Photography

One of my passions is photography. I’ve practised it in two colleges, in a chemical and a digital darkroom, in studios, on the street and hunkered down, immersed in mud on a field.
 
Although I’m more interested in producing video, I love highlighting details in expansive landscape images. Having great composition in still images is the basis for creating amazing moving pictures, so it’s important to look at photographs and paintings to examine and understand how attention is drawn and to utilise that in your productions. 
 
These photos are a few examples of photos I’ve taken through the years that I really like. Each of them comes with a story or an experience.
 
For instance, the sunrise shots were part of location research and shooting of a time-lapse production I worked on which involved a few treks up the Dublin mountains at 2AM with a camera, tripod, a DoP (for the time-lapse segment), and thermoses of coffee. Maybe I’ll write that story up in full sometime. Weird the things you are reminded of when you’re posting up a project a few years after doing it. 😀

Landscapes

Portraits

Who did you make this for?

This is mostly just for me. Often it’s when I’m out on another project and I just notice a shot I like, pick up a camera and take it. Sometimes, I might go out for a photo taking excursion with a particular location or shot in mind. 🙂

What equipment did you use?

Depends entirely what I have on hand. Most of these photos were taken with a DSLR, but on occasion, there’s a compact camera on hand, or simply an iPhone. Usually, I pass it through an editing software before publishing and the techniques I use are entirely dependant on publishing medium, whether digital or print, there’s a different workflow (and sub-workflow) for each. 

Here’s a list of equipment I’ve commonly used:

  • Hasselblad H2d
  • Pinhole cameras
  • Film Negative SLR (used to own a Phenix)
  • Canon 5D MkII, 5D MkIV, 450D, 7D
    • TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens
    • EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro
    • EF 400mm f/5.6 L
  • Remote Flashes
  • Studio setups (Umbrella, Softbox, Reflectors etc.)

These are some of the image manipulation softwares and techniques I’ve used:

  • Chemical Darkroom (B+W)
  • Adobe Photoshop (Desktop and Mobile)
  • Lightroom (Desktop and Mobile)
  • Camera Raw
  • GIMP