February 22, 2014

William Klein visits Dublin

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Legendary photographer and artist William Klein, speaking after the screening of his film 'Who Are You, Polly Magoo' at the IFI, Dublin last Thursday evening. I don't do 'hero-worship' but I was delighted to be there to see this great man in the flesh.

February 19, 2014

St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin

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It's been 20-years or more since I'd been inside St. Patrick's Cathedral, I'd forgotten how beautiful it was. My visit today was formal, attending the funeral of the late Patricia Casey. The ceremony was a splendid and emotional event, punctuated with contributions from a number of sacred music choirs. It was a great send-off and the sun shone to escort her on her journey. My thoughts are presently with Patricia's husband, Eddie. I had the camera in my deep coat pocket (never leave home without it) and stole a few images of the interior after the ceremony. Hand-held, I resorted to pressing the camera against columns or firming it on raised seat ends. It's been a while since I'd shot a church interior and played with the complexities of atmospheric light. At ISO 650, the result is a little soft but acceptable under the conditions. Minor tweaks in ACR. If you've not been here before, it's worth a visit. I was lucky to have a few minutes alone before the tourists returned. Magical!

February 13, 2014

Untitled - Post-Processing Experiment

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An image from the archives used recently in a Digital Darkroom Workshop. Out of focus grab shot destined for the Trash until you familiarise yourself with Daidō Moriyama?

The original colour file was over-exposed and lacked punch. I by-passed a RAW conversion, settled for the default settings and opened in PS. Processing included a BW conversion using Silver Efex with filters and border from Perfect Effects 8. Priceless emotional value ... printable, yes.

See also work from Phil Burns, a fellow 'Are Bure Bokeh' fan.