Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Outdoor Adventures, Part 2

Well over [a year ago], I attempted my first outdoor doll shoot. Since then, even though I've taken dolls with me on my travels, I never got around to photographing them. I finally picked a weekend and tried again.




Maybe if I had my own private yard I could stick with this, but I can't deal with people, bugs AND Guinea pig pheasants. I just cant. Perhaps I'm a delicate effing flower with a piss poor attitude but I don't want things crawling on me, or trees pooping their pollen dander on my head or random people being all up in my mutha-bleeping grill.

After only one hour I'd had enough and bounced. Never again.





46 comments:

  1. Gorgeous dolls and gorgeous shots!

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  2. You...LITERALLY....took the words right outta my mouth! I have a back patio...private. It I'm the only one in our complex that has the tree from The Poltergeist...directly over my patio! It's made my private fence lean inwards, the cement shifted and there's a plant growing beneath the cracks. Hitchcock's crows from the birds constantly pirching in it, dropping food and doody from it...the worst! We have a pool and a grill area but the idea of neighbors gawking or strangers at nearby park, won't work for me.

    Love your shots. :-)

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    1. LOL, Tracy @ tree from The Poltergeist and Hitchcock's crows! I have never been a fan of trees, so I feel your pain. People think trees are just so awesome but they are full of bugs and just like you said, doody!

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  3. Love your pictures, you made your dolls look so lifelike :D
    I live next to a beautiful bicycle path and parks but I doubt I'd ever try exterior shots unless I had a big yard: between gawkers, dogs and their little presents and insects, I don't think I could make it work.
    It would make more sense to learn to use Photoshop to pretend my dolls were wherever I wish they could go.
    Plus, this may sound strange but I'd be nervous about not paying attention to what's going on around me while I focused on my dolls. Lol, can you tell I've always lived in a big city?

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    1. Maricha, I'm always paying attention to my surroundings because I'm naturally paranoid. People sneaking up behind me really bothers me, even if they are being totally innocent and not some sort of creeper. So yeah, when I'm out and about its difficult to split focus between what I'm doing and worrying about someone grabbing my stuff and running. Ah, such is the life of a paranoid.

      I think I'll stick to making my own [backgrounds] and creating my own [parks].

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  4. I feel ya, Muff. My tolerance for the great outdoors is pretty low. Bugs...people...is there really a difference? I told a friend that the problem with taking my kids to the park is that other people's kids are at the park, too and I don't like other people's kids when I'm not at work LOL Kudos for giving outdoor shots another try, especially after "coochiie lady" from last year!

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    1. LOL, Jewell. I think bugs and people are equally annoying as well. I hear you on kids. I used to say the same things about dogs. I loved my dog to pieces, but I didn't want other people's dogs all up on me. Eyuck.

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  5. "Oh! Look at that faggot with his dollies! He's just fucked in his head!!"

    Yes, people are annoying

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    1. Sergio, I've heard the equivalent of that, except I was told I was too butch to be playing with dolls. Haters gonna hate.

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  6. Witaj! Też mam kłopot z fotografowaniem na zewnątrz! Zazwyczaj wybieram miejsca z dala od ludzi i wczesne godziny poranne. Wtedy kontakt z człowiekiem jest rzadkością i można skupić się na lalkach! Twoje zdjęcia są naprawdę piękne! Tak samo jak czarujące modelki!
    Pozdrawiam Cię serdecznie!

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    1. Olla, Bierzesz takie wspaniałe zdjęcia. Dziwię się, że ma trudności ze swoimi odkrytymi nich, ponieważ sprawiają, że wygląda tak, bez wysiłku.

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    2. Czasami jest tak, że biorę lalki w plener i nie zrobię ani jednego zdjęcia! Nie mogę znaleźć odpowiedniego miejsca, albo tracę ochotę :-)
      Najczęściej jednak robię bardzo dużo zdjęć i wybieram tylko kilka, na których lalki wyszły najładniej :)))
      Pozdrawiam i zapewniam, że Twoje zdjęcia są również bardzo naturalne.

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  7. I was cracking up when you were talking about it being a cloudy day and then you showed video of the clouds. Girl, those clouds looked like you were about to have a monsoon! Maybe a good time to take outdoor dolly pictures because nobody would want to be out in that! Anyway, you did get some pretty good shots. I am also one who doesn't take outdoor photos, not even in my own backyard. Because of my bad back and knees (and every other joint in my body) if I were to lay on the ground to take a photo, I might not be able to get back up! I would have to crawl on the ground to get to a bench or something to get back up and then people try to help you, which makes it totally worse! I have taken some outdoor photos on my deck on the table, but that is about it for me!

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    1. Phyllis, that's why I love those dramatic time laps vids. Made it look stuff was about to go down! Rainy photos are the best if you don't mind a little moisture. They make everything look all fresh and sparkly.

      You know, I actually didn't lay fully down now that I think about it. I leaned over a little or squatted, but mostly I used the LCD screen so I could just sit the camera on the ground.

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  8. Fierce shots & hair I enjoyed them :)

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  9. Ihear you on this one. I have a very favorite botanical garden and the one thing I love to do is take dolls, BUT in the spring/summer it is full of mommies and freakin kids or daycare groups because it has a children's garden. There are plenty of places to stage dolls secluded, but I like you, am paranoid and it takes time to get a doll set up correctly with the stands, wire, etc. before you have some people walking about. I loved to stage the dolls in the streams like they were walking on the rocks in the 'river' and got great shots this way, with their bare feet in the water, without having to use stands. If I had used stands or wires that day my back would have ached more. Luckily I went early as soon as they opened on a weekday when there weren't too many people about to get my shots in. But I understand about the factor of trying to focus and people and the bugs. I have wanted to take my bigger dolls, but would really feel weird taking my bjd's or my Tonner dolls.

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    1. Lisa, water shots sound awesome! I actually live next to water but I'm sure I'd drop the doll or get bitten by mosquitoes. It does sound intriguing though! It would have to be all wireless, because like you said, it takes too much time to fiddle with all that extra stuff.

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  10. Beautiful pics! Natural lighting is the best. I would love to shoot more outdoor shots, but I do not care for the annoying stares. That is great that you gave it another try!

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    1. Thanks, Georgia Girl! Even without direct sunlight, I like how the natural lighting made the dolls look and that vast expanse of background makes everything so pretty.

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  11. I guess I'm fortunate. The couple of times I've taken Meg out, only a few people have even looked in my direction, and the ones that did just smiled. Being in Ohio, we have far fewer bugs than you do. And most trees around here don't drop a lot, except when the flowers fall off, or when it is time to seed. What I hate about where I'm at right now is the trees with berries on them. The birds eat the berries and then poop berries onto my car. Yuck.

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    1. LOL, Barb! I don't know what would be worse, tree pollen poop in my hair or bird berry poop on my car? And oh yes, we have lots and lots of bugs. From the tiniest gnat to the largest cockroaches you have ever seen... and they fly too!

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  12. Heh, I just about fell over laughing when the "guinea pigs" showed up!

    Perils of the wilds aside, you did get some great photos, so at least for me as a viewer it was totally worth it! ;)

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    1. jSarie, I know now those are some type of pigeon, but at the time I could only think that they were colored like guinea pigs. They had no fear either. They would come up to your leg and nudge you.

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  13. Well you did an awesomely fabulous job before you bounced! I love these photos!

    dbg

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! At least something nice came out of something annoying.

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  14. I think the photos came out great! I am the same way though, I don't want anyone watching me, at all...I live on a huge farm and there are still always people walking around. It drives me crazy!

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    1. Farrah, I think it's not so much the watching me, it's the talking to me that gets my goat. I figure if I'm not bothering them, they shouldn't be bothering me. People act like it's their absolute right to know what you are doing.

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  15. I really like the video and the photos! I know what you mean about people bugging you. When I did my "Double date at the park" post,
    http://i-luv-dolls.blogspot.com/2012/08/double-date-at-beach.html, people kept bugging me! Children wanted me to give them my dolls and I wasn't really close to the groups of people who were out. I guess that is why I haven't gotten around to finishing it. I guess I need to find a better spot. Do you think that is why fashion shoots are done at 6:00 am! There isn't as many people around then! The sun is the best then too!

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    1. LOL, Ms. Leo at "Children wanted me to give them my dolls." I can totally see that. Neither kids nor adults have any shame.

      I have gone out at sunrise to get shots and let me tell you, it is creepy as hell. When you are out there by your lonesome and then you see one other dude skulking around too, you start thinking, "Oh, crap! This dude is going to kill me and no one else is here to see it." I swear it's a catch22.

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  16. I loved the video! Despite all those inconvenients, I think that your photos turned out really well.

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  17. Brave girl to snap shots outdoors but it paid off, the photos look great. Lighting makes such a difference.

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    1. Too true, Roville. I don't care how much light I throw on an indoor subject, it just doesn't capture the nuances of natural light.

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  18. I remember that post from last year. At least you gave it a try again just confirm if you could do it or not. I think the photos look good.

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    1. Thanks, Janainah! I was slow to try it again, but I just need better circumstances I guess. My sister has a nice yard, but I could see her bugging me too.

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  19. Hola, qué lindas muñecas. Yo solo tengo una Christie. Tengo la esperanza de encontrar alguna.

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    1. Hola, Lindaivette. Gracias por pasar. Esperamos que encuentre el muñeco que busca.

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  20. Oh, but you took super gorgeous shots and I guess that was all worth it? Tee hee...<3

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    1. Shasha, I wouldn't go so far as to say it was worth it, but almost, lol.

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  21. Excellent video! Too bad you didn't enjoy it. Thanks for the great pics of Jacksonville. It's been awhile since I've been there. I really enjoy visiting. Wow, your people park has some adventurous people. I never experience anything like that at my people parks. Your photos are amazing and I'm glad you at least gave it one more shot. Looking forward to Outdoor Adventures Part 3. LOL!

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    1. Vanessa, we have so many types of parks - walking, bicycle, kiddie, pet and people. I pretty much avoid all but the walking ones. I tried to walk one of the bridges and freaked out and had to turn around.

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  22. Nice video and beautiful photos! Wow, there sure was a lot going on at that park! I thought that you posed your dolls very well.

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