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31  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Swap (Sign ups 4/5/-4/12/ Send by 5/12) on: April 10, 2006 04:01:52 PM
Just PM'd my info in!   I hope I wrote enough!   Roll Eyes

So exciting, I'm so glad I found this swap before the sign ups closed!  It's my favourite movie!   Kiss
32  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Girl Band CD Swap (Sign ups closed send out 5/1) on: April 10, 2006 10:55:44 AM
Just sent mine out, I wonder how long it will take to get to Mata? 

congrats on graduating hun. i graduate homeschooling in may <3

Cool!  I was homeschooled (they call it home-educated here) until last year, now I'm at college.   Kiss
33  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Girl Band CD Swap (Sign ups closed send out 5/1) on: April 10, 2006 04:59:44 AM
dabba - I had the same problem!   Roll Eyes  I had to keep trying to cut it down, I think I ended up with like 1 minute under the maxium time. 

mata - Wow, graduating!!!   Shocked  Good luck sweetie!   
34  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Girl Band CD Swap (Sign ups closed send out 5/1) on: April 09, 2006 03:13:57 PM
 Grin  So how's everyones CD going?

I finished mine earlier, so hopefully I can send out sometime this week!  Just need to buy a padded envelope like you tsubomi_chan! 

35  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Girl Band CD Swap (Sign ups 3/25-4/3 Send out 5/1) on: April 04, 2006 11:43:07 AM
Me too!  It's going to be such a cool swap!   Shocked
36  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My photography! Portraits, weird, conceptual..Image heavy! on: March 29, 2006 04:32:13 PM
Fellow photographer here- went to college for it & have been doing it for about 15 years now. Specializing in Creative Portraiture.
First two images are outstanding. The first one being my favorite. Id suggest you submit it to a magazine for publication. :-)
The tonality in the majority of the images are right on. The blacks are black and the white are white & there is detail in the shadow & in the highlights- and a great range of greys. They really "pop" The first image- the eyes pull you right in. Beautiful.
How does the teacher grade your prints?
When I was in college we had a critique for each project where we had to stand in front of the class and explain our piece- then the class had a chance for input and they critiqued our work-(good and bad aspects) along with the instructor.Our grade was based not only on the teachers opinions but the opinions of our peers on our work. This was a great chance for growth and to be able to hear the honest opinions of your peers can help you to take your work to the next level. Plus it was cool- if you got an "A" you knew you really earned it.
We also had 3 juried pieces, where not only did we have the class critique our work- but we had to present it in our auditorium, in front of the whole visual comminications dept(graphic design, mixed media, photography) and present our work to a panel of professionals and a department chair of the vis.comm dept while they critiqued our work in front of the whole gang of people with you standing there. Imagine American Idol standing in front of Simon,Paula and Randy after a performance. lol
Those were scary but once again a great chance for growth, because they are brutally honest.
Are you a member of a local camera club or photography club? If not Id really recommend joining. If your school doesn't have critiques and juries- the clubs usually do. Plus a great way to learn photography is also to surround oneself with those outside of school setting, who also love and know the craft and have been at it for years.
  Are you in for a degree in photography or just taking a few classes? If you are in for a degree/certificate, then where are you at in the program?
Were these shot digitally or with a manual? Have they been manipulated in Photoshop? How were they lit? What grades did you get on them? What was everyones favorite? I'm guessing the first. Cheesy What is your favorite & why?
If you want I can offer a couple other comments on some of them if you IM me.

Once again great job & keep up the good work!

Elphalba

Wow, what a lot of questions!  Its nice to meet a fellow photographer here!   I have had a few things submitted to a magazine and published, but I havent tried for ages.. 
My tutor loves my work, which although people think is nice, is quite embarrassing, I think.  Hes always going on about how talented I am in front of the class, leaving me ready to curl up on the floor or run away!  Im not very good at taking compliments like that! Tongue 
Your classes method of critique sounds amazing (if a little scary)!  We dont have anything like that.  What a great way to grow and learn though!! 
Im not a member of a photographic club, but I keep meaning to join!  Ive just moved to a new area so I havent got around to it yet.
Right now Im just taking a part time class, but I start a full time National Diploma in photography this September, and then I hope to go onto uni and do a degree!
All the photos I posted are digital.  I shoot mainly with a manual 35mm SLR and a 50mm prime, because thats what I have to use for college, but my scanner is awful so I hardly ever get them onto the computer.
Theyre all manipulated in Photoshop, but to be honest, I hate photoshop, I get bored of it, so the less time I have to spend there the better.  I try to get everything right in camera, the most I manipulate is a curves layer and sharpening.  And of course converting to b&w (using the lab colour method).
Everyone likes the first, I have it on website where its VERY popular, Ive sold about 10 prints of it. 
My favourite out of that selection?  The Boy and guitar.  Im proud of it because its just what my brother wanted, an emotive portrait of himself and his music.  Also, we had A LOT of fun shooting it!  Hes 12 so cant sit still for long, so I had him pulling all different faces and expressions to relax in front of the camera. 
I think Ill take you up on the offer of IMing.  Cheesy

I wandered on over to deviantART to take a look at more  Smiley  Now, I am going through all of your pieces...thanks for making me stay at the computer for over an hour (so far!)  Tongue

An hour?  Oops, sorry!  And Im glad you liked them!  :*

Great work! Did you work with a make up artist? 

If you lived in the US I'd hire to take "family" photos!  I can't stand the typical family photos with everyone in jeans and white shirts or some such uniform!  Your photos are the type of photos I want in my house I just want to be in them!  Smiley

I don't work with a makeup artist, although sometimes one of my friends who does alot of makeup helps me out.  But usually I tend to do it for the models myself.  And yes, the whole jeans and white shirts type pictures are one of my pet hates!   Roll Eyes

Were the lights in the eyes added digitally, or were they there when the photo was taken?

The lights were in the eyes when the photo was taken, I made the model sit in front of the sun so there were lots of catchlights.  Smiley

So are these digital, or did you develop prints in the lab?

They're digital.  I do alot of film, mainly because I have to at college which I develop myself in the lab but I'm too lazy to scan them.   Tongue

Just had some spare time so I looked you up on the net! Nice to see you've got your images out there in lots of places. I can't believe you're only (17 now right?). I didn't read your origional post properly, I assumed you were at university, not college, (and you're here in the UK right?).  Smiley Love all your other pictures too, especially just like sleeping, the fairytale moment and the picture of the girl in the yellow skirt.  Smiley

hehe Aww you looked me up!  That comment made me google myself, quite alot came up, I was suprised!!   Grin  Yeah I'm 17, at college and in the UK.  Thankyoou!   Kiss

Very moving!!  Hard to believe you're only 17.  How did you find your visual voice so early?  Its loud, clear and bold.  Its taken me years to find that in my own work.  Keep on keepin on. 

I promise I am.  And I think it was growing up with a very creative family.  My dad draws, paints, and such all the time and my mum is into every kind of craft there is!  Also Ive been un-schooled since I was 7 so I think thats given me the time and freedomn to experiment so much to find my style. 

WOW!  That was a very long post!!  Sorry I could reply to every comment, but I need to go to bed!!
37  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My photography! Portraits, weird, conceptual..Image heavy! on: March 29, 2006 04:31:16 PM
I'm not quite sure how this is going to work, but I'm going to try and reply to all questions in one post!  Famous last words!   Wink  I'm going to have to split it into two posts!

Firstly, thankyou all so much for the compliments and encouragement, they made me smile.  If any of you ever want me to take photos of you, contact me!  I'm always on the look out for new models.  Except I live in the UK.

i love black and white photography. i love your black and white photography. i love guitars. i love your first picture. the eyes really speak in it, its amazing.

your other pictures are fantastic, but wow, that first one just grabs me and i cant look away. what did your teacher(s) say about it?

I love black and white photography too, and guitars!  Im pretty crap at playing myself though, but my brother is amazing (thats him in the picture, hes twelve years old.)  And I havent actually shown that photo to my tutors, as its digital and done outside of college, but Im thinking of submitting it as a project thingy.  Smiley

Would you mind sharing what equipment you used?  Camera, lighting, etc.?

I use an Olympus 5060 (crap consumer digital but I cant afford expensive right now) an old Nikon SLR film camera with a 50mm 1.8 prime and various medium format/digital SLRs at my college. 

As for lighting, I use mainly natural with white home-made reflectors, but I also use a studio (nothing fancy usually, just a big softbox and flash) when I can.  I prefer natural light though, as I think it adds to the atmosphere of the overall photo.

Ditto what everyone else has said!  Smiley

I hit this rocks - I think you are really talented in capturing the atmosphere, mood and emotion. They are very empathetic and intuitive pictures, you've really managed to capture feeling, which is hard to do.

You're sure to get a top grade with work like that - are you planning a career in photography/photographic art, if so what field do you hope to go in to?

Look forward to telling people we knew you before you were famous!  Grin

Thank you so much!  Anyway, I would love to have a career in the photographic industry.  Right now Id LOVE to shoot portraits for people, and also to have art exhibitions of my photographs.  Thats what I plan to do, but first I have to finish college and then Uni!
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: What you guys have all been waiting for- - - on: March 29, 2006 03:37:47 PM
No, basically it's four panels (ignoring the frilly bit at the bottom.)

Imagine you got a dress and cut it lengthways into 4 pieces, that's what it's like.

It shouldn't be half the size you need it though, if you divide your measurements by four.  Sorry, this is probably no help.   Undecided
39  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My photography! Portraits, weird, conceptual..Image heavy! on: March 28, 2006 11:44:24 AM
Oh thanks Kiwiblue, that's such a nice compliment!   Kiss
40  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My photography! Portraits, weird, conceptual..Image heavy! on: March 28, 2006 11:07:59 AM
Hi!
Just thought I'd post a few of my photos, I'm studying photography at college and wanted to see what all you lovely people thought, as opposed to art teachers and such!   Grin












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