Monday, 31 December 2012

Goodbye 2012

2012 has been a big year for me media-wise! I settled into my Communication Studies course at DCU and threw time and energy into my society life, working with the college's Media Production Society and Fotosoc. Oh, and I started this blog!

At the end of my first year at DCU I had a big choice to make. I was unsure of whether I should choose to specialise in video or photography. At the time I was torn, but now, with the semester and 2012 behind me, I can't believe that I even considered choosing anything but photography! I absolutely love my photography module and love practising it in my spare time. I feel like I've made a breakthrough with my photography over the past few months, and I can't wait to see my skills develop even more over 2013.

Happy New Year all! See you in 2013!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Whispers

I was so pleased with the selection of presents that I received on Christmas day, highlights include: money for camera stuff, photography books and a furry jacket to wear to Prague with the Fotosoc crew!

My New Photography Books:

  1. 52 Photographic Projects by Kevin Meredith
  2. Self Portrait Photography by Natalie Dybisz
When I get a chance to absorb the books I will write more about them on this blog!

I have already got through a lot of Natalie Dybisz's book, and I must say that it is inspiring. So inspiring that I cloned myself today, like she does in so many of her photos.

In other news, I reckon I may take up Project 365 on New Year's Day! That's the challenge where you take a photo every day. I'm sure there will be lots more photos of me and my clones when I start the challenge. A colony of Claire clones. It's a scary thought.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Rabbit Hearted Girl

I find a lot of inspiration from Florence and the Machine lyrics. For my film photography assignment I based my photo set on the song 'Heartlines' (more on that when I get my grade).

Yesterday I decided to create a photograph inspired by the song 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)'. So, here it is:

Here I am, a rabbit hearted girl // Frozen in the headlights // It seems I've made the final sacrifice

I felt a little ridiculous taking this shot, it's the first self portrait I've taken outside without someone else there to help out and make me feel less awkward. I was worried that a random dog walker would wander by and give me a strange look. I'd already passed one who seemed to internally question the reliably of her eyes as she saw me walk past with my eyeliner whiskers.

Once I got into the zone, though, I was much less self conscious. I'm happy enough with the result, maybe next I should take a photo of my self as a transformed person, the lion hearted girl.

I must become a lion hearted girl // Ready for a fight // Before I make the final sacrifice

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Drawn Into The Wild

This week I decided to try to create a conceptual photograph. It didn't work out as planned. It was fun to shoot though! The picture features my go-to model, Alan. I must take a photo of someone else at some point...

I wanted the image to look as if the ivy was dragging Alan into the darkness. However, it just ended up looking like it was sitting on top of him. Ah well, I can only hope that my Photoshop skills will improve with practice!

Monday, 17 December 2012

RAW Ramblings

I've known about the RAW file format for a while now, but I've been too afraid to try it out because I was unsure of how it worked. I decided to try it out today. I walked to the park to take a few random snaps; images that I wouldn't mind losing if I managed to wipe the card as I figured out how to shot in RAW.

Turns out that editing in RAW is pretty damn handy. My first impression is that I can completely correct the exposure and white balance. I will definitely be shooting more images in RAW in the future.

The only annoying thing is the amount of space it takes up on the memory card. Also, I shouldn't be so trigger happy when shooting solely in RAW, because it takes longer to sort out the RAW files than just JPEG ones.

In other news: I am officially on my Christmas break! Which means a month without lectures, and plenty of time to take more photographs... And fully indulge in the Christmas festivities too! I'm hoping to take more conceptual photos over the next few weeks, so check back here to see if it's a disaster or a sweet success! Maybe I'll do a festive themed photo set... 12 Photos of Christmas perhaps?

Friday, 7 December 2012

Untied, Unused

Here's two random photos that I took recently:


I was going to enter them into the photo exhibition part of Scene Not Herd's 'Untied' youth performance night. But I ended up using other photos, which I'll post some time soon.

I don't have much more to share today. Just a quick update on my university assignments: I handed in my first Imaging project on Thursday. Scary stuff. And my Black and White film photo set is due on Wednesday. The one productive thing I did today was wander over to the park and take some shots of Eileen and Alan on the film camera. I developed the negatives too. Bring on Monday when I will be printing a few of the photos!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Experimenting With Photoshop

I felt like having a mess around with Photoshop, so that's exactly what I did.

I know it's not the best photo of me, but I have no time for vanity these days. Taking photos of yourself as your granddad (I did this for my Imaging project) will do that to you...

Monday, 3 December 2012

Test Shoot: Eileen

Today I took the final photos for my first Imaging project. Eileen was helping me out, she stood in for a few test shots.

Uniquely Dublin: Multimedia Competition

Just a quick note to say that there is a brilliant competition for any Dublin-lovers! Uniquely Dublin is a competition which is calling for the beauty of Dublin to be captured by an image, video, animation or other forms of media. The top prize is €10,000!

I've sent in an entry for the photography part of the competition. It's a photo that I took a few weeks ago, and re-edited especially. A friend and I also have plans to film a short video to enter, so as always, watch this space!

The photo I've entered into the competition. It was taken at St. Stephen's Green

Although there is no major landmark in my photo of Dublin, I think it shows the cute side of the tourists that visit. I imagine Iván and Ágata to be tourists that, brace yourself for the cheesy, wanted to leave a little piece of their hearts in Dublin.