Monthly Archives: July 2012

Torc Waterfall

When I started my photographic journey, I was drawn to waterfalls.  Over the years I’ve grown tired of them…   That said, this waterfall, Torc, in Ireland was nestled into a great lush green setting and it had just rained making it perfect for photographing.  I could not resist!

 

Creative Ireland

 

Most of the images I’ve posted from Ireland thus far have been pretty straight forward landscape type shots.  Today, I thought I would share a couple of swipes (camera movement) that I did as well.

The main blog image is reeds in the water near the small church on the lake in Gougane Barra.  We loved the reeds but had difficulty capturing the simplicity of the scene.  We could not find a nice small separated group.  As such, I started swiping to see what I would get.  Needless to say, I was quite pleased.  Note that I’ve tilted my camera a bit but am still moving it up and down.  This is what is creating the oblique lines.  Moving the camera obliquely would not have created the same effect.  I hope that makes sense!  I’ve added a B&W version below and am always interested in your preference.

The images below are from the Gougane Barra Forest.  This time a straight up and down swipe. All good creative fun!

 

Tripods for Sale

I have a friend who is selling two tripods.  Both are GREAT deals!   If you’ve been looking for a carbon fiber tripod, this might be the chance to pick one up.

1.  GT 1541 Mountaineer 6 x carbon Fiber with rapid column. 4 leg section, max. height 62.6  They are still being made new –B&H price new $638,  It’s in excellent condition.  YOUR PRICE  $450.
2. GT 3530S (GT3531S), Series 3 replaces it. Now has been discontinued. Very good condition.  Mountaineer 6 x carbon Fiber. 3 leg section. Max height 55″, min. height 23 1/2 in. This sold new for nearly $900, YOUR PRICE  $600.
Please contact me directly if you are interested and I’ll put you in touch with my friend.

More Colors of Ireland

Sherry made a good observation on yesterdays post about my choice in cropping.  I told her I agreed that it would have been stronger if I had not cut through the window pane. The problem was I didn’t have a choice compositionally and settled for what I did.

Today, I thought I’d share a few other takes from this particular shoot. All had challenges in organizing the space within the frame.  Ultimately I had to make choices and forget about rules.  Your comments as always are welcome.

The Colors of Ireland

While most of the tour was spent with the wild Irish landscape, we did have opportunity to shoot some in the charming small towns from time to time.  This little town had lots of color as most do. Rather than capture the entire building or street scene,  I instead tried to distill the scene down to its essence.  This is my take.

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More stuff…

  •  I’ve added a special one day workshop that I’m doing for the Sussex County Arts Council in the Delaware Water Gap National Park.  You can read more on my blog workshop page.   I’ll be donating some of my profits to the Arts Council.  A great opportunity to shoot fall foliage AND support a good cause!
  • For our Ireland tours, we worked with prominent landscape photographer, Peter Cox.  In addition to Peters photography website, he contributes to the Circle of Confusion website.  While in Ireland, Peter interviewed Dan and I for the weekly podcast.  That is now up and available should you want to give it a listen.  Our segment is at about the 41 minute mark.  Good fun!
  • The blog image was made at Conor Pass in Ireland.  You’ve already seen one of my images from that morning, a dramatic sunrise shot.  This was taken a bit later in the morning, as the fog was rolling through.  It was an amazing morning and I have a few more images to share, so stay tuned.
  • Today, I was reminded of a great video that Zack Arias did a few years back, TRANSFORM.  I watched it again and wanted to share it with you.  It is just excellent.
  • If you are enjoying this blog, might I suggest that you share it with your friends?  And THANKS for including me in your online reading.  I appreciate it!

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New thinkTank Photo Bag

I don’t know about you, but I have about as many bags as I do lenses.  Different bags serve different purposes….  Check out the new Sling-O-Matic bags from thinkTank.

You can even test drive one for 30 days before buying.

With Think Tank Photo’s Sling-O-Matic™ line-up of bags you have the photo industry’s first sling bag that can be easily switched back and forth to either shoulder. The Sling-O-Matic’sadjustable, fully padded shoulder strap “automatically” slides along a set of rails to change which shoulder the bag can be worn on.

You can try a Sling-O-Matic for free for 30 days!  If you don’t want to keep it, ship it back to Think Tank, no problem.  If it meets your needs, on the 30th day your credit card will be charged.  (Offer limited to U.S. addresses.)  Check out the product video

This innovation is the solution to the problem inherent with sling bags: they are designed to be to worn over one shoulder only. With one smooth motion, the Sling-O-Matic can be quickly switched to the opposite shoulder without losing the characteristics that have made sling bags popular among photographers.

The Sling-O-Matic series offers three unique bags to choose from, depending on the photo gear you carry. The Sling-O-Matic 10 can carry a pro-size DSLR and three to four lenses, including a 70-200 f2.8. The Sling-O-Matic 20 and Sling-O-Matic 30 can each carry a pro-size DSLR and four to six lenses, including a 70-200 f2.8. The Sling-O-Matic 30 also features a separate laptop compartment for carrying a 15.4″ laptop

Key Features:

  • Industry’s first sling bag that can be easily switched back and forth to either shoulder.
  • Each bag fits a DSLR with up to a 70-200 f2.8 lens with lens hood in position.
  • All bags are flexible to fit pro size DSLRs with a lens attached.
  • Discreetly stylized to avoid obviously appearing like a camera bag.
  • Long side pocket for carrying a tripod, large water bottle, or other accessories.
  • Large handles on three sides.
  • Wide zippered pockets on front, back, and side.
  • Business card pocket for identification.
  • Removable/adjustable straps and waist belt for additional stability.
  • Small storage pocket for storing removable straps.
  • Fully padded compartments for protection.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included.
Don’t forget is you click on this link to purchase, you will be able to choose a free item at checkout.
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Odds and Ends

I recently received my copy of David Prakel’s excellent book – Composition.  This is the 2nd edition and is part of a series he has done for Ava called Basics Photography.   I am proud to have three images in this book.  In this edition, David asked for an iPhone panoramic stitched image!  Imagine that, and iPhone image being used in a BOOK!  I guess the iPhone is a REAL camera.  :)

Nik Software has released HDR EFEX PRO 2 and it is simply amazing.  As good as the first version was, this is a MAJOR upgrade.  Use the code  JBARCLAY to receive a 15% discount on any of their software.

Topaz Labs has announced their terrific new interface, photoFXlab.  This is a product that essentially came from user feedback.  You now have a single interface to all of your Topaz plug-ins.  In addition you have a layers workflow along with the new InstaTone.  Lastly photoFXlab works as a plug-in or as a stand-alone product.  Highly Recommended.   Click on the embedded link and use the code BARCLAYPHOTO to receive a 15% discount.

The blog image was captured on our last sunset shoot in Ireland.  Once again, we were blessed with a beautiful sky.

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To crop or not to crop?

 

Back in the days of film, we would never think of cropping our images.  It had to be exactly as shot in camera.  I was one of those snobs. And then the digital revolution happened and my friend Bill said one day, “why are you letting a decision some suit made about the format of your sensor limit your vision”.   Bill cropped his images to meet his vision.  What a concept!  So, I ask you, are you letting a camera manufacturers choice limit your vision?  Or are you open to cropping? I admit it, I CROP.  Man I feel better!  Sure, I try to compose in camera with the space given me.  I scan my edges and think about balance etc, however, when I’m presented with a situation where things are just not lining up, I immediately switch to crop mode.  By this I mean, I look at the scene and imagine what my crop will be in Photoshop when I get back to process it.

The blog image (above) was made at Ross Castle in Ireland.  Try as I might, I just could not get the edges to line up the way I wanted.  I shot it just a bit wider than I wanted and then cropped it in Photoshop.

While we’re at it, the image below was made at the same location.  Not only did I crop it, I (GASP) used OnOne Software’s Perfect Effects to add a few filters giving is an old time photo look. Heresy!

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against those who want to shoot  in camera and process it to be exactly as they remember it.  What I have a problem with is, those who tell me my choice if not valid.  Says who?  I say, crop as you wish and process in a way that makes your heart sing!

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Stormy Weather

I’m safely back home after a long but exhilarating journey to Ireland where I fell in love with the country and especially the people.  It was truly a trip of a lifetime.

We visited Peter Cox’s gallery in Killarney, where he has some incredible images.  A few had long exposures of rocks in the ocean.  At this location, I thought I’d give it a try.  I’m attaching a B&W version for your feedback.  I think they both work.

 

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