A month or so ago I took a little drive out to the coast for a photo shoot with a professional photographer and a model. Up to now, I've done most of my photography myself, but I thought it would be educational to see what was involved in a real photo shoot. Luckily, the weather cooperated for us (not always reliable on the Oregon coast in November!) and we had a nice sunny day which ended up with high overcast toward the end of the day.
My job, besides twitching and straightening the knits, was to hold the big shiny dot and aim the sun right in the model's eyes. hahahaha (I don't think she thought it was funny). The big shiny dot, otherwise known as a reflector, was one of the secret tools I learned about to help fill in shadow when the light is harsh.
Of course there were lots of lovely things to see at the beach. The crows and the gulls were like the sharks and the jets. They didn't mix well and when one of them crossed over to the others' turf, a stylized, dancy battle ensued.
We ended the day, frozen to the core, but with a beautiful sunset to keep us company on our ride home.
One of the items we photographed was the Eiki shawl. I've never really been happy with my own photography of this lovely item. And I've been meaning to update the Eiki pattern with bead placement in case you want to add beads to your shawl. Finally, I got some nice photos and updated the pattern, so if you bought it through Ravelry, you've gotten a notice that a new version is there.
I've also uploaded the Solstice Cowl pattern to ravelry. Just in case you want to make your very own cowl to wear for this solstice or next. Or a quick gift for the holidays. The pattern is $2.50. I knit mine in 2 days, but I think you could easily do one in a day if you are determined. I was writing the pattern and socializing as I did mine.
And now I'm off to gather my ingredients for my favorite Christmas Cookies - we're having parties tonight for the knitting and spinning groups!