Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kittybot Modelling - Day 2


As I said yesterday, I planned to recreate the photo which came out perfect but my arm was blurred... I asked Tasso to help me because I didn't want to waste time and light haha...

Unfortunately, he didn't let me know that the photos were coming out too dark due to the light changing as the sun set and the settings being wrong on the camera :( I lightened them up a bit to put them on here and I am unsure if I will use any of the ones that came out nice for the competition... I shall decide soon :D

Though... Onwards to the photos! I shall share a few...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Kittybot Modelling - Day 1

A magazine is having a sort of "competition" of where you send in a full length photo and your measurements, and you may get chosen to be featured in an issue of the magazine. This is to help start building a modelling career if someone would like to pursue that.

I've always wanted to do modelling but I really had no idea where to even start, so many agencies are scams and at the end of 2006 I joined an agency but they wanted a ridiculous amount of money to make me a portfolio, and I obviously couldn't get hired without a portfolio so I dropped that idea and focused on school which turned into University.

University has been quite hectic and hopefully this year went as planned, which means that next year I'll only need to do one subject, which could mean that I'd be able to do part time modelling which would be awesome :D

I set out on a journey today to take the full length photo which the magazine requires. Unfortunately, I didn't get one that was good enough :( BUT I got loads of other nice ones which I will share. Tomorrow I set out to recreate one of the photos which were perfect BUT I moved my arm so it came out blurred. All the photos were taken with the timer on 10 seconds, the camera either on a chair propped up with books, or on a tripod, or then held by me, unless otherwise stated.

Onwards to the photos!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"u not God don't judge ppl pls"

Ahh the wonderful world of Twitter... Where bots spam you shitty links and people Tweet their instagram photos.Well. Not all the time. Sometimes.

I'm fortunate enough to have found myself a nice bunch of people to follow (and some follow me back) and I usually get a lot of laughs out of reading my feed every couple of hours (or minutes :P).

I often get bots spamming me and also random people messaging me links to "CHECK OUT THIS COOL THING OH EM GEE!" and I always reply something nice like "no" or "fuck off". I have no time or patience for that crap but why not just lash out at them for wasting my time? I spend time loading their nonsense so I might as well comment.

Today I had a special moment on Twitter. Last week I retweeted a Tweet regarding the artists that have come and are coming to South Africa. All very well and good. U2, Coldplay, Kings of Leon... Lady Gaga at the end of November (which I am going to!) and Chris Brown (ugh). So I guess this person "@affordabletick" decided to search Tweets regarding Chris Brown or something because then this happened:

As I said above, I don't support people who hit women. I don't support anyone who hits anyone! Abusive relationships are a very serious thing. You can Google "domestic violence" or "abusive relationships" and find loads of information and statistics about this. So with me feeling the way that I do, I sure as hell am not going to go to a Chris Brown concert!

Then our dear friend Extinguish sends me some undecipherable Tweet to which I reply, and then I get the best of best replies "u not God don't judge ppl pls".

WHAT THE HELL DUDE? I am not judging Rihanna or Chris Brown and their relationship. If they want to be together, that's cool and their decision. Just because I don't support or like abusive relationships doesn't mean I am walking around thinking I am godlike, judging all in my path.

I don't understand what prompted this guy to say that to me. It both infuriated and humoured me. I was simply stating my opinion and honestly, even if Chris Brown and Rihanna got married and had children and he never ever hit another person again in his life it doesn't make what he did okay! What he did was so bad! UGH.

This guy... So annoying. The smiley face at the end was both serious and sarcastic. I don't even know what he was saying in that last Tweet to be honest. Plus I was in a lecture and got a BBM from my mom, so while I replied to that I also checked Twitter quick because the red light was kinda annoying haha.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Things I Desipise: Flies

The fly. What an interesting little creature. Interesting and fucking stupid!

These little shits like to buzz around me and it drives me absolutely mental. I hate it so much. Hate doesn't even describe the amount of distaste and anger that I feel towards them when they merrily and oh so deviously fly around me, as if to torture me.

Firstly, I don't understand why and how they always find themselves in my room. There is NOTHING here but a mess of papers and nail polish. And books. And a Deadmau5 head. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?!

Secondly, they are really stupid and can't figure out how a window works. BRO. You do not fly into the damn glass. I've courteously opened the window so that you may exit my bedroom. I've also kept the door open. Why do you ignore these gateways to freedom? Why do you and your mates congregate in my bedroom? Why must you guys irritate me endlessly when I am trying to study for International Finance or Mathematics? WHY?

Thirdly, their little buzzing sound. I don't know what is worse. That or a mosquito. If I could delete that sound from being a recognisable sound in my array of recognisable sounds, I would. I hate that sound. IT IS SO ANNOYING.

I am so annoyed that I cannot even finish writing this properly because FUCK YOU FLIES.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Random Thoughts from Twitter

If you follow me on Twitter you already know this: I Tweet a lot.
If you don't follow me on Twitter, let me tell you something: I Tweet a lot.

I Tweet A LOT of random things: rants, vents, happy thoughts, sad thoughts... Everything and anything. Though a lot of the time I also Tweet about things that I'd like to blog about sometime but may not get the chance to so I do my best to sum it up into 140 characters.

Though I've decided that I am going to do my best to ensure that I do blog about these thoughts that I have because, well, this is my corner of the internet and "I'll do what I want" (Cartman voice).

I want to try be a more active blogger as well and not only blog about things I've taken photos of. IDK. I used to blog a lot nicely when I was younger and I guess I just don't have the inspiration to sit down and type about my random thoughts and such.

Whatever it is, I shall try to be a more active blogger. That is all. Goodnight.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Group Project

Anyone who follows me on Twitter or has me on BBM has probably seen my updates over the last couple of days regarding the group project we had for one of our courses at University. Today was the final day for hand in and I am so glad that the project is now done with.

Group projects aren't the easiest of tasks to get through, especially when you have difficulty communicating with your members as well as people who aren't strong at doing the task at hand. We were assigned groups for this project so a lot of us ended up being in a group with people that we weren't friends with and had never spoken to before.

While I understand that the point was to learn to work with "different" people (to emulate "the real world"), I do feel that it was a bit silly to do that when the project counted such a large portion of the final course mark (30%), especially if you ended up with people who didn't really care (not saying I did, I am saying in general). The whole idea behind group work is to work as a team and if you have members that don't care it makes it even harder to get things done.

Important stuff:
  1.  Decide who is going to do what part of the project and write it down. We had to do this as part of our documentation from the beginning but it was good to have a clear understanding from the start as to who has to do what.
  2. Set out intermediate deadlines for tasks and ensure that every team member is on track. If anyone is falling behind, immediately investigate why and decide there and then if someone must step in to help as not to delay the entire project.
  3. Communicate clearly between members. Use tools like Dropbox to centralise everything. We had to use Subversion and unfortunately I did struggle to upload to it via my laptop at home (my files ended up blank).
  4. Meet once a week to show each other progress and look at each other's work so that everyone knows what is going on.
  5. Know from the start what each person's section is meant to do and how it is going to integrate with the other sections. Write out general methods that are going to be needed for each class and keep each other updated on how they work and of any changes.
  6. Integration of the sections must be fully completed at least a week before the due date, if possible. Use the last week to iron out any bugs/issues and to complete documentation.
  7. Sort out any OBVIOUS issues from the beginning and if someone is struggling with a certain section, assign them to something else and assign another person that understands that section better to that section. I know that it is important for people to learn new things but if something like that is holding the entire group back it is better to rather get the code completed and then go back to explaining to everyone how it works and why.

Watermarking Photos Tutorial


One of my friends asked me to explain how I watermarked my photographs (particularly the Snow Day photographs) so I am going to write the steps that I follow.

What you need:
  1. Photoshop (I use CS4 but any version will do). GIMP is also a good alternative.
  2. PhotoScape
  1. Create a folder for all the photos that you want to eventually upload to your blog/Facebook page. Copy the photo you want to use into this new folder. I do this so that I am not working with an original copy in case I mess it up.
  2. In Photoshop (or GIMP), create a 1024x100 transparent document. I use 1024 because the eventual photographs I am going to uploaded are resized to 1024x768. The 100 height is just preference. Tweak these as need be.
  3. Fill the background with whatever colour you wish to use and set the opacity to whatever level you prefer. I have opacity set to 40%.
  4. Save this as a .png. I'll refer to this image as textbackground.png
  5. Open Photoscape. Select the "Batch Editor" option and drag the photos from your folder into the white space at the top. If you have portrait photos, don't add them as textbackground.png is going to mess up. You will do the portrait photos after.
  6. Choose your resize options on the right hand side (mine are set to Reduce the longer length, Long 1024).
  7. Under object, select Photo 1 and navigate to textbackground.png. Place it where you'd like it by dragging it on the screen over the photo.
  8. Under Text 1, type:
    [D], [T]
    [S], [F], [I], [FL]
    to get the options that I have on the Snow Day photographs. This information is found under the EXIF button. You can change the font and other text properties in this box too. Place the EXIF data where you'd like it within the textbackground.png bounds.
  9. You can add extra text using Text 2 - 4. I used Text 2 for my blog URL, Text 3 for my name and Text 4 for "Photography" (I couldn't get my name and Photography to line up nicely in one text box so I separated them).
  10. Once you are done, you can preview how each photo will look by clicking on it in the white space. Remember that if you move any of the elements that you've placed it will change for all the photos.
  11. When you are done, click "Convert All". You can choose to output the photos in a new folder, amongst other properties. Make sure that the quality is set to 100%.
  12. Repeat this process for the portrait photos.
  13. Done :)
I hope that was explained clearly :) if any of the steps are unclear or if anyone has questions, feel free to leave me a comment :)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Having Flu Sucks

I was unable to wake up this morning because I felt soooo sick :( my throat has been tingling sore since last week Thursday or something and yesterday it got really, really sore and today it felt as if I had glass in my throat or something.

My mom took me to the doctor and I really didn't want antibiotics but that's what I got given :( I went to University to get notes from a friend because I've now fallen behind which sucks and my hectic test week is in two weeks' time so I can't get any further behind.

Though my mom did get me a new polish which is awesome. I'll post photos of it sometime this weekend :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

University Starts Tomorrow!

Ahh so the end of an amazing holiday has arrived... University Semester two starts tomorrow and I don't even know when some of my classes are yet :D FUN!

Shopping Spree!