Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The Sugar Loaf

A short break from The Mourne Mountains trip for a moment. I have said and will always say it's not the camera but the person using it that takes the photo. You have the eye to see whats in front of you and the camera. It's you who presses the shutter button at that specific time. You moved one step to the right the help the composition. You get the picture ?
When I got out for a walk/hike with the family I more than likely only bring my compact camera with me. Being the gentleman that I am I always carry the backpack with the food, water and rain gear. No room for the dslr, filters and tripod. The image above was one such image taken with my Canon G10 compact camera. We went for a walk up The Sugar Loaf mountain last sunday. On the drive up to the car park I noticed this structure and decided to make a stop on the way home to see if an image was possible.
I jumped the wall and waited for the sun to light up the side wall. I took a couple of images in landscape and portrait format. The portrait format works the best for this composition. Ok your not going to get a 40inch print form this but you will get a very nice 20x16 image and when you put this in matt and frame you have got yourself winner.

So, you don't need the top of the range camera. You do need to see better and learn to use the camera you have first. Keep your money and spend it on knowledge. Take a workshop. Plug plug hint hint ( workshop link )

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  1. This is quite lovely, Neil. It's a terrific example of how dramatic and subtle black and white photography can be. You've inspired me to spend more time with my "wet" camera and b/w film. I often show my students black and white shots of the architecture we study in art & design history classes, and they're usually surprised and delighted at how much they can learn by focusing on design elements instead of flashy color.

  2. My first visit here. And I agree, absolutely the photographer has the eye, not the camera.

    Your B&W views are captivating.

  3. Tone, texture, shape and form, the building blocks for black&white photos Owlfarmer. If your students can see this they are well on the way.
    Lesley, your first but hopefully not your last.
    Thanks for your comments all.

  4. I am always drawn to see Monochrome photos, yours is a great photo. I checked out the others in your blog as well. I love the simplicity and the detail black and white gives.