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A Portrait of a Stranger

One thing I’ve been meaning to do for a while is to start taking portraits of random, interesting strangers. The other day at the Asgard Exhibition in Collins Barracks I saw this old man there. It was strange to see him there by himself on the opening day; I thought he must have a personal reason for being there. I saw it as the perfect opportunity to start taking portraits of strangers so I asked him if I could take his picture and he acquiesced with a nervous giggle. This is the photo I took. I like it.

Old Man at the Asgard

Harry Guinness is a professional magician based in Dublin, to hire him, or for more information, go to www.HarryTheMagician.ie.

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Posted in Personal, Photography

TV in the Wicklow Mountains

I was driving through the Wicklow Mountains with Eva yesterday and came across this old TV dumed just off the road. The contrast between the TV and the wet, windy heights was mental! Had to stop and take the photo above.

Harry Guinness is a professional magician based in Dublin, to hire him, or for more information, go to www.HarryTheMagician.ie.

All links to amazon in this blog are affiliate links, I have to pay webhosting somehow! However, that in no way changes my opinion of the product. If I wanted to make money off affiliate links, I wouldn't write really long review of €5.00 books.
Posted in Photography, Short

France Photos

I’m back home from France now and as I mentioned I got a Canon EOS 650D before I left. I bought the 18-135mm kit lens but it wasn’t in stock before I left so the Camera Centre kindly let me take an 18-55mm kit which I’ll swap later this week for the 18-135mm. While in France I went out of my way to use the camera and took well upwards of 1200 pictures over the seven days. Obviously I won’t post them all here but there are some I was very happy with.

The first photo is of the pews in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Rodez. The entire region of France was on a pilgrim trail so there were a lot of big, beautiful churches near by. The cathedral in Rodez was particularly impressive. I really liked the look of the row upon row of empty seats. Although there obviously wasn’t a mass on, I felt it was a slight commentary on the state of the church…

This one was taken on the bridge in Espalion, a small town near where we were staying. As we were exploring the bridge it started to rain so Eva started walking back towards the car ahead of me. I had my camera out taking touristy shots and took the opportunity to snap a picture of her walking away. I’m happy with how it turned out!

Eva has a tea addiction. It’s something that we have to face together. Even in high 20 or low 30 degree heat, sitting by the pool, she was rarely without a mug of tea. Proof?

The final photo for this post is another one of Eva’s back. The big advantage my new camera has over my old one is burst mode. We went out for a cycle and I stopped and got Eva to cycle past me. I took 4 or 5 photos as she went by and this one worked out the best!

There’s still 1196 photos that I could post here so there’ll likely be another few up sometime soon.

Harry Guinness is a professional magician based in Dublin, to hire him, or for more information, go to www.HarryTheMagician.ie.

All links to amazon in this blog are affiliate links, I have to pay webhosting somehow! However, that in no way changes my opinion of the product. If I wanted to make money off affiliate links, I wouldn't write really long review of €5.00 books.
Posted in Personal, Photography, Travel

Je suis en France

I’m in France for a week. Got a new camera, a Canon 650D, before I left. There should be plenty of pictures being taken, some of which I’ll post here. This one is of Eva sitting on the hanging chair out the back garden.

Should be a regular post or two this week as well.

Harry Guinness is a professional magician based in Dublin, to hire him, or for more information, go to www.HarryTheMagician.ie.

All links to amazon in this blog are affiliate links, I have to pay webhosting somehow! However, that in no way changes my opinion of the product. If I wanted to make money off affiliate links, I wouldn't write really long review of €5.00 books.
Posted in Personal, Photography, Travel

Apps I like and use: Camera+

Every so often I’m going to post a quick review of some of my favourite apps – whether they are Mac, iOS or any other kind of app.

Camera+

Camera+ LogoCamera+ is the best camera app for the iPhone. It has all the features you’d expect from an iPhone camera app: the ability to set separate metering and focus points, a timer, burst mode and lockable white balance. There is also stability mode – handy for low light shooting – where the shutter only triggers if you hold the phone perfectly steady. The hardware volume up button can also be used as a physical shutter release.

However, it’s not the camera functions where Camera+ really shines but its editing and sharing features. Like a lot of photography apps, Camera+ includes a variety of filters to change the look of your photos; unlike a lot of other apps, such as Instagram,  Camera+ allows you to control the opacity of the filter. While Instagram photos often look over-filtered, with careful use of the opacity slider that is not an issue with Camera+. Also, the Scene Modes section allows for some basic adjustments based on what or where you were shooting.

The real star of all Camera+’s filters is the Clarity filter. Through some technological voodoo this filter massively improves pretty much any photo you apply it to – while the look might be slightly surreal at times, it’s something I’ve grown to like, and even to aim for (see my eyePhone review and some of my iPhone photos for proof!)

Sharing of photos is done through Camera+’s own servers: you select the photo you want to share, select how you want to share it (email, message or social media) and the picture is uploaded to www.campl.us with it’s own unique URL. Camera+ has replaced MMS for me. It’s far quicker, easier and cheaper to upload a photo to Camera+ and message someone the link than to rely on the expensive, slow and patchy MMS service that’s available in Ireland.

Camera+ is normally €1.59 in the iPhone app store but regularly drops to €0.79. I’d happily have paid twice that price though; I use it almost everyday. If you want to mainly share to facebook and Twitter then Instagram is a slightly more efficient app; but for sharing with a single person, editing and having the best iPhone camera app around then you can’t beat Camera+.

Harry Guinness is a professional magician based in Dublin, to hire him, or for more information, go to www.HarryTheMagician.ie.

All links to amazon in this blog are affiliate links, I have to pay webhosting somehow! However, that in no way changes my opinion of the product. If I wanted to make money off affiliate links, I wouldn't write really long review of €5.00 books.
Posted in iPhone, Photography, Review