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iPhoneography Vs DSLR Photography

Sep 26 2014

The iPhone over the past few years has revolutionised the ability to shoot, edit and share your photographs by just using one device. Personally I prefer using a DSLR but with the iPhone you get to experiment with panoramic styles, filters, but for me its how accessible it is. By no means will the current smartphone cameras ever match the aperture / shutterspeed / quality of a good DLSR. However  it does mean you can use the iPhone for recce / test shots or indeed for shots where you are not overly worried about the end quality… thus an in-focus, […]

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When you see it …

Sep 11 2014
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In an area of New Zealand called the Bay of Plenty, near Tauranga there is a town called Mount Maunganui.  Mount Maunganui is also the name of the huge extinct volcanic cone, 761 ft in height,  that somewhat dominates the town and is locally known simply as ‘The Mount’. We were just about to set out on a walk up the mountain when I took a photo of what I thought was a nice beach scene, as the huge waves and sea spray were catching the great sunlight of a spectacular winters day. Later on, when reviewing the photos, I […]

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Parisenne Archways

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Feb 24 2014
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On a visit to Paris you can be guaranteed of having amazing subjects to photograph. The people, the architecture, the landmarks, night photography and much more. On one such visit, in the courtyard behind the Louvre Museum, I spotted an archway leading to a bridge and on into the distance. I liked the lines it offered and the people in the distance. The contrast from dark into light was also a nice feature of the shot – as well as the warm tones from the sandstone used in building the arch. This angle faces south-west, so at night with the […]

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Montreal, Evening Street Scene

Dec 28 2012
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I thought I had finished posting photos of Canada when I found this one. I thought that the photo had potential so after a bit of editing I ended up with a version I was happy with. The shot itself was one which I took while walking past this area. Set the camera up on a high ISO (400 or 800 as far as I recall) so that I could get a bit of movement at 1/30s … while all the time trying to minimise hand-shake. The result is one which I am happy with, nice colour, light and the […]

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View of Vieux-Québec (Old Quebec)

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Dec 12 2012
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Old Quebec is a very picturesque area with much to see and on a good day, has plenty to keep a photographer busy. I liked the sky in this, early in the day, before 10am so the sun wasn’t too high. The original is a lot wider than this but I heavily cropped the image to remove a bus queue on the left and a barrier on the right, focusing on the subject and using the nice bush on the left to add some interest. The boardwalk from the previous weeks post can be seen (look for the bandstand in […]

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Quebec Boardwalk by Night

Dec 05 2012
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One of the main features of Old Quebec is The Château Frontenac and the vast boardwalk which sits in front of it. The boardwalk is a very busy thoroughfare during the day and especially at night. The dominant Château Frontenac is a now a luxury hotel in Vieux-Québec or Old Quebec which is currently operated by Fairmont Hotels as Le Château Frontenac. Château Frontenac was built on the site previously occupied by the Chateau Haldimand, residence of the British colonial governors of Lower Canada and Quebec. I set up the camera in late evening and took a 12 second exposure, […]

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Chinese Gardens in Montreal Botanical Gardens

Nov 20 2012

If you are in Montreal you must visit the Montreal Botanical Gardens. Highlight of these amazing gardens was the Chinese gardens and buildings. The vivid colours were striking with Greens and the reds from the buildings. In order not to white out the colours with the intense sun I found some shade and this allowed more of the colour and detail to be preserved. I like the shot below because of the framing thanks to the trees and shrubs. The photo was hand held, no time to setup the tripod and I exposed to the temple interior keeping it slightly […]

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Marché Bonsecours Montreal – A Second Version

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Oct 23 2012
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I added a photo of Marché Bonsecours Montreal as part of my Project52 earlier this week but I have found an alternate version which might be of interest. I was taken earlier in the evening and from a slightly different angle. The sky is less red and it is easier to see the detail in the roof of Bonsecours Market and environs. I still used the same setup, the wide angle lens, low tripod, cable release but I was not using the ND filters here as there was no need to. In post production I slightly accentuated the highlights and […]

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Photos from Toronto, Canada

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Sep 18 2012

I have being working through some photos from Canada and I’m still on the Toronto area as I work through over 1,000 photos which I took while there. Toronto is a very nice city with lots to do in and around the city. I have put together some photos from the area which I like and over the next few weeks will add more to the blog from Canada. The CN Tower dominates the skyline of Toronto and you can usually see it from where ever you are, a very useful reference point for getting around the city. The above […]

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Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada – 28/Project 52

Aug 14 2012
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I haven’t been updating the project52 recently as I was away in Canada and during the trip took a few snaps which will appear here on the blog and also on the Flickr Stream. Delighted to have some good weather to take photos, the typical Irish man in me would comment that it was a bit too hot! Hitting 37 degrees some days, carrying a camera bag with 4 lenses and mini tripod seemed to be lunacy. Thankfully, I rejected the urge to tip the whole lot into Lake Ontario in exchange for a cooler life … in the end […]

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The Vicar of Dibley : 22/Project 52

Jun 15 2012

This weeks post has 3 photos you might recognize – it’s the location used in the filming of the hit BBC show, “The Vicar of Dibley”. The location is in the middle of nowhere, only for SatNav we would never had found the right roads to take, some only the sixth of one car. It is located about 30 minutes drive south of Oxford. The town in very small, has 1 pub and some residential houses which were all decorated with bunting for the Jubilee celebrations which were taking place. The church is as per the Vicar of Dibley TV show […]

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Travel Photography : Some Photos from New Zealand

Mar 08 2012

I have been going through some of my photos from New Zealand and doing a bit of cleaning up and Photoshop tweaking and I have uploaded some shots from New Zealand plus one from Singapore which I always liked but did a bit of fixing up of the image. I have placed some details about each image below the photos and I hope to put some more online via my Flickr account (see right of page for the Flickr Stream), and I hope to put up another few posts like this one with further New Zealand shots in the coming […]

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