Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gamma Rays

Sometimes simply correcting Gamma in a photo makes it shine.

Gamma Rays

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009


In the Alpine House

It's worth the effort to try to get a photo right
first time.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Like Marks in Water

The watermark here could be made a bit more subtle, I know.
Transparency can be controlled, but I've left a stronger mark just to jog my memory in a few months time.

While adding watermarking has lengthened the uploading process, there is a certain satisfaction in trying to work it into every photo in a way that suits.

Autumn Colour

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Moody Days

We are having unseasonably wet and windy weather here in Dublin.

This about sums it up.

In a Mood

Friday, July 3, 2009

Reviewing the Situation

This photo was taken about three years ago. It seems like a lifetime, considering the amount of time and energy spent since then on getting to know how to use digital technologies.

Funnily enough, I still prefer film...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Photo Quiz

There is a Photo Quiz entitled "Where am I" on

If you think you know where this ruin is, you might enjoy signing up and sharing knowledge there.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Photography and the Law

I'm a great Flickr fan.
Having not quite reached the stage where I have to be treated for compulsive uploading syndrome to that site, I have plenty of time to read about the IP rights surrounding free sharing of images on the Internet. is discussing the extraordinary furore that erupted when the National Trust decided to make it a breach of contract if one were to upload photos taken on NT property, even for free viewing and sharing, to any site other than their own. The fact that the contract on their site amounts to grabbing all rights to the photographers' works is not now part of my mental consideration of this horrifying news. I have, in the past, uploaded photos to Flickr that were taken on NT land. I thought that I was sharing happy moments enjoyed in well tended surroundings. Somehow gardeners in the NT seem to have some magic formula when it comes to growing trees. Photos I took during visits to gardens in Yorkshire have an almost other-worldly shine. If you want to see any more of them, I'm afraid you may be out of luck.


I would write more about this, but really life is far too short.
As I type this, changes, which may allow free sharing on Flickr are afoot.
But since it's all so vague, and the since punishments threatened by the NT to be meted out to anybody who incurs their wrath remind me of the sad case of the Princes in the Tower and the ghastly horrors of my childhood readings of Dickens, I have no intention of testing the waters and continuing to share photos taken in Fountains Abbey. In fact, I may never go there again.

Frankly, there are many trees in Ireland that may be photographed and shared online with no danger whatsoever to life and limb...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


There are ups and downs to self education.
Nobody could teach themselves photography without an army of helpful
posters in the net, I think. Trying to work out the finer points of
dynamic range in relation to different film brands and sensors from
scratch might attract somebody with a mind like that of Mr Fox Talbot.
I'm quite an indolent soul and since nowadays there is an answer to most
questions that are asked about gear and its use, I spend quite a bit of
time boning up on the differences between Fuji and Kodak and generally
wondering what I should try next.

I bought five reels of Portra 160 VC in Ted's Cameras in Elizabeth Street
during my trip to Melbourne. I thought it would give some zany saturation
and photos taken in front of the Water Wall in the NGV turned out very
well indeed.

Antony Gormley at the National Gallery of Victoria

My enthusiasm is such that I joined the
group on Flickr to be able to share images of art works
that I hope to collect over time.
This refined and very lively group asks that posters
send their work to just five Flickr groups for 30 days days after
they have posted a photo to Utata. It somehow makes
a photo seem special.

It is only now that I realise that Portra is much debated.
The jury is still out on whether it is good for landscape work,
as Portra NC seems to be preferred. The vivid, highly saturated
VC is the film of choice for weddings and for studio work under
strictly controlled lights, it seems.

I deduce all this from reading.
It is difficult to come to any conclusion without trying it out in different
situations for myself.

It was certainly a fun film to try in the tropics, as a wander round Singapore

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


1. To the waters and the wild..., 2. At Imma Today, 3. Blues (Small)

Remembering some of the photos that made it into the Flickr
Explore system.

While this post could probably fit just as easily into
Short Sights at Noon, it is worth thinking about SEO and
how some web sites and photos become successful, while others,
equally valuable, linger in the wings, never seeing the limelight.

I visit the Irish Webmaster Forum from time to time and learn a lot there.
However, SEO is seriously hard work.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Street Sculpture in Deloraine

Street Sculpture in Deloraine

Sunshine on the Street Sculptures in
Deloraine, Tasmania

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Professional Film Scans

Whenever I use film I get everything processed professionally.

The Exif details tell which scanner was used and it could become a helpful
guide to which scanner to buy when the time comes.

Today a new thread discusses the ins and outs of
using Velvia and which scanning system might best suit.Velvia and Scanning

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bee in the March Garden

Bee in the March Garden
Originally uploaded by rosewoodoil

Photography Sites on the Net

Although I am largely self taught in the fine art of
photography, I would not have got anywhere without all the
help that is freely available on the Internet.

Photographers, a gregarious bunch, tend to rescue one another from
the worst excesses of over exposure, murky colours and excessive grain.

When I joined P45 Rant years ago, the photos I uploaded were a pale shadow of their
possible selves. I will remain grateful forever to all the experts there who took time,
often with robust invective, to keep my work presentable.

The old guard there seems to have changed as posters spread out over the Globe.
As a result I now hang out at and have discovered many Irish photographers
who document our often moody landscape in very individual ways.

Given that Spring has hit our green isle with a wild and intense colour palette,
the next two months will see us wandering in gardens and groves, documenting
tulips, daffodils and the many flowering trees that make Dublin such a very
beautiful city.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Of Clouds, Mountains and Super Saturation...

I have noticed a trend on my Flick account.

Whenever I increase the saturation on photos,
they get more favourable comments than those
presented Straight Out of Camera (SOOC).

This says a lot about contemporary tastes.

Is Hyper-Realism the way forward?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sweet William

Sweet William
Originally uploaded by rosewoodoil

This photo is Rosewoodoil's contribution to the Boards Exhibtion
on view at the Dublin Camera Club. Congratulation to all involved.

Tonight's the Gala Opening at the Dublin Camera Club

Last Summer a
group was formed to share photos that could,
in time become the subject of an exhibition at the Dublin Camera Club.

The Exhibition, will open tonight.

Here's wishing every success to all concerned.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wedding Photo Shoot

Wedding Photo Shoot
Originally uploaded by rosewoodoil

Love and Marriage

The past month has been spent travelling.

The highlight, a marriage in Melbourne, out of doors in
one of the finest Botanic Gardens in the World,
has brought joy to all involved.

Gradually I'll start to share photos here and on

Gallopping around Singapore, Victoria and Tasmania has left little time for
blogging, but next week should see more frequent posts here.


Originally uploaded by rosewoodoil

Monday, March 9, 2009

Friday, February 6, 2009

Castle Howard

Castle Howard
Originally uploaded by rosewoodoil


I think a doctorate in Computer Studies would be necessary to work out why Flickr
insists on double ensuring back-links.

I play along with it as best I can, but am never sure I'm linking to the correct page.

A Braver Person Than

I on one of the Photography sites I frequent has set themselves a project to photograph buildings this weekend. Among all the advice in relation to lenses and plumb lines is one essential that nobody thought to mention... woolly hats, gloves and, if necessary, aluminium insoles, whether bought or home-made to make out-of-doors work possible.

The snow has ensured that I may stay indoors indefinitely.

Is Winter necessary, I ask myself?

Saturday, January 31, 2009

My Very Own (Comfort) Zone System

My personality is very different from many I meet on the net.
I never fight for my rights.
I simply do not go anywhere that seems to offer discomfort
and a need for long-winded explanations.

That is why a nice long break from chat-rooms is
now in order. One of my favourite photographers has
just joined Flick so there's no need to follow his
activities in every sphere.

The invitation to stop photographing in our local mall
has had a saluatary effect. In search of safe havens in
cities I plan to visit in the future, a quick search has
revealed which are the ones to avoid.

There are so many misunderstandings now possible if one
produces a camera in a public space that I think I will be very
careful from now on to choose my sphere of activity wisely.

Bill Doyle once gave me plenty of tips on how to take photos
that are true winners. If he were taking his award-winning
shots today he would probably be arrested, not praised as one
of the most innovative and observant photographers of his age.

I never wrote up the interview he was so generous to give me years ago.

Perhaps in time it will be worth rembering on this blog.

"Photography is light", he said.

That seemed to be enough to be getting on with...

Canon Makes Photographic History

My Digital Rebel is a lively little camera for portrait work.
While I'm snap-happy when it comes to photographing people,
the ability to capture a passing mood or a clear trait of character
is a quality a good camera must have.

I have nice photos of family members taken with the cameras
I owned in the 'seventies. They are quaint in the extreme
and capture little of the detail that is now possible with
new technologies. While I like them as a record of events
long past, they are simply not particularly good.

And just in case anybody wants to offer the reassurance
that you can take just as good photos with a point and shoot
as with a digital slr and that everything is in the soul
of the photographer, I'm afraid that this has not been
my experience.

The camera maketh the woman.

And coming back to why I started this post in the first place,
digital has seemingly come of age.

History has just been made as the Canon EOS 5D MkII
has been used by Pete Souza to photograph President Obama.

It is the first time a digital camera has been used
for such important work.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Garrya elliptica

Garrya elliptica
Originally uploaded by rosewoodoil

Brighten My Day!

The long greyness of Winter is beginning to recede.
Today the sun is sparkling, rather than shining,
through a slate-grey sky, sending me back to
photos taken on more colourful days.

Taking a Malling

I am one of the few people I know who unreservedly praises our
local shopping mall. If the recession ever lifts, it is set to
become the largest in Europe, but at the moment it remains in
that strange hybrid state of old and new. The main Dundrum Centre
is a thriving and sparkly clean hub of pleasant activity.
Down the road, the gaping emptyness of the 1980s shopping centre
still stands.

I'm interested in all of this because, thanks to joining the
Photography group at, I had set myself a little project
to document life around these areas, from time to time.

A walk to the shops is one of the most banal of activities,
not one you would normally associate with stress.

However, having been asked to stop photographing the fountains at
the Dundrum Centre has made me stop and think.
It was explained that I can ask for permission to take photos,
which seems reasonable. However, there is an inherent lack of
logic in a society that photographs me daily on short circuit
camera and does not allow me to return the compliment...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Gear on the Move

One reason, I now fully realise, that I took to writing years ago,
and did not consider photography at all, was the weight of the gear.

Two weeks have been spent beating a path to Snow and Rock,
a doughty nearby shop that sells everything from water purifying tablets to

I'm only taking a few 'plane journeys, but I've decided to treat my travels
with all the seriousness of a major expedition.

How to ensure the safety of cameras, lenses and fragile equipment
while travelling is now a problem on a par with carbon emissions
and the imminent obliteration of the species.

Polynylon is the way forward... and, as ever,
hang the expense.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Trees, Bark and the Joys of Winter Photography

Now is the time to photograph trees.

Lichens and mosses are painting patterns on the
bark in our street and the furtive blossoms
of the Winter Cherry are in full bloom.

View On Black or White, Either Large or Small

View On Black

Thanks to stick-dan on I tried a photo of a pink
coneflower out on the "View on Black" system.

It really works well, so thanks for the idea.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Blade Runner?

I've managed to buy several cameras and lenses during my lifetime
without having the foggiest ideas what I was gettting.

This has changed recently, as anybody who follows my uphill struggle
towards comperhension and extended photographic vocabulary.

Apparently the number of blades is way down the
list of prioritised questions one should ask when choosing a lens,
but when it comes to making "good" rather than "bad" Bokeh,
it can become a consideration.


I'm Not a Live-Linker

Last year we sponsored the Best Designed Blog category
at the Irish Blog Awards.

The event co-incided with one of the steepest learning curves
I have ever been on... and that includes months of Fartlek
training for the Inter-Varsity cross-country and track and field
in my wild and very speedy youth.

In fact, the live-linking I managed with a href coding
took weeks, so I hope I will be forgiven if I congratulate
the Photo-Bloggers nominated for the
Irish Blog Awards 2009
in a flat, two-dimensional way.

Their blogs are a credit to an exceptional
year's work and this year's Photo Blog
sponsor is

Annie Rhiannon:
My Left Ventricle:
Casa Casey Courtney:
Paudie’s Photoblog:

Rockin Socks:
Donncha O’Caoimh:
This Irish Photograph:
North Atlantic Skyline:
Darren Greene:

Kyle Tunney:
Lili Forberg:
Iced Coffee Photoblog:
Photographe à Dublin:
Barry Delaney Blog:
Kevoto - I Only Come Here Cos It’s Free: : A Photoblog:
Photos And Ponderings:
Mcawilliams Photoblog:
Despod’s Photo And Comment Blog.:
Imprints Of Light:

Off Her Rocker:
Colette Mcnamara Photography:
Lickable Wallpaper:
Irish Street Art:
Keeper Of The Keys:
Red Mum: - Ross Costigan Photography: - Rain Only Makes It Nicer:
Daisy The Curly Cat:
My Own Little Empire:
Gingerpixel Photography:

Newborn: :
Dee Organ:

And for anybody who truly insists on knowing what
Fartlek is, just hit the Title Bar here...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Congratulations to

A Reflective Moment

BBGardens run by Bobby Buckley

has been nominated in the

The category is

Best Blog of a Business -

Sponsored by RED CARDINAL

A Basic Primer

It seems that the slight sense of Spring in the air,
with returning light levels,
has encouraged many people to start travelling far and wide.

If you are planning a trip, one of the quickest ways to find
photos of your destination is to do a quick search in
the system.

Hive Mind somehow sucks up every image that has ever
graced the infinite pages of Flikr,
mostly thanks to tagging.

By combining several tag names in one search,
you can refine what you find in


At last my photo-blogging has become more efficient.

Thanks to Kyle, I participated in the Photography Forum on for the past six months or so. I have emerged with a much clearer perspective on how to take photos that "work".

Today I discovered One.Tumbapi.

Key in a blog name and you will find all the other blogs that are
listed in its "Favourites" as they are listed on the right hand side
of the page, in most cases.

Sometimes all the glitz and colour of links to be scrolled can
blind us to the simple, direct information that is listed there...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Faux Macro

Remembering, a year on, how I managed
to make magnified photos without a
true macro lens.

Diopter 4+ is a little gem.

Stamens in a Blue Light

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Irish Blog Awards, 2009

Time to get cracking.

We have until 14th January, 2009
to nominate our favourite
Irish Blogs.


Memories of Award Ceremonies of Yore @

Slideshow, Irish Blog Awards