Zero degrees here in London. Went for brunch with a very dear friend yesterday and was determined to beat the cold and look feminine for a change! So I pulled out this wool grey maxi dress I bought last winter and which hasn't seen enough light of day since.
I have two of everything on here! Two turtlenecks, two pairs of tights and two long sleeved wool maxi-dresses! You might see the hem of the black merino wool maxi I'm wearing peeking out underneath. I put on a wide corset style belt to disguise the lumpy join of the tights and turtlenecks under the clinginess of the dresses and to get some semblance of a waistline back after piling on the layers to sausage-like proportions. That was just enough to keep me toasty.
I was originally going to wear a black cape but then I realised I would have been in yet another black and grey outfit. I knew I had to do break up the black and grey somehow so my efforts were to use this pale gold crocheted statement necklace with silver stones and to wear a pale coat instead of resorting to my normal black.
As much as I love the shearling aviator jacket trend (well shearling everything in these temperatures) I really can not justify another hefty shearling jacket purchase because I already have one that I love. It was actually a present from Mr V about seven years ago along with a matching Russian czarina style hat. They both come out on chilly sunny days every year and keep me very warm indeed. Both are also reversible so if I want to I can wear them with the pink fluffy shearling side showing on the outside.
I'm already getting a little bored of my white wall photographs but I don't think I'd be posting photos at all if it wasn't for it. I took the camera out yesterday as I wanted to take some photos of my girlfriend looking very glam in a very now double leopard outfit: a sequined embellished leopard print tee, a faux leopard coat and studded biker boots. But I was very disappointed with the light available to me. Already at two or three in the afternoon the light here is overcast and grey and by four the sun has gone down.
I think my Christmas wish list is going to include a decent flash as the one I currently have on the camera makes for very garish night photos that aren't very flattering to my subjects. I'm also wondering if a photography course would be useful in showing me tricks to get the most out of dying winter light or low lighting in indoors environments like cafes or bars without resorting to bringing in large reflective umbrellas and brick sized flash bulbs.
Any hints from you more seasoned photographers out there about how to get around these light problems?
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