Friday, March 25, 2011

More Fire and Smoke

Even now at the end of March fires are still burning on mountains, fields and forestries in Kerry, like this one in St.Finians Bay last night. The Fire Brigade is out all day trying to prevent the worst, the air is filled with smoke. Birds are nesting already and the newly born lambs are on the fields. Hard to understand the mindset of some people, hope I can provide better news soon.
All photos Canon 5d, 1.2 50mmm

Monday, March 21, 2011

The special light of Kerry

March is a fantastic month for dramatic light in Kerry. the days are longer, the temperature a bit more pleasent and nature starts a new beginning. many of reasons to go out and see whats happening in front of your lens. the first lambs walking the green fields and birds like Snipe, Finch and Robin are everywhere. the Blackbirds in our garden searching for worms. Camelia and Daffodil bushes are in full bloom. the South West wind blows the clouds over Kerry towards the midland region, while we are looking in to the sun.
I took a lot of photos with dramatic clouds recently and you will notice that they work as a wonderful filter to prevent reflections. I haven not changed any saturation or used any filter for the photos, just pure clean Irish air, fresh from the sea at the right time of the day. after a couple of weeks with fire and smoke, a great joy.
all photos with tripod and 70-200 zoom, Canon 5d

Friday, March 11, 2011

It´s square, blurry and the colours are faded, but I like it.

Years ago everybody had a Polaroid camera and each family had some of those photos in a shoebox. somehow the look and feeling of Polaroid photos has made it in to our autobiographical memory. the results of the Polaroid camera were far from beeing perfect and  the square format had its own unique visual appeal. every shot was a solitaire. it was a special moment to see the image developing and always a mix of hope and expectation.
Polaroid is now gone but the film can be still ordered from a company that bought all the machinery and equipment . here is the link  Polaroid film  .
the photos above are actually not Polaroids but a kind of hommage to this type of photography . somehow this kind of photography  means more to me than those perfect and over saturated  images that some people admire so much.  it seems more of a humble nature and it is a bit like we are: wonderfully imperfect, but not a clone.