Greig Houghton Photography
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Grand Canal, Dublin

The Grand Canal runs through the south side of Dublin almost acting as a transition from the city centre into the outer villages and into the more residential areas.  The photos from today's post are all from Ranelagh area of the canal.  The open tree lined banks of the canal often make me think of the countryside coming into the city and I wanted to play with that theme with the photos from this shoot. Key to that idea were the reflections in the canal.

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In a rush with no time to slow down, this cyclists dismounted while still on the move and didn't break step as he picked up his bike and continued to run.  On the same corner, this second cyclist continued at a more gentler pace as I dragged the shutter and panned to capture the motion blur. The result of the second photo is more abstract and with the isolated strong colour I decided to keep it as a colour photograph rather than converting to black and white.

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Flare, Dublin Airport

It says a lot about the amount of travelling I have been doing with work that we return again to Dublin Airport for this post.  For once, this was actually a personal trip back home to Scotland heading back with our daughter for this first time to see her Scottish breathern and the homeland of her father.  The winter sun was low in the sky and the warm light was streaming in the windows of terminal 1.  In perfect timing, this gentleman looked up to the skies, giving the impression of seeking a higher force and bathing in the warm light.

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Ten Frames

Challenge - Produce 5 photographs from a maximum of  10 frames. This was a challenge set by out Cohort master in the Arcanum.  Building on the principle that self-imposed constraints can help and build creativity and in the age of digital with almost unlimited shots at no cost, this challenge harks back to the analogue film, restricted to 24 or 36 exposures and where each time you clicked the shutter it cost you money both in terms of film and development.  The challenge does away with scatter gun approach forcing you to anticipate and act at the decisive moment.  Here are my final five from ten.

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Dublin T1

Back to Dublin Airport, but this time the older Terminal 1.  One of the piers is linked to the Terminal via a long enclosed curved bridge with the arriving and departing passengers separated by a glass wall.  The curved faceted wall is partially reflective under the right conditions and can throw up these repeating reflections in combination with some cool neon lights.

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Dublin Airport

We normally start photographing when we get to foreign destinations, but sometimes those wasted hours in airports on the way to or on the way back from those destinations can also provide opportunities to the observant.  Dublin Airport Terminal 2 is imposing modern structure full of form, lines and curves.  This first photo is the shadow of the pedestrian walkway linking the car park with the terminal building. I liked the repeating sharp patterns of the rectangular wall cladding against the softer curves of the shadow of the walkway. The person walking through adds a focal point and sense of scale.

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Shadow Play

From the rain to the sun.  Living in Ireland, we are used to the overcast and rainy days such as the previous post. Thus when the clouds part and the sun briefly warms our island, it is time to head out in search of shadows.  This is particularly true in the winter months where our northerly position generates a low angle of the sun in the sky, exaggerating scale, textures and creating long raking shadows. As with silhouettes, shadows are at their best when their shape is clearly definable.  

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Under the umbrella

Street photography is slightly unique amongst photography genres as rain can be the the street photographers best friend.  Rain can often change the streetscape for the better. The wet pavements becoming reflective allowing the slightest film of water to start picking up reflections through to full reflections in puddles allowing unique views on even the most photographed of objects.  Concrete changes tone from light grey through to dark grey and almost black in places which is great for black and white.   Colours become saturated adding more pop to your colour images.  Umbrellas break up the human form and are instantly recognisable in silhouettes. Couples are more intimate as they huddle together under a single umbrella.  They offer there own challenges when shooting portraits to try and get light onto the face.   With the falling light on a rainy day, the shutter speeds drop, allowing creativity with movement and motion blur.

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