The Great Daisy Instagram Mystery

I don’t use Instagram as much as I used to. Imagine my surprise then when a photo I posted over 3 years ago suddenly started getting LOTS more likes. At the time of writing it’s gone from 40 or so likes to about 230 in about a week plus lots of comments. The image was taken on my iphone in the studio of model Daisy Pooley-Tolkien. And this is how it looks…

Copyright David Rann

Copyright David Rann

I was, and am, very pleased with this little image. But I’m still trying to figure out why it’s suddenly and belatedly had this resurgence of interest. When I asked my Facebook “friends”, the concensus seems to be that it must have appeared in a blog or something which has referred lots of people back to my profile. To add to the mystery, other photos of Daisy on my profile have also attracted lots more likes but on nothing like the same scale. Here they are…

If you have any ideas as to why these images have suddenly become so popular, please let me know?

My Instagram account is @davidrann if you’d like to see more…

From The Archives: A Quick Bite

Having a much-needed throw-out at the studio, I came across some stick-on vampire teeth and fake blood that I bought for a vampire-themed studio evening about a year ago. The teeth proved a bit problematic for our lovely female model, Chloe Avon but luckily our excellent male model Sam Knight (an actor) had his own set. Here’s my favourite image from the session…

Sam Knight. Copyright David Rann 2012

Sam Knight. Copyright David Rann 2012

Trick or treat?

 

Alas, Poor Warwick

Here for your amusement are a few “what I done on me ‘olidays” images, taken during a day at Warwick Castle a week or so ago (in the Summer). These are all taken on my trusty iPhone4. As always, just a bit of “away from the office” fun.

Warwick Castle by David Rann

Warwick Castle by David Rann

This first image was purposely under-exposed (honest!) using the Camera+ app and then jiggered around with in the lovely Snapseed.

The Knight Who Says Nowt.

The Knight Who Says Nowt.

Jeremy Waxman

Jeremy Waxman

The “people” seen here are actually some of Warwick’s excellent waxworks. Thankfully no model releases required. Or direction.

Taken using the "Lomora" app.

Taken using the “Lomora” app.

And finally, a little “scene” shot,

No Shoot Like Home (continued)

Continuing the story of my shoot with the lovely Samantha at my apartment block (nice to get away from the studio for a change), after doing all I could in the communal corridors, and stairwell, we took a few shots in the lift…

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

…and then moved into the apartment itself. I started by photographing Samantha in one of my white shirts, again using available light.

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Then I decided to play about with some off-camera strobe in the hall area. I placed the flash behind Sammy and positioned myself carefully to maximise the great rim-light produced…

One of my favourites. Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

One of my favourites. Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

And finally, again grunged up on Snapseed…

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Many many thanks go to Samantha for giving up her precious time and being such a great sport in return for only copious amounts of tea and the odd biccy. Or two.

 

No Shoot Like Home

When I can, I like to do the odd “fun shoot” – shoots intended to be nothing more than a test for new equipment, different lighting, different looks, to try new themes and post-production styles. My most recent “fun shoot” was all about seeing what I could get squeeze creatively out of a familiar environment, in this case my apartment and apartment block. I also had some vague notions of creating something “filmic”, perhaps capturing some noir-ish lighting and hinting at some kind of imagined narrative.

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

I put out a casting on a certain well-known social networking site (I doubt they need the name-check) asking for a volunteer non-model model. On other words, someone who was prepared to pose for me given the vaguest of briefs but ideally not someone who models on a regular or professional basis. I was chuffed when Samantha tentatively stepped forward.

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Samantha has a great look: loads of tattoos, and with eyes that seem to change colour depending on the light. Dodging other residents and the cleaners, we started by shooting in the communal corridor and stairwells using only available light.

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

Samantha. Copyright David Rann 2013

As you can see, I’ve also had a bit of fun with the post-production on these images. everything was shot on RAW, processed initially in Lightroom and then a bit of grunge texture mood added in Snapseed.

More to follow…