Monthly Archives: February 2009

>SoFoBoMo

>SoFoBoMo : Solo Photo Bool Month. Well I have just signed up to this project. My book will be called ” Black & White Flower Power ” and will be done over the month of May with a little forward planning before then. The post I did a while back called Tulip put the idea into my head. I shoot Landscapes not flowers, so it’s a new challange for me and one I am looking forward to doing.

What is SoFoBoMo :

SoFoBoMo is short for Solo Photo Book Month – a group event where a bunch of photographers all make solo photo books start to finish, in 31 days, at more or less the same time. It’s modeled loosely on NaNoWriMo, where participating writers all write novels in a month, and NaSoAlMo, where musicians write and record solo albums in a month.

View a list of all SoFoBoMo ’09 participants

For SoFoBoMo, the goal is to make the photos, write any needed text, layout the book, and produce a PDF image of the book, all in 31 days. Rather than confining it to a single calendar month, we use a ‘fuzzy month’, where you can pick any contiguous 31 day period inside a two month window – this makes it a bit more flexible and encourages broader participation.

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SoFoBoMo

SoFoBoMo : Solo Photo Bool Month. Well I have just signed up to this project. My book will be called ” Black & White Flower Power ” and will be done over the month of May with a little forward planning before then. The post I did a while back called Tulip put the idea into my head. I shoot Landscapes not flowers, so it’s a new challange for me and one I am looking forward to doing.

What is SoFoBoMo :

SoFoBoMo is short for Solo Photo Book Month – a group event where a bunch of photographers all make solo photo books start to finish, in 31 days, at more or less the same time. It’s modeled loosely on NaNoWriMo, where participating writers all write novels in a month, and NaSoAlMo, where musicians write and record solo albums in a month.

View a list of all SoFoBoMo ’09 participants

For SoFoBoMo, the goal is to make the photos, write any needed text, layout the book, and produce a PDF image of the book, all in 31 days. Rather than confining it to a single calendar month, we use a ‘fuzzy month’, where you can pick any contiguous 31 day period inside a two month window – this makes it a bit more flexible and encourages broader participation.

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Salterstown Beach Revisited Mk2

Just when you think I was finished with my images from Salterstown Beach. How wrong I was. All this time on my hand after my illness I came across a few more interesting images while playing around in Aperture. This one was processed using Aperture and a B&W plug-in. I am very pleased with the results and now have found another way to convert to B&W. Add this to my growing list of conversion. What do you think?

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Salterstown Beach Revisited Mk2

Just when you think I was finished with my images from Salterstown Beach. How wrong I was. All this time on my hand after my illness I came across a few more interesting images while playing around in Aperture. This one was processed using Aperture and a B&W plug-in. I am very pleased with the results and now have found another way to convert to B&W. Add this to my growing list of conversion. What do you think?

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All about Composition and your Camera

All about Composition and your Camera

SELECTION

Get Close

You have decided what your subject is to be : a few sheep casting long shadows over the meadow.
Now go to it. Get close to your subject. You do not want the lake, the hills, the clouds. You do not want the horizon and the rising mist. You do not even want the whole of the flock to grace all over your image in disorderly manner. Get close to narrow down your angle of view. Leave out the rest. Leave out, leave out, leave out.
I know it is heart-breaking. But it is no use trying to weave two tunes into one song unless you are going to compose some sort of medley. (And medleys end so often in muddles.)
Do I mean to say that a “general view” can never make a fine picture? I certainly do not. But general views are so much more difficult because of all the single picture elements they may contain. Most of these elements display a fatal tendency to claim a life of their own. Take just this general subject : our soft hills in low sunlight. How to cut out the riotous sparkle of the lake? How to prevent those wandering sheep from disturbing the quiet of the scene? How to subdue that dramatic exclamation mark of a church spire?
Shoot your general view by all means. Do not be surprised, though, to get at the end one of those famous images which photographically more advanced people will cleverly split up into two, three or even more prints. Admittedly it is quite good fun to detect how many pictures may hide in one image. But believe me, it is never a really good image. A good image does not need and does not easily suffer “improvements.”
If you prefer the part to the whole, take the part only from the outset. Why waste your time and struggle afterwards with all the mysteries of the darkroom ( film or digital ) for a patchwork art?
The size of your subject decides your distance. Whether the subject is large or small, whether the distance seems long or short : the right distance is always the closest possible one.

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All about Composition and your Camera

All about Composition and your Camera

SELECTION

Get Close

You have decided what your subject is to be : a few sheep casting long shadows over the meadow.
Now go to it. Get close to your subject. You do not want the lake, the hills, the clouds. You do not want the horizon and the rising mist. You do not even want the whole of the flock to grace all over your image in disorderly manner. Get close to narrow down your angle of view. Leave out the rest. Leave out, leave out, leave out.
I know it is heart-breaking. But it is no use trying to weave two tunes into one song unless you are going to compose some sort of medley. (And medleys end so often in muddles.)
Do I mean to say that a “general view” can never make a fine picture? I certainly do not. But general views are so much more difficult because of all the single picture elements they may contain. Most of these elements display a fatal tendency to claim a life of their own. Take just this general subject : our soft hills in low sunlight. How to cut out the riotous sparkle of the lake? How to prevent those wandering sheep from disturbing the quiet of the scene? How to subdue that dramatic exclamation mark of a church spire?
Shoot your general view by all means. Do not be surprised, though, to get at the end one of those famous images which photographically more advanced people will cleverly split up into two, three or even more prints. Admittedly it is quite good fun to detect how many pictures may hide in one image. But believe me, it is never a really good image. A good image does not need and does not easily suffer “improvements.”
If you prefer the part to the whole, take the part only from the outset. Why waste your time and struggle afterwards with all the mysteries of the darkroom ( film or digital ) for a patchwork art?
The size of your subject decides your distance. Whether the subject is large or small, whether the distance seems long or short : the right distance is always the closest possible one.

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Howth Lighthouse


Time again for Sky Watch Friday.
This image was taken on the U shape pier at Howth Village, Dublin on a day when I was out in Howth to take some images for a Stock Library. I am standing on the end of one side of the pier and the Lighthouse on the other side. This pier is very popular of the old fashion Sunday afternoon walk. You will find it very hard to get a parking stop. After you walk you can go to one of the best placed in Dublin for a bag a Chips. I have posted a image before from the other side of the pier looking at all the boats. You can have a look with this Link.

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