Posted tagged ‘photographs’

Photo #6: finding your way in rural Ireland

June 22, 2010

The photo below was taken about 20 miles out of Dublin at a rural crossroads. I had to get out of the car to make sense of which way I should be going. I couldn’t.

Going somewhere?

Urban symbols – Photo #4 of 2010

May 29, 2010

This is the (relatively) new Samuel Beckett Bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin. Shaped like a harp, I think it is a structure of great beauty.

Photo #2, 2010

February 13, 2010

As part of my irregular series of photographs, this one was taken last week on Griffith Avenue, North Dublin. The camera used was a Leica D-Lux 3, which is really a Panasonic with a Leica lens and sensor. It is not my main camera of choice, but as it fits in my pocket I carry it around and use it when I don’t have a full SLR to hand.

I have called the photograph ‘Tree Tunnel’.

Photo #1 of 2010

January 10, 2010

Here is a photograph taken yesterday in Albert College Park, Dublin City University.

2009 final photo

December 31, 2009

This was taken last week in the small town of Ennigerloh in Westphalia, Germany.

2009 Photo of the week #1

December 11, 2009

As readers of this blog will know, I have not used images or other media here, in large part so as to keep it fairly ‘clean’ and uncluttered and to focus on substantive messages. I shall however from now on publish one or two photos every week. The first one (below) was taken by me in Dublin last month. but I would be very happy tp publish photos taken by readers. I should however stress that I shall tend to use black and white (even if that may seem pretentious to some). Feel free to send me photos you think might merit publication here.

Comments on any of the photos are welcome – I am still only developing photographic skills and always welcome help.

The art of photography?

August 8, 2009

As long term readers of this blog will know, I have an interest in photography. I don’t pretend to be a great photographer, but I have some fairly good equipment, using both film and digital SLR cameras, and indeed lenses which often cost more than the cameras. Some of my output can be seen here.

Like many people, I suspect, I started off taking photographs in a ‘point-and-shoot’ way: I would see something I wanted to remember, I would point the camera (without adjusting anything), and press the button. But over time I started looking at books of photographs, and began to see other things, such as perspective, light, selective focus, contrast, depth of field. So I started experimenting, and as I got more ambitious, I also spent time looking at paintings to see what techniques had been used, with the intention of trying some of them with the help of a camera.

And as I became more interested in artistic effects, I also became more aware of the opportunities afforded by software. The standard digital photographer’s toolbox comes in Adobe’s Photoshop – though there are also other programs such as Apple’s Aperture. But in addition there are specialist applications that allow you to conjure up certain effects, such as high dynamic range imaging; this allows the photographer to bring out details in the image, which can be taken to the point of distortion. As these digital effects are applied, the image in effect ceases to be a photograph as traditionally understood, and becomes a representation that goes beyond the literal reproduction of the scene.

There is some debate amongst photographers as to whether this is still photography, or something quite different, and indeed whether such elaboration of the original image is either artistic or desirable. It is a hard question to answer, because as in much else the aesthetics of such images are in the eye of the beholder.

As for me, I continue to take some photos on traditional film (all black and white, now), which I then do not edit in digital format, except perhaps that I might crop the image a little. I also take digital photos that I don’t edit, and others that I edit significantly. I cannot make up my mind which of these resulting images are particularly artistic. Perhaps none of them, of course.