ARCHITECTURE

The Chapterhouse, York Minster
The Chapterhouse, York Minster

Having lived in York as a child, returning to the Minster with a camera over forty years later was cathartic. Being able to capture an image such as this, of the place that inspired a lifetime of passion for beauty, was simply indescribable. Digital, 18 image exposure blend, three image stitch

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Samuel Beckett Bridge
Samuel Beckett Bridge

From my first night walking with a camera in Dublin. The Samuel Beckett Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in Dublin that joins Sir John Rogerson's Quay on the south side of the River Liffey to Guild Street and North Wall Quay in the Docklands area. Digital, two image stitch

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Cloister, Wells Cathedral
Cloister, Wells Cathedral

Photographing the cloisters at Wells was almost an indulgence for me; it drew upon a number of skills I'd been using over the years (exposure blending and stitching), but the real pleasure was simply spending so much time in such a beautiful space. Digital, 12 image exposure blend, four image stitch

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Tombstones & Tower
Tombstones & Tower

lendalough, from the Irish “Gleann da locha", meaning the Glen of two Lakes. It combines extensive monastic ruins with a stunning natural setting in the Wicklow Mountains. Digital infrared

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Font, Christ Church Cathedral, Dubli
Font, Christ Church Cathedral, Dubli

As soon as I saw this font, I knew I would photograph it, but the question was how. The small room it was in was poorly lit (bright direct lighting overpowering dim window light), but fortunately, when I looked back across the font, towards the nave, the lighting was less of an issue. Digital, six image exposure blend, two frame stitch

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Cooley's Dome, Dublin
Cooley's Dome, Dublin

On this day in Dublin, I didn't have a tripod, which was frustrating when I was photographing indoors; fortunately, with a higher ISO and my tilt shift lens, I was able to capture what I sought. The City Hall, Dublin, originally the Royal Exchange, is a civic building in Dublin, Ireland. It was built between 1769 and 1779 to the designs of architect Thomas Cooley and is a notable example of 18th-century architecture in the city. Digital, three frame stitch

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Celtic Sunset
Celtic Sunset

For the third week of my visit to Ireland, I stayed 5 minutes away from Dunguaire Castle, so twice over the week, I explored it at sunset. Dunguaire Castle is a 16th-century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland, near Kinvarra. The name derives from the Dun of King Guaire, the legendary king of Connacht. Digital, 7 image exposure blend, 3 frame stitch

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I visited Kilcooley Abbey at the end of the day, which ended up being perfect for photography; the low angular light flooded the entry to the Abbey with light, and made this composition come alive. Kilcooley Abbey is a Cistercian Abbey close to the Village of Gortnahoe,in Co Tipperary, located within the grounds of the Kilcooley Estate. This abbey dates from 1182 when Donal Mor O’ Brien granted lands to the Cistercians, to build an abbey here. Digital infrared

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Lavatorium, Gloucester Cathedra
Lavatorium, Gloucester Cathedra

Gloucester Cathedral stands on the site of an early monastery established in 678 or 679. The present abbey church was created between 1072 and 1104 as a part of a Benedictine monastery. Gloucester is one of 6 former monasteries that were re-founded as cathedrals in the period of Henry VIII. The Benedictine monks would have washed here in preparation for Mass. Digital, fourteen image exposure blend, two image stitch

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North-East Bastion
North-East Bastion

After working for so long with the stone and brick arches of Halifax and Maine, it was amazing to see (and photograph) the granite structures of Fort Warren. The worn, weathered white-wash added an extra dimension to what may have been an otherwise drab image, but that pulls this photo together for me is the intersecting arches - a perfect image for a view camera, which avoided the distortion of the perspective, while still permitting me to show the upper sweep of the doorway. 4"X5" film

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LANDSCAPE & MACRO

Frozen Sunshine
Frozen Sunshine

A new ice flower image…I haven’t worked with frozen flowers since the summer but, with the Fall in full force, I’ve begun freezing images. Digital, fifteen frame focus blend, three image stitch

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Wreck and Ruin
Wreck and Ruin

Although it is something of a cliche, I was really pleased to come across this ruined boat; after a 40 minute walk downhill, it was great to find such a wonderful foreground subject to set against the distant rise of the tablelands. Digital, three frame stitch

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The Burren
The Burren

The Burren is one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe. The region measures approximately 250 square kilometres and a small portion of the Burren has been designated as Burren National Park. Three quarters of Ireland's species of flowers are found in the Burren. Digital

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Out of Time
Out of Time

Created during a workshop on macro photography; I was demonstrating how useful mirrors can be for macro work, and I caught sight of the reflection of a ceiling light on the under-side of the tiny gears I was photographing. Digital

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Odin's Eye
Odin's Eye

I think I could spend an eternity photographing small things - the revelation of minutia is completely engrossing. Digital

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Across the Minch
Across the Minch

A view across the Minch towards the highlands of South Uist (Hecla, Beinn Mhor and Buail’a Ghoill), from Neist Point, on the isle of Skye. Digital, eight frame stitch

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Looking across Loch Scavaig, from Elgol towards the Black Cuillins. Digital, six-frame stitch, twelve frame exposure blend

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When I was working with this piece of broken glass, just moving the camera a little or the red fabric behind it into a new shape would completely change the image as seen through the lens - I spent a good length of time just enjoying this play of light and colour. Digital

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Early in 2007, I began photographing the ice that formed on the window of my apartment; as the days progressed and weather changed, the colours of the ice changed as well, reflecting the work outside (in this case, the pale blue sky, and dried winter grass on the hill below the window). Digital

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While it is not common, there are times when a photographer can tell an image they are making is really strong, and this was one of those times. I am not certain if this will stay in colour, or be converted into black and white, but this beautiful shallow pool was just the perfect subject to work with! Digital, two-frame stitch

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