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Sligo

Landscape photography is not my forte, but I do enjoy photographing beautiful locations in Ireland. Through the years, I have gotten to visit most parts of Ireland, but one place I had never been before was Sligo. I had seen the images of Benbulben and could not believe there was such a mountain like this in Ireland. For years, I had wanted to come to see it with my own eyes and to get in some photography here. This year we planned our family holiday to spend a few days in Sligo.

The one thing you cannot depend on in Ireland is the weather. The first day there was a typical Irish summer’s day – cloudy, muggy and misty. We drove from the hotel out to Mullaghmore beach and with the low-lying cloud we actually drove past Benbulben. Later on the way back, the cloud had cleared and the sun came out and we could not believe we had actually driven past this earlier in the day. I stopped to get a few shots.

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Sligo, Ireland (Fuji X100T)

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Benbulben Mountain (Fuji X100T)

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Benbulben Mountain (Fuji X100T)

I realise I these are not the best landscape shots and that the Fuji is not the best camera for this type of photography, but I did enjoy it. Any feedback – constructive criticism – is very welcome. I wish I had more time to photograph this at different times of the day, but with small kids in tow it is not the easiest. Here are a couple taken with the iPhone.

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Benbulben Mountain (iPhone)

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Benbulben Mountain (iPhone)

 

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Rehearsing for a date

Giving photographs titles is a bit like what Bob Dylan said about songwriting: If it rhymes, it rhymes, if it don’t, it don’t. If it comes, it comes, if it won’t, it won’t. Sometimes, I just look at the image and the title comes so easily; other times I just have to title the shot with the location it was taken in because no title comes and it is better to have none than a title that will make me cringe later on.

Today, I posted a pair of images to Flickr with the title ‘rehearsing for a date’. I have many little photographic projects on the go and this is one of them. These images show people on their own in places commonly popular for dating couples. Sometimes, titles can add to images, but very often the old adage addition is dilution is true. Hope it is not the case here.

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Rehearsing for a date (Porto)

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Rehearsing for a date (Tokyo)

 

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March 23 2015

More images shot in Milan. This first one created with the Fuji x100t (which is sick and recovering in the Fuji hospital in the UK – wishing it a speedy recovery) in a underground station in Milan. We had a marvellous time while we were there, but one of things I wish I had was more time to create photographs. The woman blurred out in the image is my good and patient wife whose holiday was punctuated with my photographing. Had she not been with me, I would stayed and worked these locations much more, but I had to work quickly here. Now, don’t get me wrong. I would not have changed anything about the two days we had in Milan. But of course, I do see photographic opportunities lost. 🙂

Punctuating Patience

Punctuating Patience

 

In Milan, I was struck by the strong characters I encountered. The men had such expressive features. This iPhone image is one of those. I saw this man in a stopped tram staring at me. As I approached with the camera, his gaze intensified.

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Milan

 

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March 20 2015

Posting two images from Milan today. One taken with the Fuji x100t (read my review here) and the other with the iPhone. News about the x100t – I had to return it to the shop. The focus is not working properly and it began to freeze. Looks like it is faulty. The shop have sent it back to Fuji so I will be without it for a period of three weeks. Just when I was growing to like it.

The first image here was taken on a platform in Cadorna metro station in Milan in the evening. Once we turned on to the platform, I was struck by the dazzling black and white horizontal lines of this man’s hoodie. Standing behind him, I shot about 10 different images – both in focus and out-of-focus, and also getting some with the iPhone. It wasn’t the easiest to get as the station was teeming with people and I had the impression that the guy knew I was photographing him.

The hesitancy scale

The hesitancy scale

The iPhone shot is super special to me. This was the moment when I fully realised that my photograph was on display around the world and the enormity of it all hit home. It was a beautiful moment and seeing my wife smiling at me when I became a little emotional about it all is a memory which will stay with me forever. The shot is another to add to the series of images I am doing on reflections. You can see me there – there with my shot on a billboard in Milan, Italy.

All lit up in Milan

All lit up in Milan

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March 1 2015

I began this post by writing February, then realized we have stumbled into March. The year is almost gone! Well, the winter is. And how I hate the winter. The dark, the cold, the wet, the short, short days and those trees. Those trees that need to cheer the fuck up!

I am still struggling to get the hang of the new Fuji X100T (read my review here). Its slow responsiveness is the main thing for me. Often on the street I will have the camera set to take multiple images. It is especially helpful as it is a split-second scene you are dealing with and getting four or five frames can be great. The Fuji, when it is set to take a few frames per second, also seems to take a few seconds to store these frames and you get this damn annoying storing message while it does so. Why? Just do it! Let me get on with shooting.

And if I want to manually focus, don’t think that I cannot be trusted with this and refocus for me. Please!

I know I just need to readjust the settings somehow and all will be resolved. I hope. Solutions in the comments box. Thanks.

Anyway, rant suspended. (It is folly to end rants, just suspend them. Leave them, marinating. You can add to them later. You know it makes sense.)

Today’s photos were taken on a photo walk in Cork last Friday evening. It was a wet, miserable evening. We get this deceptive, misty rain that seems so light and harmless, but it falls in sheets and soaks you. I started off the walk down by South Gate Bridge and while I was waiting to cross the road I saw this character appear. Not having much time to get the settings right for the shot (note to self: get this done at home before you head out), I got the Fuji out and having no zoom I tried to get as close as I could to him. The result is below.

Cork

Cork

The iPhone image is a similar shot in many ways. This was taken in Dublin the previous weekend. The iPhone really is a wonderful camera. For me, it is the best there is for street work. I weave with this camera in my hand. Weave and swerve in the crowds getting those shots. I like this character.

The slowing tick tock

The slowing tick tock

 

 

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February 16 2015

Well, I think this must be the final image from Shibuya at night. To get so many shots from one location at the same time is unusual. And the great thing about it is that I have learnt a lot from these images. I can do better.

Shibuya Forever

Shibuya Forever

 

This iPhone image was taken yesterday in Cork. This very cool, young girl was getting some privacy as she checked her phone. An innovative way to use hair!

Cork

Cork

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February 13 2015

Friday the 13th. Unlucky for some who believe in that kind of thing.

Things on my mind today:

Newness

Forgiveness

Knowing it is still being said

Knowing it is still being said

 In others we look to see


In others we look to see

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January 29 2015

Two photographs from Tokyo today. Two black and white photos. People in motion.

 

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We are always here

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I was never there

 

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January 27 2015

What they say about leaving images marinate can be true, in that images you might initially overlook seem to transform with time and you find yourself thinking how the hell did I not see this before. Conversely, an image that gets your immediate attention can also transform with time and elicit a similar ‘how the hell did I not see that’ reaction.

This is an image I had lying in iPhoto and once I clicked through it I knew I had to do a little work on it. This was taken in Tokyo last year. Late night Tokyo. Is there anywhere better in the world to shoot late at night?

Thing is here though, that I cannot decide to leave the image in colour or to leave it in black and white. What do you think? I posted the colour one on Flickr – but I do like the B+W as well.

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This Tokyo Night

This Tokyo night

This Tokyo night

 

 

 

 

And one more in the Trees need to cheer the fuck up series.

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

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January 24 2015

Blank pages, blank screens. Fingers perched on keyboard, ready to go, like a child waiting to jump over a skipping rope.  But nothing comes. Take the easy way out and bullet point things. Be lazy and don’t elaborate.

Things on my mind today:

I need to get out shooting. I need for the new camera to arrive and to get out. It is an excuse. I have cameras. Any one would do to get out and get new photographs. I am just lazy.

Organisation: I need (there’s that word again – need) to get things organised. I need to get things organised so I can move forward.

Fun: I need to rediscover what fun is.

Final image in the series of three from Tokyo.

Tokyo night [3]

Tokyo night [3]

When I first took up photography, I was drawn to photographing trees. Still am in a way. But, fuck! They need to cheer the fuck up!

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

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