January 4, 2015
Westy Vesty (And Flashy Photos)
Since one of my first New Year's resolutions was to learn flash photography, I decided to tackle it head on. I've always been a big fan of natural light in photography, but this preference does not play well with the several months of the year in Finland when the only times I can take pictures are on the days I'm not working, since the sun is up only for a few hours every day. It means this time of the year I'm always waiting for the weekend to take photos of yarn or knitting projects.
I'm only starting to learn how to use a flash in a way that's pleasing to my eye, but I'm pretty happy with how my first serious flash photo shoot turned out. (I've been using Bryan Peterson's Understanding Flash Photography as a reference). For most of the pictures I bounced the flash off the wall or ceiling, except for the photos where there is intentional blur from movement, for which I used the flash directly pointed at myself, with rear curtain sync on the camera.
The knitting project pictured is Westy Vesty by Stephen West. I love it! It was fun and relaxing to knit, and I also love wearing it. I think I want to knit another one, in different colors. Wollmeise Pure works great with this pattern, giving it some nice drape.
Ravelry project link