Photo Diary: Second Year of University in Photographs

Blog, Photography, University

Progressing on from the first year comes the second year. Second year is said to be the defining year of university as a year has passed for you integrate into your course, your new friends and location in first year, meaning you have sufficient experience to get the most out of the university experience just before major projects and dissertations take over your life in your final year. And second year of university has so far been the best experience of my life so far as it has opened my horizons and myself as a person even further.

Most of the photos seen in this post has been captured on my Samsung Galaxy S4 camera using the stock camera app, some were taken on my iPod Touch (5th gen) for times my phone was depleted of power and a considerable amount were taken on my Nikon D3300 DSLR.

So without further ado here is my second year of university photo diary!

year_two_001

September 2014. Moving out again! This time with more things so we had to take my uncle’s family carrier.

year_two_002

My entire family came along with me as I moved so I took them down to the coveted beach after dropping off my stuff and showed them around!

year_two_003

Fish and chips noms down at Harry Ramsdens by the beach! Really expensive fried fish but worth it!

year_two_004

With me finished unpacking I was all settled in! With 5 other house mates living in a student house situated in the heart of Winton, the house was really good being only a 7 minute walk to the uni campus and Winton high street. The only downside was the extortionate rent and the proposed raise if we continue to live there the next academic year.

year_two_005

Korean imported drinks! Very fortunate to have Seoul Plaza (a Korean import food shop) in Winton as I got to try out loads of cool drinks from Korea!

year_two_006

The garden in the aftermath of a wild house party we had.

year_two_007

BFX! Bournemouth’s fresh visual effects and animation festival for the second year running now hosted at the BIC! The second year running we were fortunate enough as animation students to get free tickets to attend live talks and presentations from workers of the industry and have the opportunity to talk to recruiters.

year_two_008

Mahjong! A few of my friends were interested in starting up a mahjong society so I decided to join in for a few games (even though I have never played the ancient game before). After playing a few rounds as I learnt how to play I can see how this game has stood the test of time and generations.

year_two_009

The Cambosse fire display garden was taking place around October time by the Lower Gardens in Bournemouth so I thought I’d check it out with coursemates. It was also a nice opportunity to try out and get to grips with night photography with my still-new Nikon D3300 DSLR. You can checkout the photos I took of the display on my Flickr!

year_two_010

Walking around parts of Bournemouth and came across a bridge over some rail tracks!

year_two_011

Many KFCs were eaten at odd times of the day throughout the year.

year_two_012

Getting creative with my breakfasts by mixing and matching leftover and expiring foods.

year_two_013

Thought I’d try something new and learnt how to make home made wedges! Quite a simple process though not a fan of handling oil. That stuff takes ages to wash off your hands.

year_two_014

The view outside my bedroom.

year_two_015

Typical state of our kitchen.

year_two_016

During our rare downtimes we go out to Slades Farm and played football on the fields as a way to get outside!

year_two_017

Tried baking apple crumble!

year_two_018

A snapshot of my bedroom on a normal evening.

year_two_019

 

Watching Tokyo Ghoul at the Anime Society! Great series before it gets to the second season.

year_two_020

Defacing an Aston Martin in one of our Mari workshops.

year_two_021

Ham, off-brand chocolate spread, jam and humous.

year_two_022

One thing I’d like to do sometimes is to walk a different way to uni instead of the usual way. It refreshes your exposure to your surroundings and makes you more aware of the area.

year_two_023

MCM Comic Con! Attended both events throughout this academic year though now I only really go just to meet up with people I’ve talked to online in social media.

year_two_024

When you treat yourself to a slightly more fancy oven pizza from Lidl.

year_two_025

Trying out McDonald’s speciality burgers they occasionally put out several times a year. Out of all the special burgers they made not one has ever wowed me.

year_two_026

Walked around Poole on one of my days off during “Reading Week”.

year_two_027

And in a related photo but not deliberately coincidental a photo of one of my rough clau sculpts from our maquette workshops for our character design assignment.

year_two_028

Our living room became a set for a week to film for our cinematography assignment we had to complete at the start of the year.

year_two_029

The outside of our house!

year_two_030

The many toy guns our house started to stock pile after filming our cinematography assignments.

year_two_031

At the start of the year I took Japanese lessons at the Japanese Society. Had to pay a lesson fee for the term though the price was very cheap compared to private Japanese tutors! The lessons were always informative and not only we learnt Japanese through textbook exercises but we also learnt about Japanese culture from our Japanese sensei such as social etiquette and customs. Unfortunately I had no choice but to quit came the second term as I was plummeted with 5 assignments going on at the same time in January.

year_two_032

Attended MCM Comic Con in Birmingham! Quite a smaller convention compared to London’s but it was nice travelling to Birmingham again after visiting numerous times in the past when I was younger to meet family relatives.

year_two_033

We had a series of camera acquisition workshops to learn how to set up a green screen stage to film live action footage for visual effects! This was based in room PG25 at the Talbot Campus before it got moved to an offsite location in 2015.

year_two_034

Free Wacom Intuos pens! We were given them free as they began installing Wacom tablets on every computer in the computer labs.

year_two_035

Rigging for the first time ever on a two-dimensional fox for a game jam me and my friends took part in!

year_two_036

A big Christmas tree in the Talbot campus atrium that changes colour based on certain hashtags people posted on social media!

year_two_037

Typical state of my bedroom as I pack up some things to take home with me for Christmas break.

year_two_038

Back home in Ipswich for three weeks over Christmas! Watched Ipswich Town play against Middlesbrough as my friend had free tickets!

year_two_039

Was half a good idea and half a bad idea going to Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford post-Christmas as the place was filled with shoppers hunting down post-Xmas offers.

year_two_040

Not forgetting the post-Christmas travel chaos as people return back to work and school.

year_two_041

Back in Bournemouth and for the first time since I started uni – snow! In Bournemouth! In the south of England! It was only a light sprinkling however and the snow melted away by morning, but it was a sight to see as I have never seen snow in Bournemouth – let alone snow at all in recent years.

year_two_042

Sketching out character designs for the character design assignment while eating dinner! It was truly crunch time in January 2015.

year_two_043

Grilled pork steaks for dinner!

year_two_044

Clay maquette for my character design complete! Didn’t expect to sculpt this out so quickly.

year_two_045

Taking some photos of sprouting flowers in the garden as we entered Spring!

year_two_046

Rigging hands for our animation group project.

year_two_047

Nothing better than leftover takeaway curry for breakfast.

year_two_048

Testing out deformation for my character rig for group project!

year_two_049

Motion capture workshops!

year_two_050

Attended the Chinese New Year event hosted by the Chinese Society at uni! Was fun watching all of the performances.

year_two_051

The morning of the Group Project deadline day. I was deprived of a night’s sleep as I took this picture.

year_two_052

Went to my coursemate’s summer house in Devon for the weekend after group project finally ended as a breather from all the work that had to be done over January.

year_two_053

Tried out the Oculus dev kit my friend was using for one of his projects! Nearly vomited from motion sickness playing an unoptimised Skyrim.

year_two_054

Stone baked steak pizza! Was out in London for a day meeting with online friends.

year_two_055

Walking through London at night sure is a relaxing experience, minus the stabbing part.

year_two_056

Re-arranged my room a bit so the table is now facing the window! This gives me more horizontal room space to roam about.

year_two_057

Tried making home made burgers! They turned out quite well.

year_two_058

Did some volunteering work where we cleared away old plants, bushes and trees to make way for a community garden area!

year_two_059

A wild fox appears outside campus!

year_two_060

A snapshot taken to symbolise my experience seeing the total solar eclipse on March 20th 2015. It was really cloudy in Bournemouth at the time so we didn’t see the eclipse at all. At least I got to see it on my phone live-streaming BBC 1…

year_two_061

Nice shot of Bournemouth beach as Spring came so we came down more often.

year_two_000_cover

Nicely lit shot of my bedroom on a Sunday morning.

year_two_063

Filming animation reference!

year_two_064

Tried out long-exposure photography outside in my garden on a random night. It was only after this experience when I realised how many stars could be visible in the night sky if there were little to no light pollution.

year_two_065

I like taking shots of the setting sun obscured by the clouds, it looks really striking and always lookds good on camera at any angle.

year_two_066

Underwhelming duck ramen at Wagamamas before watching the second Avengers movie with people from the Anime Society.

year_two_067

Behind the scenes photos of my compositing assignment!

year_two_068

More volunteering work! This time sorting out donated goods in a charity shop.

year_two_069

Tried out the live test fire sessions before the release of Splatoon, it was for this very reason that I ended up buying a Wii U at the end of the year.

year_two_070

Another calm shot of the beach.

year_two_071

Nice shot of the sea while walking down the beach sand.

year_two_072

Snapshot of one of the many visits to ‘Spoons.

year_two_073

Visited Southampton for a small conference about the video games industry.

year_two_074

New mouse! Been rocking the classic Logitech MX518 for a couple of years now and thought it was time to upgrade. Because a mouse is something I use daily it was worth the investment in buying a more premium mouse, and with that in mind I decided to get the MX Performance Mouse.  Quite pricey but it’s the best mouse I’ve ever used to date.

year_two_075

Horses!

year_two_076

If there’s one thing to do in Bournemouth, it’s roasting marshmallows and food over a fire after hours on the beach.

year_two_077

As a way to celebrate getting through second year of university, I went and got a Wii U to play Splatoon!

year_two_080

Went to Norway for a week with coursemates! It’s been many years since I went abroad so it was really exciting for me to finally visit a new country after so long! It was truly an unforgettable experience to round off the second year. You can see a selection of my photos I took in Norway on my Flickr!

year_two_078

The living room on my final days living there.

year_two_079

My empty room as I leave Bournemouth for the Summer, concluding my second year of university ;__;

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.