“What do you miss most now that you are completely digital and no longer shoot with film?” I’ve been asked this more than once or twice – I suppose every photographer hears that question. I could say digital has some areas that fall short: some of the classic emulsions (that what us photographers called film) like Kodachrome and Fuji Velvia have yet to be equalled by any digital camera sensor for their outstanding tone range and colour reproduction. But for me it was a camera, I miss my Hasselblad SWC. Made in Sweden, it combined the precision of a Swiss watch and the strength hardened steel. The legendary Carl Zeiss optical company designed the lens in the 1950s. Nothing came near for its distortion-free images - lines were always parallel it never failed to deliver brilliant colour reproduction and contrast; oh I could go on and on! For interiors it had no equal, no wonder the camera was in every good architectural photographer’s camera bag. I used my Hasselblad to capture one of my favourite images: Trinity College Dublin’s iconic Old Library building. This magnificent building celebrates its 300th anniversary this year. Work started in May 1712 and it took another 20 years to complete the building. Many famous students of the college like writer Jonathan Swift, philosopher Edmund Burke and artist Mary Delany were amongst the ‘regulars’. More information on this wonderful building see: tcd.ie/library/tercentenary.
I have been a member of the IPPA for nearly 20 years. During that time I have learned so much from the many colleagues I met there. The association has over 300 members working in virtually every area of professional photography. The IPPA prides itself on running training programmes for its members; this keeps all of us 'up to speed' not just with the latest technological developments but importantly, gets our creative juices flowing. Each year sees a busy schedule of seminars, talks from leading experts and of course their 'IPPA Photographer of the Year' competition which receives literally thousands of entries. All members must be fully insured and adhere to a code of conduct. Recently the IPPA commissioned a short video for couples choosing a photographer for their wedding. It only lasts a minute or two, hope you like it. TO SEE THE VIDEO JUST CLICK ON THE TITLE 'Irish Professional Photographers Association's Video' ABOVE
Just a few weeks to go before their wedding Maria and Craig travelled to Wicklow where we met up for an engegement shoot. Here are just a couple images from that day.
Dodging the showers was all part of Heather Kinch and Colin Darby's wedding in St Saviour's Church, Arklow. Happily the weather improved later that afternoon allowing us to stop off at Ballymoney Beach for 10 minutes of pictures before going on to the reception at the nearby Seafield Hotel.