shake_the_shell: (Great Garbo 1)

I, finding myself free of time and just enough courage and motivatoin, have signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. Those unknowing few who also bear the aspiration of being a novelist, or of a general literary disposition, can find out more information at their website here.
Quite simply, the goal is this: To write a first draft novel of 50,000 words in the month of November alone. Month of November means just that - you begin as soon as it's the 1st, and have to finish by the 30th. You can't have written at your idea (should you have one) prior to this, though ideas & plans for your tale are welcome (of which I have one).

So. Five delicious days to go. And then the games begin! I'm rather excited. It has been what feels like forever since I've had the intention of writing at one sole idea for any longer than say, an few hours. I left most of my writing drive behind for Art College & all it's stresses. Thankfully, this year of decisions has brought this great love of writing back to my anxious arms, and I have more than enough free time to pursue it at will, due to not having mounds of coursework. Write I shall; a whole 50,000 words. I'm getting giddy just thinking about it.

Averages work out at 12,500 words a week, roughly. That's 1666ish a day. I know this may sound an insane goal to some, I may sound less sane for being excited for this, but I truely am relishing the very idea. To be fair, the outlook for me isn't a scary one - in my gracious teen years, when I would spend at least 2 hours writing at my computer a day, I could easily knock out 3000 words in one sitting. After all, it's only a first draft. You are only expected to write, sponataneous and everything that comes to mind. If you do this, without hesitation, you'd be surprised at how much you can write in a short amount of time. Being a nippy hand with the keyboard helps also.
My only concern is some....personal issues, that may interfere with my little head, which is prone to creative blocks when there is emotional stress abound. However, the goal remains, as does my determination, at least to channel said concerns into something productive as opposed to a ball of withheld emotion. It seems to work when I write poetry & prose in my notebooks, so a transferal of tactics should sit alright. At least I hope.

I have also managed to get my blasted Diana's up onto deviantART, finally. That bloody scanner...less said, the better. Seeing as I'm boycotting Tinypic right now, any interested in seeing some shots of barley can have a gander at them on my account here and here. More incoming, as I have some others that need a clean up in the dust department.
However. I cannot express just how much of the feel is lost from these images when scanned in. I developed a few in the darkroom and was blown away. I was instantly seduced by the dreamy, soft, out of focus edges, the contrast, the delicious black & whiteness of it all. I was on the brink of hailing to the 120 Diana format only, screw those 35mm Canons of mine! I did regain my sanity - I do love my Canons. But I'm officially now a fully fledged lover of the Diana. I knew instinctively I would be; it was the edge I sought to bring into my photographic repetoire. It's a shame the in-the-flesh-developed copies can't be shared easier, as I am insistent that scanning them in just doesn't do the images justice.

Now all that is left to do is to convert my fellow £35 for Diana F+ w/o flash, why the hell not give it a whirl? Mr Moore, I'm looking at you...


Sep. 4th, 2010 08:48 pm
shake_the_shell: (Dearest Bosie)

I forgot I had an account there! But I do :)

I'm updating it slowly, I've only 14 or so photos up so far, but there are a few that aren't on Flickr as of yet; older images from Botanic Gardens in Belfast for instance. Feel free to add if you wish, I'm down with that (I think that's what the kids are saying these days...).

I desire to scan in my Diana F+ films, as I used up two. But the issue is, my scanner is 35mm only, and these are 120's - so much bigger than the usual negative I own. So. I've to use the other scanner in my father's room. Which I've no idea how to use. And I can't figure out because it is tricksy. And he's been to busy to show me as yet. Humph. I must wait patiently.
shake_the_shell: (Great Garbo 1)

(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. )


Jun. 1st, 2010 02:52 am
shake_the_shell: (Waterhouse 1)
Psh, been nearly a month...

Long story short: I fucked up my Photography interview by being, oh ho, too tired to see straight, and my portfolio turning out less than favourably because of lack of time. So understandably I didn't get in, as we all know the high standards they keep. However 3 hours, a piece of toast and a bottle of water later, I rocked my Art interview, resulting in unconditional acceptance into the course the day after, so I'm a happy bunny. Life goes on, yadda yadda.

I will tag this later, after I have eaten Italian nougat I purcased earlier today, and had a long sleep & read of Robin Hobb's "Shaman's Crossing".
shake_the_shell: (Great Garbo 1)

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)

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.


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