Nail Art, sorta

Cleaning out the blog and computer of random things and I found a few nail arty photos that I never got round to posting. So that is what we are going to look at today.

This one was created with models own everything! I love their metallic range. This was their dark blue, silver and gel black. The design was made just a simple dotting tool. I always feel like putting that extra dot in the second colour looks so much better than a plain dot on its own.

I’ve done a design similar to this before with hearts but I seriously love this colour combo. The top coat was a models own again that shimmers pink and blue. I feel like it really makes the two colours match better, if that makes sense.

Possibly my favourite design, looks like funky tiger stripes. Also took me the longest to get right. You would not believe the amount of times I restarted the design, I kept putting too much on the brush so it turned in to a hot mess. This was made with a fan brush and just dipping the tips in the polish then very light brushing it over the nail.

Can we also take a moment to notice that all the images are fairly well lit and you can clearly see the actual nail designs! Check out my learning skills. 😛

More Kittens : Nyxie

A couple of posts previous I talked about my two kittens, mostly about James, you can read that here if you haven’t already. This post is going to be about Nyxie.

This little fur ball of trouble is the brave one, maybe a little too brave for her own good. She is always the first to do something, she has even made a dash or two outside! Luckily she gets out the door then freezes because its so different and she’ll have to be picked up and brought back in. She also the more cuddly of the two, she will just come and sit on your lap, or in may case my laptop. The first time I met her, she crawled up my chest and just sat there purring. I just fell in love with her there and then.

If it moves and she can get to it, its hers. Doesn’t matter if you then move it out of her reach and tell her no, she will find away to get it back because its hers. Also anything that ruffles is hers, any bags in the house are hers, your feet under a blanket are hers. Basically she thinks everything is hers. Shes a bit of a madame.

Her favorite place of all time is your shoulder. She loves watching what you’re doing and because she knows that she’s not allowed on counter tops she will climb up your back and perch on your shoulder. Sometimes it does hurt as she does use her claws to climb but I got used to it, mostly. As she gotten older she has gotten gentler and seems to understand that her claws can hurt.

In all honest I have never met a more loving pair of kittens, they literally follow me everywhere. Nyxie will get right in to the action of what every I am doing while James sits back a bit but I always have to be within sight. Nyxie will happily steal crafting supplies right out of hands if she can, so sometime we have to be a bit careful with what left out. But they are a cleaver pair, they don’t always do as they are told but they understand and will do it if they feel like it.

Keep an eye out for them on my instagram if you want to see more of them!

5 on 15 : Invasion

This months 5 on 15 theme is Invasion! I tried to do something a little different with this month challenge. As I haven’t really focused on the photography element of the challenges I that to want to change. I focused a little too much on trying to find something that fit the theme, so you may notice that I get a little loose with the themes from now on but hopefully it’ll allow me to explore a few new techniques and photography tips. 

With a bit of luck you’ll see an improvement in my skills. Also in each of the photos, I’ve use manually setting and I have not touched them up or edited them in anyway, they have literately come off the camera like this. Hopefully this will mean I’ll rely on photoshop less with future projects. Lets get on with this months photos.

Gonna start with this one. How does it link to invasion you ask? Well there is one there that doesn’t match the rest. Can you guess which one? So he’s invading the group. See what I did there.
This photo didn’t come out how I wanted it at all. You can see the general idea I was going for which was a line up but I couldn’t get the angle or the depth right. The general coloring a lighting aren’t too bad which is how it made the cut. Beyond that there is nothing more to say.

It’s an Alien, one of the pendants I made from resin. I actually like this one I purposely tried to capture the light reflection to try and make it look a little more 3d. I’ve taken products before and always tried to loose that shine to show the products detail but seeing as this is more artsy I took liberty. I kinda wish I had used some sort of coloured lighting just to see how it would look. Maybe next time. I did try to add more light textures to make the image more interesting by using a sequinned pillow as the backdrop. I like that effect but I think it needs more. 

This one hasn’t really got much technique behind it but I’ve never use the time feature on my camera so I had to try it. I really need to work on my own posing. This shot features me in my CyberDog shirt because Cyberdog loves invasion and alien stuff. I also need to work on zooming in with the timer feature. I’ve figured out that I need to mark out the space that can be seen in the view and that will make it easier to put something together that looks better. Probably need to work on facial expressions too. 

This one I like. It features a couple of figures form the anime Evangelion where ‘Angels’ invade earth (sorta). With this one I was trying to play with the depth perception more. I tried to capture three layers of depth. The foreground of Asuka (Character in red), then Shinji (Male figure) and then finally the books in the very background. It works. The layer with shinji could have been a touch cleared to make it stand out more from the books though. I think maybe moving the figures a little further apart might have been better. Retrospect is a wonderful thing. 

Save the best for last. Its a Doctor who inspired shot of the Vashta Nerada from the silence in the library episode.
I used a round lamp for the background to look like a glow sun like backdrop. Then used a smaller light at the front to light the figure up against the backdrop to make sure he stands out as a focal point. Using the light at the front made him resemble the Vashta Nerada even more as they were lit from inside their suits. Although the episode didn’t have any flare-y suns, I think it really makes it feel spacey and a little daunting.

To sum up, I felt like I really challenged myself this month. I love how two of the shots came out. Yes, I would normally edit them as well so they would look even better but I purposely left them raw so I can see where I’m at skill level wise and where I need to focus to imporve. I really want to get better at using the manual settings on my camera, so I can take better photos that need less time to edit and clean up.

The Kittens : James

I can’t believe that I haven’t made this post yet. This is basically going to be me showing off my beautiful kittens; James and Nyxie. I’m pretty much going to be writing them a profile as you’ll probably be seeing them floating around images everywhere. Going to start with James then write Nyxie up in another week.

We bought them about three months ago, technically they were my birthday present as we are finally in a permenate place that means we can have pets again. And I love them so much!
Their breed is called a Ragdoll and they are purely indoor cats. They cannot go outside at all. This particular breed has no homing sense so if they get lost they tend to just wonder in a straight line and never find their way home again. They’re called rag dolls because when they are lifted or carried they go limp. Well, they are supposed to. These two will only be held if they want too. Nyxie even has a habit of climbing my back to sit on my shoulder to watch what ever I’m doing. Especially if I’m in the kitchen. James on the other hand is much bigger so he try’s to stretch his way up but won’t actually climb up. He knows he’s too big.

James is the younger of the two but he is a fair big bigger than Nyxie. In fact last time we went to the Vet he weighed 4kg to Nyxies’ 2kg.
He was named after James bond, so we’ve affectionately nicknamed him 006 because he isnt quite as debonaire at 007. This is his general expression, he always a little supprised and curious about everything. But he is vert cautious. He will follow nyxie if she does something but he is a bit of a scaredy cat and wont do something on his own. He is incredibly loving but only when he feels like he wants a cuddle then he’s very demanding for it.
His favourite game at the moment is to pull down all the tiolet roll and make a little nest out of it. Its the cutest thing. He hates being left alone and will always follow you about the house, though he likes to pretend he’s a tough cookie.
He absolutely loves sitting in the highest places he can find and will happily chill there and watch the room, sualyl till Nyxies comes along and bugs him to play. He loves to be craddled like a big baby, I think because it the easiest way to tickle his chin and tummy.
Brushing for james is a big no no. He just wont stand for it, doesnt matter how many treat you have or if you tried when he was asleep he will just walk away if he see that brush.

Stayed tuned next week for details of Nyxie!

5 on 15 : Heroes

Its time for a another 5 on 15. This months theme is Heroes. I didnt have much trouble finding things that represented this theme, what I did have trouble was adding some sort of varity to it.

This one features Pint sized Pop from Funko. The spiderman run, I haven’t completed the set yet but these are the heroes I have got. I focused on the peter pop because I don’t think he gets enough love. And after there is a hero behind the mask too.
With this photo I tried to play with the aperture a bit, keeping the focus on one pop while the blurring the other into the background. I think it worked out just right.

This is my deadpool necklace, I made it ages ago, hence it looking a little battered around the edges. It was actually made as an experiment but once it was done I fell in love with it. Does deadpool count as hero? I suppose hes on the fence…
Tried to play a little with the reflection/shine in the wood making the background a little more interesting without distracting from the main image. I think a more reflective surface would work better with that idea.

A Spider-Gwen poster. This was a gift last year and I’ve loved it since I got it, it has taken center space on my wall. For some reason the frame always makes it hang wonky but I like it like that. Not much to say about the photo itself. Its a fairly plain and straight forward photo.

Look at this packing! Its brilliant! I didn’t fuss too much over the photo composition on this one because I just love the packaging and the product. Its an acrylic cut Superman symbol necklace from Snikt and Bamf Its such a good effect all together that I wanted to include it in heroes.

My last hero of the post, is Anita Blake. This is part of the collection I have, its all the old covers, can you see what my favorite one was?
This is another shot at the focal point photo. Didn’t quite work out as well as the Pint sized pints but its not too bad I think at a lower angle would have worked better.

Thats all for this post!