Sky High Cork City

Cork City as seen from the top of the carpark on the Grand Parade. The big ugly white building is the tax office on O’Sullivan’s Quay, the church is a disused one nearby. I’m not sure of the name off the top of my head, anyone?

Technique:
1. Use two layers, one over and the other underexposed and join at the horizon using a gradient layer mask. Erase and fill in where necessary using the mask.
2. Use an overlay layer to create the nice vignette effect at the top of the image.

The image needs to be slightly rotated I think, I spent so much time getting the horizon correct I didn’t notice how crooked things were!

18,000 people nude in public

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This is what 18,000 naked people look like. This is old news to some, but I missed it at the time. How did they manage to organise so many people so well? Photographer Spencer Tunick created the images in Mexico City. His next project is sometime this month in Amsterdam. Anyone going or gone to it?

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For more, check out Google Images, Laughing Squid and Knuttz.

Fair dues to him getting those shots. I find it’s hard enough to shoot ordinary group shots, without having to communicate with such a large crowd! Mad stuff altogether! His Naked States DVD is out too. I saw this on tv and it’s worth watching to see Spencer in action.

Care and attention

It was February. The sun was trying to shine but it was a little nippy out. You need to wrap up against the cold breeze!
Man and daughter or maybe granddaughter pictured on Patrick’s Street in Cork.

Vote for me in the photoblogs awards

Niall thought that inphotos.org wasn’t nominated for the Photoblog Awards but after registering and trying to submit my blog myself I found that it already was nominated by Gavin of Headphoneland. You can vote for his blog too. Thanks Gavin!

So, please vote for In Photos dot org. Like I did with the Irish blog awards this year, I won’t labour the point but I would really appreciate the vote! And if you can, please link here and encourage others to vote. Your trackback will get some linklove for your post!

Credit’s due when it’s due

I have just installed the hotlink builder plugin for WordPress. It provides a basic level of protection for the images on your blog from leechers visitors who come via Google and MSN looking for images. At least some of them are going to right-click on an image to use it in their own blogs, sites or myspace pages. This plugin displays a chunk of code they can copy and paste into their template or post to display the image. That code has a link to your blog which is much better than someone simply stealing your image and not giving credit.

It’s not perfect, but you can see it in action here. Right click on the image of the spire and James Joyce. A red bordered box will appear above it. Unfortunately if you right click on other images the box still appears in the exact same space which could be off-screen. I must try making it a popup div instead.

I also installed the small but useful break out of frames plugin. It simply breaks your blog out of foreign frames. Google Images is probably the worst offender of the referrers to this blog so hopefully it’ll encourage people to stay a bit longer here. Both plugins found via seobook.

Later… Some minor fixes required to make it work properly:

  • Line 116 of hotlink-builder.php should be $src .= ' alt="' . get_bloginfo('blogname') . '"'; otherwise it’ll print your blog title before every post.
  • WP-Cache needs to know about the cookie this plugin sets. Open up wp-content/plugins/wp-cache/wp-cache-phase1.php and add the following code around line 72, in the function wp_cache_get_cookie_values():

    if( $_COOKE[ 'imagesearcher' ] == 'yes' ) $string .= 'searchengine';

Take an ordinary photograph today

Instead of obsessing over composition, is the flash head pointed in the right way, what about aperture, and is my ISO too high, I’m going to try to take an ordinary photo in P or even Automatic mode.

It won’t be a scene of immense natural beauty in a wilderness somewhere, or it may not be a bustling street scene covertly shot to capture a busy moment in time, but it will be a memory. My son Adam has changed so much in the last 8 weeks yet I’ve been too tired or busy to take out the camera. Can you believe there are only a few dozen shots of him? That’ll have to change.

I plan on leaving my DSLR somewhere handy, or even the Panasonic FZ5 and record daily snapshots. These are the moments that make up my life – Adam’s smiles, his cries, his feeding, his playful gesticulating while he lies in his cot. My family, my wife, dog, my siblings, my dad, my friends. Visitors to the house will be encouraged to pick up the camera and take a photo of Adam with his mom and dad, otherwise we may never be in the same frame!

In preparation for the exhibit next month in Bandon I had some prints made. I also had some family snaps printed and they have gone down a treat. Digital photography is a wonder, these images will be with us for the rest of our lives.

If I can I’ll create a script that will allow me to autoblog them to Adam’s own blog. It shouldn’t be too hard and it’ll be great to have in chronological order.

Take an extra-ordinary photograph today and everyday.