconds of time before he would come back with it for me to throw again, this went on for 10 minutes. The super still lake had this gorgeous mist and the light was just coming up over the tree’s while I tried to set up the camera and tripod on the jetty while throwing sticks for Fletcher. I did not want to give him the ball just yet as I knew he would go straight into the water with it.
I managed to take 3 shots for stitching the scene together, all the while I am listening to Fletcher scrabbling backwards and forwards behind me up and down the icy plastic jetty back to the shore.
The ripples of the jetty on the still lake were thankfully minimal from the movement of the dog and myself.

I reset the camera and pre focussed the shot to where I and Fletcher would be standing then moved into position at the end of the jetty beckoning on Fletcher to sit beside me. He clattered up to where I was standing, narrowly missing the tripod and slipped slightly on the frosty surface coming to a land at my feet and almost knocking me off the end, I managed to grab the pole at the end to steady myself which shook the jetty and sent ripples billowing from beneath us. The camera seemed to stay in position which was a heart stopping moment.

I snapped a few shots, but Fletcher could not contain his excitement as he knew I still had the ball in my pocket. He stood up and looked at me, I looked down and took some shots. He was so excited he now refused to sit down, tail wagging in expectation sometimes drinking the water and slapping me with his tail.

I just kept shooting various different positions while looking out into the lake and left Fletcher to do his own thing beside me, while the major ripples faded I concentrated on shooting different poses. Fletcher was still whining, oddly more so than usual, but as I’d grown so use to hearing him whine and scrabbling around me I’d paid less attention to him.

The next thing I know I hear a splash and the jetty rocked again.

What seems to have happened was the bag I’d brought with the props and spare balls in had fallen over next to the tripod when Fletcher almost knocked into me. One ball fell out and started floating beside the jetty heading out in to the lake with the gentle breeze that was picking up.

From the multiple pictures I have there is a point where he spotted the ball and then spent a few minutes whining scrabbling to fetch it back by leaning out at the left edge of the jetty as if to reach the ball with his paw. He then gave up and just jumped in as it was floating too far for him to reach.

He triumphantly swam to shore with the ball.

After reviewing the shots the jump was caught just a bit too late as it was just a splash of water and the tail of the dog in the shot. It did give me an idea though, I ended up taking another 20 shots all the while throwing the ball in until the shot of him launching from the jetty was perfect.

I stitched that shot in to the rest of the scene later. Along with the passing goose in the background for effect.

I hope you like it.

Shoved into Photoshop, stitched 5 shots of the scene together. Turned into mono and a signature shoved on it.

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Ice Capades - Squared

Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: January 29th, 2017, 9.06am
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV II, (Plus Kodak Tri-X and Fuji Velvia) Zeiss 80mm C Lens, tripod, 30th Sec, f11, iso 200 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable and remote.

My morning starts early. I have a fire to start before the household gets up, 4 ducks, 2 rabbits, 4 dogs to feed and walk, breakfast to make for the family (sometimes when I remember) and a daughter to get off to school.

I was slightly jaded this morning as one of the dogs we look after (a huge Leon Berger called Ronja) decided to take a long drink in the middle of the night, 2am to be precise, the slurping woke my wife and I up and it seemed to go on forever. The devastation of left over saliva in the bowl was in itself and work of art and at the same time totally disgusting.

Breakfast was hard to eat so I decided after my chores to go out and take some photos and walk the dog. I rounded up my secondhand clothing and vintage Ice Skates bought from the “Loppis” (Swedish secondhand store) the day before for the princely sum of 50SEK (£5). I also grabbed a sledge.
I did not have a plan but just needed to go out a take some photos.

Hicklinge Lake was lovely, frozen and misty. Perfect. To top it off there was this wonderful pattern in the ice that I somehow had to capture. I used the sledge to drag around my equipment on the lake while I watched an Ice luminous jacket wearing fisherman walk out into the middle of the lake and drills holes as he went. As my gaze followed him I looked at the dog who was also looking at the fisherman, he was also sitting on the camera equipment to get a better look. Ah hah, that’s the shot I want.

Piece of cake I thought, congratulating myself on a good idea for once.
Hah, like hell.

The set up and focussing took a little time, I then had to do a massive panorama with various focusing points to set the scene, I then moved the sledge into place reset the camera to the position we were supposed to be in and then tried to get the dog to sit on it as he did before. 
He looked at me as if to say “no bloody way!!” I tried coaxing, flattery, doggy charm (biscuits) and then resorted to hard stares and gesticulating.
Nothing.

All the hard stares and gesticulating did was scare Fletcher and he starting shaking. So to let him calm down I decided to get dressed up. All of this was exceptionally difficult as I had not countered on the ice actually being slippy. The dog had no issues but I was barely holding myself together and I had not even put my skates on yet.

I was all dressed up and the dog was now sniffing around in the long frozen grass behind me, it sounded like a scene from Jurassic Park when the Velociraptors were chasing those dudes, crash, crack rustle went Fletcher, slip crunch bang I went as my legs headed into the sky and left me crashing down onto the Ice. Winded I lay there catching my breath, the dog then ran over to see what the fuss was about and sat on my chest licking my face.

So I got up and lead the dog to the sled saying to myself “I’m taking the picture if it kills me”.

Trying to get the dog onto the sled was an art, much like trying to put an unhappy baby into a car seat when they so don’t want to go. Several try’s made me realise he needed to sit on something so I found a towel and bingo he jumped up onto the sled sending it careering across the lake and Fletcher in the other direction. Shit!!

Well you can imagine, Fletcher was never going on that thing again.

An hour later I finally got him to sit for 5 shots, all the while he is shaking and trembling while I talked to him to keep him sweet. I then quickly shoved on my skates. It was at this point I realised I’d never been on Ice skates before nor a frozen lake in Sweden.

It’s actually a lot harder than Torvill and Dean make it look.

So finally I’m in position, camera is at the ready, I’m trying desperately trying to stand still long enough for the 30th of a second shutter, hoping the dog is not distracted by the loud shutter slap of the camera echoing across the lake. I took a few shots with film as well for good measure which I’m looking forward to seeing when I can find someone in Sweden to develop them.

I managed to take a few more shots before the dog had had enough, we were both quite cold by this point and I was looking forward to getting home in front of the fire. So ended my Ice Capades for the day.

I hope you like it.

Shoved into Photoshop, stitched together, Dodged and Burnt the foreground, turned into mono and a signature shoved on it.

© Copyright – redtree.me – All rights reserved.

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Ice Capades

Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: January 29th, 2017, 9.06pm
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV II, (Plus Kodak Tri-X and Fuji Velvia) Zeiss 80mm C Lens, tripod, 30th Sec, f11, iso 200 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable and remote.

My morning starts early. I have a fire to start before the household gets up, 4 ducks, 2 rabbits, 4 dogs to feed and walk, breakfast to make for the family (sometimes when I remember) and a daughter to get off to school.

I was slightly jaded this morning as one of the dogs we look after (a huge Leon Berger called Ronja) decided to take a long drink in the middle of the night, 2am to be precise, the slurping woke my wife and I up and it seemed to go on forever. The devastation of left over saliva in the bowl was in itself and work of art and at the same time totally disgusting.

Breakfast was hard to eat so I decided after my chores to go out and take some photos and walk the dog. I rounded up my secondhand clothing and vintage Ice Skates bought from the “Loppis” (Swedish secondhand store) the day before for the princely sum of 50SEK (£5). I also grabbed a sledge.
I did not have a plan but just needed to go out a take some photos.

Hincklinge lake was lovely, frozen and misty. Perfect. To top it off there was this wonderful pattern in the ice that I somehow had to capture. I used the sledge to drag around my equipment on the lake while I watched an Ice luminous jacket wearing fisherman walk out into the middle of the lake and drills holes as he went. As my gaze followed him I looked at the dog who was also looking at the fisherman, he was also sitting on the camera equipment to get a better look. Ah hah, that’s the shot I want.

Piece of cake I thought, congratulating myself on a good idea for once.
Hah, like hell.

The set up and focussing took a little time, I then had to do a massive panorama with various focusing points to set the scene, I then moved the sledge into place reset the camera to the position we were supposed to be in and then tried to get the dog to sit on it as he did before. 
He looked at me as if to say “no bloody way!!” I tried coaxing, flattery, doggy charm (biscuits) and then resorted to hard stares and gesticulating.
Nothing.

All the hard stares and gesticulating did was scare Fletcher and he starting shaking. So to let him calm down I decided to get dressed up. All of this was exceptionally difficult as I had not countered on the ice actually being slippy. The dog had no issues but I was barely holding myself together and I had not even put my skates on yet.

I was all dressed up and the dog was now sniffing around in the long frozen grass behind me, it sounded like a scene from Jurassic Park when the Velociraptors were chasing those dudes, crash, crack rustle went Fletcher, slip crunch bang I went as my legs headed into the sky and left me crashing down onto the Ice. Winded I lay there catching my breath, the dog then ran over to see what the fuss was about and sat on my chest licking my face.

So I got up and lead the dog to the sled saying to myself “I’m taking the picture if it kills me”.

Trying to get the dog onto the sled was an art, much like trying to put an unhappy baby into a car seat when they so don’t want to go. Several try’s made me realise he needed to sit on something so I found a towel and bingo he jumped up onto the sled sending it careering across the lake and Fletcher in the other direction. Shit!!

Well you can imagine, Fletcher was never going on that thing again.

An hour later I finally got him to sit for 5 shots, all the while he is shaking and trembling while I talked to him to keep him sweet. I then quickly shoved on my skates. It was at this point I realised I’d never been on Ice skates before nor a frozen lake in Sweden.

It’s actually a lot harder than Torvill and Dean make it look.

So finally I’m in position, camera is at the ready, I’m trying desperately trying to stand still long enough for the 30th of a second shutter, hoping the dog is not distracted by the loud shutter slap of the camera echoing across the lake. I took a few shots with film as well for good measure which I’m looking forward to seeing when I can find someone in Sweden to develop them.

I managed to take a few more shots before the dog had had enough, we were both quite cold by this point and I was looking forward to getting home in front of the fire. So ended my Ice Capades for the day.

I hope you like it.

Shoved into Photoshop, stitched together, Dodged and Burnt the foreground, turned into mono and a signature shoved on it.

© Copyright – redtree.me – All rights reserved.

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Split Decision

Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: January 24th, 2017, 12.06pm
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV II, (Plus Kodak Tri-X) Zeiss 80mm C Lens, tripod, 60th Sec, f5.6, iso 50 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable and remote.

There are moments which I sometimes wonder what the hell I’m doing, today was one of those days.

I spent time this morning reviewing my sketch book and decided on a batch of ideas which included myself, our dog Fletcher, a frozen lake, mist, a ladder, other props and various poses, so I attempted to faithfully replicate the sketches I’d done.

Our nearby lake has been frozen over for the past 4 weeks and solidly for the past week when the temperatures got down to -16 at one point. Though the weather had taken a turn for the warmer over the past 4 days and my hope of getting all the elements from my sketch seem to be slipping away.

So with the light mist this morning I gathered as much as I could, bundled up the car with props and drove down to the lake. The atmosphere of the lake was dead quiet except of the odd eery crack and groan of the lake ice straining at the colder temperatures from the warmer ones the day before. That should have been a warning sign to me but I was on a mission.

I got the large ladder from the car and offered it up to the ice, I got out the chain saw and went to work creating two holes for the legs of the ladder. Icy cold water splashing everywhere made for messy work. 5 minutes later I had the ladder up and was moving props about. I got dressed up in my usual vintage garb to try some photos. The ladder was not fully secure or straight plus it had a little tilt to it, I’d also left it out overnight so the ladder was covered in frost. Climbing it was slightly tricky.

Every so often a startling crack or weird ping of the ice would happen but somewhere far over the other side of the Lake I ignored it and continued snapping the scenes from my sketch book.

Mid way through I hit on what I thought was a bright idea which I had not put into my sketchbook.

What if I climbed to the top of the ladder and sit on the top rung?

Great idea, I said to myself and moved the camera further away so I could get the whole scene in shot. I gingerly climbed to the top of the ladder, snapping pictures as I went, this shot was one of them.

Trying to get one leg over the top strut was a test of courage and faith of my handy work below. I managed to hook my left leg under the second top rung, the ladder was now swaying a little more at this point and my heart was starting to beat a little faster, especially now I was at the point of no return. 
Just at the point I got my other leg over the right strut and started to hook it under the second top rung, I must have lent back a little and the ladder almost fully pitched back, I caught myself in time and lent forward with my heart in my mouth, the ladder bouncing even more.

Crack, went the ice off in the distance and I looked in the direction of the sound. Another crack and boom but this time I actually spotted it happen. 
Like a slow motion lightening strike and odd fascination I saw the crack hurtle in my direction, jagging this way and that, the crack and booming sound whooshed around in various directions around and directly under the ladder I was perched on. I huge piece of ice split 5ft beside me into a diamond shape and I froze. 
A few more cracks one of which went through the hole I’d made for the ladders leg and carried on to the shore which now seemed much further away than before. How I managed to take one picture during this I have no idea, the picture of this clearly shows my body shape of horror, hunched and gripping to the ladder with sheer fright. I may post it one day.

I wanted to take some pictures but I also wanted to get out of this idiotic position I’d got myself into, it was a split decision, but thankfully sense took over and I very very carefully managed to get my leg back over the ladder strut and then the other and made my way down to the “safety” of the ice below.

I took a deep breath and headed for the car to sit down and contemplate what just happened. The dog all the while had been sitting in the warm open boot of the car waiting for my return, I can only imagine what he was thinking.

I hope you like it.

Shoved into Photoshop, turned into mono and a signature shoved on it.

© Copyright – redtree.me – All rights reserved.

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I love it, though if I were to be super critical the light is a little too top heavy, it needs a little splash on her shoulder to bring the focus down to the expression.
Her lips get lost a little too so maybe there should be a little more difference made in the background to define that a bit more.
Her ear is a light hotspot so focus is drawn here too maybe more so than the rest of the shot.
The overall tone is great and props and make up match the style.
I also like the half closed eye too as it adds a little story to the shot.

Just my opinion.

Loving the retro feel to it.

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