Blue Sky Photo Club – Block 2

Blue Sky Photo Club - Block 2 - Genna Delaney Jewellery Artist

You may have read my previous post about me doing a photography class. Well I enjoyed it so much and wanted to keep up the skills that I learned, so did the next course. It’s split into 8 weeks and we had to do projects each week.

Week 1 – Fifteen minutes, fifteen strangers.

I found this extremely difficult as I am a very shy person to people I don’t know and find it hard to just walk up to folk and start a conversation, never mind taking a photo of them. I wasn’t really happy with most of the images I took for this project, however this is my favourite picture and more can be seen on Picasa.

Week 2 – freezing movement.

The next weeks home work was focusing on freezing movement. I quickly realised that you need really good natural light as the first couple of images were really dark, even in a well lit room. I had to take images with a really fast shutter speed of 1/500 +.

Week 3 – Shlomo

This week there were 3 different aspects to the project by using slow shutter speeds.I experimented quite a lot with this one and took quite a few photos before I got the desired effect. Check out the others on Picasa.

1. We had to use slow shutter speeds to capture a sense of movement by utilising blur within the frame. Here is what I shot. It looks as if Alan doesn’t have arms and his face is ghost like because he was moving his arms and head while the image was being exposed.

2. Writing your name with lights.  This was another fun one to do and took a few shots before I realised that I had to write my name backwards! This was done using a small torch.

3. Turn night into day – This was my favourite part of this weeks project as I have found out that I love night photography. It was actually quite dark at this point and the scene was really mundane with not much colour. I was amazed with the outcome that the long 30 second shutter speed managed to capture. There’s so much colour. This is the natural way the image came out, I didn’t tweak it on photoshop, I don’t know how!

Week 4 – Shadows and Silhouettes

This was another fun project here are my two favourites and others can be seen in Picasa.

Week 5 and 6 – Before and After

This week was quite difficult to grasp and get my head around. We had to show or document a real life happening or event without showing the actual event. Ie. Before and After it happens. We had to do 3 different scenarios with 2 images each.

Here’s my favourite. The other’s can be seen in Picasa.

Week 7-8 favourites and prints

Some people were catching up on other homework from previous weeks so the last two weeks were to select your favourite images taken during the 8 weeks of the class and put onto a disc or pen drive, then we were to print and frame our favourite image. The printing aspect was quite scary as I didn’t think my images were good enough to frame. We also had to consider what frame to use to compliment the image, what type of paper to use and what size to print it.

My favourite image from the class was my night into day image taken on week 3. It is printed in glossy paper, 8″ x6″, in a black frame approximately 12″ x 10″ and sits in my living room.

During the last week we had to bring in the framed prints and say why we chose it. It was really great to see everyone’s finished images and hear about what inspired them.

The next block of 8 week classes starts on Mon 16 Jan 6:30pm–9pm at the DCA, Dundee.

Testimonials

Can't thank you enough it was exactly as we asked for and a lot more x better start saving for the Eternity ring you're going to be making next for June .... a very happy couple xx

Sean

My family bought me a voucher for a 1:1 workshop to make a silver ring for my Birthday. Genna's workshops are informative in the process of jewellery making and good fun. Genna has a lovely teaching style.

Best of all you go home with a beautiful ring you made.

I would definitely do another workshop and if I could give Genna 10 stars I would. Thank you.

Samantha

Picked up my Wedding Ring today and words can't describe how happy I am. It looks amazing. Few wee (happy) tears on the way home. Thank you so much. p.s. thank you from my "Mum" too xxx

June

Genna design recently carried out a repair on my wife's engagement ring. I could not fault Genna's workmanship and the cost of the repair was very competitive. I would not hesitate to return in the future.

Michael

I had a fantastic time on Saturday, thanks Genna for being patient. Love my ring. Robert asked what I was making next so I might be back. Thanks once again for a great day x

Liz

Had a lovely day with Genna making our wedding rings! What a great touch to add to our special day! Would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to make their wedding rings, more than just a ring!

Stephanie 2018

Genna created my engagement and wedding ring and they are absolutely beyond perfect! She really took her time at the initial consultation and went over all of the tiniest details - when we got the pictures of the finished rings I was totally blown away - they were exactly what I had pictured in my head, if not better!!

Jessica

Genna, it was lovely to meet you last evening and I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for the beautiful necklace. It is truly gorgeous. What a talent you have. I've not taken it off since last Thursday! I was even wearing it for Crufts all weekend!

Keep following your dream!

Jenny Campbell 2018

Really enjoyable and educational day, we both had loads of fun. Would recommend to anyone looking to make there own personalised ring

Gordon & Gill

As Alison and Ron’s neighbours we have witnessed first hand this special and devoted love and the beautiful commission pieces you made reflect beautifully their enduring love . Alison wears them with humble pride.

Yvonne

Today my mother enjoyed her Christmas treat from us – a four hour ring making class with jeweller Genna Delaney. She totally loved it and has made a wonderful ring. She reckons Genna is a natural teacher. As a former head teacher she’s good at spotting such talents. If you want to learn jewellery making then Genna is the person to see!

Prof Mike Press

Whoah this blog is fantastic. I love reading your posts. Keep up the good work! You know, a lot of people are searching around for this information, you can aid them greatly.

Natalie

I'm over the moon with my ring! Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful piece which means so much to me. I absolutely love it.

Irene 2018

Thanks so much for the beautiful ring I bought yesterday!! Will be in touch about a commission a piece soon!!

Julia Wang, NY

Genna has lots of lovely jewellery to buy. The best things are bespoke though. She made me a few unique items using much loved heirlooms and updating them.

Bonnie Lee, TX