Last week I went off on a search of a nice spot to take pictures of my new bag, The Norfolk Bag.
A spell of heavy cloud and torrential rain had just started when I decided to take a soggy drive to the London Civic Gardens next to the Thames River in London, Ontario.
The Norfolk Bag sample I had made had a distinctly ‘springy’ appearance and I was looking for a bit of greenery as a backdrop for a cover image.
The hours of operation are a bit vague on the main site for the Civic Gardens. Thinking it was open until 3 pm, I drove in from Strathroy with my camera for a nice relaxed photo shoot, only to find a closed sign posted. There was obviously something going on inside, gardeners were watering, and it looked like a flower arranging course going on further back in.
A volunteer must have noticed pathetic me out in the dripping rain peering in and kindly opened the door to let me explain the purpose of my visit. The facility, when booked, is closed but this volunteer kindly agreed to give me a short while to quickly take photos.
Never one perfect cover photo
Any one photo taken of a bag is not going to express the whole thing – it’s impossible because you can’t take a front, back, side and inside view all at the same time. So there is never one perfect cover photo.
And a cover does not allow for more than one decent image. I always put one or two small images on the back cover to show the inside of my bags but the size of these images makes them less than ideal. It’s always best to come to my website and enlarge the images there and on the purchase page to get a better idea of the details.
I was about to find out the hard way that taking pictures in a hurry is a mistake. I snapped as many bag images as I could, with the volunteer watching her clock, to finish up as fast as I could. It turned out to be a case of too much hurry and not enough care. I had forgotten to change my light settings!
But of course, I didn’t realize that till I got home… DRAT! And that’s the reason why my cover image has no pretty greenery but a studio backdrop. By the time I realized my error the rain had caused the river to flood roads in the area and it didn’t seem a good idea to head over to the Thames again! This week is much improved with breezy sunny skies that hold the promise of spring.
I’ll be back to the Civic Gardens again sometime and you can be sure I’ll take plenty of time, check my camera settings and most importantly, make sure the place is open!