Finally the Catch up… Oops

I think I need to start paying a bit more attention to my blog, it’s been awfully neglected this year… It seems that every time I promise an update soon, it takes me weeks.. maybe months to actually get around to it. So I think I’m going to try harder to keep things updated.

Lets start with a quick recap on my last post, I’ve finished my second year of uni, finally, I had firsts all around (which I’m still feeling slightly high about XD), my constant war with Lupus and Rheumatoid had come to calm (however now the Rheumatoid is playing up.. Yipee! Slowly I’m losing my knuckle… Not good), I’m still going to attempt full time for my last year in uni =D and finally I actually got to go to EGYPT!!!!!! Ah it was absolutely fabulous! Now for a bit more detail, I think.

So from the last post about my uni work, which was part one of the cinematics project, I developed and finished part two, where I took the skills from part one and created my own theme. I decided to approach the landscape but at first I didn’t quite know where to go from there, so here’s how I came to my final decision, through 21 years of my life I have always remembered the top of Llwydcoed being smothered in trees, however one day on a drive (after a long span of illness) a massive settlement of trees had just gone, I was baffled and slightly upset by this, so I instantly thought, there’s my project, and after a discussion with my tutors, obtaining their approval, I was off and by the end of the day I already had a rough idea for a story board. Next I needed my locations and location shots, living in Methyr, being surrounded by nature, it didn’t take me long to decided where I wanted to go, some parts of the project based at the Neuadd reservoir and some at Llwydcoed. 

Top of Llwydcoed, Bryncarnau Farm.

Top of Llwydcoed, Bryncarnau Farm.

Bryncarnau Farm from Ty Gwnn Farm.

Bryncarnau Farm from Ty Gwnn Farm.

Neuadd Forestry 2

Neuadd Forestry 2

Neuadd Forestry 1

Neuadd Forestry 1

After deciding on my locations I plodded along to my final set of six. It took a while to get them, after the problems with the lighting, I used artificial lighting in most of the images I had for the project, they are not easy to work with when they don’t want to work… But never mind I got there and here they are;

The Beginning

The Beginning

First Steps

First Steps

The On Looker

The On Looker

Clinging to Life

Clinging to Life

Contemplation

Contemplation

Times Up

Time’s Up

So what do you think? Do these images get the message across? If you’ve got time I’d appreciate some feedback.

Next up, it’s Egypt!!! So excited I got to go, was an amazing holiday and I got to see the Pyramids! Even went in one (which was a bit of a let down) but they were outstanding on the outside, they are a baffling creation and the word huge doesn’t come close to describing how massive they were! Just so you get an idea of how big they were;

DSC_3336 Look at how small the people look, just one block is the same hight as the person standing next to it!!! Can you imagine 2.3 MILLION! of those blocks stacked on top of each other to create this!!

The Great Pyramid at Giza

The Great Pyramid at Giza

I’m still blown away by the pyramids there!

And here I am with Scott holding the pyramid!! XD

And here I am with Scott holding the pyramid!! XD The Egyptologist might be good when it comes to information about Egypt, but he can’t work my camera…

Along with the amazing pyramids I had the opportunity to go to the Egyptian museum which again was amazing =] and to top it off the Egyptologist was impressed with my knowledge OoO, during the quiz XD, so gutted you couldn’t take your cameras in T__T. Oh and how could I forget the Sphinx!! (I deserve a slap for that I think).

Well I never thought the Sphinx was so close to the Pyramids! I always thought they were a fair distance apart!

Well I never thought the Sphinx was so close to the Pyramids! I always thought they were a fair distance apart!

What it with Egypt and having all of these amazing structures!

We also visited the Citadel of Salah Al-Din, can you believe that this building is constructed completely out of marble!!

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Citadel of Salah Al-Din and burial chamber of Muhammed Ali

Again another amazing structure! The inside was pretty inspiring too! However I didn’t get many of the inside.. There’s just not enough time in the day… There were a few other visits on the trip but there’s not many photos of these, just a place to eat (wasn’t too bad) a static boat on the nile, looked quite posh on the inside if they hadn’t been decorating while we were there… All I could smell was paint, not nice, and then there was the papyrus factory which was rather interesting, bought myself a lovely painting of a scarab beetle which is proudly hung on my wall =D.

Also during the holiday we went on a VIP snorkeling cruise, ooooo I got to use my underwater housing!!!!! It was seriously nerve wracking!! But so exciting at the same time! Being able to use it in the Red Sea made it even better! Can you imagine all of the fish, all of the colours and different formations under the sea!! Under the sea, under the sea, darling it’s better, down where its wetter, under the seeeaaaa!! Oh wait sorry, I got a little carried away there, can you tell I like disney XD. But I have to admit Sebastian knows what he’s talking about, let me convince you a little..

My first underwater shot with fish!!!! So exciting!!!

My first underwater shot with fish(Red Sea Goatfish)!!!! So exciting!!!

On the cruise we had three stops, on the first one I was a tad bit precautious, with taking my camera in, I thought I'd take the easy way in and climbed down the ladder, I put my mask on and adjusted the snorkel, suck my head under and what was the first thing I seen, this terrifying looking creature, a Smooth Cronetfish, it looked horrible! It took until i got back out of the water to realise that there were actually two there!! Made my skin crawl!!

On the cruise we had three stops, on the first one I was a tad bit precautious, with taking my camera in, I thought I’d take the easy way in and climbed down the ladder, I put my mask on and adjusted the snorkel, suck my head under and what was the first thing I seen, this terrifying looking creature, a Smooth Cronetfish, it looked horrible! It took until i got back out of the water to realise that there were actually two there!! Made my skin crawl!!

Oh lots of little blue fish, look at the colour on them and on the coral behind, so amazing!!!

Oh lots of little blue fish, look at the colour on them and on the coral behind, so amazing!!!

On the second stop we were greated by these little critters! Look how many there are! I'm sure there was at least a thousand of them!!

On the second stop we were greated by these little critters! Look how many there are! I’m sure there was at least a thousand of them!!

Now this scene almost reminded me of a metropolis city with the traffic (the fish Red Sea Fusilier) running down the motorway that flows along the city edge (the coral reef).

Now this scene almost reminded me of a metropolis city with the traffic (the fish, Red Sea Fusilier) running down the motorway that flows along the city edge (the coral reef).

Now look how colourful this scene is! Isn't it so calming, and tranquil?

Now look how colourful this scene is! Isn’t it so calming, and tranquil?

No matter how gray or bland the sand is there's always something to perk up the scene! Thanks to the Klunzinger`s wrasse

No matter how gray or bland the sand is there’s always something to perk up the scene! Thanks to the Klunzinger`s wrasse

How gorgeous is this guy? I think the Bridled Parrotfish has outstanding colours on him!

How gorgeous is this guy? I think the Bridled Parrotfish has outstanding colours on him!

Last one now, how lovely is the coral here? Its so colourful and again I find it quite tranquil.

Last one now, how lovely is the coral here? Its so colourful and again I find it quite tranquil. Although if you look at this one upside down, it could almost seem as though its a jungle?

And that’s Egypt! As for my health my Lupus seems to be under control and has been since the new tablets, but the Rheumatoid is a slightly different story at the moment… Sunken knuckles, sore hips and bad feet! Doctors are hoping it’s tendonitis but I don’t think so.. Since the injections of prednisolone haven’t done a thing!!

Well I think that’s a wrap for now! I’ll be back soon (I hope).