I know I’ve said it before but there always seems to be plenty of things going on in Dublin that make good photographs and I keep telling myself that I should go more often. These photographs were taken on a reasonably sunny day in April.
I’ll be uploading more to my Photoshelter site in the near future but in the meantime here’s the link to the Dublin gallery.
The Titanic Signature Building is built at the top of the slipways where Titanic and her sister ships were launched and has become the place to visit in Titanic Quarter or indeed Belfast.
I have photographed the building in daylight as have thousands of other people but on a recent clear evening on my way home from the city I took some photographs. The area is reasonably well lit, but to complicate the issue, with different types of lighting. This is why the area in front of the building is tinted yellow while the building itself isn’t. Our eyes and brain adjust this without us even being aware of it but the camera doesn’t. I could fix it in post processing but I’m reluctant to do it with images such as these and so I’ve left them just as the camera saw them.
Recently I had some time to kill while my wife was shopping in Belfast city centre. On these occasions I usually bring my little Sony RX100. This easily fits in a coat pocket and I use the time to take some images of Belfast for stock as well as for possible printing but mostly on days such as this I like to take photographs for myself.
All cities are the same in presenting endless opportunities for interesting photographs. In street photography I find the difficulty is seeing these opportunities forming and being ready to record them at the optimum moment rather than realising when the moment has passed that you’ve missed it and should have seen it coming as it was obvious with hindsight. Hat off to the guys that do it. Sometimes I try my hand at it and I enjoy it but I rarely get it right.
I came across this in Lower garfield Street outside Aether and Echo, the bar and restaurant. It was unexpected so I took a quick photograph. I can remember the time in belfast when sights such as this were unthinkable with the city streets deserted after 6.00pm. Unfortunately there are always bins in Lower garfield Street which don’t add much to photographs like this but bins often make images suitable for stock.
When you take time to look for these signs you begin to realise how many famous people have been born, lived or worked in Belfast.
Banks are often in the news so I like to have photographs of them on file.
I knew there was something different about James Street South restaurant this so I took a photograph. It was only later that I realised that the sign itself had been changed.
Well it’s now Christmas Eve. The presents have been bought, the turkey is being prepared and I’ve realised that it’s over two weeks since my last post.
On what is becoming known as Panic Saturday I hoped to get some photographs of shoppers in Belfast. Panic Saturday is apparently the Saturday before Christmas when some retailers realise they haven’t sold as much as they would have liked and drop some prices while some shoppers realise that they don’t have much time left and rush to buy last minute presents. In theory it makes for a busy day except where I went it wasn’t. Areas would seem busy from a distance, with people milling around, but when I got there they just weren’t. Maybe my timing was bad or else people in Belfast are becoming adept at avoiding cameras!