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Revisiting old photos

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Feb 05 2014

I noticed that I had a lot of photos from 2010/2011 which I had backed up but very few were every touched up or had much editing done on them. There were 2 reasons for this; firstly I didn’t have very good editing software back then and secondly when tools I did have, were limited in what they could do. Now with better software and better understanding of what can be done, old photos can be re-edited and re-touched. Therefore you can  bring life into what was once a throwaway shot. One basic example is shown below. This photo was […]

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3 Photography Myths Discussed

Jan 06 2013
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With the reduction in price of DSLR cameras, may people have DSLR cameras, have the interest in photography but have ideas or “a little knowledge” and as a result photography myths are created. This blog post discusses 3 of these photography myths. 1) My Camera is the Problem – I need to upgrade “I would be able to take much better photos if I had a better camera.” No, it won’t … Better equipment does not produce better photographs by virtue of it being more advanced. Would you tell a chef that the reason his food tastes so good was […]

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Train Hangs from Red Iron Bridge, Waterford – 6/Project52

Feb 12 2012

Today I took the camera down to Red Iron Bridge and as I did I was amazed to see a train move slowly down towards the gap in the Red Iron Bridge, I was sure it would stop well before the gap but it kept on coming, until …. Well, that would be an amazing news story and something to go into the photo-journalism portfolio, if indeed it were true ; but this alas is simply a slow photo week, I didn’t get to take the camera out and about much so I decided to do some playing around on […]

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Crescent Moon over the River Suir – 4/Project 52

Jan 28 2012
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This week I decided to take advantage of the recent crescent moon in our skies since Monday. Using the 75-300 Canon lens, tripod & cable release I got a few good photos of the waxing crescent moon (at about 19%) and did some work with it from there. The photo above was taken in Carrick On Suir, Co. Tipperary, a 56 second exposure converted to black and white (actually monochrome with a little tint). I then implemented the moon on top of a gradient layer in PhotoShop and created the reflection with a ripple effect and motion blur to copy […]

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Fantasy Waterfall Scene – Photo of the Week

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Sep 14 2011
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I did a bit of digital editing of the St. Patricks Well photo from last week and thought it might be interesting to zoom in and use the small cascade as a huge fantasy waterfall effect. I added a tall-ship, some birds and vignetted the edges to enhance that section of the shot. I didn’t have much time to create the photo I was after, but 10 minutes in Photoshop gave the following effect.  

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Reginalds Tower HDR with Star Trails – Photo of the Week

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Mar 23 2011

I took this photo as part of an internal Carrick Camera Club competition – The theme was “Motion”. I had experimented with a few different concepts but I thought the imposing and impressive Reginalds Tower might be a nice subject. I took 3 Bulb exposures each at about 45 seconds each. The exposures were -2 0 and +2 and were merged in Photoshop as a HDR. Next, Star Trails… These were taken over a  period of a few hours. Made up of something between 8 and 10 Bulb exposures taken at about 30 mins each thanks to a shutter release […]

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Why Snow appears Blue in Photographs…

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Dec 05 2010

Do you want to know How To Photograph Snow and have it come out white? Why does snow appear blue in photos … and how can you correct it? We have had a lot of Snow in Ireland over the last week and I have seen a lot of pictures on Facebook / Flickr which have a blue or non-natural snow colour. This post explains why thBasically, snow reflects a lot of light including the blue colour from the sky and any other lights which may be nearby (i.e. Neon / Yellow Street lights), and this can confuse the sensor […]

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