Ponte Romana – Tavira

I first visited the charming Algarve town of Tavira a few years ago with a group of photographer friends. Our first night was spent in a convivial local tavern were we sampled a wide range of local Portuguese drinks. It would have been insulting to our hosts not to I think. It was all very…

Pont des Arts – Paris

Paris is without a doubt one of my favourite photography locations. It is the City of Light after all! The area around the Pont des Arts is a particularly rich area in terms of architecture and history. The Pont des Arts itself was completed in 1804 under the reign of Napoleon I. All of the…

The Decisive Moment

The idea of the “decisive moment” in photography is of course most associated with the great French street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. But what did Cartier-Bresson mean by the “Decisive Moment”? The great man himself said the following: “Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know…

Trees on the Carton Estate – County Kildare

The grounds of the Carton Estate in County Kildare are a popular location for a leisurely stroll. I love getting here at dawn when the morning mist frequently hangs over the grasslands and the still waters of the Rye Water Lake reflect the various trees that line its banks. In this post, I’m going to…

St. Mark’s Square at Night – Venice

St Mark’s Square is one of those rare places that truly lives up to and probably even surpasses the expectations of the first time visitor. The square is dominated by Saint Mark’s Basilica and the towering Campanile at its eastern end. Several cafés occupy the arcades that line the other sides of the piazza. If…

Shooting from Above

Whenever I visit a new location, I like to try and get high at least once during my visit. I also try to take some photos from an elevated vantage point. I always encourage novice photographers in my classes to try to change their point of view every so often. So much of what we…

Brussels — Making Peace with the Belgian Capital

Although, photography is my main craft, I also enjoy writing about my travels. This first travel diary recalls a return to Brussels after a less than ideal visit twenty years previously. 20 Years ago in Brussels Brussels and I have history. We just don’t get along. I first visited the Belgian capital as a wide…

Morning at the Dublin Docklands

For the first post on my new blog, I’m going to feature one of my favourite photography locations in my home city of Dublin. The Dublin Docklands is a modern and rapidly developing part of the city. When I was a child it was a derelict wasteland full of unsavory characters. Today, it’s full of…