Insomnia – Photo Ideas

I posted about a project I thought about yesterday and have taken some photos that have played around with some ideas I have had, some are more successful than others….

2.59-3.00

I took a load of photos of the clock in my bedroom on a long exposure time, trying to get an image of time ticking by, I think this one is the best of the bunch although I’m sure I can do better…maybe a shorter exposure time?  I wanted to capture a feeling of clock watching and feeling time going by but still being awake to witness it as this is what happens when I can’t sleep, minutes drag by and eventually turn into hours and I am aware of every second of it.

Restless

 This was taken on a 2 min shutter speed.  I wanted to capture the restlessness that insomnia leaves you with.  The photo shows my movement (albeit as a big glow!) and how I would move around in bed when experiencing a sleepless episode.  I really like this photo and am not sure I would want to change anything in it.  It may be interesting to do several of these kind of images, maybe using a film camera as I did have a couple of technical difficulties (one being I wanted to record my movement over night but my camera didn’t have a setting that I could use to keep the shutter open all night…)

Waiting #1

 There are moments when I have one of my insomnia attack where I try to settle down and get as comfortable as possible and just lie there waiting for sleep to come…this image tries to depict that.  I used my mobile phone as a light source as I didn’t want anything as harsh as a bulb to light the image.  I think that the use of mobile phone lighting has worked well (I have also lightened the image using Photoshop) as it gives a directed light that is quite soft and doesn’t light the background at all.  It seems like the darkness is enveloping the subject more.  I’m not totally happy with the mobile phone being on view in the photo.

Waiting #2

 Another version of the above.  I think this photo is much better than the above as you can not see the mobile phone (as much…) in the image.  I have, again, brightened this in Photoshop and also cropped it.  I am also happier as this image seems less grainy and more in focus and clear.  I still think there is a lot to work on within this image and maybe I can do a re-shoot or play around with the images taken a bit more.

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This is a compilation of all the photos I took, including the pre-photoshop images and the ones I took when setting up for the ideas that I had.

All photos shot with my Pentax K2000 DSLR

Whats In The Bag?

 Or How to Get This Lot (<— ) into This Bag… —>

The Stuff

(L – R, Top to Bottom)

Pentax K2000 DSLR, Kodak Colour Plus 35mm Film, Canon EOS3000 SLR, Fish Eye Lens attachment, Card Wallet, Eye Drops, Perfume Stick, Tissues, Gum, Pens, Coin Purse, Lip Balm, Keys, Lippy, Fold Away Carrier Bag, Ipod Classic, Portable Window Light Diffuser.

The Bag – Crumpler Cupcake 7500.

Firstly I want to rave a bit about how good this bag is!  Wow! It really is brilliant!  Not only can I fit 2 cameras into it but also other camera equipment and things I need on a day-to-day basis too!  I love messenger style bags!  I did have a LowePro Pro Runner rucksack a while ago but didn’t get on with it very well in that I couldn’t access my stuff as quickly and easily as I could with a messenger bag and had been on the lookout for a nice messenger bag style camera bag that could hold everything I needed on a day-to-day basis.  This one is AMAZING!  I’m sure I can’t say it enough!  Anyway, enough about bag love, how the heck do I fit all my stuff into it?  Well, here’s a quick look

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That’s how!  😀  And before any of you ask, I like to carry around 2 cameras, it gives me different options of what to shoot with for different effects.  I love film and the feel that it has but I also love the instantness of digital!  If it were a perfect world (and someone could build a bag to accommodate it!) would carry around my whole camera collection and all the pieces that go with it just so I could have all the choice I wanted!  Instead I had to make a choice and at the moment it is both my DSLR and my 35mm SLR!

Interrupted – Uni Summer Project Wk 1

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These are the first “test” shots that I have taken for one of my Uni Summer Project ideas.  I wanted to capture moments where interruption has taken place.  This was a staged shot, taken in my living room while playing about with the idea.  I’m not yet sure whether I want to use 35mm film to take these photos or whether to stick with digital for the moment.  I think it may be easier (as I’m not going to be able to dev and print my own work until uni is back open) to stick with digital for this project.  I have been teaching myself Photoshop (CS3) and feel that I can develop py skills further by using digital for this project.

 

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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