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Forbidden Literature

Attending a French Food festival which was held in Merrion Square, Dublin, the last thing I expected to come away with a photography of was this collection of old books.  However, as the festival was held at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, this shouldn't have been a surprise.  Up on the first floor library, this collection of literature was bathed in soft window light. However,it was the grating on the front of the bookshelf which caught my attention. It made think of forbidden literature, banned by some government for their anti-establishment, political, moral or religious rhetoric, locked away to prevent they being read by the masses.

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Going fishy

he Olympus 9mm F/8 Fisheye Body Cap Lens is a quirky little lens that costs next to nothing (in photography terms!) but offers a tonne of fun.  A fixed f/8 aperture, manual focus controlled with a little lever on the front of the lens, it can take a while to get used to the lens, but when you do, it offers quite a lot of creative potential.  At 114 degrees the field of view is extremely wide, which combined with the thin build of the body cap lens, resulted in the odd finger tip straying into the top of the frame until I was more familiar with the lens. 

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Night Train

Street photography taken at night always seems to appeal to my eye.  I think it is the mystery and atmosphere that hide within the deep black shadows.  The shards of light from discrete light sources illuminating the smallest of details.  The grain in the photos from pushing the ASA or digital ISO to the max. A slight movement blur from a moving person or the smallest shake in the steadiest of hands from the slow shutter speeds. What these photos lack in technical perfection are surpassed from the stories contained within them.  Brassai's Paris by Night is the finest example of this type of work. Much more modest are my own two photos taken on the way come from a night out in Dublin. This is will be an ongoing series that I will continue to build on.

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Dungarvan, Co Waterford

The last post from the Cunnigar, was part of a weekend trip to Co Waterford which we booked following an enforced last minute cancellation from our planned Tuscany vacation in June.  The base for our weekend was Dungarvan, and specifically the Tannery Restaurant and Townhouse.  This weekend was to be a food adventure taking in both two excellent restaurants at the Tannery and also allowing us a return trip to the nearby Michelin-star hotel restaurant at the Cliff House Hotel. With all that food, we needed plenty of exercise in between meals so that meant firstly exploring the streets of Dungarvan before heading across to Waterford which gave me plenty of opportunities to capture some street photography.

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Two Wheels

Two two-wheeled vehicles and two concepts. The first photo is about colour. Jay Maisel, one of the great masters of photography, discusses colour in his book 'Light, Gesture & Color'. For Jay Maisel, it is only when colours interact and relate to each other that the magic happens.   Colour changes as it interacts with other colours, changes in size and depending on the light falling on it. As Jay puts it "one colour alone means nothing". His key concept is that "colour" is quite different to "colours".  Where an image of full of many colours, the colours "compete with each rather than interacting with each other" resulting in "colours".  Conversely, for Jay, working with limited colours allows them to interact as the result is "colour".

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Dublin Streets

Having settled into the Arcanum, I am now regularly hitting the streets of Dublin to practice my street photography and collect images for the various tasks and critiques that are required as part of the curriculum. This set of photos generally focuses on the characters of Dublin and their environs.  The first two images rely heavily on their background as a stage with the positioning of the character important to relate to the background, especially for the 'love' image below.

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