Insomnia – Further Photos

 

 

Test Shot 1…  I took to see what effect the settings were going to have on the overall image, that the camera was positioned correctly and to check that everything I wanted was in the frame.

 

 

This is the image showing movement.  I am not entirely happy with this image as it seems to show the movement as a bright glow in the center of the bed rather than actual blurred movement.  I have thought about maybe re-shooting this but moving around more slowly or even editing it in Photoshop to see what it is like in black and white.

 

 

I have moved the camera in this shot and went straight into shooting without first doing a test shot…sometimes I get a bit carried away!  This is why the test shot comes further down… I am still unsure about this image and am having the same problems with it as the above shot.  None of these images have been edited in any way yet, they are straight from camera so perhaps playing around with them in Photoshop may help, if not I can try a re-shoot.

 

 

 

This image seems to capture movement a bit better with some hazy “ghost” parts to the image.  I am happier with this image than the previous images.  When I took this image I checked the last image and decided on the spot to re-shoot and moved around a bit slower to see if that made any difference.

 

 

 

Test Shot 2… If I had done the test shot first I think I would have chosen to move the duvet out of the frame completely and maybe remove some of the clutter in the background before shooting…  Worth noting for next time!

 

 

 

Test Shot 3 … I moved the camera again and took a test shot to see if the framing was ok, as with the above test shot, I think I should have removed the duvet completely from the shot as I am now finding it to be distracting along with the background clutter.

 

 

 

I am much more happy with how this image has turned out!  It is more along the lines of what I was expecting.  The image has some nice movement trails in it which I think have been helped by a different camera position, however I think that the camera and tripod were set up too close to the bed as the background is blurry which could have been caused by camera shake, I’m not sure if this matters too much with the overall image but I am tempted to re-shoot..  I really would like to convert this to black and white to see what it would look like!!!!

 

 

 

Test Shot 4… Again, I should have moved the duvet and the clutter from under the bed and in the background.  Really like the framing of this shot though!

 

 

 

This image, as the one above, works for what I set out to capture and is along the lines of what I expected.  In hindsight I would have moved the duvet as it is a large distraction for me personally.

 

 

 

This image is even better in terms of what I wanted to create.  I think that this camera angle helps to capture the movement as trails and ghosting really well!

 

 

 

Test Shot 5… Clutter beside the bed….

 

 

 

Test Shot 6… Still clutter but better in terms of distraction.  I think I should re-shoot this angle again and remove all items from the frame as they are still distracting.

 

 

 

This image is a bit too ghost like for me.  There is no real suggestion that the light parts of the bed are a person, to me it looks like a camera fault.  However, I am keen to see (again) how this would look like in black and white.

 

 

Again, I’m not entirely happy with this shot as there is not enough movement recorded.  I think it may be down to camera angle and shutter speed so I may have to re-shoot.

 

 

 

Another shot I did using the same camera angle as the shots above…  This one is marginally better than the ones above but only slightly.  I’m still not sure on the camera angle for this shot or how movement has been recorded.

 

 

Test Shot 7 … Another different camera angle, checking the framing of the shot.  I think that the clutter on the bedside cabinet should have been removed as it is distracting.

 

 

 

 

 

Sleep Diary 17th – 18th July

Bed Time – 11.45pm

Food/Drink Consumed – 3 mugs of Lady Grey Tea, 1 Red Bush tea, glass (1/2 pt) Orange juice, 1 Frij Chocolate Fudge Brownie milkshake, 1/2 cheese and tomato flan, 5 tomatoes, 1 cheese topped roll with smoked cheese filling, 1 cheese topped roll plain, small fish and chips (home cooked), 1 Becks beer (4%)

Activities – Washing up, tidying, planting out sunflowers into garden, blog writing, researching Insomnia, hoovering, cleaning, Skype.

Sleep Quality – 3 (see https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/insomnia-project-sleep-diary/ for sleep grading.)

Today I have felt really drained, I have struggled to stay awake and havent felt completely with it.  I’m not sure whether this could be anything to do with the weather as my friend has also felt the same today.

Insomnia Project – Sleep Diary

I read somewhere that it can be useful to keep a “Sleep Diary” noting what time you go to bed and the quality of sleep you have to see if you can identify triggers in loss of sleep.  I also read that it is worth while making a note of food and drinks consumed in the day incase the insomnia is triggered by certain foods (dairy, sugars, caffeine etc…) and a note of what you have done in the day.  I thought that this may be a good idea and may help with both the insomnia and also my project as a whole.

I will be grading my sleep quality on a 5 point basis –

5 Slept right through

4 Trouble falling asleep

3 Waking up in night

2 Awake most of the night

1 No sleep

I shall try to include reasons for waking up too if I can (too hot, noise, toilet, etc…) as I think that may be quite useful to note as well.

Ok, so last night…

16th July – 17th July

Went to bed – 11.30pm

Food/Drink consumed in day – 5 coffees, 1 tea, Salad (Asda boxed salad, carrot, salad leaves, pepper, cabbage) with cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms and Ceaser dressing, 3 Becks (4%) and 1 Strawberry Cider (4%)

Daytime Activities – Driving, shopping, socializing/caring, visited parents, shopping in evening, Skype, research, reading.

Sleep Quality – 4 . Although I went to bed earlyish, I was still awake at 2.30am and couldn’t seem to settle down and get comfortable to sleep even though I was tired.

Insomnia

For the past 5 to 6 weeks I have been suffering with really bad insomnia (http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Insomnia/Pages/Introduction.aspx info about it here…) I’ve suffered from it for years on and off but normally it seems to go away on its own.  This time it has stayed with me for a course of weeks on end.  I have no idea what has caused it and have looked into likely reasons for it and also ways to try to get rid of it but nothing seems to be working at the moment.  I don’t want to go down the medication route as I have done that before, while effective for short periods of time, medication doesn’t seem to work and I hate the idea of relying on medicine long-term.  It leaves me feeling groggy and unable to concentrate (not good when you need to drive places and do things), affects my motivation levels (which, ok, are affected by lack of sleep but not as much) and generally leaves me feeling a bit useless.

Last night was probably the worst I have been for a while (maybe 2 weeks) where it felt like I was lying there for hours but when I checked the time it had merely been a matter of minutes, I couldn’t get comfortable and seemed to be moving around every 5 seconds although I believe this was more out of frustration than anything else, I was too hot then too cold even thought the room temperature was at a fixed constant, then my mind started playing tricks –  was that movement in the shadows I saw? , did I just hear something?

Even worse are the thoughts I allowed my mind to have… Is it just me awake now?  I bet it is.  Is the darkness closing in around me?  How long has it been now?  Why am I the only person that can’t get to sleep?  Am I really tired?  I wonder what I could be doing instead?  And then there is the emotional thing of feeling so lonely when there is only you awake…

So, while all this crap was going on in my  head and I was tossing and turning and checking the clock for the bazillionth time I had a thought about making this into a project of sorts.  Next time I can’t sleep (and I dare say it will be soon) I am going to get my camera out and start documenting it and see what I can come up with.  Lets start using this ‘illness?’, ‘incapability?’, ‘sleep failure?’, whatever term you use for it into something that could be quite interesting.