Creativity – Feeding It

You often hear photographers claiming to be a landscape photographer, a portrait photographer or whatever. At times, I have called myself both. However, I have long since realised that I am all of the above and more. I just cannot restrict …

The Holga 120N Diaries #1

I've always liked old photographs - film photographs - and in particular, square format film photographs. I like the way film forces us to slow down and think about what it is we are shooting, instead of blindly taking too many digital…

The Signature Shot

You may or may not have heard of a signature shot. It's the shot that some photographers may become known for. A unique look or style. Of course, not all photographers have a signature shot. Some may have, even if they don't actually…

The Argument for Blur

I was asked by Mayo Photographic Club, of which I am a member, to give a presentation about my black and white photography. I gave a little thought to what I would talk about but not too much. So on Monday last, I stood up and gave my first…

There Are No Shadows

As photographers, we can sometimes be lazy. Unless the light is "right", we don't venture out. By right, we often mean beautiful or perfect, and sometimes both! The light available at times other than sunset and sunrise is dismissed and…

My Lightroom Workflow

If you're going to be taking photographs on a regular basis, it's very important to have a workflow. After a few weeks or months of shooting, it will become apparent that some form of organisation is necessary. This will make it easier to…

Anatomy of a Picture I

Sometimes, I am asked whether I "doctor" my images or use Photoshop. There is a general misconception among the public that all photography nowadays is "created" in Photoshop. Photography masters like Ansel Adams spent lots of time and…

One Day with the Nifty Fifty

I attended a day long music festival in 2013. It was in nearby Westport and the lineup was pretty interesting. It included Elvis Costello, ABC, Damien Dempsey, Jack L and Alabama Three as well as many others. I visited the festival website…

Road to the Lighthouse

My brother James, visited from Australia a few weeks ago and we spend some time together. One day we decided to take the ferry over to Clare Island. It’s a small island at the entrance to Clew Bay and is home to about 145 people. The day…

Escape from Gaia #l

Just before dawn, alone in a tiny boat I sail upon the silvery veil 'neath the morning skies. The spirit sleeps and drifts into slumber deep. An oar slips from a weary hand as it touches softly the ocean’s breast. My silent journey takes…