January 25, 2011


On this day in 1533, England's King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I.

Man and Woman on a Tram
Took a group of aspiring photographers onto the streets of Dublin recently to capture images based on the theme 'City Folk'. After spending some time discussing the work of the great street photographers like Cartier Bresson, Garry Winogrand, William Klein, Tony Ray-Jones, Joel Meyerowitz and Martin Parr we unleashed our open lenses on the city. The objective for the evening was to 'get closer!' In doing so, these are some of the techniques employed; camera around neck on self-timer or cable release pointing at unsuspecting subject (as in the above shot). Ask permission or be cheeky, take the shot and run. Another favourite is to use a wide angle lens and frame the subject out at the side. It was not our intention to be rude but there is no doubt about it, this kind of photography is invasive! I'm just posting one from the set here because I later helped the nice lady from the tram with her bag.
We also spent some time editing with an emphasis on processing in black and white and how to increase drama by playing with dynamic range, distortion, motion-blur and grain.
Overall, a very successful evening.

Man and Woman on a Tram original
Original shot straight from camera.