Photography (College work)

Today for a photography project, I went outside and took some pictures of various things, trying to incorporate the theme of ‘nature‘. After taking the pictures, I edited them using the online software PicMonkey (click for a link to the website) with the aim of enhancing the pictures that I had taken to make them more interesting for my target audience to look at. I enjoyed changing the contrast and colours, as well as adding different filters and effects to give the pictures a vintage look to them. Here are the before and after shots of my edited photographs:



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‘The Notebook’ Film Review (College work)

'The Notebook' Film Review (College work)

In ‘The Notebook’, the plot follows a main theme of a classic love triangle between two central characters, Noah and Ally, learning about how they meet, the relation they have during their teenage years despite coming from two very different sections of society, and how their lives unfold after a tough break-up due to their prejudiced views of Ally’s upper-class parents on Noah’s working-class lifestyle. The love triangle is formed due to Ally’s engagement to a rich war hero named Lon who appears to have a similar upper-class upbringing to Ally, whom she helped recover from injuries obtained in World War Two.

What I particularly liked about this film was how they used mise-en-scene (costume, props, make up etc.), lighting, setting, sound and cinematography (known as the five micro-elements in film) to convey how Ally’s personality differs with her upper-class parents and fiance Lon and Noah. This is shown very well in one particular scene when Ally speaks to Lon on the telephone in a hotel room and then visits Noah the next day.

When Ally is on the phone to Lon, she wears very formal, dark coloured clothing, perhaps representing the formal and mature relationship she has with Lon. I also noticed that Ally’s clothing is a very similar colour to the furniture in Lon’s office. This gives the impression that Ally may be viewed as being Lon’s property in the upper-class society they live in. However, when with Noah, Ally wears very light colours. Light colours often connote freedom, which could echo the freedom she has in her relationship with Noah.

The lighting and setting also show the differences between the two relationships Ally has. The lighting in the hotel room where Ally speaks to Lon is from a lamp. This artificial light may reflect the artificial relationship that Ally and Lon have, whereas the lighting when she is with Noah is all natural sunlight, showing that Ally appears to have a more natural relationship with Noah. This is supported by the fact that there is physical distance between Ally and Lon due to the fact they have to talk on the telephone, mirroring the idea that they could be emotionally distant in their relationship also. When Ally and Noah are together, they sit in a small boat. This confined space creates physical closeness between the pair, reflecting the emotional closeness they appear to have.

Not only does this film have great links between it’s theme of a love triangle between Ally, Noah and Lon and the micro-elements of film, but also provides an emotional and interesting plot that is easy to follow, making The Notebook one of my favourite films!

Wash It Up (Let It Go – Frozen Parody) [college work]


There’s grease all over the dirty pans,
Not a clean plate to be found,
A sink full of dirty dishes,
And mess all around,
Parents are howling for the kids to wash it up,
I can’t say no,
And now I can’t give up.

Let the water run,
Like a soapy sea,
I dropped a cup, oh no, now make that three,
Conceal, don’t squeal,
Don’t let mum know,
Well now she knows.

Wash it up, wash it up,
Can’t put it off anymore,
Wash it up, wash it up,
Even though I’m sick of chores,
I don’t care,
About these grubby plates,
I’m bored of this,
The mess never bothered me anyway.

It’s funny how some dirty forks,
Make parents really mad,

But they’re adults, they control me,
And these rules make me so sad.

It’s time to see what’s left to do,
There’s six more mugs, I thought just two,
No spoons, no knives, nothing easy,
Help me.

Wash it up, wash it up,
There’s too many pans that fry,
Wash it up, wash it up,
I think I’m about to cry,
At the sink I’ll stand, at the sink I’ll stay,
Until it’s all gone.

There’s soapy bubbles in the air and on the ground,
My sponge is spiralling across the dishes all around,
And now they’re sparkling like a crown of shiny jewels,

I washed up everything and now I feel so cool.

Washed it up, washed it up,
Parents don’t have to live in fear,
Washed it up, washed it up,
The perfect daughter’s here,
I dried it all up too,
And put it away,
The washing up is done,
It didn’t bother me very much anyway.

Soundtrack to Our Class – Reviews (College work)

In class we listened to our favourite songs, here is my review of them.

Spin Doctors – Two Princes

I really liked this song as it had everything from catchy lyrics and good vocals to a foot-tapping drum beat and a great guitar riffs.

Pashto – New Attan 2014 za Malaga za

Although it’s clear that these musicians are talented, this style of music isn’t what I would choose to listen to so I didn’t particularly like this song.

Artiola & Poni – fol shqip

This song had a good beat and the singer’s vocals were unique. I think I would have enjoyed this song more if I understood the language the lyrics are in.

Edwin Starr – War

The jazzy style of this song made it one of my favourites from the class’s soundtrack. I especially liked the electric guitars near the end.

Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind

This song was my choice for the class playlist and I love it. This song combines a funky 80’s style of music with the modern indie rock, with a bonus of catchy lyrics all in a unique three-piece girl band.

Clean Bandit – Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)

Although I wouldn’t usually listen to this style of music, I really enjoyed the bass and how this song progresses from the calm verses to the exciting dance beat in the chorus.

Duke Dumont – I Got U

I really liked the singer’s voice in this song and the catchy, Caribbean-style steel drums.

Kiesza – Hideaway

At the beginning of the song I didn’t think I would enjoy it but as it progressed I found that I really liked the beat of this song and the lyrics. Although the vocals weren’t my cup of tea, this song was definitely one of my favourites from the soundtrack.

Juni Jonam – Bia Irani – Wedding Song

This song was probably the least favourite of the soundtrack. Again, the musicians all have obvious talent but the sound of all the instruments together, the irregular sounding drum beat and the fact I couldn’t understand the lyrics meant that I didn’t really like this track.


How To Make Hair Bows!

How To Make Hair Bows!

Whether its home-made festive gifts for Christmas, or a birthday present for your girly best friend, these low budget and easy to make hair bows are a cute and unique accessory for any girl!

(click on the photo of my hair bows for the video I used to make them! or click here)

What you need:
1.5 inch thick ribbon – 8 inches long (x2)
1cm thick ribbon – 4 inches long
fabric glue or a hot glue gun
hair clip
lighter/candle or clear nail polish

How to:

  1. Seal the ends of each piece of ribbon. This can either be done by quickly passing the edges through the flame of a candle or lighter. However, the method I used was to carefully paint the edges with clear nail polish to stop the ribbon fraying.
  2. Fold each of the thicker ribbons in half. On the back of them, put a thin line of glue along the line that the fold made (it should be in the middle of the ribbon) and fold each end of the ribbon over so the ends meet and stick onto the line of glue. Wait a few minutes for the glue to set.
  3. Then on the front of the ribbons (the other side to where the edges have met) put a dot of glue in the middle and fold over. This should look like it’s been folded in half, but only at the bottom (the edges should not be stuck together).
  4. When that glue has set, fold each of the (unstuck!) edges back on themselves and stick to the back where you did step 1. This can be tricky so holding the edges down until the glue sets really helps!
  5. Then stick the two bits of ribbon together in the middle, one on top of the other and glue the bow to the edge of a hair grip (crocodile style grips or the clips in the video work best due to the smooth back edge)
  6. (Optional) At this point, I added a small, shop-bought lace bow that I had removed the hair grip from and stuck it to the front of my two pieces of ribbon. (See picture)
  7. Then glue the end of the thin piece of ribbon to the clip. Make sure you do this on the other side of the back edge (the other side of where the bow is stuck). Wrap it around the bow so it appears down the middle and glue the free end of ribbon on top of the end that is stuck to the clip.

taa daa! You now have a unique, home-made hair accessory that will look great on you or as a gift!

Twitter Is Like . . .


Twitter analogy

I was out for coffee the other day with a non-tweeting friend. “So what’s Twitter actually like?” she asked.

I ummed and ahhed, and explained it all very badly, mumbling some fairly dry stuff about retweets and hashtags and follows. She didn’t look convinced. So I’ve been thinking about it ever since, and here’s what I’ve come up with.

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