What do you travel for? | I travel for…

What do you travel for? | I travel for…

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I believe that the times I have shown the most growth and potential have been when I have been surrounded by new places, people and situations. Many of these instances have been whilst I have been travelling which is why I’m so determined to continue exploring and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

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It really is that first small step that you take that will lead you onto your next adventure however big or small. By making travel a focus I allow myself to start to take small steps towards my dream of exploring. I am determined and motivated to make travel a priority in my life because my life is about travelling! Planning, writing, expressing and saving are all examples of small steps I personally take towards achieving my goals.

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It’s true and something I’m still working on doing. Until you experience other places and people you may not even realise the things that are dragging you down. It could be something as obvious as not liking your work or just simply wanting to get out more but other things aren’t as clear until you see it from a different point of view. Sometimes the energy and attitudes of people around us can impact on how we think about things – this can be positive and also negative. It isn’t until you step away from your situation that your able to look back and reflect on things. I am slowly starting to do this and going some place completely different to my ‘normal’ everyday life allows me to take some time to consider and evaluate my thoughts.

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Learning is the biggest reward of growth in travel, I have found that when you’re in a new environment the natural thing is to learn – places, names, culture, customs, language, new foods, festivals, climates, attractions etc. the list goes on about all the opportunities for growth you can get from travelling!

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”

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Of course it’s all well and good me saying all this but if you don’t actually go and do it then you’ll never know the potential growth you might have. I’ve found myself always working to save to go and travel because I enjoy new challenges and learning about new places. Its scary going somewhere out of your comfort zone but in my experience its been the best decisions and really rewarding.

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If you really want to maximise the potential for growth while travelling, go solo. Sounds scary right? Plan, be sensible and don’t worry. The media makes the world seem like a scary place, as long as you are aware and have some common sense then the opportunities you come across when going solo are endless! You’ll be able to plan your own routes, go at your own pace and really take some time to reflect on yourself.

“Whatever makes you uncomfortable is the biggest opportunity for growth” – Bryant McGill

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Join me! We all have one shot at life so make the most of it!

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What do you travel for? | I travel for…

What do you travel for? | I travel for…

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THE VIEWS. The awe-inspiring, jaw dropping, serene views you can witness when traversing the four corners of the globe. Wether it’s a paradise beach straight out of a getaway magazine or an incredible cliff face overlooking a forest backdrop, you can’t help but travel for those views. That sense of feeling that theres so much more out there. The kind of view you can’t take your eyes off of; right up until the sunsets, still transfixed as a blanket of stars covers the night sky and on till the morning sun stretches its sunbeam arms over the horizon.

I travel for those views. Some travel for the view out of a balcony window overlooking a bustling city full of life and some travel for the infinite blue skies. Where ever you travel to you go for a different view that you wouldn’t find at home, to discover and explore. But most of all, to just see more than any screen or photo can ever do justice.

My passion as an explorer compels me to keep viewing the world and discovering new places. I hope to inspire others to go out and see more passing on my infectious passion to travel. I hope these posts help to provide some sort of motivation for you to break free from everyday life, even if just for a little while. Creativity is contagious, pass it on!

Here are some that I have looked upon:

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Snow Mountains

Aussie Coasts

The Village

Warm Crisp Mornings

Waterfalls

Shadows of Mountains

If you’d like to see more of my photography then check my social links!

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Wacom Bamboo Tablet | Review

Wacom Bamboo Tablet | Review

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The first tablet I purchased was the Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet. I paid £60.00 ($90) on amazon and needed something to practice on and begin getting used to with. So this was ideal for what I needed it for, anyone who is looking to buy there first tablet and not wanting to shed out loads for a top of the range product I'd recommend buying this one. The feel of the pen on the tablet was the only thing I disliked, it took me a while to co-ordinate my hand with the on screen cursor. But at it's price and for what I was able to achieve with it I was pretty pleased.

After a few months of having this I feel like I'm happy with the functionality of it and ready to save up for an upgrade and investing in one that I'm able to draw right onto a screen with as It would be a lot more creatively beneficial for my work. The tablet drawing space is quite small so you do have to keep hovering over the tablet if your working on a larger document on  screen but the pen does pretty much copy your movements and creates a realistic hand drawn finish.

What they say:

"Just getting going with your art? Transitioning from paper to computer-based work? The Bamboo is a great way to explore your interests, with a premium feel of the pen tablet and everything you need to get started in the box.

• Start something fun! Sketch, draw, paint, all on your computer with the new Bamboo Splash. You'll work both digitally and naturally, thanks to the feel of the Bamboo pen in your hand. Whenever your art and your computer come together, a Bamboo pen tablet is a must have!
• You can replicate pencils, chalks, oils and watercolors as you move the Bamboo pen naturally across the tablet. Create your own effects, experiment, and share your stuff with others digitally. Most of all, have some fun!"

Specification
• Accuracy: +/- .02 in (+/- 0.5 mm) 
• Active Area: 5.8" x 3.6" 
• Color: Black and Lime 
• Compatibility: Windows 7, Vista SP2, XP SP3, Mac OS X.10.5 or higher, Intel Processor 
• Connection: USB Type A (PC) , USB Micro (tablet) 
• Max Data Rate: 133 pps 
• Orientation:Reversible for right- or left-handed users 
• Physical Size: 8.3'' x 5.8'' x 0.3'' 
• Pressure Levels: 1024 
• Resolution: 2540 lpi 
• Warranty: 6 months

Package includes:
• 1x Bamboo tablet
• 1x Bamboo pen
• 1x Spare pen nibs
• 1x Quick Start Guide

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Some of the work I was able to create with this tablet and pen is below and I'm fairly satisfied with the finish that was achieved by using it.

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Overall I'd give this a 3 out of 5 for any beginners looking to use something better than their mouse and wanting to learn how to paint and draw digitally.

Happy creating!

Nikon D7000 | Camera Review

Nikon D7000 | Camera Review

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Over the last 6 years or so photography has become, like many, a strong passion of mine. I’m obsessed with taking, editing and uploading photographs and have 1000’s of photos stored away. I started out with a Nikon D40 camera which was a great introduction into the digital SLR world. I took photography at A-level and couldn’t wait to test and explore all the things I had learnt out with my D40. Then came my trip to Kenya and further ignited the spark for taking photos whilst on safari. My 365 project further encouraged that growth. Mostly self-taught through endless hours of re-taking and fiddling with different settings, I began to outgrow my camera and so after a lot of hours of overtime and a strict savings scheme; I began the search for my current piece of equipment: The Nikon D7000.

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It’s my baby. I worked hard, saved and it paid off. I am so happy with my investment in this camera! I paid around £660 ($1000) on amazon, although shop around for better discounts and prices. If your thinking of upgrading or becoming more serious about photography I would consider this an option. If your looking to take candid snaps on holiday or with friends at events then I’d just go with one of the more basic DSLR’s (D40 or even the nikon coolpix range seem to be getting fairly good reviews at reasonable prices) that are more than capable of delivering the results you desire. For the serious ‘artists’ or up-coming professionals, investing in good equipment can only increase the successfulness of taking awesome photos. I am in no way an expert at all in this field, anything I recommend or review is just my personal opinion based on the equipment I have used or researched. I hope to continue to learn new things and test out new products!

The reoccurring frustration I had with my old D40 was it’s capability in poor or dark lit scenarios. The ISO capability just wasn’t working out for the kinds of photos I was wanting to take. The D7000 has a maximum ISO of 6400 as well as H 2.0.

This gives it a way better performance in low lighting with reduced noise quality.

It’s much better at getting the night-time shots or inside snaps, like some of my own photos below.

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ISO 200 f/1.8 1/100

Rainbow Fish

ISO 320 f/1.8 f/320

South Bank At Night

ISO 640 f/11 25.0

It’s ability to adapt and perform well under low light conditions without loss of quality to the photo, has been one of the main benefits of upgrading. I’m still pushing the ISO to it’s maximum setting to get the best out of it as possible. Another highlight has been the 39 central point field focusing system; adaptable in combinations of 9,21 or a 39 point ring. This allows for fast tracking focus for moving objects; so great when your trying to get a shot of something speedy in a one time take. The AF in-built motor system is great as well, especially when I team it with my 50mm f/1.8 lens, helping to get the maximum aperture shot in focus. Overall i’m more than happy with this upgrade and it’s perfect for the kind of creative/semi-professional work I want to create, I still have a lot more exploring to do with the camera but couldn’t rate it more!

I’d give the Nikon D7000, 4.5/5 (It’s my most used piece of equipment, I love it!)

Bio Beetle | Portfolio

Bio Beetle | Portfolio

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I’m always setting myself projects to do and to add to my ever expanding portfolio. As a result 80% of my portfolio is self-taught and motivated work but I don’t really see it as work – it’s too much fun for that!

Over the past few months I have been enjoying teaching myself some new techniques on Adobe Photoshop. I’m absolutely obsessed with watching, buying and testing out everything to do with the software. I think i’m going to look into doing a course on it. Here’s my take on a bio-mechanical insect using so so many layers and overlays. I was pretty pleased with the end result and tried out some other techniques with animals in photoshop which i’ll upload in another post; perhaps i’ll make this a regular thing and focus on the different aspects in my portfolio to give you a more in depth knowledge of the different pieces I have. Note to self: remember to keep creating!

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The Insect series of images I created was was a really fun set of images to produce. I wanted to create a robotic feel to the creatures using techniques I had learnt from tutorials.

I’ve always had a creative background studying graphic design at college. Then whilst at uni studying Industrial design. I’ve dabbled in web design and recently started looking at UX & UI design.

By far, my most used and loved program has been Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Why do I love Photoshop? Photoshop allows you to create anything that is in your mind. With imagination and creativity you can create images that are other-worldly. I’ve always used the program and enjoyed learning all the tools in the program. My favourite tools have to be the pen and wand tools! You can create some crazy things with just these tools. There are still so many things I want to learn. I enjoy watching tutorials or reading articles explaining the newest techniques.

When you have such a powerful tool as the Adobe suite at your disposal, you can really achieve incredible images. Graphic design is something that I have always done and will continue to do.

Creating images that could be used in marketing and advertising campaigns is something I really enjoy doing.

Unleash your creativity and invest in learning more about at www.adobe.com

If you have any queries or any information about work opportunities then message me jgunnsdesign@gmail.com . I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can!

An image inspired by Transformers created in Photoshop CS6.

Take time to doodle!

Take time to doodle!

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Being able to set aside time to just sketch something is so important for me. The enjoyment I get from just simply picking up a pencil and sketchpad is unparalleled, especially when I know it’s not being graded and isn’t for someone else! Being able to just doodle is a great way to get everything out of my head into a visual form that I can build form. Sometimes choosing the creative career path can actually be pretty draining on your creativity; so it’s great to remember that it started as a hobby and is beneficial to do things for your enjoyment as well. Loved drawing this jamming to one of my old school favourite bands. This blog is designed for me to able to release some creativity in my own little section of the internet and deliver some great content which hopefully inspires you to have a go yourself. I’m always working on a variety of projects so there will hopefully be something you find interesting here! I’ll aim to upload new content weekly and if you’d like to follow me on my social media then you can stay up to date with the newest creations from me.

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