Archive for April, 2007

Learn from Guy Gowan, Photoshop Guru

While at Photofest last weekend, I had the utter jaw dropping glee of witnessing the photoshop skills of one Guy Gowan. Now I may be no photoshop genius (or even a beginner for that matter) but this guy blew what little bit I know out of the water. Judging from the gasps and nervous giggles from the audience, a lot of people felt the same way as I did. Well we (some of the crowd from boards) got to thinking how cool it’d be to get Guy over to do some actual lessons, instead of the informal “here’s how I do this and this is why it’s cool” setup that photofest was. Say 1 full day in a venue in Dublin. How much would you pay to pick the brains of a master of the processing work flow?

The venue, date and price for this day are currently undecided (indeed the price cant be figured out until numbers of people are tallied). It costs €1500 plus expenses to get Guy over for one day, so ideally we’d be looking for a group of 25 to 30 or over to keep costs down. Short of paying several thousand euro for dedicated one-on-one photoshop lessons, this could be the best learning opportunity to come up in a while.

If you’re interested, leave a comment here and I’ll compile all the names along with the people currently interested on the boards thread. Hell even leave a comment if you think you might possibly be interested. With enough people, this could just get cheap enough to do twice!

Girls love a Fat Boy!

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One of the two impossibly beautiful Harley Davidsons parked on the Promenade in Lahinch. Coincidentally enough, some hours earlier we had passed the two bikes in a petrol station in Charleville, presumably as the lucky owners stopped off for a cup of tea. It’s been a while and a bit since I last saw an entire bikes worth of chrome polished up to a perfect mirror finish so this was a rare treat.

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As I sprawled myself around on the ground beside the two bikes, I became oblivious to the fact that the owners stood behind me watching intently as I photographed their pride & joy. Didn’t really matter though, they were both nice fellas (as bikers often are).

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Ah tis the life for me. It has further spurred me on to getting my bike in a roadworthy state. Needs servicing, tax, insurance and a few hours of re-education in the skill of riding a bike that weighs more or less the same as a ford fiesta. There are a couple more of the same thing on flickr, along with a few more from Lahinch.

dangerous for bathing

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A recent trip to Lahinch in Clare was greeted by some beautiful weather (well, for the first day anyway) and the opportunity to visit lots of places I’ve been meaning to get to for years. Like Lahinch beach for example!

Treat yourself to a Wank!

In the market for a new monitor? Buy a Wank!

When shopping for a new monitor for your computer, consider having a wank! Better still, a 19″ wank! I know I know, it’s uncharacteristically low brow and you’re all very disappointed with me but I couldn’t resist. Spotted today while performing an otherwise routine software installation job. Just in case anyone doesn’t get it and needs it explained, Wikipedia (as they often do) have a page devoted to it.

Two years of pic’ing and flicking

In a couple of days time my flickr account will be 2 years old. Two long/short years (depending on how you look at it). About 18 months longer than I thought it’d last when I first signed up. I originally signed up for flickr when it was in beta to test the waters with a free account. Knowing how much decent web hosting costs, I was skeptical at first on the whole subject of ‘unlimited’ storage and bandwidth for what seemed an unrealistic sum; A smidge under $50 for two years. Surely it’ll be dog slow. Nope. Surely they’ll have some crazy usage clause in the terms and conditions. Nope. Ok, so what’s the catch?

Well, em… Is there one? I’m still waiting to find out. Right, you can’t change or skin your site to any great degree. Sure they introduced a slight spin on the first page (that was long overdue) and a little birdy tells me they’re working on making the interface more customisable but I can only imagine that given how long it took to introduce the current layouts, full customisation is a long way off yet.

As for myself, I’ll be sticking with flickr for another 2 years for now, if only for the fact that I’ve got thousands of photos uploaded and I just can’t imagine I’d want to start uploading them to some other website, if indeed there exists a better photo sharing website… This is taking a decidedly text based approach, so how about some of my ‘most interesting’ photos from the last two years.

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The Unnamed Waterfall, somewhere down in the valley between Kenmare (Kerry) and Bantry (Cork). October 7th 2006.

Malin Head

Malin Head, right at the northern tip of Ireland. June 2nd 2006

Gougane Barra

Gougane Barra in West Cork. Possibly one of the most photogenic places in Cork and certainly the one visited most by photographers. Everyone has been out here. September 4th 2005

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Lough Key Forest Park in Roscommon. A popular one with the film vs. digital people. I’ve been asked “Did you photoshop that leaf in?”. Did I hell… October 18th 2005

Inniscarra Dam

Inniscarra Dam, Cork. Back with my old (yet still going strong) 75-300, shooting through a fence gave a most unexpected yet utterly welcome effect. September 3rd 2005

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Last but not least, the very first photo I uploaded to flickr. EXIF reckons it was taken on June 23rd 2003 but I know for a fact it was Halloween night. Jaysus, I never really missed the old 3.2mp Canon powershot until I started looking through the old stuff… Back then the 20D was a distant dream. I suppose it shows what a few years can do..

RIGHT! Onward and upward for the next two years of flickring. As it stands currently; 4769 photos, 73444 views and 148 contacts (more than I can ever keep track of). So if you’ve visited my flickr page, left a comment, added a photo as a favorite or just generally been interested, thanks. It’s all appreciated. I’m off to find my credit card to complete the registration for another two years of this malarky.

Strandhill Kite Surfing

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What better place to be on a cold and wet St. Patricks day than at the beach. After a handy tip off from she who knows about this kind of thing and given that I was going to be in Sligo over the festive weekend anyway, we headed down to the ever wild and windy Strandhill beach in the hope of catching some great kite surfing action. Only, we didn’t.

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It seemed that the poor weather kept some people away, while others just setup their kit, stood around on the beach for a bit, then gave in and went home/to the pub. For what was billed as a kite surfing meetup, I think there was a total of 4 people in the water. So hugely disappointed was I that I only took about 500 photos…

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Well, 500 isn’t alot really… Given that only about 20 or so of them made it onto flickr. We eventually got bored when it seemed the dire weather wasn’t going to make a move anytime soon, so climbed we back into the car and drove we away did. Such excitement at the prospect of a huge kite surfing meetup. Ah well. At least we got a nice lunch out of it. Few more on Flickr.