October 20, 2012


Lucky TM8_1968 Billy TM8_1933

Lucky and Billy have been with us from the beginning of our life at Cornameeltha. Inseparable, they're getting on a bit now but are two of the sweetest, most loyal companions anyone could ask for. No matter what kind of a day I had, it lifts my spirits to see their welcoming, wagging tails as I come down the drive from work.

October 17, 2012


One For the Road TM8 1675

You know the place ... the café beside the sculpture of the horse hanging up-side-down from the ceiling!

Photo: ISO 4000. Hand-held 1/30 @ f/4. 10-20mm lens at 10mm.

Prague TM8 1666

October in Prague

Fast Food Vendor - Prague TM8_1721 

I had very little opportunity to photograph this beautiful city during my recent visit to Prague and was limited to grabbing low-light evening photos. On my final day I was rushing to find locations to take advantage of the 'Blue Hour' light, this was a hand-held test shot taken in advance of setting up the tripod for longer, bracketed exposures. It's the only one I took to measure the light using a shutter speed of 1/100 which froze motion (subsequently all the other long exposures blurred the busy, moving crowds).
Although it worked very well as a colour shot, I could see the BW potential which gives a vintage feel to the scene. I'm sorry now I didn't take more of these. The food vendors were one of the attractions for me as they were like beacons on what are mostly dark, poorly lit streets. Same location as previous shot but 25 minutes earlier ... the clock tells the story. Goes to show how long I was hanging about this spot.

Photo: ISO 800. 1/100 @ f/2.8
Prague TM8_1800

October 6, 2012



I remember many years ago seeing a documentary where the artist Francis Bacon, gave some insight into his work. I've long forgotten the content of the film but have remained a great admirer of his painting. At a talk I gave yesterday on the influence of photography on Bacon's work, which was at times 'heated' to say the least, I revisited some of the books I have at home to see if I could justify my defence of his artistic genius ... I am resolute. I took this photo as a tribute.