The 4th Silk Road Film Festival was selected by RTE Supporting the Arts for 2016 is looking for an official Photographer.
With a busy week working as a photographer I found myself with little or no time to venture out to get my week 5 photo for the Dogwood 52 Challenge, week 5 being a Black and White Landscape.
Even when I dedicated an hour or two of my schedule to venturing out to get a shot the stormy weather would get in the way with trees calling and debris needing to be cleared and fie wood salvaged. Sure enough when I did have a moment free the day had become night or work would pop up and working always takes priority over personal projects. So Sunday came and went leaving me wanting for my black and white landscape however, I refused to give up. I took on this project to inspire me and remind me that there was more than just work to photography. So Monday afternoon I left for work (teaching studio photography for the Dublin Photography School) early and as I headed down the motor way I started to cross off the various locations I had in mind for this photo.
After the first three weeks of shooting a selfie, a landscape and the colour red, the Dogwood Challenge called for a headshot of someone else. I’ll admit that portraiture is a personal favourite for me as I like to try and capture the essence of the model while getting creative with lighting and post production.
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Week 3 of the Dogwood 52 Challenge was to do an artistic RedShoot. The first thing that sprung to mind was a glass bottle of ketchup and some tomatoes. the more I thought of it the more the image evolved into something completely different involving a red egg cup. Who knew finding a single red egg cup would be so difficult.So as time grew to an end I was forced to return to my previous idea.
Week two of the Dogwood52 challenge was to take a standard landscape photo. I’ve shot a lot of landscapes in and around Dublin but recently when I was doing some commercial work on Fairview I noticed the cranes through the mist and golden sunset.
Over the last year and half my photography has taken a front seat and my blogging and personal projects have taken not even a back seat but a reservation in the waiting room; but with a new year comes a new challenge and that challenge isn’t so much to blog more but to start enjoying my photography more; to stop obsessing over commercial headshots, location visits or even weddings but to take some personal time to rediscover what I love so much about photography.