Fire takes on a beautiful, blood orange shade with Ektar 100 fIlm.
This slice of the 35OT pie is surprisingly moan and rant free. Isn’t that nice.
My UCAS (University) application is sent off. Rad.
I have applied for 5 photography courses (Sorry Physics and English, but you know you’d lost from the start) at the following establishments: Birmingham City Uni, Falmouth Uni, Wolverhampton Uni, Cleveland CoA and Leeds CoA.
Also, this blog and my joint Urbex blog now have their own domain names, as well as a snazzy paid-for theme. hanzak.info and urbexual.info are looking pretty. (.info was on sale, bants)
Isn’t that nice.
20 minutes after my application was sent, Cleveland have already offered me an interview. Rad x2.
Wolverhampton just did the same. Rad x3.
Part of my response to the work of The Bechers. Inverted with curves because white power lines look rad. Livin’ in electric dreams.
Thought I’d get on the hype of trying the parallax effect. Used Photoshop’s content aware fill (which is mind-blowing) on the background and it worked well on this grainy, cheapo-film image.
My ‘response’ to Andreas Gursky's work. I was going for the angle he used in his 99 cent store shots and the linear lines in Rhine II. This is a very 'slight' 2 exposure HDR to try and mimic the dynamic range of the large format film he has used.
This is my second upload taken with my newly acquired lens - An old Canon 24-85mm USM. The range is perfect on my 6D and the lens aberration correction works a treat, looks as good as the 28-300L in the centre. There’s some vignetting at the wide end but eh oh. I got it in the silver variant so it’s also an aesthetically pleasing match for my 50e. It came with a hood and best of all: it was just over £100. Bargain!
Well. This is five months late, oops.
Been an interesting five months though.
Somewhere in there I:
- Borrowed £1100 from my father to get a Fuji X100s.
- In a moment of fatigue and clumsiness in a crowded, dimly lit setting (these are excuses) I put my shiny new Fuji in a bag that contained a improperly closed bottle of lemonade.
- Opened said bag to see my X100s swimming in it.
- Fuji wanted £800 to repair it and it was basically fucked. There was still a roundabout way of making it work but this was no good as my main camera. I’d decided I’d made a mistake regardless, it was an amazing camera but I needed interchangeable lenses on my primary body and the battery life is subpar.
- After much undergoing a lot of hassle and with my mother’s help, I managed to get £600 from the house insurance towards a replacement. Basically, my error had cost me £500 as well as the claim.
- Used some of the £600 and all £1000 of my savings to pay back my father.
- I realised I couldn’t live without a decent digital camera. I’m damn picky, it took me a long time to decide on the X100s - and that turned out not to be right anyway. Then it came to me, I learned photography and got some of my best shots on my father’s DSLR. So why not get something similar, rather than risking something different again.
- I borrowed £1100 from Father again to snap up a Canon 6D when it was briefly on sale at Simply Electronics.
- I used the rest of the insurance claim and sold quite a lot of stuff to eventually pay him back.
- Penniless, I thought I’d try and sell the half dead X100s to see what happened - being perfectly honest about it’s condition.
- It sold for over £600!
- I now had an awesome full frame DSLR and a nice bit of cash that helped out with all sorts of things.
- I got a place on an exclusive Italy trip called Young Artists in Tuscany (the X100s helped to pay) and had a fab time with my new 6D and developed my skills.
After that learning curve, not to mention my mental health problems and weird personal life, my photo-mojo has far from made a comeback. I don’t ‘feel’ my work as I once did and my blog isn’t doing well. I haven’t had a reblog in months. Print sales are dead.
I like to expand my audience as it means more feedback which is all I’m after.
Grr. More words soon.