I’ve sat on this photo for about 10 months whilst I decided what to do with it in the camera club. As a result, I never quite got to posting it here, which is a shame as I quite like it
For those that don’t know, Inch Abbey is just outside Downpatrick and is a really nice place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon. What’s more the local steam railway runs right out to it so you can travel in a bit of classic elegance.
A couple of things worth mentioning here.
Firstly, this guy was just a local enthusiast who came dressed as a monk to give the visitors a taste of the abbey and to share information about the place. I don’t know if the local council paid him or if he was a volunteer but he made the place come alive and gave the building a wonderful context. What’s more he was free with his time and happy to have photos taken.
Since picking up a camera, I’ve found (and I’ve said it before I know) that if you talk to someone about their hobby they will share and if you are friendly they’ll almost always pose for a photograph. It’s worth asking. All they can do is say no.
Secondly, this portrait was shot with a wide angle lens. On my 1.6 crop sensor it probably works out at 35mm which sucked in all the background around the person. A fantastic approach to environmental portraiture and something I picked up from a talk by Judy Boyle last year. I’ve used it a couple of times since this shot when taking photos of family and love the results that are possible. If you’ve been using 80 – 120mm lenses for portraits to date, give this a go.