shake_the_shell: (Great Garbo 1)
2010-05-03 02:00 am

My eyes feel like they're made of wood


Weird way to describe it, yes, but it's honestly the only way I can describe how they feel. The pirate played by Mackenzie Crook, from Pirates of the Caribbean, who had a wooden eye, comes to mind. Oh! the splinters.

So I've been working flat out all day for two days now, on CS2, scanning pictures in, editing a little, and I can safely say it's driving me insane at a steady pace. I am sick of this pc chair, staring at the screen removing bits of dust. 'Tis not a situation I am enjoying. All I've wanted to do all day is curl up, cry, and sleep. No moar photos. Moar sleep.
Tomorrow shall be worse. Tomorrow comes the all day darkroom affair. I am not looking forward to it. I know all too well, from experience, that being in a darkroom for long periods of time, working throughout the day, seriously fucks your bodyclock. Especially when you're already tired & have a fucked sleeping pattern like me. So it should be a barrel of laughs.

Enough moaning.

 

I have no idea what that 'thing' is but I got a few good shots with it, so I shan't complain.

My line of thought has fizzled away so I'm leaving to try and not...something. I don't know what I'm doing now. Maybe I'll go to bed and try and forget the impending horror of tomorrow.

BLAH. Blah I say.
shake_the_shell: (Waterhouse 1)
2010-05-01 02:48 am

Croak croak croak


It says it on my mug.

Like my last post, this boderlines a "real life" moan type thing. I recieved the date for my Uni interviews and, joy of joys, they are on the same day. Wednesday 5th May. Yippee...

So that means that from today, I've to do the shitatstic task of gathering together pieces of my work for two seperate portfolios. Art won't be too hard, it's bascally just a repeat of last year, omitting a few pieces and including new ones in their sted. Not too hard. However, for the photography one, I have to start from scratch. Get a folder, card for mounting, pick photos, print photos, in the darkroom as well as from my pc, arrange it all & finally stick it all down. The best part about all that is, for Photography, I have no idea in hell what I'm doing. I've done the Art interview before. Photography I haven't, so I'm winging it.
Hopefully friend & fellow applicant shall get back to my email by tomorrow and give me some pointers, as he's in the lucky position of having a tutor to help him.

Sooo. Just for a larf, here's one of the potential images that shall be present in said portfolio.




Bricks and stuff. Whether it'll be adequate enough to wow them, however...OH MY GOD I am so fucking not ready for this shit >.< Bleh, I said it. I shall now go to hide in the safety of my bed with my doggles to cuddle.
shake_the_shell: (Gregory Peck 2)
2010-03-26 07:31 pm

Oh, Mr Peck, you are so handsome.


He really is. I do love my avatar.

 

 
More Glens. This was annoying to edit. However, I don't think it turned out that badly. I quite like the purple tinge it scanned in with, so it remained. My only dislike is that damned grain in the paler areas. I'm not skilled enough in Photoshop to know how to ammend that. But regardless...eh.

shake_the_shell: (Gregory Peck 1)
2010-03-17 12:44 pm

It only takes five minutes


I'd been to Antrim before, and most likely in this area before, but not since I was younger. So probably in...10 years? Then of a whim, I ended up there on a random road trip with the "Wife". I'm glad we did, because it was rather breath taking, especially with the snow. As he drove, I practically hung out of the window taking photos with raw abandon, lol.

The film did get a little...messed, though. Upon developing, it seemed the brand of film & developer weren't exactly friends, despite saying they were on the box. So unfortunately, instead of being crisp & clear, the negatives are very pale; you can't even see the numbers or the Ilford brand name on it. Quite annoying. So in the darkroom, the outcome was less than satisfactory.

Amusingly, this meant Photoshop was the saviour of the day. It's been the only way to get good photos from that film. I spent about 10-20 minutes on the imagges I scanned clearing a few bits of dust, and adjusting shadows & hi-lights, the contrast etc., and this is one of the results. I never thought I'd say that, being a bit of a darkroom purist, but there it is.
shake_the_shell: (Waterhouse 1)
2010-03-07 09:10 pm

See your little lights alive...



I neglected my DW & LJ for a while :/ Whoops.

Anyway. Was meaning to post this for a while. Another shot from Belfast. Soon: photos of the Glens of Antrim! Much beauty involved.
shake_the_shell: (Jane Morris)
2010-01-18 04:40 pm

Nightlights



I really like these two together. They were taken within about 15 seconds of each other, the bottom photo being the same street a few meters along, as you can see. I was really surprised they turned out, as it was so dark & I couldn't see what setting the camera was on, not to mention they aren't blurry as I also expected. They were taken in haste after all. I must've been annoying to walk behind, stopping & starting every few seconds :P
 
shake_the_shell: (Default)
2010-01-13 09:55 pm

Triangles & Spaceships - Goa'uld Technology at it's best




Ah, Victoria Square in Belfast. My sister & I had taken an impromtu trip into the center for a wander around, involving unusal-for-us girl activity like the buying of skirts and mulling of shoes. She had never been to Victoria Square before, so I took her around, and we decided to go to the top of the dome as it began to darken. From there I whipped out my camera and began taking pictures, even after we got into the car. Twas a fun evening, and this image brings back a few memories :) Now to the techinicals.

This was taken with my newest camera (4 now, woot) that my lovely dad gave me for Christmas. It's an Olympus Pen EE-3; a cinch to use. You set your ISO or Aperature (either or, it sets shutter speed automatically), point and click. The difference? Each negative is worth two shots, so you get twice as many photos per film than you would with any other camera. Excellent for me, because when you're constantly broke you tend not to have money for film.

The image above are shots 8a & 9 as marked on my Ilford HP5 400 film. I decided to leave them together because they look quite nice that way I think. I'm impressed the film came out at all actually; it was pretty dark. I have more images to share, so I'll post later or tomorrow, as I'm sprucing up the kitchen because it's a mess.

(Kudos to anyone who gets the title reference :P)
shake_the_shell: (Great Garbo 1)
2010-01-08 02:07 am

Dusty, oh dusty


Godsake, does everything I upload have dust? Grr! Grr I say. CS2 will not open for me & I'm too tired to be bothered. I'll endeavour to have less dusty/bordery images henceforth.
Ever more lane. It's endless.
shake_the_shell: (pic#348696)
2010-01-08 01:56 am

It's in the small details



Did I forget I had this account? Apparently. Tut tut. Well. Lookit! Moar lane.
 
shake_the_shell: (Default)
2009-11-24 03:03 am

November loss



Looks like the grass is moving, eh?
shake_the_shell: (Default)
2009-11-17 05:49 pm

Enter Title Here...



Yes, the lane again. It's not getting old yet.
shake_the_shell: (Default)
2009-10-11 03:38 am

Thirdly


I recently procured a negative scanner. Beast of a thing. Can scan up to 7200 dpi, rather quickly. Lots of sliders and buttons and general things to play with too. A little frustrating in the beginning; I admit I did get a little pissed off at it once or twice, for not doing as I wanted. But, I think I'm getting the hang of it, and know I'll appreciate all those little buttons soon enough.

This was the first image I picked out, at random, to test the scanner out...an old picture, taken in 2006 I think. Not great; was for a college project on 'texture, shape, and something something'. I can't remember, too long ago. But it did the job.

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