I believe that as we get older we forget how to "play" and have fun and i've always felt this is an integral part of learning and developing a skill. So i gave myself 2 weeks over Christmas to "play". And by that i mean to do something different with my photography, think outside of the box and have fun!
I have always liked Castles and medieval clothes so i decided it would be kinda cool to get some medieval costumes and take some photos at historic places. I live in Stirling so i have a Castle, a ruined Abbey and old bridges on my doorstep so that part was easy. The costumes were the harder part but after a bit of googling i saw that the Scottish Opera house in Glasgow hired out costumes, sorted! so after a few emails i drove up and was given access to a rail of costumes i could borrow , talk about" playing" i suddenly became a little girl again in her dressing up room.
I rushed home straight from the Opera house with 2 beautiful dresses and loads of ideas in my head and i literally drove to my first location, Cambuskenneth Abbey. With no planning i set up the shot on my tripod and put on the timer , i then ran towards the Abbey in one of the dresses and just like that i got my shot!
Yes that's me! Then the magic part happened. There was no mist that day and the fence line continued in front of the hills so i had to learn very fast how to use photoshop. With a huge amount of coffee i spent 6 hours working on this photo. Taking away fence, adding in mist etc. I had become what is known as a digital artist and it was so much fun.
I wanted to have a go again but this time at Stirling Castle however, there is a lot of red tape i found out photographing in a castle and i don't have insurance etc, i was only "playing" after all. But i could photograph with the castle in the backdrop so after begging my daughter to model for me we set off for sunrise to photograph outside of the castle standing in the car park before it opened.
And here is the end result and again i'll let you in to a little secret , it wasn't snowing that day! And there wasn't a glowing fire behind the castle doors this i added in post production. It takes a long time and a lot of practice but i was chuffed with the end result.
I'm back to photographing wildlife again and starting a new Wolf study project but i will continue producing a few digital art photos as i loved working on my photographs and creating a bit of magic! In fact i used my new learnt skills to bring a bit of magic to one of my wolf shots...i think they needed a little bit of snow too!
These images are now available to buy in a high quality format on my website www.mbwphotography