Photo-journalism may be nothing more than capturing an instant in time, and preserving it, and in these days of instant digital communications, that may simply involve lifting an iPhone or similar device. As I passed the end of the Carrickmannon Cross-Roads on Friday morning, I noticed that one of our church members had been out with a sledge hammer – doing a bit of impromptu advertising (probably illegal too! – but then the government here in NI can’t even afford to cut the grass at the roadsides, so its unlikely anyone will care about an extra sign for a week or so)
An image was called for – so out came the iPhone, and I have an instant record, to be used later in a presentation on church work in the area.
And, don’t you think our beautiful, undulating Co. Down countryside is totally beautiful?
Ballymacashon Old Reformed Church, Killinchy, is a Grade 2 listed building. One of the interesting features is the pulpit, erected around 175 years ago, and the unusual hinges that hold the gates! Here’s a few images.
Techies:- Nikon D610 Camera with 80-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens, set at full aperture for maximum Depth of Field effect. ISO400
Photo manipulation techniques are so much easier these days. Not only do we have Photoshop. But there is now a host of other programmes and applications to help with manipulation. The images below were captured on a Leica Compact, and basic post-capture processing carried out in Photoshop, – cropping, balance, contrast etc. The image was then loaded into Photo-Lab Pro, with the following results:-
This monochrome image of my granddaughter, taken around 4 years ago illustrates the high-key studio technique that was popular at that time, – frequently created in our studio at Dundonald.
I have thousands of images like this, shot in hundreds of baby-shoots, (after all my sales pitch was ‘Bob Shoots Your Kids!) and showing other studio techniques – but unfortunately, in this day and age, posting photo’s of children on the internet is not well received by parents and the authorities – and for good reasons too.
Techies: Nikon D700 Camera, lens at 42mm. f/11 @ 1/125th sec, on 200ISO, two Elinchrom 500 studio flash units, one as the key-light behind the camera, and one inside a hi-key white backdrop tent. Modifiers were a softbox on the key-light and a reflector on the back-light (inside the light-tent).
No, it’s not Paris, it’s Edinburgh, the Paris of the North! Back again to 2004, and the Continental Market on the streets of Scotland’s capital. This French Market Stall is doing what the French seem to do best – export their wine!
Walking away from a parade I noticed this gentleman walking in front of me. The look (even from behind) is so incongruous, that it was begging for a photograph. The media and popular perception of members of the Orange Order is as stuffy, staid, conservative, old men. This man just blows those impressions right out of the water!
Here’s the techie stuff:
Nikon D700, 1/250th sec @ f/2.8 on ISO400. Lens at 70mm
When I was studying for my HND Photography, one of the modules was Advertising Photography. As part of the project, we had to select a well known company and create three adverting images that could be presented to that company. I chose the famous ‘Old Bushmills’ Irish Whisky Distillery. I researched their existing and previous advertising campaigns, and asked them how they wanted their product to be recognised – what was their unique selling point. One of their brand images seemed to be the age of the old distillery – It was established early in the seventeenth century. Continue reading Bushmills Advertising Project→
I’m really into this ‘charcoal effect’ now that I’ve learned how to apply it in Photoshop. So here’s another image, captured on a Leica Compact, in our garden shed, and manipulated in Photoshop. Doesn’t the tongue and groove wall of the shed make a really good background for the Teddy Bear?
“So, what do you do for a living then?” “I’m in advertising, innit…”
Here’s an old image. It was December, 2004 and I was stalking the streets of Edinburgh one afternoon, with my very first Digital SLR, a Nikon D70, (before that I’d relied on my Nikon FM2 and a Bronica 645), when I noticed this utterly dejected figure, standing in the bitterly cold wind, advertising pub lunches. Yet at the same time – he’s reading a paperback, folded in his hands!