Wicklow – Day One

10 06 2011

 

Ah, the countryside. The perfect place for some landscape shots given, y’know, all the land and scape and stuff. Unfortunately it pissed rain like something out of the bible. Big drops that covered half the dashboard of my car. So, most of the day was spent in the car eating strawberries and listening to Adam & Joe with Siobhan, which was great, but when you’d specifically planned to take pictures that day, it felt a tad disheartening.

I did get to use my extremely cheap new, no-brand ND 8 filters and new circular polariser though. Turns out you do get what you pay for… But they were usuable. Could’ve spent about 90 on the lot and instead paid only 21 quid on the cheapo ones. They did the job, but were not exactly 4-stop filters. And they just totally killed the contrast in every image too.

The above picture was taken on Military Road (or thereabouts, I’m a bit rubbish with directions/locations). It’s a 2.5 second exposure at f32 with two 8nd filters and a 4nd grad nd filter too. It was windy as feck and spitting rain too, so it’s been through photoshop to clean it up. If you click it you can see it larger over on Flickr.

Here’s another one – it’s Lough Tay:

That’s an ELEVEN image composite right there. Click to see it slightly larger. Flickr can’t really handle its awesomeness…

Pity it’s a tad dull. But I shall be returning sometime soon, hopefully at dusk (or if I’m feeling adventurous, dawn – which is like 4:20 or something ridiculous these days)





The Tallest Man On Earth

4 06 2011

A lying bastard he may be (he’s no more that 5’6″, I reckon), but Kristian is a fine entertainer. So good in fact that he moved a couple in the front row to spend the entire first three songs liplocked. It was only himself and the guitar, strutting around the stage for the most part of the night, which could have been a disaster, visually, had he not been so energetic. Anyway, he was bopping away and here are some of the pictures I gotted:

 

Oh and here’s his sister. She was in the support band, but I didn’t catch their name, but they were good. I like this shot too!

 





Fight Like Apes, Tripod, 28/11/2010

30 11 2010

Third bad gig in a row.

For whatever reason – and I even copped it but never adjusted it – I managed to change my shooting mode from Raw (Highest qaulity image capture available) to .Jpeg Basic (Lowest quality). So the pictures were tiny, couldn’t be edited to my normal liking and had no decent tones in them. It was a pity. I really like Fight Like Apes and MayKay (the singer pictured above) is a fantastic visual performer. The pictures don’t do the performance justice. Sara Devine’s do, though, so check them out! There’s even a review link there for the gig.

Hopefully I’ll get the chance to shoot them before the year is out – and not cock it up big time. Next up is Arcade Fire, so I’d best get the finger out.





The Black Keys, Tripod, 27th October, 2010

27 10 2010
This was my first gig since Green Day in June. It felt like it too – Had to double check everything and refamiliarize myself with my old rituals before The Black Keys took to the stage – making sure the ISO was not at 200 or 12,500, ensuring I’d my fastest card in first, etc. etc. This was also my first gig shooting entirely RAW. I’ve no shortage of memory cards these days and reckon it’ll become the norm. It may take longer to process, but it’s so worth it – the colour control is stunning; Big thank you to Alessio for showing me the light on that one.

Anyway, here they are – the men that make music that makes you feel sexy. Oh yes, indeed.

 

I didn’t really wanna put this one up because it’s noisy, contains flare, was SO red it had to be converted to B&W and isn’t even that great technically, but I just really like it. Hope you do too:





Girls Photoshoot, Dublin August 2010

27 08 2010

Click Image to see larger

After an interview with the guys from ‘Girls‘ for our radio show (Two States), my co-host Danny organised a little photoshoot with the band for me. I was given three minutes, which meant an elaborate light-set up was not possible, so natural light was key. I shot RAW and managed to produce this baby with some tinkering.

The interview will be broadcast Monday 6th September at 10am and repeated on the 9th at 8pm.





Faithless, The Olympia, 19-5-2010

20 05 2010

click image to see it larger

All images shot at ISO 2,500, f2 shutter speed 800-2000 with 85mm 1.8 (except shot 4-shot with 24-70mm f2.8)

Only got access for two songs tonight – two songs with bright red and neon-blue lights. And strobe lighting. Oh, and dry-ice. Worst nightmare.┬áThankfully I got some decent shots and most were savable in Photoshop. I got a good haul, so expect a little bit more soon.

It was a weird night; the band were at the back of the stage, except for Maxi Jazz himself, so it meant i’d very little options on who to shoot and when. The 85mm wasn’t long enough for most of the shots, so the above are crops, for the most part. That said they look pretty decent – another testament to the quality of the D700. That camera makes me look better than I really am.

And I chanced my arm at HDR for the first time too:
Lemme know what you think. I tried to keep it within reason (no halos, reasonably believable!)





More Temple Bar

6 04 2010

The more I walk around it, the more I realise Temple Bar is actually a hole. A very sad one. Failed shops and rubbish graffiti.