Saturday, 24 December 2011

Twas The Night Before Christmas

"Untitled 504" Canon FTb Scanned 8 x 12 Print

I apologise for the delay in this Blog post I got a chest infection that put me out of action for the past few weeks, After playing catch up I finally got a chance to sit down and do this post.

I saw CW Stoneking perform with his band back in November, they were all excellent and CW did not disappoint performing the majority of his two albums along with a few covers.
It would have been fantastic to see him do Bad luck everywhere you go but he left it out, he did do a spectacular version of Way out in the world that silenced everyone along with the wicked Love me or die.

The 25% off all final orders code has now finished, Thank you all who chose to buy something from the shop I say it often because it is true it means a lot to me that people like my work enough to purchase.

The free delivery discount code will continue until 1st of January 2012 but keep an eye out for a new discount code in the middle of January.

My Christmas week has been a busy one baking cakes, buying those last minute Christmas presents, wrapping the said presents and posting the last of the studio shop orders.

I finally got to relax today wrapped up warm at home while blustery winds and cold downpours of rain kept the old dog indoors sighing at the inconvenience of having to go outside to the toilet.

Lashings of tea and biscuits threaten to be the death of me, there is the stereotype of the English whom love a cup of tea but I think in honesty we Irish love it more. A cuppa tea cures the lot.

I had hoped to finish the current series of Photographs that I have been posting and writing about on the Blog site by the end of December but that has fallen by the wayside due to my abysmal immune system. So the series will run into January once that has finished I will post up the other prints that I promised during the previous Blog posts and then its on to the brand new series. 

There are going to be some new editions to the Online shop too so keep an eye out. Okay on to Business.

Notes on "Untitled 504"

When I approached this shot I knew I wanted to capture the opening of the solid white petals on a predominately dark (black) background to emphasis the fluid opening of the petals. The white on a darker background strengthens the contours of the flower. I had to wait for about two hours for the petals to open as wide as possible but I feel it was well worth the wait.

 I had the choice of solid black but chose to go with a textured background instead. Using a small shrub in the background to create the rumpled texture. Simply by moving around a little one can create a completely different image, The background engulfs the stem giving the illusion of the flower head floating.

Mounted and framed this print looks aesthetically pleasing and hangs well. It is one of my favourites from the current series.

I wish all who celebrate it a Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year.

Take care of one another

John

Thursday, 8 December 2011

25% Off all Final Orders!!!

Hi sorry for the delay I shall explain in my next post for now here is a brand new discount code that you can use in conjunction with the previous free delivery discount code.

25% Off all final Orders over at the Shop simply type in the provided discount code at the checkout and the percentage will be taken off of your final bill.

This is the Christmas discount starting 8th Dec 2011 and will finish 16th Dec 2011 in time to receive your purchase for Christmas.

  Go take a look-see you might see something you like for yourself or a loved one.

Discount Code: 3SP3PW

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Check back in a few days for the next Blog update where I continue my current series and explain my absence.

Take care of one another

John

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Free Delivery on all items for the rest of 2011!!

As Promised a brand new Discount Code starting from today (Sunday 20th November 2011) and ending Sunday 1st January 2012.

So here is the deal Free Delivery on all Items for the rest of 2011!

Head over to the online shop and take a gander, this deal is worldwide so it does not matter where you live it is free. Once you have selected what you want go to the checkout and type in the provided discount code and the delivery costs will be deducted from your final invoice.

The Discount Code: 9H1DXL

This Discount Code can also be used with other codes for this shop.

Enjoy.

Take care of one another
John

Friday, 18 November 2011

Déjà vu Kerria japonica "Pleniflora" AKA Japanese Yellow Rose

"Untitled 503" Canon FTb Scanned 8 x 12 print 

Notes on "Untitled 503"

This is another shot of the Kerria Japonica "Pleniflora" AKA Japanese Yellow Rose, but with different intentions from the previous shot "untitled 501".  Again the flower is placed centre stage but this time I was less interested in the flower and more interested in capturing the various textures and tonalities created by the different kinds of foliage branches and stems. The jagged leaf belongs to the Kerria Japonica "Pleniflora" AKA Japanese Yellow Rose. The second type of leaf is thick and oblong in shape and is of a Rhododendron mix. You can see an example from my previous work here "Rhododendron Snow Hill".

The foliage of the Rhododendron Photographs fantastically in black and white providing a weighted texture that is more interesting then a solid black or grey. I've used everything here for the background and as you can see the sturdy vertical branches of the Rhododendron play well against the frail stems of the Kerria Japonica "Pleniflora" AKA Japanese Yellow Rose.     

The Rhododendron (Meaning  Rose Tree in ancient Greek) specie is a shrub and depending on the species (there are over a thousand) they can range from 1 to 30 metres in height. This one that provides the background to "Untitled 503" is roughly 5 metres high. The flowers are very showy and over the top and come in various colours including white, red, pink, purple and yellow.

You can of course have a look to see for yourself by clicking the above link.

I shall be posting another discount code for the online shop over the weekend so make sure you keep an eye on the blog to get it or you can click the official Golden Frog Studio Facebook page like button to the left and the code will appear directly on your Facebook feed.

I am still painting and working on a series of new photographs. I'm off to see CW Stoneking play live tonight, if you don't know who he is then search him on YouTube he's pretty good.
Enjoy the weekend.

Take care of one another
John 

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Blossom Tree

"Untitled 502" Canon FTb Scanned 8 x 12 print

Notes on "Untitled 502"
 
Taken with the Canon FTb 35mm using Ilford 400. 
Blossom is a frequent sight in this particular location but not in October which is when this was shot. I went back last week and the blossom had died off. I know the weather has been unusual this year anyone who grows vegetables\fruits will tell you that. I think the unusual warm weather in September and October caused a bit of a fake growth spurt in plants, I myself managed to squeeze in another crop of potatoes and Strawberries. 

The 15% off orders discount ended on Friday and I am happy to say it went well. I would like to say Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to purchase a print, it means a lot to me that people like my work enough to buy. 

Because of the success of the discount code I will be adding another code soon so keep an eye on the blog or you can add the official Golden Frog Studio Facebook page by either clicking the like button on the left or go here. The discount codes will then appear on your Facebook feed.

The Frequently Asked Questions section is now up an running over at the online shop you can check it here. Any more questions let me know and I shall add them.


Take care of one another
John   

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Kerria japonica "Pleniflora" AKA Japanese Yellow Rose

"Untitled 501" Canon FTb Scanned 8 x 12 print


Notes on "Untitled 501"

Taken with the Canon FTb 35mm using Ilford 400. 
The Kerria japonica "Pleniflora" AKA Japanese Yellow Rose happens to be one of my favourite plants to shoot. The fragile stems hold a mass of these fantastic ruffled yellow spherical flowers. The shrub can grow up to five feet tall and if left wild the stems will spread out into a zigzag pattern. The flower blossoms numerous times throughout the year and is quite a stunning sight especially when illuminated by the evening sun.

I have shot this plant at least 100 times this year alone using digital (Canon EOS 500D), Film black and white and various colour films. My favourite colour film thus far being the Kodak Ektar 100. Next month I promise to show a few variations of the Kerria japonica "Pleniflora.

Emphasis is placed on the play of light on the flower and stem, I wanted a singular flower to take centre stage while having the main stem in focus to drag the eye through the image. I chose to shoot in black and white rather then colour as I wanted a strong sense of tone as well as shape with attention drawn to the flower.


 I will eventually take more photographs of the Kerria japonica "Pleniflora not because I am unhappy with my previous captures but because visually this plant offers numerous possibilities, that are too alluring to ignore.

Do not forget you can still claim your 15% off orders using the discount code:WNXAMH at the checkout. Offer expires Friday 11th November.


Take care of one another

John


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Friday, 4 November 2011

15% 0ff all Orders!!!

I am having a 15% Off all final orders for one week only.

starting Friday 4th November 2011 and finishing Friday 11th November.

Once you have finished shopping proceed to the checkout and enter the discount code to recieve your discount.

Discount Code: WNXAMH

Shop link: Click here!

If you are interested in any prints that are on the blog but not in the shop then please email me at jgoldenfrog@hotmail.co.uk as it will most likely be for sale.

Thanks alot

Take care of one another
John

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Dandelion AKA Pissy Bed Ilford 400 35mm

"Untitled 500" Canon FTb Scanned from 8 x 12 print

Okay since I have not added any text lately the guilt is beginning to set in. I'm gonna talk a little about my latest photograph (above) and some other things hopefully I don't bore ye. I am going to post over the next two weeks or so a collection of photographs I took last month over a two day period. My interest was in shape, texture, tonality and negative space.

Notes on "Untitled 500"

 Although the Dandelion takes centre stage it is the background of grass that was what I most wanted to capture. The texture and tonality is what I feel brings the image together and makes what would have been a mundane image interesting. 


   Dandelion known in Ireland as Pissy bed, The tale of the Pissy bed Pluck the Dandelion from the ground and the culprit will wet the bed once they go to sleep. It seems stupid as an adult but as a child it was deadly serious.
As a kid when I told people about this in England they just stared at me as if I had a screw loose. It seems the majority had never heard of this and like most of the world see the Dandelion as a nuisance weed. The term "Pissy bed" has credence in that the Dandelion leaves eaten or stewed  and drank like a tea is a diuretic helping the body to flush out excess fluid. But simply picking it will not cause you to wet the bed.

The Dandelion is far more then a weed, The entire plant is edible and can be consumed in various ways, containing vitamins A B C and D as well as sources of Iron and Potassium. The root is used by Herbalists to detoxify the Liver and the leaves to help in kidney function. The sap inside the stem ( milky white substance) is also used in the treatment of warts, Blisters, boils and calluses.


You can also make Dandelion Beer and wine. If you do decide to try Dandelions then approach with caution especially if you are currently on any medicine as Dandelion when consumed will flush it out of your system fast.

If you live in England and have heard of the Dandelion being referred to as a Pissy bed then let me know.
I'm back painting at the moment, nothing major just playing around with some techniques. I also finally got the Greetings Cards and Postcards completed and they can be purchased through the online shop, Let me know what ye think.    
Promotional Photographs of Postcards.

Promotional Photographs of Greeting Cards

I went to see SeaSick Steve live last month, He was fantastic and I would recommend if you haven't heard of him then check him out. Also If you have access to BBc I Player then check out Frozen planet a great documentary 9pm Wednesdays BBc 1, finally you can still catch Psychoville the Halloween special on I Player.
I recently finished reading Stephen Kings Needful Things and have just started Noam Chomsky's Hopes and Prospects a good read so far.
Thats about it for now, check back on friday for a discount code for the online shop.
Take care of one another
John 

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Summer looks like... (Ilford XP2 35mm)


"Untitled 43" Canon FTb 35mm
This is a quick post in response to the friday 3rd June post over at the Shutter Sisters website (Check it out it's an excellent website with a numerous amount of talented Photographers).

Summer for me looks like.. childhood memories of playing drenched in the warmth of the late evening sun.

Take care of one another and enjoy the weather!
John

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Monday, 30 May 2011

Self Portrait Canon EOS 500D

Self Portrait Canon EOS 500D
SELF PORTRAIT 2011
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Manual Exposure
Shutter Speed: 1/80
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 1600

Tests in perspective, line, lighting, and negative space.

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Friday, 27 May 2011

'Snapshot' Canon EOS 500D

"Snapshot" Canon EOS 500D By J Kenny
SNAPSHOT
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Manual Exposure
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Aperture:5.6
ISO: 400

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Monday, 23 May 2011

Long over due post part 1

I have been postponing this blog update for sometime now due to the hectic schedule of the past few weeks. I have of course been posting photo only updates to try and at least make an effort and have something each week. I feel kind of bad doing that and not posting a comment must do better.

Most of my previous posts were just test shots so there was little to be said about them anyway. I will however just state again flowers are an excellent subject for practising your photography, testing films, light, tonality and compositions, they are also aesthetically pleasing and therefore make for agreeable decoration and tend to sell well.

Two examples below Just to show what I mean, The Untitled daisies shot was the precursor for the “Descension series still no. 8”. You may or may not be able to tell but that shot of the Daisies helped me to work out tonality and composition for the following “Descension series still no. 8”. Something that I wanted to achieve before taking the shot.


"Untitled" Daisies Canon FTb 35mm
"still no. 8" From the Descension series Canon FTb 35mm
 “Descension series still no. 8” may look like a happy accident but it was not. It took best part of a half day to set up mainly because it involved the dog and I needed him to relax enough and stop charging around like a bull. His placement was predetermined along with what the background would contain.

Afterward The Daisies print was framed and went to my youngest sister.


At the moment I am tinkering about with the creeping of the subject matter into the frame, an example can be seen on a previous post titled "Untitled 120".
This current fixation comes from my illustration work (I promise to share eventually) leaking into my photographic practice. I am unsure yet if it is a good or bad thing I am having varying degrees of results that I hope to put into practice in my next series "Fairytales".

I am swamped at the moment but strangely not with making Art, its the business side, paperwork, deliveries, invoicing, ordering of office supplies its intolerable but a necessity, the past few weeks have been filled with nothing but mounting and framing prints.
 Its repetitive but I do enjoy it, I find it therapeutic and calming plus its always a thrill to see your work framed and ready to go off into the world.

I am in the process of designing postcards and greeting cards which is taking up a lot more time then I initially thought and if I am honest would like, but at the same time its all very exciting.

The online shop is currently being revamped and hopefully will be done within the next few days. Exclusive new prints will be for sale along with select postcards and greeting cards, plus new services such as print mounting.

Check back to the blog soon as there will be a special treat exclusively for blog visitors to promote the upgraded online shop.

I had a recent birthday and decided I would purchase the Canon 500D a DSLR.

The Canon FTb and F1 are excellent and have been so good to me that’s why I decided to go with Canon again.
I bought it mainly for commissioned work that needs to be available ASAP, It also opens up another format that I can offer (35mm, Medium format and now digital). So far so good I like the clarity of the supplied lenses and the depth of field is impressive. I am still playing about with it at the moment and can see it has masses of potential. The lightness of the entire camera body and lens unsettles me a little as I feel its going to crumble in my hands, But I know this isn’t true I am just used to the weight of the older models.

 One criticism I do have and it is aimed towards all the new DSLRs is the complete disappearance of the left hand side of the camera body. I realise this is because its not needed anymore due to there being no need for a film chamber but I am left handed meaning now I have to hold the camera either upside down which is not practical as you need two hands to manually check and change settings the aperture ect but when you hold the camera in your left the buttons are less accessible with the right hand. This leaves me and many other lefties I imagine struggling to manage with the right hand. Apart from that it’s a good camera and I look forward to sharing test shots with ye.


A few examples of the Canon 500D including each still information. No post editing has been done except to resize for the blog.


"Untitled" Canon EOS 500D
"Untitled" Canon EOS 500D
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Manual Exposure
Shutter Speed: 1/800
Aperture:6.3
ISO: 400



"Yellow Rose" Caon EOS 500D



Yellow Rose Canon EOS 500D
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Manual Exposure
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200





The digital work at this time will not be for sale, all the prints on offer over at the shop are film only either 35mm or Medium format.

I have yacked on enough so I shall stop now. As always I love to read any feedback so let me know what ye think.

Take care of one another.
John

Monday, 9 May 2011

"Masters" and "Penny for your thoughts" Ilford Delta 400 35mm

"Masters" Caon FTb 35mm



"Penny for your Thoughts" Canon FTb 35mm

Both prints scanned and resized from original 8 x 12 print. 

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Curls (Ilford XP2 35mm)

"Curls" Canon FTb 35mm


I have been trying for awhile to capture this little head of curls, finally got the chance earlier this week.
Have a good weekend.

Take care of one another.  


Thursday, 17 March 2011

I ♥

"I ♥" Canon Ftb

 Hi
So I finally got around to getting some prints done off of some old contact sheets. I am happy with how "I ♥" turned out. I've been pretty busy the past few weeks with a number of projects going on at once that will most likely continue for the next two months with a bit of luck.

I will upload some of it when I get the chance.
There is loads of new work for sale on the online shop prints of various sizes and prices, including the "I ♥" print to the right and numerous floral prints. So have a  look-see you might find something you like. I've made some changes to the delivery rates, £2.00 anywhere around the world for all purchases including multiple buys. However with Easter coming up I have decided to have a free delivery on all purchases until the 26th April 2011. This will be the last free delivery period until October.

Check back frequently as new work is added all the time to the online shop or if you are on Facebook click the "Like" button on the left to recieve updates.

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 It has all been a bit hectic here hence the last few posts that have been photographic prints only and no written communication. The last two posts I shared prints from a test roll of FUJICOLOR C200 I had been given, I think it turned out to be a decent performer that certainly has potential.



For 35mm colour photography I normally use a mix of fujifilm Velva and Kodak Portra and Ektar range as the colour, tonality and grain are fantastic in all with little nuances in each.

"Untitled 102" Rose Canon FTb
I have to admit I am a big fan of the colours produced with Cine film, Such as Super 8 kodachrome 40. I like the vibrant snappy colours it can produce while also looking washed out (over exposed).  My own colour work tends to be influenced by this although I will and have for stills work bend alittle.

I am currently on a bit of a Stephen King binge, I forgot how good he was. Finished The Shining, Thinner and Salem's Lot all excellent books. The Shining so far is my favourite If ye get a chance ye should definitely give it a go as it has a lot in it that the film left out. Although the film is great too just a bit different and the sense of isolation Stephen King has managed to build up within the book is lost. 

Next month look out for a new addition to the online shop along with new Photographic work.


As always thanks for the feedback I look forward to seeing what ye think, any questions ye can reach me @ jgoldenfrog@hotmail.co.uk.

Thanks for checking in take care of one another. 
       






Monday, 31 January 2011

35mm Super Quick post


"Untitled Floral" 2011 Canon Ftb 35mm


"The Line" 2011 Canon Ftb 35mm


Saturday, 15 January 2011

New work old ground Happy New Year! 2011 be good to me.

Happy New Year!
Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas (If you celebrate it that is :-) as you can probably tell from the lack of updates on both the blog and shop I've been away celebrating Christmas and the new year with the family.
Which as always was great, amazing food (courtsey of my mam) and great company you can't go wrong. This year most of my presents were either Photography prints or handmade jewellery. There was also the odd book and Dvd purchase. I always feel strange giving self made items as presents like a child handing someone a macaroni picture. It seemed to go well or else everyone hid the disappointment well and like those macaroni pictures promise to display them proudly on the fridge.

As always I was spoiled with books (Currently reading James Meeks "The Peoples Act of Love" which is good so far cannibals, Murderers and crazy cults galore), Computer games Prince of persia (immediate flashbacks of my childhood)  and of course socks :-).

Also Calander and Diary for the anticipation of a very busy year fingers crossed.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who purchased work from the shop over Christmas it means alot to me that there are people out there who like my work enough to hang on their walls or give as presents to loved ones. Thank you all very much for your support.

I've been tidying things up today in the studio and came across some old prints that I think are worth sharing.

"Untitled" 2002 Canon Ftb
The first was taken way back in 2002 it is actually from the very first test roll I ran through a newly purchased second hand Canon Ftb. This print is particularly interesting for alot of reasons some personal and will probably mean little to you. Firstly the man in the photo is my grandfather, it was taken sneakily without him noticing and he has never seen it. I watched him deep in thought for a few minutes and felt something that consuming must be worth capturing so I photographed him. A few house/studio moves later the print got filed and I had not thought of it until I found it today.

To my surprise I had repeated the same image years later without realising and included it in the Descension series. Same pose the man (my father) in thought in a waiting room. By then I had begun my fascination with light and shadow. "Descension 01" was a very quick shot, I had set aperture and focal settings before raising the camera to my face as I knew the second I did it he would move. This is not as difficult as it sounds In my head I had already taken the photograph, Ansel Adams said: "You don't take a photograph, you make it" I believe him. Its great of course when the print developed looks like the photograph in your mind.
As any photographer will tell you there are times when it does not. Hope ye found that alittle interesting and it wasn't just me.
"Descension 01" Descension Series Canon Ftb

I have a listing on IMDB for a short film I was involved in entitled "The Bag Lady" by Mark Callum. I did the stills which you can see more of on the facebook page if you like.
The Bag Lady was recently shown on Sky TV channel 219 as part of their shorts season. Jeannette was the Make up Artist for this short aswell.


This year In the Golden Frog Studio Shop you can expect a few new things including Limited edition photography prints, Relief Prints, Fine Art Posters and limited edition Artist Books. As always if you see something on the blog not in the shop then please email me. I am currently working on my own projects aswell as doing stills work so I will upload examples as soon as possible. New years resolution faster blog updates.

As always thanks for reading and take care of one another.



Still from "The Bag Lady" Canon Ftb