shake_the_shell: (Dearest Bosie)
2010-04-08 02:33 am

WTF

I am peeved. The font I was using must have been scrapped, as it had suddenly changed upon visiting here, and won't work for me anymore. And neither would the other 6 I tried & like. GRRR. So "Berling Antiqua" it is for now. Though I can't get it the size I want in the right places (sounds dirty).

It also occured to me recently that I really need to take moar photies. Mainly because I applied 2 weeks ago for a Photography course in my local Uni, aaaand well eventually portfolio, they will wish to see one. And I do have many photos indeed, however I've been slacking in my personal project type thing, of 40 Steps. So I went up a few days ago & took some more pictures with my Olympus Pen EE-3. I'm in the process of scanning the little buggers in now. I've got 4 ok shots from the first strip of 12, and 5 more strips waiting to scan. It'll take a few days, but some of them are quite nice.

I focused a little more on the cottage this time, seeing as it's an integral part of that whole 40 Steps experience, and all that jazz. So there's a lot of brick and wall to be seen. A little share of one of my fave shots so far...



It looks a bit hazy to me, upon reflection, as do a few others. Not as crisp. Could be the Fomapan 100 film I used, but it's ridiculously crisp, I know from experience. I'm not sure if it's something I've done in CS2 or if it is indeed on the actual negative, but the only way to find out is in the darkroom. It's been a while since I've been in there, but I'm planning on doing so soon. There's no comparison to a darkroom print. There's just a certain aura to them, one I love.

I'm just hoping that 40 Steps makes sense as a "theme". Apparently, in interviews, the Photography peoples like to see sets, based around ideas for a series, instead of random great shots. Makes sense, I suppose, but how do I explain 40 Steps away? "Oh it's this wee place I walk around occasionally, it's purdy." It's hardly an intelligent, coherant idea. Bleh. Maybe I worry too much. Hell, I know I do.

Rambling ramble is over.

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)