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This is from the ‘Rodchenko y Popova’ installation at the Reina Sofia gallery, Madrid.
The new wing of that modern art (modern going back to Dali times in some cases) museum is impressive, striking rust-metal facade which catches the evening light beautifully, a huge roof terrace with panoramic city views, and spacious themed galleries which are happy to allow non-flash photography.
This exhibit was an interesting reproduction of the soviet workers’ clubs… design, chess, reading for the working classes. Perhaps if we provided something similar in Ireland we could get away with the necessary public sector pay cuts 😛
Madrid is a great place too… I have family living there, summer lasting into November, plenty of great bars and restaurants, and lots of football to watch 🙂
One from the offshoot.ie “product photography” night. An interesting evening of playing around with lightboxes, remote triggers, and of course props. Got more comfortable with manual mode although I was just taking the recommended settings (from the light meter) on trust from another photog, don’t fully understand how metering works in conjunction with flash.
Was good to meet some of the camera club members, I’m considering joining a club to exchange ideas and chat. Not sure if product photography is my thing, as it seems a little soulless, although “Colin” did not seem to mind… An Goban Saor found him in a strange position with a bottle 😉
Have just been looking at the webpage for the highly successful Japfest a few weeks ago, a fun day out and am glad to have been invited to the “Mondello Masters” for more of the same ! Have got plenty of ideas from looking at other people’s photos, postprocessing, angles, blur, etc. Of course was happy to see my drift photo on that page too, be interesting to see who wins the trackday prize for best photo !
For me one of the highlights of that day was the portraiture / model shoot; thanks to Derek McAuley for setting it up on the day with the professional models. After seeing his results with off-camera flash, I have been experimenting a little more; the pic above is an first attempt towards night-for-day – the blurring effect is quite crude and the lighting needs to be worked on, but this style of photography is something I enjoy. Think I’m on the slippery slope of gear addiction too … thinking about lightstands, remote controls, and more 🙂
My Japfest set is here.
Just looking back at my flickr from August, feel that my photography is starting to come together: went on a night photowalk with Kyle, Sinead, and lots of others including some guys from the Dublin Strobist group (my fave here is after the official walk ended, the ghostly rollerblader on Stephen’s Green); contributed a gallery of transport photos to the ten-thirteen.com project (nowhere near as trainspotterish as it sounds !); and enjoyed a seaside photowalk at the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures.
The People’s Photography project is worth a mention too – caught the tail end of this on Stephen’s Green, lots of people exhibiting and selling photos, some of whom I chatted to and recognised from photowalks and boards.ie . Am considering joining a club too, tho am finding much criticism and advice happens informally on twitter and pix.ie after internet posting of shots; Ad-hoc photowalks are happening too which is great.
My shots are on flickr with a skeleton account on pix.ie ; I am considering becoming more active on pixie though ; people seem to comment more there, although flickr currently wins on ease-of-use, for me at least.
The Monday of my London trip was mostly free for sightseeing. Went to the Saatchi Gallery as recommended to me. Beautiful building overlooking a green space, near Sloane Square (so you can pop in there on a break from high fashion shopping 😉 ), large windows, high ceilings and plain walls makes an excellent backdrop for a varied selection of contemporary art.
Took a few pics of my favourites, the “wheelchair” exhibit was strange and oddly moving… the guy set up a half dozen wheelchairs with wax dummies on autopilot (think slow-speed dodgems !) .
The pic above is me posing in the empty Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern on the way to the City… flew home on CityJet from LCY, a much more pleasant experience than any of the other airports, starting from the trip on the Docklands Light Railway.
plenty of other art along the South Bank, as always… next time promised myself will take more time to take it all in (tho I know I probably won’t!)
Recently I travelled to London for a few days to catch up with friends. Just before I left, I heard that a photographer acquaintance (Christian Carella) needed a backup photographer for a funeral – when I mentioned this to people their initial reaction was one of surprise; however the family wanted a record of the day and treated it as a celebration of the elderly man’s life.
From the technical point of view, it was interesting – moving around the church and service to get angles, taking photographs of the family at the service and burial without intruding too much, and classical posed-portrait photography at the meal. It was my first time concentrating on portraits and I learnt a lot about using flash and dealing with posed groups.
I also felt privileged to attend the day as a guest of the family, they organised a good ceremony with hymns and drumming, they looked after myself and Christian during the day and fed us with fine African food, it was an unusual insight into African culture which I’d never really encountered before.
Am obviously wary about posting many photos of the day, but here’s one of the more memorable moments, the drummer at the service.