Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Colour Tones and Exposure

On the Shores of Bantry Bay

Dreamy Waterlily

Forget the Flat Earth... It's the Flat Sky That Needs a Rounded Approach

The prospect of taking photos for the next few months out of doors has put me on edge.
I always know a recession is on the way when I start having picnics in wintery weather.
Be prepared for many photos dealing with our ever changing
grey,cloudy skies.

However thanks to a poster on Flickr, I'm getting prepared for the challenge.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Polarising Filter

Rain On the Way

Taken without a circular polarising filter
today's sky looked bleached and without interest.

This has been a great investment.

I got to buy a new lens cleaning cloth AFTER
the session spent cloud watching.

Be Prepared is an old motto worth repeating.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Watery World

The BBC has taken to watery metaphors literally like the proverbial duck.
Every morning I turn off some new thought for the day that involves floods
of biblical proportions or reminders that the waters are so high we
cannot cross o'er.

It's possible to have too much of a good thing,
so I've concentrated on photographing water in its
place... fountains, waterfalls, the sea on a nice, calm day.

However I've also returned quite often to Kyle Tunney's
wonderful photos of the 49th Liffey Descent.
The canoists must have been thrilled with this Summer
and opportunities for skilled shooting the rapids.

Perhaps if a cure has been found for this personal hydrophobia
I'll turn out next year to get some shots of the Fiftieth Anniversary?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


At Howth on a Sunny Day

At least the rain that fell all Summer kept some creatures happy....

The garden is now a safe haven for a vast number of slug and snail
species. It's good to know they are living it up thanks to
all the wet.

Slugs Love a Green Gardener

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My Favourite Colour...

has to be

Moth in a Turquoise Glow

Saturated Spring Colours (Small)

Silver Apples of the Moon


Photos of "soft" subjects seem to get the most comment
when I upload to the Web.
Within moments, a photo of a pink rose
had several comments posted.

This seems to be in contrast to mainstream media
where "hard" subjects are most discussed on
letters pages in our newspapers.

I cannot remember ever having seen a letter
where a beautiful photo is praised,
though these may well be there,
tucked away a the bottom of the page.

The Flickr "Industry" pool should be of
interest to those who work in construction
or whose scientific bias leads them to seek
"strong" images of city life and mechanical
advances around the World...

or, as in my case,

who love the textures and contrasts
found in photographing buildings
in the making.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Reminder to Tag Your Photos

If you "tag" your photos in Blogger and Flickr, it is much easier to find them after
many months.

The presentation here is in order of the "most recent".
The selection of the "most interesting" photos is also an option
if you hit the button to the left of the photo display.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Yellow and Grey

Forty Shades of Green?

What is YOUR favourite colour?

The lugubrious dank foliage matched with a grey sky
that has greeted us for months has it's joyful moments...
mostly spent indoors working on photos taken in haste
between showers.

Work Beckons...

but frankly I'm not in much of a mood to
answer the call.

Looking at the colour palette of many of my photos for the past
few months, I wonder about the effect our dark Northern Monsoon Climate
is having on the collective psyche.

I used hate the colour orange, but now with looming grey skies the norm,
it's getting worked into my top choice whenever possible.

The challenge set to work solidly for two terms on new aspects
of photography and blogging could not seem less appealing at
the moment.

Much more of "Irish" weather and hibernation will be the only option.

Talks of "Recession", while distant still may send some photographers
off to find visual metaphors for a general malaise?
I have no intention of joining them...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Penstemon in Bright Sunlight
Fountain and Statue

The Liffey Descent

The Liffey Descent will take place this coming Saturday,
13th September.

A fine opportunity for sports photographers to extend their
dramatic range.

(Details in the title bar here.

Saturday, September 6, 2008