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Shibuya, Shibuya

I read once, that those you see in your dreams are those you have seen in real life. Those passersby whose faces may never have registered with you, but somehow make their way in and resurface in dreams. Makes some sense, doesn’t it? The shutter of the eye snapping relentlessly and searing them to memory and they seeping into dreams.

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Tokyo

How many people have I passed in my life, I wonder? How many faces? Millions perhaps. Sufficient stock for endless dreams, no doubt.

Shibuya

Shibuya

Tokyo is a bit like that with the Shibuya Scramble Crossing. In any given time up to two thousand people cross. Two thousand faces. There is about a four to five minute interval between the red man and the green man at the crossing. With the green man, there are two minutes for those two thousand people to hurry across. The waiting crowd swells and surges as soon as the green man signals. It is an electrifying feeling to be amongst it.

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Shibuya

It is endlessly engaging in Shibuya.

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Shibuya

So many faces.

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Shibuya

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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 10 2015

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As lovers love

 

As lovers love, they become the other

but times, they wish

themselves

they could recover

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2014: My favourite images – November

November saw more photographs from Copenhagen. Choosing my favourite DSLR for November is very easy for me.

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November

I struggled with processing this image and wrote about it here in November. I posted other similar images in the month which I also like:

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November has been the easiest month for me to choose my favourites. This iPhone image stands out for me. It is a simple, straight-up street shot.

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November

Only one month left and then to choose my favourite image of 2014. Thanks for all the visits.

 

 

 

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2014: My favourite images – August

Writing about August on January 1st, 2015. Happy New Year! It is going to be a great year. Believe and achieve. That is my maxim for 2015. Everything will happen.

The first thing to happen is this continued review of last year’s photographs. In August, 54 photographs of mine went up on the two accounts. There was a mix of images from Cork, Dublin and Korea posted to the DSLR account. Photographs created on the iPhone followed the same pattern.

Looking back now, I see the short series of images I tend to present. There were these images taken in Korea of people with umbrellas.

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But the ones that I love from August are those in this series taken in Daegu. These images are me getting close to my vision of how beautiful photography can be. 

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And my favourite image of the month: A Daegu delight.

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August

With the iPhone, the one I love most is this taken of my brother in-law’s wife.

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August

 

Thanks again to all. Happy New Year!

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December 21 2014

This year in Taipei I did a little experimenting with panning. A photographic technique I had not tried before. Taipei with its thousands of mopeds and motorbikes was a perfect location to try this out and I managed to get one or two good results.

A few weeks back in Berlin, I tried to get a few of passing cyclists, but seeing as my intention to do this only occurred as I saw the cyclist approach, the result is not as I would have expected. However, the white glow of the wheels was an unexpected, but pleasing result. Photography is fun, and there is nothing funner than standing on the footpath swaying and swerving those hips as you try to get a cyclist in motion as they pass. It is even more fun after a drink! Try it.

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Berlin

 

This is another I got with that fun app 1-hour photo on the iPhone. I love that app so much. It gives such beautiful tones for black and white images. I love harsh sunlight too.

Have a good Sunday.

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Unobstructed Commitment

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November 22 2014

The best camera you have is the one with you and these days it is always the iPhone. If it is lashing rain and you have to pop out to get milk, you would never think of taking a big DSLR with you, but you would not leave the house without your iPhone. And when you are sheltering under an umbrella battling with the wind and before you an image emerges, then you are in luck that you brought your camera with you.

This iPhone image is an example of this. Late one evening in Copenhagen, with the rain bucketing down, I had to get out to get some food to make dinner. As I was returning from the shop I saw this father struggling with his little boy in the rain. Having a little boy myself, a little boy who on occasion has stopped dead in his tracks in torrential rain and point blank refused to move even a step further, I empathised with this man and his little boy. But empathy passes and instinct kicks in and shutters click to capture the moment.

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Love

 

Here is another from the little series of images of people looking at art. The response to yesterday’s post was great. Thanks to all. It is a little disjointed, having a blog where I write about my posts to Flickr. It results in most of the feedback taking place on Flickr. But that’s fine. Thanks again.

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People looking at art [2]

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November 15 2014

This photographic journey is fun. Images that I know I deleted before are images that I am excited about now. Before, when framing a shot, if someone entered the frame, I would automatically delete it. Now I like the depth and intrigue an unintended intrusion into frame can create. I like it so much that next time I am out I intend to allow these intrusions. This is a photograph I took in Copenhagen. A lot of the shots were taken between 5 – 7 in the evening. The fading light of the day is so nice at this time.

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Self-correcting coincidences

And here is an example of this light that lingers late in autumn evenings.

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Lingering

 

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November 14 2014

I had thought I was not going to post another from this series of blur photographs from Copenhagen, but they keep drawing me back in. I cannot seem to settle on a uniform style, but perhaps they don’t need it. Some look good in colour and others need to be reduced and constrained and only black and white can do that.

In saying that, despite the way I work through images, I am coming close to producing a coherent series. One of the challenges that I encounter is that I present images consecutively from locations, but very often later I find that an image from one place can easily complement one taken in a  very distinct location. All of this is the process. I may write about the frustrations I encounter with this process, but it is how I work.

Mark T. Simmons, a friend whose work I really admire, posts sporadically on Flickr, preferring to work on a series of images before posting them. When the series is complete and you spend time looking through them you realise the craft that has gone into the creation and curation of the series. His series of images from Istanbul is coherent and there is a cohesion in style and you move from one image to the next carrying with you the emotion and impact of the previous image. I envy his patience and attention to detail. I look back at my images and my series are short – usually between 3 – 5 images and then I get restless and take things in a different direction. Recently, Mark gave me some good advice about working on and presenting a series of images and I have begun to learn from that. If you have not already seen Mark’s work, his series on Istanbul is a good place to start.

So here is today’s image. Would love to hear your reaction to it. Leave a comment below, or on Flickr.

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Overcoming nervousness

 

Writing this blog entry is a discipline I set myself. I try to do it every day, but life gets in the way. I am trying to document my photographic journey and trying to learn about myself and how and why I photograph. Very often, I write about the DSLR shot first and by the time I arrive at choosing (I rarely know what I am going to choose) an iPhone photograph I am too restless to continue writing. This is where I am today. I need to go now and choose a photo, post it to Flickr, download a lower resolution size for the blog and then write a little about the image.

Which image?

This one:

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Copenhagen Coincidences

 

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November 9 2014

Yesterday I wrote of pursuing an image and in the pursuit how I visualise the photograph. I had the idea of a green, fluid streak of motion. But the result is that I have converted it to black and white and stripped the colour from it. To you is left the task of reintroducing the colour. Have a nice day.

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Always Leaving

Something more cheerful with this iPhone image. And what can be more cheerful than a man holding a balloon that advises us to share. Looking at this photograph now, I realise I could have been braver and intervened and got a reaction. That would have made for a better, a more interesting photograph. So, this is what I would have done. I would have burst that balloon and snapped with a flash. How do you like that!?

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But I only have one

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