Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Light Painting

The other day Fotosoc hosted a 'Light Painting' workshop, which was one of the best society events I have been to all year!

It was utterly bizarre, a group of us standing in a pitch black studio with one person frantically waving a torch in front of a camera. The results were pretty unreal. Check out the Facebook album, there are some fantastic photos by some Fotosoc members!

This is the image that I came up with at the workshop.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Test Shoot

For one of my photography assignments I need to take a set of people portraits. This weekend, after having done all my preparation in advance, which includes sketching a detailed draft of the photo, I am finally taking the actual photos!

Alan stood in for a test shot. I'm taking a series of self portraits for the assignment, so I'm focusing the camera on Alan, clicking the self timer button and then shoving Alan out the way!

I can't wait to share my finished photographs! I'll wait for my results first, though!

Saturday, 24 November 2012


A multimedia night, titled Untied, is going to be held in Temple Bar this week. As part of the event Fotosoc chair and Scene Not Herd member, Breffni, is organising the photography element of the night, called Boundless. Alan gave me an idea for a series of photographs that work under the theme of 'Untited', so I've taken a few pictures and emailed them on. I'll find out if they are chosen to be used in Untied soon.

I'll share the series of Untied photos I took after the event. For now here's a few random shots from the day:

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Media Week: Bryan Dobson

Media Week kicked off yesterday with Bryan Dobson coming in to give a talk. He told us how he ended up presenting the 6 O'Clock News on RTÉ. And, we couldn't resist fangirling and getting a photo!

Botanic Garden Antics

With photography deadlines looming I know I have to start snapping. So today, I dragged my high maintenance supermodels Eileen and Alan down the road to the Botanic Gardens. The assignment that I was tackling was my Black and White film photography project. I need to take five photos, inspired by a passage from a song or poem. I won't give away my idea yet, but for now, I will say that there are a few images like this one:

I took a few photos with my DSLR, there are some 'Behind the Scenes' photos below!

I think I took photos that I'll be happy with, but I suppose I won't know for sure until I get the roll developed. Oh, and I have to do that myself too. Eek!

The mock-stuck up attitude of Eileen and Alan, combined with me lugging around all my camera bags, must have made us seem like a proper professional crew, seeing as the security guard came over to ask if we were taking photographs for a publication. They allowed us to continue to take photos seeing as it wasn't a commercial venture, just a university one!

One silly mistake that I made when using the DSLR, was that my ISO was all the way up at 1600! Thank god I didn't mess that up when using the film camera, with the ISO 400 roll of film, or I wouldn't have any usable photos. When things like this happens it becomes clear why they are teaching us to use the film cameras... When we use the film cameras we must double check every setting, because we have a limited about of shots. With digital, you can fire away, to pick and choose later. While that may sound great, you may end up doing a basic mistake, like forget to check the ISO, and end up with loads of photos that aren't quite right. Hopefully this film photography assignment will teach me to focus on my settings more on my DSLR, so that I won't make annoying mistakes like that in the future!

Here are some random photos that I took when I wasn't concentrating on my assignment:

Alan and Eileen practising the grumpy model look.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Bebo Stunnah

The title is appropriate because I took these photos in the bathroom mirror. I was quite surprised with how they turned out. Pleasantly surprised, that is.

I experimented with the flash. By placing a cape over the flash, the light diffused (I don't know if this is the right word) and gave the photos an interesting washed out look. Admittedly, I have no idea what I'm chatting about, all I know is messing around with the flash gave the photos an exciting twist... I'm looking forward to figuring out some other ways to spice up my images in the future.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Obsessed with Media Week

This Monday marks day one of MPS's Media Week 2012. Loads of guest speakers are coming to share wise words with DCU students. Gráinne and I were asked to create a promo video in anticipation of the occasion. Here's what we came up with:

We played with the theme of obsession to get everyone excited for the week-long event. I feature in the video, I'm the creep doodling 'Mrs Ian Dempsey', complete with love hearts!

As you can see from the video, one of the guests is Bryan Dobson. I will forever remember how to spell his name, with a 'y' not an 'i', because I had to drag myself back to the Mac labs to fix this faux pas, after falsely thinking I was finished!

I'm glad it's been corrected though. Now I can proudly share the video, without being annoyed by my silly mistake!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Eirtakon & My New Lens

Since Friday I have had the pleasure of popping into Eirtakon, which is an anime and manga convention that is held on campus. I'm there as a photographer for DCU's cultural magazine, Flashback.

It's been so fun spotting the best cosplayers and taking their photos, with permission of course.

As soon as I walked into the traders hall I was faced with a cuteness overload in the form of a stall filled with cuddly toys!

The two photos in this blog post are taken with my new lens. I got up early to hit Bermingham Cameras' sale. I bought myself a 50mm, fixed lens, with minimum F-Stop of 1.8. I can't wait to get experimenting with it!

A wish tree was on display for all attendees to add to.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Strolling in St. Stephen's Green

Today I embraced the November sunshine and visited St. Stephen's Green to take some photos! I find it hard to compose shots like these, because there is not always an obvious subject to focus on.

Below are three photos that am happy with from today's outing. I especially like the photo of the lock, Iván & Ágata, so cute!

I'm having fun messing around with curves in Photoshop, that's why all the photos have a different tone and feel to them!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Practicing with the Pentax

It's been a while since I've updated this blog about the craic in my course, so here goes... In the photography module we are currently using film cameras, Pentax ones to be precise. And not only that: We are also learning how to develop and print our film in the darkroom!

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I took out a Pentax from Loans at DCU to get to grips with it, before I tackle the actual assignment. My Mum and Grandma are in Dublin for the weekend, so I've taken a few snaps of them embracing the atmosphere of the city. It is a little unfortunate that we are given black and white film for this assignment, seeing as they were both wearing coats that were identical reds, it is quite cute!

And there is still a chance to take more photos, as we are taking a trip to the Botanic Gardens before they head back to Donegal. I plan to bring both my Canon and the film camera, so hopefully I'll have some photos to share tomorrow.