“You Are Here” maps intervention.

Busy collating all the data I collected from my “You Are Here” maps intervention on friday 15th March onto one spreadsheet and seeing where I can go with it all! ūüėÄ Feel free to add your own mark to the map by downloading and filling in a form! ¬†You can drop the completed form off to the Mellor Management space at the top of Pontypool Market or e-mail me your response!!! If you have any queries feel free to email me – artreviewed@yahoo.co.uk

 

 Maps Project form_edited-2

Insomnia – The Final Edit

 

This is the final edit of my images for the summer project “Insomnia”. ¬†I had these printed out at 8″x10″ at Asda (http://www.asda-photo.co.uk/). ¬†They were displayed in the above order side by side in uni. ¬†I was really surprised and also disappointed to¬†realize¬†that the work we had done over the summer wasn’t going to be graded or marked as such. ¬†The images were intended to open discourse, if we wanted. ¬†I did get to speak about my work but not in great depth, and I got asked questions too, some of which came from people who hadn’t read the accompanying Artist Statement which describes our work, what we did, how we went about it and what we were trying to capture, it is there to provide further understanding to the work and background information along with any further information that ¬†may be relevant. ¬†I set out to capture feelings about insomnia and how it affects me, I have found that my insomnia is caused mostly by¬†subconscious¬†anxiety and there¬†isn’t¬†much I can do to cure it, I have also learned how to shoot in lit, night-time conditions to capture movement and I am happy with the images I produced. ¬†My understanding of aperture, ISO and shutter speed has been made clearer and I have other things that I would now like to try in the future.

 

All images shot with Pentax K2000, edited with Photoshop CS3 and printed by Asda.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Rockpools

All of these images were taken 2 summers ago.  I happened to be looking through the photos I have stored on my computer and found these (pre editing they looked a bit different!)

Rockpools¬†have always fascinated me, as a child on beach holidays with my parents my Dad and I would always be found poking about in rockpools¬†and emptying nets into buckets, showing my Mum the contents to be put back later!¬† I’ve¬†often thought about setting up my own salt water tank to try to¬†recreate my own rock pool!¬† They seem to me such magical other worlds that offer so much to see if you look close enough.

I still have loads of images of rock pools that I want to edit but here are some of the first ones for you to enjoy!

* All images taken with Pentax K2000 and edited using Photoshop CS3

Detrius

These images were taken a few years ago on a camping holiday.¬† When I was looking through all of the images that I had taken I realised that a lot of them were of items that the sea had washed up onto the shore.¬† I liked the images as they were but decided to focus in on the details of what was left by the sea.¬† I have Photoshopped¬†all images with Photoshop CS3 and altered the tone and colour caste of the images, warming or cooling the picture to add to its effect.¬† I am not sure which of these images is my favourite, in a way they all are for different reasons.¬† I would like to continue with looking at “Detrius” as a theme and topic in future works that I undertake.

* All photos taken with Pentax K2000 and editied using Photoshop CS3

 

Close Up at the Allotment!

I took these over at the allotment and have played around with them in Photoshop CS3.¬† The above and below image are the same but one seems to be clearer in the water highlight and the other not so much…I am having trouble deciding which one I like best!¬† Both were from the same image that has been cropped down and zoomed in on, made into a black and white image and then I have played around with the colour saturation and contrast.¬† I think that in the image below I have concentrated too much on the contrast and blown the white highlights but the above one havent played around with it enough…Something to work on and play around with!

I love this image, It shows a pool of water between the stem and leaves of a leek plant.  I converted this image from colour to black and white and upped the lighting.  converting an image from colour to black and white can reveal details that were lost when the image was colour.  I have cropped the image and blown it up, removed some parts that I felt were distracting and that is about it.  I am really happy with how this image looks.

This image is an extreme close up of droplets of water on one of the leek leaves.¬† The droplets in the foreground and background are a bit distorted but I don’t mind that.¬† I have pretty much done the same to this image as I have in the above one.¬† I decided not to sharpen this image as I liked the grainy feel to it.

This image is one of my favourites, I didn’t need to crop it as much as the others although I did convert it from colour to black and white.¬† i feel that with this image you can almost feel the texture of the dandelion clock.¬† I don’t think there is any improvement I would make to this image.

*Images taken with Pentax K2000 and edited with Photoshop CS3

Sleep Diary – 18th – 19th July

Bed Time – 12.30am

Food/drink consumed РSmoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich, tuna crunch baguette, 2 cups of coffee, 1 cup of red bush tea, 1 pt fizzy water, 2ltrs cider, 1 aero white choc mousse.

Activities – Driving, shopping, visiting/caring for friend, housework, shower, Skype, reading and research.

Sleep Quality – 4 and 3.¬† i¬†found it hard to fall asleep and despite the time I went to bed I was still awake at 2.45am.¬† And although I woke feeling like I’d had a good night’s sleep I woke up several times during the night but not for any reason (except 4.23 when next doors baby woke me up…)

Sleep Diary 17th – 18th July

Bed Time – 11.45pm

Food/Drink Consumed Р3 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 Р3 (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 Р5 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.

Researching Insomnia and Ideas

Today I am looking through my photo magazines and photo art books in order to gather some ideas to further push my ideas within the topic of Insomnia. 

Yesterday I sat and thought about images I could create and techniques that may be worth using in my photos to push the idea I have further.  I also created a list of things that I would like to play around with more in my images, one of them being shutter speed, so I can blur images and create motion and a sense of time passing. 

I am also doing some reading up on Insomnia and its causes, so far none of the causes listed seem to be reasons for my insomnia but there must be a reason for it somewhere.¬† it is also useful to see what I can do to help ease the sleeplessness.¬† I am thinking about creating a diary of my sleep patterns that may help to identify causes and identify a pattern that I can use to avoid triggers.¬† This may then become part of the overall project but I’m not sure yet…