Archive for April, 2010

The Beginning

I’ve started to upload some of my films to Vimeo. Though I still have a free account, so it’s one video a week for now!

First up is the film that started off everything. Our first film assignment was to make a 3.5 minute short about Wollaton Park in Nottingham. The day got off to a bad start since I was feeling absolutely dreadful, yet everything took a total 180 whilst filming the deer rutting, and I realised I’d found something I absolutely loved doing. I was a bit apprehensive about the video element to my course as I’d never really done any filming before, photography being my main interest. But, whilst I still really enjoy photography, filming has become my passion. I will do whatever it takes to become a professional.

Deer at Wollaton Park

Deer at Wollaton Park

Here’s a link to the film: Wollaton Park

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Finally Blogging

I’ve been meaning to start blogging for a while now and whilst I come up with things I want to write about, I never seem to find the time to sit down and actually write it.  Obviously, now coursework deadlines are looming, it’s an excellent time!

Right now I’m at my parents’ house, catching up on some video-editing and essay-writing so there hasn’t been as much getting out with my camera as I’d like.  I did take a bit off time out yesterday to take some shots of water though.  I wanted to try to freeze the motion, and after a little research I found a very easy way of doing it with the limited resources I have with me right now: my DSLR, tripod, and one flash gun, plus a few items from around the house.

Blue Water Droplet

No editing aside from the removal of a tiny distracting water droplet!

Turquoise Water Droplet

Again, minimal editing - this time a little sharpening

Red Water Droplet

Absolutely no editing!

All shots were taken at f8.0, 1/200 seconds, with TTL Flash on my Nikon D90 + Sigma f2.8 50mm macro.  There was barely any editing involved in these shots, in particular I did no colour adjustments! The colour was created by using either blue or red paper behind the droplet, and by altering the white balance setting to ‘tungsten’ to get the darkest blue shot.  I’ll be giving this another go when I get back to uni I think since I didn’t spend all that long on it – I’d like to try to capture the crown of water that occurs; I achieved a couple of shots but the depth of field was a little too narrow so it wasn’t all in focus.

Anyway, they’re a totally different type of photograph to what I usually like to take (wildlife and landscape), but it was still really good fun to experiment!

About

I’m a 20-something who is happiest when up a mountain, or watching wildlife, camera in hand.

Whilst I have always had a love for photography, it was only recently when studying for an MSc in Biological Photography & Imaging, that I found my true calling in life; capturing moving images on camera.  Nothing can beat the buzz I get whilst filming.  Recording wildlife and landscapes using the medium of both stills and video are the areas I enjoy most, but imaging is a continual learning process and I like to experiment with as many different subjects as possible – ranging from studio work to filming sports such as rock climbing.

Taking Photos in the Peak District

My other hobbies include climbing, running and rambling (especially when scrambling up waterfalls is involved).  I adore being outside in the fresh air but similarly, with a background in Computer Science, I can spend hours immersed in code creating a website or computer program.  I love creating things, whether it be films or websites, and I’m always up for an adventure!

Get in contact: katherine [at] katherinedixon.co.uk