It’s been 5 months since I started this adventure. It’s been a fun 5 months.
One thing I’ve noticed though, is the willingness of other photographers to help, give advice and share tips. Whether it’s been the guys in Belfast, Geoff with the blog space or Dermot in Dublin, every single person has stepped up when asked or volunteered when they’ve seen me struggle. I thought I should take a moment and say thanks.
Today was another example of the willingness of photographers to help. John (a friend of a friend) was shown my blog through the week and contacted me by email to give me his number for a chat. I gave him a call and spent an excellent hour or more chatting through the basics of photography, with him giving me lots of tips and advice based on the things I’d posted so far. His experience was obvious in the stuff of his I’ve seen and I look forward to trying out a lot of the things he suggested. The conversation has left me thinking I need to get involved in this hobby at a more social level, not just in books and the occasional walkabout.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you’ve stumbled across this blog and have some comments, please make them. I’m pretty new to this stuff and I’m keen to try and learn as much as I can.
On another note, with the Christmas festivities round the corner, I wanted to close off the Dublin walkabout pictures with a few more of my favourites.
In no particular order.
The Lights Under Ha’Penny Bridge
(2.5secs, f/8, focal length – 96mm, ISO – 100, 11/12/07 21:38)
O’Connell Bridge Ornament
(0.8secs, f/1.8, focal length – 50mm, ISO – 100, 11/12/07 21:27)
The Liffey Upstream
(10secs, f/8, focal length – 18mm, ISO – 100, 11/12/07 21:23)
(Turns out my over use of f/8 is probably a bad thing. I did know the depth of field effect of larger and smaller apertures, but had really only been applying it in shots like the bridge ornament above to educe the background visibility. Expect to see more use of aperture ranges for landscapes going forward).