I would like to say that this was a perfectly planned and executed photograph, but it was kind of a fluke. I was taking pictures of the decorations in the top windows of the pub when I noticed that two thing had happened. Firstly the normally busy street below had cleared up, and secondly, this wonderful character was approaching my field of view. So, I quickly adjusted my zoom, re-framed my shot and caught her mid walk, with just enough motion blur to convey the movement. I was delighted when I saw the result. And the lesson to be learned? Always pay attention to your surroundings, even when focussing on something else because you never know what might happen!
There’s a large park near where I live that is basically the grounds of an old stately home, called Marley Park. It often hosts concerts during the summer months and is quite famous. In winter though, it can be quite empty, and the atmosphere of the place when it is not full of people is really beautiful. You don’t feel like you’re in a city any more and there is a lovely serenity to the place. I managed to spend a short time there at the weekend, and I hadn’t actually planned to take my camera with me, but at the last minute, I threw my NEX-7 in my bag as I headed out the door. I was glad I did. There was still some activity in the park, but compared to the summer months it was peaceful. And so, here are a few photographs of the stark beauty of the place (without any more intrusive commentary form your’s truly). Enjoy!
Despite the fact that I’m probably best known for my Aperture work, I actually use Lightroom a lot. In fact, It’s pretty much my main tool now that Aperture has only seen minor revisions for nearly three years. I really like Lightroom but there are lots of little areas where I think it could do with some improvement. I’ve been keeping a list of things I’d like to see as an ongoing note in Evernote, and it’s getting quite large, so I thought I’d share my thoughts. Just so there’s no misunderstanding, I’m not criticising the software. I’m also not really talking about big features, or major changes, but just some little things that I think would help with the workflow significantly. Well, in my opinion anyway. I’m sure everyone has their own views as to what improvements Lightroom should have, and I’m sure there could be lots of heated discussions, but for now here’s my thoughts.
I’ve been working hard on some design projects this week, so I haven’t had much time with my camera. However, I though I’d take a moment for a little light hearted humour to lighten the day…
Long time followers of this blog will know how much I love the cinemascope aspect ratio. It’s great for giving movies a cinematic feel and it works great for stills too. I was out taking some photos on the streets of Dublin this past weekend, as my street photography skills had been getting a little rusty. I didn’t get a great range of images, but I was having a bit of fun in Lightroom and came up with a few shots that look like they could be stills from a movie. So here you go, some faux stills from my non existent City Streets movie with accompanying fake script notes. Sometimes you just have to not take things seriously! Enjoy. Continue reading ““Adventure on The City Streets” in Cinemascope” »
We’ve been blessed with some spectacular colour this Autumn here in Ireland. Apparently, according to the news, the weather conditions were just right that the colour of the trees here rivalled that of those in New England. Certainly where I live the colours have been amazing. I’ve been keeping a good photographic document of the progress of my favourite season as it affected one of my favourite parks in the city, and I’m working on making this into a book. However, as the final days of fall give way to winter, the foliage has one last gasp of spectacular colour, and I did my best to capture its grandeur.
The following photos were all captured with my little Fuji XE-1 and the 18-55mm lens. I’ve been pretty skeptical of this lens in the past, but as I’ve recently discovered, processing your images in Iridient Developer (or Capture one or Photo Ninja apparently) can have a pretty big effect, I decided to give the lens another chance. I was not disappointed, and I’m completely re-evaluating my opinion of it. Technicalities aside, the Fuji’s ability to capture colour and the vibrance, made it a perfect choice to chronicle the beauty of the Autumn leaves . I’ve tweaked these a bit in both Iridient Developer and then further in Lightroom, but I haven’t altered the spirit of the images.
A while ago I started creating and selling adjustment presets for Aperture over on my other website, The Aperture Blog, and over time they’ve proven to be quite popular. The first in the series was a set of looks I created called “Film Candy”. The original idea was to create a set of faded film looks, something along the lines of the early versions of Instagram. I was experimenting with various tints at the time, and this reminded me of some multicoloured sweets I was fond of when I was younger, and so the “Film Candy” name was born. The set went down well and I later created Film Candy 2. However, as I’m using Lightroom more and more as my main tool, I’ve been working hard over the past couple of months to port the looks over to Lightroom as Lightroom Develop Module Presets. I’m pleased to reveal that they’re nearly ready to go.