Nature

I took this photo last weekend when I went over to my allotment.  In the original photo the bee was lost in the background.  I cropped the image and brightened it slightly in Photoshop and am really happy with the level of detail in the image now.  You can almost stroke the bee and feel his fuzziness! 😀

Heat…

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I was going to write about how my circles project is coming on and what I had been doing with the project but I thought these may be a bit more interesting (as I have hardly done anything with my project this week that seems blog worthy :/ )  These were taken on Monday 28/5/2012 when the weather was rally warm and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, the air smelled faintly of weekend barbeques and sunscreen, cut grass and warm tarmac.  I felt that I should take some photos to try to convey what the day was like.  I took a load of photos but am really pleased with these 3, I’m not sure why, maybe it is the depth of the blue sky or the colours, I’m not sure.  But I do think they captured the day and the weather perfectly!  Hope you like them too!!!

All By Myself 27/3/2012

Over the Easter Holidays I decided to go and explore an area not too far from me – St Brides, Wentlooge, where the Lighthouse Inn is situated.  I left early and went by myself as a time to think and gather my thoughts on my uni project and to enjoy the weather.  It was a warm and sunny day although when I was by the water it was a bit breezy but not un-enjoyable.

I didn’t know really, what to expect before I got there, I had a thought that it may be like a beach where I could go paddling in the tide and collect some shells.  (Some places are hard to judge on google maps…) It wasn’t like I imagined but I wasnt disappointed.  The area is a flood defense and would stop the river from washing away houses and causing mayhem if ever the river was to rise too much.  This is where I walked, along the flood defense.  It was lovely and peaceful and I didn’t see may people apart from the odd dog walker and some lone fishermen.

Here are some of the photos I took on my day out.

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My Cameras – Photos

Here they are, my cameras (as posted about here https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/a-new-camera/)

From Left to right –

1) Fuji film DL-270 Zoom 35mm film camera.  This was my first “proper camera” bought for me by my parents for Christmas one year, probably about 1996/97.  It has a panoramic format button which makes photos long and thin and captures more detail either side of the frame.  I haven’t used it for years as I have a feeling that the film take up spool, which loads the film automatically, is broken.

2) Kumagin Superheadz Super Fat Lens 35mm film toy camera.  I bought this last year in the Victoria and Albert Museum and have used it a bit, not as much as I’d like to though.  It takes amazing wide-angle photos which vignette slightly around the edges and, some of the photos I have taken with it on a sunny day have these sunbeams across them which are really pretty.  You can’t zoom in with this one, it is purely a point and shoot camera.

3) Canon EOS 3000, 35mm film camera.  This is the camera I bought the other day.  I have taken a few shots with it but havent gotten anything developed yet.  I don’t have a manual for it yet but am going to try to find one later on the internet.

4) Holga GTLR, 120mm film camera.  I bought this back in November for a project that I was doing for my degree.  It is a Glass Twin Lens Reflex camera which means that the lens’ are made from glass, it has 2 lens’ at the front, one to view through and one that takes the picture, you need to be careful about how you position your image that you want to take as the lens you take the photo with is some distance from the lens you view through which can lead to unbalanced photos or subjects with heads cut off!  I haven’t used this camera nearly enough as I would like!!!

5) Olympus OM-40 35mm film SLR.  This camera is not really  mine.  It belongs to my boyfriends brother who has let me use it for several of my projects.  I really like this camera, it is a Single Lens Reflex camera which means the lens you view through is also the lens that takes the image.  It is easy to use and has a nice weight about it, it’s not to heavy nor light.  It is the first film SLR that I have used and I would love to do more with it!

6) Kodak Easy Share C913 digital.  This camera I bought about 3 years ago after my last one died.  At the time I needed something that I could chuck into a bag and take anywhere with me and not worry too much about it.  It has a zoom button that allows you to get quite close to the subject without losing quality and is small and cheap enough to take anywhere.  I used to use this all the time but haven’t used it for nearly a year as the battery life is quite unpredictable in it.

7) Samsung NX DSLR.  This is not technically my camera.  I bought it for my boyfriend as he wanted a camera that he could learn to use and take photos with.  I didn’t want to get him something similar to my Kodak as I felt that wouldn’t be much fun for him so I got him this.  It is brilliant!  One of the best DSLR’s I have used (apart from mine obv’s!) Its design is based around a compact camera but it has all the features of an SLR, (different lens’, settings etc).  It’s not one I use much but my boyfriend has had fun taking photos with it!

The ones not included…

8)Pentax K2000 DSLR, as I was using it to take photos of the cameras with!  This is my baby!  My Grandma gave me some money before I started uni to get myself some equipment that I needed, so along with some birthday money I received from her I managed to buy myself this.  I use it pretty much constantly and it has never let me down really, though I must say that it will eat batteries if you use it in really cold weather!  I carry this with me almost everywhere I go and is the first camera I reach for when I want to take photos.

9) Voigtlander GTLR 120mm film, box camera.  This was purchased from ebay in November and worked for a bit.  It is really old and the winding mechanism that pulls the film through and makes the exposure counter work seized up.  It is currently at my parents where my Dad is painstakingly cleaning it up bit by bit and fixing it for me.  I used this camera twice and really can’t wait for it to be back in working order (if it can be fixed that is) so I can use it again!  The one image I managed to retrieve from it was beautiful and so detailed and crisp, I’d love to be able to take more photos like that!

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A New Camera

I wasn’t going to post anything on my blog until tomorrow BUT I’m just too excited not to write about my new purchase.  Today I bought a Cannon EOS 3000 35mm film camera with a fish eye lens attachment along with a normal lens.  I have not been able to use it yet as I haven’t got batteries for it yet but I’m definitely going to get some tomorrow so I can have a play round with it.

I am needing to think about camera storage now as I own a Holga Twin Lens Reflex 120mm (medium format film)camera, a Olympus OM40 35mm SLR camera, a Voigtlander Twin Lens Reflex 120mm box camera, a Fujifilm DL-270 Zoom (point and shoot type of 35mm, currently broken :/), a Kumagin, SuperHeadz Super Fat Lens (toy) 35mm film camera, a cheap Kodak Easy Share C913 (digital) and my Pentax k2000 digital slr camera.  I hate the idea of having them in bags (unless I am taking them to use somewhere) and would like to be able to see them so I can pick which one I want.  I’m the kind of person that if they are in bags and out of the way I will forget about them and they won’t get used much.  plus they are all so pretty to look at!  But, I don’t want them getting dirty or knocked about or anything so I’m thinking about investing in a display cabinet with glass doors that I can keep them in, along with a box to keep all my films in and batteries….I think that this will solve my “issues” about camera storage.  Keep an eye out for photos of my cameras soon!