Jonathan's Blog

Life In Photo

This is the first time that I have blogged, so please excuse me while I get better acquainted with the art of blogging. I cannot believe it has been a whole year since I graduated from Falmouth University and I have delayed putting my portfolio online for a while, but now it's time to seize the day, so here I am blogging.

I have decided after many attempt to create a online website in my own name to show my portfolio. This website is to promote my graphic design projects. It has been slow going but I will get there with projects that need updating or improve the works. There few projects that I consider is worth exploring further and creating new projects. That is my plan for over the summer. 

So far, in terms of work experience I have had three placements with in a smaller studio and another during my final year at university. Since I graduated in June, I done three further placement to gain more experience and give me an insight how these studios are different in term of client's projects and how I able both to work by myself and as part of a team. 

I am constantly updating my portfolio and changing the portfolio layout while trying find a junior designer job. I know it can take a while to find the right job for myself and the right studio to work in. I am constantly learning and developing my skills and looking for inspiration in magazines or online design platforms such as "Design Week" or "It nice that" or Behance design websites. I try to watch the trends in the design industry and always look out for interesting projects or type of work that can inspire me.

I was introduced to photography by my father and have pursed this with passion, there's not a day gone by where I don't have a camera on me. Whether it is the camera on my phone or a DSLR professional camera so I can catch all those precious moments with family and friends.

Here are some of my favourite image...

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Serval Wild Cat

A beautiful Serval Wild Cat, which is an endangered species that I saw whilst on a Wildlife Cats workshop in 2014. The workshop was to enable me to learn how to take photos of wildlife. I came across this species of Serval in her own large enclosure and she was looking towards to me when I took this image. I knew that I had to take the shot. I used a NIKON DSLR D300 with a 70 to 200mm lens. The camera setting was 1/200 seconds at f4.5 with ISO at 400 with the lens set at 200mm to capture this image.

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St Nectans Glen Woodland and Waterfall

A trip that I went on with my partner just before we were due to leave Falmouth. This was summer 2016 after three years of studying graphic design at university. I was reading something in a Cornwall magazine and came across the image, and it made me think it would be worth visiting this place. My partner and I went for a day out and to challenge myself to take a long exposure photo. I used a NIKON DSLR D7200 that I had recently bought. The camera setting was 3.0 seconds at f11 with ISO at 100 with the lens set at 20mm Sigma wide angle lens.

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St Agnes Mining heritage site

The St Agnes Mining heritage site near Perranporth in Cornwall. I have visited this many times because it gives me a different composition each time. I chose this image as I used the building as a focal point as it represents the history of mining in Cornwall against the sky. I used a NIKON DSLR D7200 with the standard lens. The camera setting was 1/250 seconds at f11 with ISO at 200 with lens set at 18mm. I converted the image into black and white in Lightroom.

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Kennall Vale near Falmouth, Cornwall

The Kennall Vale near Falmouth was introduced to me by a good friend on my graphic design course. The first time I went place he showed me around and we did a photography session in different locations in the Kennall Vale exploring different compositions. It was a learning process and helped to develop my own style of landscape photography. This image was taken in summer 2016, in early morning and I came across this location with overgrown trees on both sides with a rocky river, I thought it was a good composition and played with the settings to create a long exposure thus giving a different view of the river. The Camera I used was a NIKON D7200 with a standard lens. The camera setting was 3 second at f13 with ISO 640 with lens set at 18mm.

Watch out for my next blog which will feature my holiday to Cornwall, where I will be doing some kite-surfing if the weather is good. Till next time.

Jonathan Holburn