Click here to view this site's accessibility statement.
Writings and musings on the latest web trends and life, advertising, design, projects, and news from an avid and prolific web designer.
Up and about since 2003.
Interesting Defunct United States Airlines
What I learned from the Boston Career Forum
Google Plus bar color changer extension
Home Sweet American Culture
Getting FancyUpload to Work
Install Android 2.2 Froyo on iPhone 3G on Windows with pics and video
An Engineer's Nightmare - Ocean Tower, South Padre Island
Python on the iPad
Custom iPhone lock screens on iOS5
Setting up the Arduino Pro Mini and Bluetooth Mate on Mac
It’s nearing the end of the afternoon, and my feet are sinking into the bog, unstable among the mole-hill-like bumps that dot the hills. We’re at the Coronation Plantation, somewhere in the Wicklow mountain area, and there’s so much to see. Except, of course, in typical Ireland fashion, it starts to rain.
Two weekends ago I decided on a whim to take one of my first photo workshops in Dublin. It was partially motivated by the fact that I wanted to see a side of the country that I might not otherwise get to see if I were to embark on a tour say to the Giant’s Causeway or elsewhere, and I wanted to make sure I could walk away with a couple of neat new tricks in trying to improve my photography skills. To be honest, there were a couple of things that stymied my effort- it was fairly last minute, the weather wasn’t going to be particularly promising, and I didn’t know who to reach out to.
After a couple of hours researching, though, I stumbled upon Daragh Muldowney and his photography work, and emailed him on the off-chance that he would be available the weekend I was in Dublin for work. He was luckily available, the weather in the Wicklow area wasn’t going to be too horrible, and so I was ready to leave at 5:30 in the morning. We drove towards the Wicklow Mountains, but stopped first at Glendolough, where we set up for the first shots of the morning.
Lakeside in the morning: Unfortunately it wasn’t much of a sunrise, but I learned about using graduated ND filters in order to reduce the amount of light reaching my camera, which would be useful in smoothing down the water ripples.
Ruins: we headed next to a beautiful set of old ruins, but I had a hard time structuring the shot. One of key things I learned was to take time to compose and explore the scenery, instead of trying to capture the first thing that looks appealing or get hung up on something that looks nice.
Macro: Daragh had a couple of awesome lenses I could borrow since he also shot with a Canon. This one was taken with a 100mm macro lens. I learned about using a macro slider, which allows you to make minuscule adjustments to your macro setup.
Plains: This was a beautiful and rough contrasting terrain that I loved taking in. I learned how to take panorama shots correctly, and to use the Highlight Alert feature in order to make sure the photo isn’t washed out.
Bubbles: This was a fun one that I hadn’t had an eye for until Daragh pointed it out. The stream that flowed near the plans had white foam streaming down it (perhaps some artifact of the peat?) and we tried out a shot that involved an ND filter and longer exposure.
Forest: This one was also a bit tricky, in that there was a lot to focus on and not much to focus into. In the end I tried a panorama but didn’t feel like I “got” something particularly promising.
Stream: this was a fun one, if not a tricky shot to take. I was perched somewhat perilously on a rock with a tripod and the camera, but it was fun trying to expose carefully for the water while composing for the rocks in the stream.
Coronation Plantation: this was definitely a highlight. While I’m still not quite satisfied with this end result (it’s a bit too contrasty), it was a lot of fun tramping about in the fields, trying to find the interesting lonely trees to frame against the ominous, dark skies.
Powerscout Waterfall: after a snack (we had pretty much powered through the whole day after breakfast) the last stop of the day was a fantastic waterfall. He challenged me to take everything I learned in the day and shoot one shot as though it were my last, and while I wasn’t happy with the one I ended up taking, I followed Daragh’s ideas and took the one below.
To wrap things up, I learned
I also managed to witness some of the beautiful, rough, and ragged countryside that Ireland plays host to, and I’m looking forward to going back when the flowers are in bloom. All in all, a really fantastic entire day spent learning and exploring together with an awesome photographer.
Funny, isn’t it, that there are certain places that make you feel more compelled to write than others.
Living in Switzerland means occasionally I want to send money to the United States, and short of flying to the US, there are basically three ways I can do that online.
It’s hard to become a hard core fan of a certain piece of technology when the world I live in revolves around it, and lots of new pieces of it, every single day.
I found this gem of an album at the Helvetiaplatz flea market for 45 CHF.
Somewhere between Olten and Solothurn, the train’s electronic display changed from “Prochain arrêt” to “Nächster Halt”, but I doubt anyone was paying attention.
Ever since I learned about the Quantified Self movement and some of my early work around commitment devices I have been interested in actually owning one of these new-fangled data-tracking devices.
Updated 26 days ago.
Updated 26 days ago.
» Useful objects made uncomfortably un-useful.
» A slightly weighted font for dyslexics.
» The nicest place on the Internet
» The definitive guide to trading candy
» An awesome handwriting font made to mimic a doctor’s penmanship.
» 32 innovations that will change your tomorrow
» Six years in the making, a proposition for a sexy highway font.
» It turns out there are many things that don’t exist.
» Are expensive batteries worth it? Maybe not
» 10 things to do with Hostess Twinkies
» He’s eaten at 362 pizza joints in New York City and has reviewed each one on an 8-slice scale.
» If you’re going to destroy your reputation as a PR person, better do it in an epic way
» Beijing pollution meter goes off the charts, literally
» Photoshop orgasm takes the shape of deblurring blurry images.
» The psychology and profile of the average Angry Birds addict