Posts in Category: People

Sunglasses in the shade

Outside the Apple store in San Francisco, 2007.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/500s

Shoot … in the Style of Garry Winogrand

Tomorrow I’ll be braving the streets with Cork Streetphotography taking photos in the style of Garry Winogrand.

I’d never heard of Garry but a quick Google brought me plenty of digest. First this documentary, filmed in 1982, that showed his technique and friendly nature:

Then I came across this excellent blog post about the man. To summarise his technique:

  • Shoot, shoot, shoot.
  • Garry Winogrand shot with a 28mm lens. That’s fairly wide, so he was always in the thick of the action. No telephoto lens allowed.
  • He would frame his shot by looking through the viewfinder, so no shooting from the hip.

You can see in the video above how he fiddles with his camera to distract the people around him. That’s not a bad idea, especially when you have a wide lens!

Camden Wharf, Cork

The tips from that post, which I urge you to read:

  • Shoot, a lot
  • Don’t hesitate and follow your gut
  • Smile when shooting on the streets
  • Don’t shoot from the hip
  • Don’t crop
  • Emotionally detach yourself from your photographs
  • Look at great photographs
  • Focus on form and content
  • Become inspired by things outside of photography
  • Love life

Camden Quay, Cork

I’ll be only using my wide angle (17-40mm) lens so I won’t be tempted to zoom in too much. Tomorrow will be challenging.

The photos in this post are mine, just in case you’re not familiar with Cork. I shot the first photo in San Francisco in 2007. You can find many images by Garry Winogrand on Google Images.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s

Biker? Surfer?

I honestly don’t know how he was going to get that board on to his bike, but he must know a way.
Spotted in San Diego in 2012.

This was my entry into Blarney Photography Club’s league competition last night on the subject of transport. Unfortunately it didn’t do too well, but I still really like it.

This’ll be my image for day two of the six (not five, oops) day challenge that’s doing the rounds on Facebook right now.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 200mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/800s

Waiting in KCs

Worth waiting for!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 105mm
ISO 16000
Shutter speed 1/320s

Walk the Dog Owners

Aperture ƒ/22
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 105mm
ISO 5000
Shutter speed 1/160s

A Man in the Middle

St. Patrick Street, Cork. April 2015.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 160
Shutter speed 1/250s

TTIP Protestor

TTIP is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. It’s not something I’m too familiar with but it seems there’s lots of anger about it in certain quarters. This was a protest that took place on Grand Parade last Saturday.

They’re anti GMO too. I learned that animal feed in Ireland now contains genetically modified ingredients and the speaker declared the only way of being sure that the food you eat is safe is if it’s organic. Studies have shown it’s no safer than other types of food, but organic farming is big business. Be as sceptical of their claims as you would any other claims.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 105mm
ISO 320
Shutter speed 1/320s

Michael O’Regan and a Customer

Michael O’Regan is a well known sight on St. Patrick Street, Cork, selling the Evening Echo for over forty years from a couple of spots on the street.
Ten years ago I took a photo of him and promised I’d make a print for him. It took some time but last weekend I handed him a large print of that same photo. He was delighted, and posed for another photo along with a customer who had just bought a paper off him!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 50mm
ISO 2000
Shutter speed 1/250s

Careful

Careful

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 85mm
ISO 320
Shutter speed 1/320s