Thursday, 7 January 2010
I realise that I have forgotten to introduce you to Shortcut Susie. This is the Queen of Clean's nickname for me. Shortcut Susie because I like to do things the easiest way, while he is somewhat of a perfectionist.
Shortcut Susie appears at home mainly (although the nickname is now sometimes used at work - how mortifying!). She assists me particularly when cooking (I cannot follow a recipe), tidying and always when trying to understand something.
The reason I have chosen this photo along with this post, is that I am proud that Shortcut Susie didn't have a hand in it. We have an SLR camera, but Susie talks me out of using it most of the time.
'Can you be bothered to take a light reading?'
'What about the shutter speed, what's an F stop?'
'Is the camera charged, bet you can't find the battery charger...'
'This is just too much effort, get your phone and we'll take a quick snap'
But one of my resolutions which didn't make it into my resolutions post is to learn how to use the SLR. So tonight I picked it up, and I actually listened to the Queen of Clean (whose first job was as a photographer's assistant in London so he does know his stuff) and asked questions. This particular shot is my own work. All the Queen of Clean did was hold a lamp at an angle to cast the shadow from the tree branches on to the print at the back.
Don't worry about Shortcut Susie feeling left out......she's about to help me tidy the kitchen.