By now im quite sure you will have most certainly got the hang of what your doing (with your camera) and what kind of stuff you enjoy shooting. I’ve been trying more often to go to busy little spots that I feel are kind of special.
One of those for me would be walking through Camden Market on a saturday just seeing whats happening. I know Camden Market doesnt really sound all that exciting but for me when taking photos its absolutely perfect with sheer diversity in the area. You can go from one end of the spectrum to the other in the blink of an eye or the turn of a corner. Here’s a shot I took on one of those very outings for a “ahem” cheeky chinese.
I’m not too mad into cowboy movies but every once in a while a great one comes along like The Wild Bunch or Butch Cassidy. I watched this cause of the famous “If they move, kill em” line that’s the name of a song I love on Vanishing Point by Primal Scream and I wanted to see what kind of old movies they were watching to get ideas. But in the end the film stayed with me far longer than the song. It’s got this strange heavy atmosphere as the story slowly unfolds. A crew of old cowboys are trying to fit in with a changing world as the Wild West gets tamed. There’s also a shoot out that’s so good it gave me shivers. And it’s all about the shivers…
PS Don’t bother watching the trailer cause like all other 60′s trailers it’s utterly shite!!!
Now here is a film I seriously cannot wait to see in 2012. For those of you who enjoy a hint of sci-fi its along the lines of Alien and its been directed by none other than Ridley Scott. The cast doesn’t look half bad neither.
I’m a huge fan of street performance and heres one I came across recently. Not your typical performance but brilliant nonetheless and it has me LMFAO. This cat certainly knows how to move to that techno groove.
May I wish you all a very Happy New Year and welcome back for the third instalment of my so called PhotoBlog.
I’ve always had a bit of a penchant per se for trying to snap shots of twinkling lights and so forth. I have found they add a kind of warmth to a shot – this explains why controlled lighting is always used in proper photo shoots. That way the photographer can see the shot beforehand and tailor the lighting to his needs to achieve the shot.
I took this in a small ale house while back in Dublin over the Christmas period. It is only taken on an iPhone as my camera was out of action due to a battery issue – bloody batteries! – but still gets the desired effect.
Here are two shots I took from a short tea and biscuits break during a rehearsal before heading back to Ireland for a brief tour.
In the first of these shots I love the way the black and white squares open it up and soften it at the same time. I found the use of black and white shots on the day to be the best as the lighting in the room itself is fantastic. It cast some beautiful shadows that brought the shots to life, as seen in the second one of Ross tipping his cowboy hat which we found in a cupboard.
Born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8th 1935, Presley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954, working with Sun Records who wanted to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience.
Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was one of the originators of rockabilly. An uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues, from which he ultimately became one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century.
That’s even without discussing the trademark leg rattle thing he had going on that would sent people into a feverish frenzy.
Here’s one of my favourite performances from “The King”. I really hope you like it.
We all know what a brilliant addition to an online business Google Analytics etc have become. But then theres also what the consumer sees on the opposite end of the spectrum. Well, now some genius has decided to make a real life Google Analytics vid.
Usually you would be pulling your hair out at your computer but instead you might as well just chuckle to yourself or even laugh out loud. I know I did.
I know in the last two years The National have become a massive band who are revered by all music lovers, but you gotta love the work ethic of them. Ten years of hard graft before Joe Public had heard of them – and they actually spent ten years before that jumping around other bands, before settling down to make some really beautiful music with each other. “High Violet” was the best album of 2010 for me, and one of my all time favourites. Here’s another gem from their previous album “Boxer”.
So I’m back for another natter about the world of photography. Well I haven’t really got anything new to hopefully inspire you with, but I do have a couple more photos which I took myself in various places and I have to admit I’m quite pleased with them.
First off is a photo of the coastline near my very own hometown. I took this shot in Killiney one day when coming back from the city centre via the DART line (basically a train :0) ).
For a lot of people this shot might not mean anything but it just reminds me of coming home and times spent on the beach with friends, etc. over the years. It’s still a beautiful spot.
Next up we have a shot I took from a trip to Thailand with friends. Just after arriving on the super stunning Island of Phi Phi, I spotted this bunch of boats and thought this could end up being something like a card you’d find in a lot of newsagents.
Finally I have two shots that I think may help people get some kind of scale to their photos, well at least that’s what I can think they can portray.
First up is a shot from Regent’s Park in London. It was around the time of that serious snow from last year; I was walking in the park and could not get over the way the frost had settled on everything. I spotted this bush and decided to try get a shot along the hedge line. The background is a little weak for my liking but it’s the way all the leaves almost seem illuminated from the frost that does it for me.
And lastly we have this shot I took of Rocky one day. I have always been a fan of shots with something in the foreground being out of focus – there’s just something cool about this that makes the shot seem like it’s a secretive thing you’re being allowed to see in a strange sort of way.