Visual Diary – March 2014
29/365/2014 – It’s Full of Stars
It had been too long since I stayed deep in the Irish countryside. A clear sky surprised me and I was a little annoyed that I had forgotten my cable release but I done my best with the tools to hand. I just held my finger on the button for 62 seconds.
I will make an effort to do this again real soon.
30/365/2014 – Last Train from Belturbet
Such a great weekend in the wilds of County Cavan. We just about made the last train at 1959.
Belturbet is a beautiful town and I am already looking forward to a return visit.
31/365/2014 – After Warhol
My Banana is past it’s best but was still able to pose for a photo.
I enjoy the artistry of Warhol and the music of the velvet underground so I staged this little mini homage to both just before eating my breakfast.
32/365/2014 – Homeward Bound
The light at sunset was incredible today. The sky in front was lit with a pinkish glow and behind me the sun was just dipping below the horizon.
Spring has truly arrived, stay tuned for a steady stream of daffodil photos in the coming days.
33/365/2014 – Still Life Self Portrait
I am currently rereading “Light, Science and Magic”. It provides great advice on how to photograph highly reflective objects.
The table lamp and my mini studio where in action today as I got home late and still needed my shot for today. I combined my new knowledge and a milk jug to create this scene.
34/365/2014 – A Still Life in Games
A week of work, sleep, work has left me a little lacking in the exciting photography department. This was today’s efforts and was pretty much the only thing I shot.
I have recently fallen in with a crowd of parlour game enthusiasts which lead to the purchase of a selection of Bananagrams games. Thankfully they look a bit like fruit so I was inspired to arrange them as a still life and then spent a happy few minutes bouncing natural light to give a pleasing shadow.
35/365/2014 – Malahide Castle
Sometimes I forget just how old where I live is. This castle is so close to where I live I was able to stop and take a pinhole shot on the way home from work.
The sun was setting just to the side of me and it cast a nice glow on the old stone walls of the castle.
I have no idea what film is in the camera so I am looking forward to seeing the images. Sometimes I really love the lack of information that my film cameras provide.
36/365/2014 – The River Cloghoge Wicklow
Outside for a long walk to Lough Dan Co. Wicklow today. The high winds allowed for maximum fresh air on route.
I had planned to bring my Mamiya, tripod and filters today and make a real photographers day out of the walk but in the end I travelled super light.
A Pinholga, mini tripod compact 35mm and my iphone. Once again the iphone has provided the digital diary for the day and this shot was taken and processed on my phone. 8 second exposure achieved via an app and me lying on the ground at the river bank.
When people ask me about upgrading cameras I tell them to only consider it once they are routinely finding that they are limited by the equipment that they have. Based on my own advice I might be using the iphone for years yet.
37/365/2014 – Ivan
I worked on the Sunday so had little hope of getting an interesting shot for the 365. But just as I sat on the sofa in a crumpled exhausted heap I was reminded that there was a plan with a few buddies to meet in the city and do some light painting.
We met in the Ferryman Pub, had a beer and proceeded to not do any light painting.
We went for a meal instead and much to the amusement of the staff and punters in the restaurant we did a bit of light painting at the table.
On my memory card I found this one shot of Ivan, as my mother would say “he has a fine head for hats”
38/365/2014 – Any old Iron
Hello from 21st century Ireland where we still conduct most of our deliveries and collections by horse and cart. I shot this out my office window. I was sitting at my desk and thought that I could hear a horse. This chap was collecting saw dust from one of the neighbouring businesses. I don’t know if I should smile or be very concerned that the recession is over and we have moved onto a regression.
39/365/2014 – Sunsets and Track Marks
I can’t think of the last time that I stood on the platform of Raheny Train station and not took a shot of this view.
Some days the space is filled with clouds, mist and rain. But somedays it is filled with magic.
40/365/2015 – My Chemical Romance
I sometimes forget just how lucky I am to have my own darkroom at home. I took a notion to do some printing this evening and within 5 minutes everything is ready to go.
The place could do with a bit of a tidy but the space makes me feel creative.
41/365/2014 – Lines and Fog
Perfectly parallel lines are very similar but will never meet. Sadness is everywhere.
42/365/2014 – Fuzzy
Bring me home to this house of many days
Just lay me on the floor hard and cool as slate
You know I love it more and more than before I ran away
It triggers off so many hurts hurtful words and broken plates
43/365/2014 – Bring on the Cake
My Mother celebrated a pretty major birthday today. Between having her own kids and now a whole pile of grankids she never gets to blow out her own candles anymore. There is always someone ready to lend assistance for this important task.
Cillian is our families cake boss, before he even heard the first lines of “happy birthday” he was at the head of the table ready to inspect the cake to make sure everything was in order.
I think he approved.
44/365/2014 – Pier Pressure
I was surprised to find myself back in Cavan so soon again but was really glad to be back.
This visit I had a bit more time for photography and brought the Mamiya with me. The weather was not great but I could not resist this scene. The lake got a lot bigger this winter and some of the trees look very surprised.
Film: Ilford FP4 plus 125
Dev: Agfa Studional R09 1+15 (3.5 mins)
45/365/2014 – Bohernabrenna Reservoir
Its Paddys day and I have no interest in the drunken antics of the city. Rather than go into town and tut tut at the madness like some sort of old grump I decided to literally head for the hills.
I fear that the fall my F100 took in Prague is finally catching up with me – it stopped working again mid roll. My hope is that it is just a battery issue but only time will tell.
46/365/2014 – I’m a Passanger
Grab shot on the way home from work but in my defence it is a dog as a passenger in a car.
47/365/2014 – St. Doulagh’s Church
I pass this church a few times a weeks but rarely stop to look at it. I searched for more info this evening and it turns out that it is the oldest stone-roofed church still in use in Ireland and has direct links to St Patrick. Wowsers
48/365/2014 – No Justice, Just Us (and me)
A last minute attempt to do something interesting with my evening lead me to the opening night event for infamous street artist ADW.
I enjoyed the atmosphere, the works were witty and satirical. The show runs until the 23rd if you are interested.
49/365/2014 – Abandoned
Debris and detritus on the streets of Dublin, your average umbrella is no match for and Irish spring storm.
50/365/2014 – Lets Dance
It was somebodies birthday. Dinner and dancing was the order of the day.
I don’t often wear a suit on a Saturday and it is even less often that I take a picture of us together. A make shift studio setup in our living room and the camera self timer.
51/365/2014 – IR Botanics
They say do something twice and it becomes a tradition. Around this time last year I shot a roll of IR film in the Botanical gardens.
It was a fine sunny day so I decide to give it another try.
Film: Ilford SFX 200
Dev: Agfa Studional R09 1+15 (3.5 mins)
52/365/2014 – Pinhole
World wide pinhole photography day is fast approaching and I and trying to do my bit to encourage participation this year. I am co-hosting a workshop to show people how to build a basic pinhole camera and shoot paper negatives.
54/365/2014 – Hello
Bringing the outdoors in at my local cafe.
Sometimes I forget how important it is to just make time to sit and enjoy breakfast with my special lady friend.
53/365/2014 – Pinhole Still Life
I had the great pleasure of co-hosting a “Build it – Shoot it – pinhole photography workshop” at the Smena Photographic Society in Dublin.
We had 14 participants and we had mixed results but that is one of the joys of pinhole.
This is my one shot from the evening of the imaginative still life that was arranged. It was nice to shoot with my tin can again, it had been a while.
Paper: Ilford MG IV Rated at 6 ISO
Filter: Ilford Multigrade 0 (Yellow)
Dev: Ilford Multigrade
Neg shot with iPhone and inverted in GMIP
55/365/2014 – Test Prints
In the vague hope of hitting the ground running over the weekend I made a few test prints tonight. I shot a pile of IR film lately but have not had much success printing it in the past. The scans looked a little flat but the prints really pop.
I am having some weird light fall off on the corners so I need to try and figure out what is happening.
Onwards and upwards – Charge !!
56/365/2014 – Guess Who’s Back
Our buddy Nivetha returned from a month away working. We went for a meal and ate far too much food.
So nothing changes and most importantly there was no unexpected black holes opened in the universe.
57/365/2014 – Farah
Once a month I co-host a photography discussion event in Dublin. Today Farah was one of our speakers and we got to travel all over the world through her photography.
I took along my Instax and made some portraits, this was my first real outing with this camera and I really liked the results..
For more about talking Photography Dublin see this link.
Camera: Fuji Instax 210
Film: Fuji Instax
58/365/2014 – Pinhole at the GPO
The clocks changed early this morning. We now have an extra hour of daylight everyday to play with.
I used my extra time today to try a few pinhole shots in the city centre.
59/365/2014 – Film Swaps
For about the last two years I have been involved in an ongoing project. I think it is pretty fascinating and the results are always interesting.
I have been swapping and double exposing rolls of film with people from all over the world. I generally meet these photographers through my blog, Instagram, twitter or Facebook. Social media at its best.
A fresh roll arrived today which is always exciting.
You can find out more about the film swaps on my website and if you want to try one just get in touch – it is as simple as shooting a roll and putting it in the post.