Welcome to my blog. I am a Dubliner with a love of photography and travel. My wife suggested starting a blog most probably as a way of stopping me from rambling on to her about apertures and shutter speeds. One day as I was extolling the virtues of full frame cameras she told me to get a blog put up……. or maybe it was to just to get out and shut up. Either way, here’s my blog.
In it, you’ll find photography tutorials based on the lessons and talks I give at libraries and photography clubs around Ireland. I really enjoy teaching others about photography and sharing my passion for the craft. Amazingly, there are people out there who actually want to listen to what I have to say! Photography enthusiasts are an odd bunch I guess.
I also use the blog to share my own photography from my travels as well as from my home city of Dublin. In my Photography Locations posts you’ll find background information and stories from the places I’ve photographed. The Photo Ideas section is where I post themed galleries that aim to help readers come up with subjects for their photography projects.
You’ll also find some more detailed accounts from some of the locations I’ve visited over the years in the Travel Diaries category. I’m a big fan of travel writers like Bill Bryson, Sir Michael Palin and Paul Theroux.
I’ve always enjoyed travel but only took up photography in 2005 during a trip to Andalusia where my good friend José taught me the basics with my little Olympus 3 megapixel camera. I don’t think my poor wife has ever forgiven him.
Since then, I’ve spent years learning all I can about photography. I joined my local photography club to meet some fellow oddballs……. I mean photographers. I have since served as chairperson of the club, possibly as punishment for sins in a past life!
Reading the book “Waiting for the Light” by English photographer David Noton was a watershed moment in my photography education. His focus on the importance of waiting for the most interesting light completely changed my approach to my own photography. It also meant I had to start getting out of bed a lot earlier if I wanted to get decent shots. This does not come naturally to me. Most mornings I look like I need serious medical intervention to be woken up.
My preference is for urban landscapes. I love exploring new cities, towns and villages with my camera at the ready. Thankfully for me, photography and travel go together like Ryanair and excess travel charges. I also enjoy street photography and shooting landscapes in nature when I can.
My favourite time for taking photos is early in the morning when only the real weirdos….. I mean dedicated photographers are out. It’s fantastic to have a city almost to yourself at this time.
I once photographed St. Mark’s Square in Venice at 6am. There wasn’t another soul on this usually crowded piazza. The evening blue hour is also a fantastic time for urban photography as the ambient light fades and the city lights begin to come to life.
One thing you won’t find on this blog is lots of posts about photographic equipment. I’m a bit of a minimalist when it comes to gear. I own a Canon 6d MkII camera with a single 24-105mm lens, a tripod, a travel tripod, a few filters and a Black Rapid camera strap.
All of this stores neatly inside a Think Tank Airport Essentials backpack. There’s even room for a spare pair of underpants when I’m travelling.
I also have Panasonic ZS100 that I keep in pocket pretty much all the time. You never know when a photographic opportunity will arise. The smaller camera is excellent for street photography too. It’s also easier to hide from my eternally wonderful and patient wife. “No dear. No photography on this trip. I promise”.
On that note, I’ll leave it there. Well done if you made it this far. You must be as
weird passionate about photography and travel as I am. If this is indeed the case, you can subscribe to the blog at the very bottom of the page.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my posts; enquiries about using my images; if you’d like me to talk at your photography club or if you would simply like to send me vast amounts of money.
Enjoy the blog.