shake_the_shell: (Great Garbo 1)
2010-08-28 08:05 pm

Success and the opposite.


(Above taken with my trusty lump of a Canon EOS 33V with some shiny Adox CHS 50 film, in early August 2010. Got it hours before they decided to chop all the barely down. Huzzah!)

Well...I finally got a Diana F+. And had to brag to myself. Because I already love the thing. I haven't taken it out yet but hell I mean to, very very soon. I've got my B&W 120 film at the ready, a Splitzer cap for it to play about with more interesting multiple exposures (hopefully examples will follow soon enough). It's so light and toy-like, yet...not. Possibly because I know what it is capable of.

For 35 quid, it was a bargain. Splitzer cap: £9. Three pack of film: £5. And no hassle postage issues. Go me. I'm intrigued by the possibilities. I can shoot straight as the Diana intended, with two size choices. Use it as a pinhole camera, another nifty feature. And, seeing as it's my first 120 camera, I can finally delve into the fascinating area of paper negatives (what're those? Photographic paper instead of film. Produces pretty things. That's all you need to know). Plus I'm fully comitted to saving for a delicious bundle of all the 4 lenses available for the diana, a coverter ring which will let me use said lenses for my Canons, the flash, and the 35mm and Polaroid back for the Diana as well. All that should come to just over £200 I think. That is an fucking bargain!! Gah.

That would be the success. Now the opposite. )
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: (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.