More Composites! – Town!

14 05 2010

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This  is seriously fun.

After a trek into town today I returned home armed not only with the awesomely good new Villagers album, but with about two hundred photographs. Stopping at three locations – the Spire, the GPO (which is right beside it, really) and my haunt The Academy, I blasted quick shots of each venue, like some sort of demented tourist. I got one nice, correct shot of each (to be used as a base) and then lots of unplanned ones – pictures that were too bright, or not bright enough, of mad angles so of nothing but sky, that would be used to overlap it.

I arranged them in CS5 (the trial version) and voila. I don’t want to blow me own trumpet, but I reckon I’m a fucking genius.

Okay. Well maybe not. But they look nice, right? Lovely sky there on O’Connell Street. Don’t see that enough.

This one needs work though:

Got too many of the place itself, and not enough photos of the surrounding areas/foreground. And the sky’s as dull as dishwater. In fact the whole thing is a bit pale and dullish. Quick edit there – everything’s a tad better now!

Yer man on the bike is gas. Lookit ‘im there with his little hat, singing to himself. Good man.

Anyway, as i was saying it’s a learning curve I’m on. I’ll get the hang of this thing yet.

Fun with : Composites

12 05 2010

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So as exams draw near, I’ve had to pull out of many gigs – most notably Kele’s upcoming performance at the Academy. However, sitting at a computer for 10 hours a day can have it’s benefits.

During a break yesterday, I completed this composite of Finglas West’s Church of Annunciation. It is composed of over 15 different shots from different angles, zoom lengths and apertures. It’s been an idea I’ve wanted to try for a while now having seen David Hockney’s Polaroid Composites of his mother.

David Hockney's Polaroid Composite of his mother

David would take dozens of pictures of his mother and arrange them into once large piece, like so. There are many in the series overall (more of which can be seen by clicking the image and following the link to his portfolio website). The idea seemed to revolve around the notion of movement within images – that images are static, but a collages are a collection of static images, pieced together to give the impression of movement – much like a piece of film.

While my images is one of a static scene, I thought that it still retained an aesthetic quality. There’s something inherently beautiful about images like these – the range of tones, boxed off and often joined up in an unusual manner. It’s the start of a beautiful new relationship, I feel,

The Church of the Annunciation is the biggest church in Dublin I know of. I was baptized there and would attend it with my granny when I stayed with her. It was built in 1958 and was known as the ‘Tin Church’, because of the roof’s appearance. A worker was killed when he fell from a scaffold as he helped to put the finishing touches to the spire and according to folk at the forum, if you walk around the grounds three times saying the Hail Mary, you’ll see his ghost. Scary stuff, indeed.

If for any reason you would like to know more about the large organ at the church then check out this. Interesting read, eh?… And ask yerself, who else is linking you to such riveting stuff…