Tuesday, 24 November 2009

23rd - 29th

Monday I had my digital imaging lesson and I learnt how to extract images with accuracy and without a rubbish result.
Tuesday I had a free day but came in to develop my 5x4 film. Whilst waiting for my film to develop I sat in with some uni friends in the studio and watched them shoot their films for high key and low key. When my film had developed I managed to get some 10x8 paper for the colour darkrooms and I contact printed my medium format high key and low key negs and also my 5x4 negatives. I showed the contact prints to Paul and worked out what I need to do next. I think I may have to reshoot my high key prints because they aren't high key enough.
Here's one of the 5x4 negs, its a picture of the neg on a screen so its not great quality but you get the idea.

Wednesday we had a guest speaker come into the uni who told us all about how we should protect ourselves and our images when going into work. It was very useful to find out all of that information and I have a handout which I can refer to when I need to.

Thursday was a day off but I spent it doing research for my technical workshops unit and looking through the essay questions in the PVC Unit.
Friday I used the studio to create a seperation of light set up and I shot 5x4 transparency film using a class mate as a model. I will be processing the film next week. I also collected a metz flashgun and a hot shoe from stores at uni friday afternoon to use at the weekend.
Saturday I experimented with the metz flashgun so that I would be used to it for when I shot the digital part of my brief.
Sunday I took some pictures of an elderly gentlemen at the canal for my portrait brief.

PPRD week 1 16th 22nd

Monday was my lesson for digital imaging and studio practice, I am unsure about how well I can carry out my initial idea and I am thinking that I will need to hurry up and decide what it is I want to do for this project!

Tuesday we had a lecture, I think I was ill so did not attend.

Wednesday I had a presentation with Aaron who told us all about this new Personal Planning Reflection and Development Unit. In the morning I had the studio booked with Kat and I shot my high key and low key images with my Dad as a model because he is very photogenic. Kat also modelled for me. I processed the negatives the same day and thankfully they all came out OK. I attempted to print at around 5pm but was losing patience so decided to go home and print another time.

Thursday I spent at home doing sketchbook work and then finally Friday I had studio practice but managed to loan two darkslides from stores and some colour negative film to shoot my 5x4 over the weekend. I then left uni early to go prepare for the shoot but by the time I got to the location it was very dark and the weather was terrible.

Saturday was my planned day for the location shoot but the rain and the dark clouds didn't cease and so I ended up shooting on the sunday when it was a little less cloudy and not raining as much.

Throughout this week I planned for the photoshoot that I did on sunday which involved figure in the landscape for the unit technical workshops. I organised the use of a 5x4 Toyo Large Format Camera and a tripod from a friend in East Devon, we met on the Sunday in Tiverton and then went to a piece of land owned by my friends neighbour. We shot four 5x4 films in bad weather conditions and kept our fingers crossed that they were exposed properly. I thought of a few ideas for this shoot prior to actually taking the photographs and I decided to model myself as the figure after setting up the camera and everything else that needed doing. I wore a white dress that matches my cool skin tone and the cloudy skies that were present that day.


I have to keep a new record every week for my uni course of what I am doing photographically, so basically the same as this blog already just more detailed and regular. This is my pre post for the project. My next post will cover the week beginning 16th to the 22nd and I will say what I did throughout that week.

I just noted the counter at the bottom of my blog almost 12,000 views! crazy times! :D

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