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Saturday, 21 November 2009

Hug grafitti!

A cute little hug for anyone who views my blog :)

I'm not sure, but I think Konijntje might be Dutch for bunny. I will check this.

(The image was taken on my phone camera so it, clearly, wasn't fully manual but I thought it was worth an entry).

Friday, 20 November 2009


I'm getting really annoyed that I can't seem to achieve the art of 'panning'.
I've photographed moving cars, people, animals, leaves and so forth and I just cannot manage it. Sigh!!

Here is the best shot of a bad, bad bunch. In the original cool, blue form (accidental tungsten white balance) and also in black&white.

If anyone has any tips on panning they will be greatly received.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Lily rocked my world

I took my analogue SLR with me to Edinburgh last month, to finish off the film that had been left in it from over a year ago (tsk tsk).
I put my yellow filter on it and took my first shot of the day. I suddenly remembered (I don't know how I managed that since I have a terrible memory) that the film was for colour prints. Ooops.

I do like how the photo turned out, though.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Einstein's philosophy!

The photograph of the gas mask was taken near a Livingston underpass at night. The street lamps provided the red glow.

The quote is by Albert Einstein.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Pass me the fork 'n' knife!!

I've not really had much time to do anything lately as I've been toiling away with my college work. The type of prints I'm producing are a bit boring, I'd say, but hopefully they meet the brief (lighting, darkroom techniques, etc).

My neighbours must think I'm crazy as I'm usually hanging around the garden taking odd pictures. I had a funny moment when I was lying sprawled on my stomach on the front path, trying to get a contrast shot of the manhole cover in the drive. A neighbourly couple drove past and slowed down the car. I was about to wave until I realised they had looks of disgust and confusion on their face and had slowed down to try to figure out what I was doing.


The scan doesn't really show the print very well but here is an example of a 'full tonal range' print. I took this shot in the garden (as usual), placing a fork on a stack of slabs. It was originally intended to be my 'high contrast' print but my lecturer helped me to tone it down with a yellow filter on the enlarger. I will have to study the resultant prints to see the differences.

My 'high-contrast' print is of a frost-covered picnic bench on the college grounds. I got funny looks taking this picture also and my fingers were freezing. Such is the hard life of a photographer.

Anyway, I hope they'll be good enough to pass and that I'm forming the necessary knowledge and skill to improve my printing to a far superior standard than what I am currently at.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Receipt gone bad!

I was cleaning out a box of my belongings and I found an old receipt. It's gone oddly black and I think something must also have spilled onto it.
I think it looks quite funky now.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Today's local grafitti discoveries

I really like that there are many instances of stencil grafitti locally. Some people would complain but I find it brings a little interest to even the most mundane objects.

On my travels today I also found a little laminated card near the school. It must have been dropped in the excitement of leaving school on Friday for the weekend.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Lucky Plant?

On 1st October I followed the instructions for sprouting my Lucky Plant (a gift from my parents from their holiday in Cyprus). It is now 6th November and there are no sprouts. I don't think my plant is very lucky for me :(


Here are some random photographs I found while I was trawling through my folders.

The day after a lovely, candle-lit dinner I discovered a dead daddy-long-legs in one of the candles - all caught up in the hardened wax. The only way to get the beastie out was to melt the wax again. The poor blighter. This picture was taken on my little compact digital (Nikon).

During a midnight walk in my new local surroundings I found some graffiti stencilled on an underpass wall. As it was very late and dark I didn't take my DSLR with me so this photo was taken on my phone camera. I aim to go back and take a proper photo of it, although it will probably look very similar to this one.

On my way home to my flat in Paisley, after the last train home, I saw this little toy. It was outside a dodgy pub where several dodgy looking characters were having cigarettes outside the front door. I couldn't stop my desire to photograph the headless toy so I used my phone camera as quickly as possible. There came a silence outside the pub. I stood up and realised they were all looking at me to see what I was doing so I quickly moved on. I escaped unscathed and with a silly little photograph.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

25mm Negative Film

During a DIY stint in my old flat I came across one slide of tiny 25mm negatives.

I would like to imagine the film came from the "Kiev-4AM Soviet Russian 25mm Film Camera Kiev-4" (or similar) but I will take the film in to college to let my lecturer have a squint.

I wonder where the pictures were taken and how long ago.