Wednesday, 23 March 2016

All of the paper!

I ordered a range of free sample from companies such as Vista and Moo. I am absolutely in love with Moo. It is almost exactly what I have been looking for. A lot of paper I have been offered or told to print on has a gloss or smooth matte finish which is not what I am looking for. I don't like the shine or quality/feel of the cards. They feel odd in my hand and the shine can easily attract dirt or get smudges on them. 

orignal gloss card/orignal matte finish postacrd

luxe notecard paper/matte finish card

My favourite is the luxe notecard paper. At 600gsm it is a little thick. I would prefer around 400gsm. This is exactly what I was looking for to print my business, thank you and package cards on. 

business and money of luxe notecard paper at 600gsm

They also provide A4 luxe notecard paper at 130gsm to allow invoice printing or anything else you would like on the back of your logo/company name/poster.

I think this is definitely the company I will be going with to print the various cards I am designing. It was the company that most impressed me in terms of ordering, delivery and presentation. Vista and overnight prints had a very small range of sample and the packaging put me off. 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Collaboration Film/Presentation.

Lewis came around the other day to film our collaborative piece together. We ended up having to use my own living room which I cleared out the best I could. There was no studio space available and I still have the builders light from the 1st year exhibition so it was easier to light my own apartment. We initially had trouble with the setup. We ended up borrowing my neighbours outdoor furniture and wrapped the furniture in white paper. We then covered my floor in a white back drop and started setting up the various cameras. This was a whole new experience for me. I am used to just working with a few assistants, maybe a model and then one camera. Lewis bought four cameras (plus mine made five.) We had one stationed directly above the glass on a fluid head tri-pod. We then had a go-pro, and two other cameras placed at various angles and filming at different speeds. Lewis wanted to try and get as many different shots as we could in one take. This was also pretty hard for me, as a photographer you never have to worry about getting in the way of your own shot. On the very first take I accidentally stepped into view of one of the cameras. I stepped forward too far and my foot was caught in the top right corner of the main wide angle shot. Once the filming of the alcohol ink being splattered onto the glass was done, I then added blending solution and the we photographed the reaction between the solution and ink. I used a hair dryer to create movement and force the ink across the glass. Lewis then lay under the glass and I dropped solution onto the clear parts of glass where his phone with a macro attachment was recording. We then reviewed the footage whilst the ink was drying. Once it was dry Lewis focused the camera on the fluid head tri-pod onto my wall. I held the ink-stained glass directly above the camera and he shone light through the glass to create patterns on the wall which we also recorded. It took some work not to get shadows caught on the wall from the other equipment but eventually we got a few good shots. 

Unfortunately we had no footage to show on presentation day. Our work shifts clashed the rest of Wednesday and Thursday and we didn't have time to meet up and edit the footage. This is something we will do over the Easter holidays in time for deadline on the 7th of April. I think due to the time constraints, lack of studio space and different work schedules we did really well to get to where we were on Friday morning. The feedback for what we had was good. We had some interesting conversations on what we both found different about working with film and stills. Hopefully over the next two weeks we can get the film edited and I will be able to post the final piece on here soon. 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Ranger Kit.

Canon 5D Mark III

Ambient light – F/2.0 ISO-100 1/60th – 8990
F/2.8 ISO-100 1/30TH – 8992
8996 had the same settings but ISO-400
Went back to 1/60th for 8994
Ranger kit – 2.5 – Bouncing from polyboards. Only using one light

F/3.2 ISO-100 1/60TH – 9002

Ranger down to 2 – using two lights and diffusing
F/4.0 ISO – 100 1/25TH – 9012
Right light bouncing of the ceiling. Left light being diffused.
F/5.6 ISO – 100 1/25TH – 9017 F/5.6 ISO-100 1/200th – 9021
Bouncing Ranger kit back of boards – 9024 onwards. Same settings as before.

Bouncing light off the ceiling – 9031. Same settings as before.


So, today I got to meet who I am collaborating with this week. The brief is so open that initially we struggled to come up with ideas. We started off by looking at each others work and Lewis liked the encaustic medium print I had on instagram. For our first idea, he suggested we could video the process the wax and resin go through. He then asked if they were any other way I knew of transferring photographs and I mentioned I had done a mod podge wood transfer before. For our second idea we could print a very large photograph and then transfer it onto a wall in an abandoned building or on large wood sheets. Whilst we both liked the idea we felt it had a little too much of my work involved and not enough of his. We looked through our work again and I really liked his photograph of the docks and suggested we could do something with paper and lights as a stop motion. I also noticed a photograph of a blue swirl and asked what it was. He explained it was a flower and how he had manipulated it. I suggested we scrap the ideas we had so far and focused on something that was completely new that had neither of our work we are currently doing involved in this unit. Lewis showed me a photograph of an exhibition in Convent Garden he had on his phone. It was of these large projections that had lights shining through them. I said we could perhaps do something similar with gels and alcohol inks on sheets of  prespex or glass. He went on to say how he would be able to manipulate it and create a similar feel to his flower images. We then went out and bought the large perspex sheets we will be transferring the alcohol ink onto. I tried to book a studio space but Fergus said it was fully booked till Friday afternoon. Lewis said he would try to book a film studio but failing that we could potentially turn my living room into a studio for a day. We could black out my window and use the builders light from the 1st year exhibition I have stored away to light the perspex sheets. Lewis also has some bike lights and I have some flashing fairy lights as well. We will be meeting on Wednesday at lunch time to film as he said he has a lot of meetings today and tomorrow. 

Using glass and water was on the ways we considered manipulating light with alcohol ink. Alcohol does not mix in with water. It bursts and creates a lid on top of the water which in turns creates water patterns on the surface you are shining the light through. The water wasn't going to work with the film though, so we deiced to use glass and lights instead.

During research I found a man called, Alan Jaras. He creates these images by shining light through an object and capturing it directly on 35mm film. No camera lens is used at all. Colour is introduced to the image by placing filters over specific beams of light. This is something we are thinking of taking forward in our own work by shining lights through the alcohol ink on glass onto a wall. 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Formative Assessment Point.

I had show and tell at university today. This is where you take two of three prints from your work, hang them on a wall, and people talk about your images. I really don't find these as useful as group critiques. You can't really talk through any issues if you are having any. You can't talk about how your process is going and bounce ideas around. I find the critiques where you sit down in much smaller groups and talk through your work much more beneficial. You are also always really pressed for time when you work in larger groups. You end of getting about five minutes rather than twenty or so you normally get to talk about your work. It's also hard to give someone feedback on the project in its entirety if all you have are just a handful of images. At the end of the day, they can talk about what they have done, but unless you can actually see the work it's hard to get a sense of where they are in their project. That then makes it difficult in figuring out how to best give them feedback and help them with any problems they are having. I didn't really get any feedback today. I talked about what encaustic medium is and the process the images go through. I'm hoping during my one to one on Monday I can get some feedback on my prints.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Hay or High?

So my friend and collaborator for this project phoned me up Monday night and asked if I wanted to go to Thetford forest on Tuesday. It was going to be an early start but it would give us a whole day to concentrate on our personal as well as collaborative projects. I woke up the next morning, packed my kit and then it started to rain. I am talking biblical rain. I suited up and set off for the train station and whilst walking the rain eased up. I collected my tickets, met my friend and off we went. By the time we got to Thetford it was pouring. I rang for a taxi to take us to High Lodge...not hay. I thought my friend said hay and this resulted in a very confusing taxi service phone call. Anyway, we got to the lodge and dried off. The rain eased up again when we were inside filming but as soon as we got outside it started raining heavily again. We walked for about four to five hours around the woods in the rain. It was great fun, it felt so good to get out of Norwich even if we spent the day cold and wet. I kept losing my socks, she kept dropping her camera, an umbrella was lost. It was an eventful day. I think I have a possible two or three final images from the trip. I will definitely be going back but maybe when it is a little sunnier, or at the very least dry. 

Speaking of which, as I am writing this it has just started to March!!

One to One.

I had another one to one with Andy on Monday. I meant to write everything up sooner but my computer needed a new hard drive installed so it's been in pieces for a few days. I have been so worried that I am behind schedule due to such an early mid-term review and a short deadline that I am consonantly panicking about one brief or another. I am worried I will focus too intently on one and not get the others done or the standard won't be as high. I think due to the time it takes to create one print is also what is worrying me. Unlike everyone else my job isn't done once I have taken the photograph and edited it. I then have to prep the print, which takes about twenty four hours before I can use wax. I think Andy is right, once I have pulled everything together and have all my work and research it will all come together reasonably quickly. My report is on track and I talked for awhile about how I was splitting it into five sections. I decided it would be most beneficial to do a technical report as the process I have to go through to produce one print is quite lengthy. We also talked about a few more photographers I could look into as well. It was a good one to one. I just need to get my head down and get some prints ready for Thursday due to my mishap with the glue a few days ago.