On Friday I met up with Super-Kate, Geek boy and Mario Testino (only he wasn't Mario Testino but he often shoots with Hasselblads so therefore he might as well be) - aka as the Crafts Beautiful video team. Our rendezvous was a farm barny thing that I believe is used to hire out to corporates holding banquets, parties and for the artyness that is a Crafts Beautiful video shoot. I was suitably impressed by the location and the rustic finish to the whole dwelling.
Geekboy had brought along the company iPad (faint, faint, faint) along with numerous geeky gadgets that I salivated quite drippily over; threatening to short circuit them in the process. Then Mario got out his big boy gadget and I proper swooned at the sight. It was only a 70-200 F2.8 IS USM lens. Could I have been any more vulgar? No, I dont think so. As the greyish white lens spoke to me in whispers with a glittering of stars and gold encircling this magnificent lens, I had quite forgotten that I was on a serious video shoot for the Crafts Beautiful Crafts Channel (see their gorgeous back catalogue here - you have no idea how many videos and hits these guys have). Between shooting we ate, laughed, took pics and generally faffed about in the million degree heat where I refused to take off my light cardigan because I had a bleach splash mark stain on the shoulder of my top .... not good for my Gaga style video shoot, complexion or state of mind.
I hate to think that Im boring you, dear diary, but I did have such a good laugh. It made me realise how much I can despise working on my own and not being with like minded geeks and amazing photographers let alone a great fun sub editor. Oh how I miss the "in" jokes, the teasing, the mickey taking and the camaraderie that working as a team injects into your working day. **sigh**
Here are a few reminders of my day:
The studio area of the barn - taken from my iPhone whilst I ate my lunch
As I ate my lovely sandwich, crumbs fell hither and dither and I screamed with delight as I discovered a heart shaped crumb had fallen on the table. Genius crumbs make me happy
Geek boys t-shirt.... an ode to Twitter. I love it!
The view of the barn from the craft area end
This gasoline pump (circa 14AD) stank to high heaven so naturally I forced them to have thier pictures taken here for a "Oasis" style album shoot. L-R: Kate, Geek Boy and Mario Testino
Kate and I - mafting from 90 million degree heat (seeking a tiny respite in the shade)
Mario as taken by Kate using my G11 camera. What I hate about these cameras (but not in this case) is how bulbous the close up wide angles make your nose. Marios looks sizeably conk!
The same goes for Geek Boy!
I hope that the video gods out there realise my full potential when it comes to bloopers and that I can do one again very soon.
**Don't forget to enter the "design a punch" competition over here - you really could see it being manufactured and sold in shops if you win....... what a treat!!!**
PS: Mario, you better not go back on that promise of allowing me to handle your Hasselblad when you are up my end. Bwahahahahahhahaa