Archive | June, 2012

Piazza Navona – Fulvio Frioli

17 Jun

Street Artists in Rome

In Rome, in one of the most beautiful and important piazzas in the historic centre, Piazza Navona, talented artists exhibit every day in various activities & creative endeavours.

You can meet portrait painters, spray painters, designers of asphalt, painters canvas, even bizarre street dancers and many other entertainers.

This makes the square unmissable attraction for tourists who visit the center every day and make it more important despite its historical importance.

5 Questions for Alan O’Riordan

14 Jun

1)How long have you been taking photos?

On and off since I was a young lad. I have a vague memory from my formative years that involves an orange golf ball, a putting green, a willing accomplice and me, flat out on the surface, fiddling with perspective.

But it was a sabbatical from work and a year in Melbourne in 2010/2011 that afforded me the luxury of turning it into a bit of an (unpaid) obsession.

2)Why do you take photos?

At the risk of using an old cliche, I love the thrill of spotting potential in a scene, shooting it (often many times at many different settings) and then bringing the best out of it with a little help from Lightroom. I’m not going to deny that I also like counting the Likes on Facebook and the Favourites on Flickr…

But I suspect that, in the longer term, I will look back and be very glad that I took so many shots, helping me to anchor my memories in a very visual way.

3) What’s your favourite camera?

Well it used to be my Samsung NX10, which I bought when I first arrived in Melbourne and promptly took around 10,000 shots with. I liked the electronic viewfinder with full data overlay, the fact that it previewed the image exposure based on the settings I’d chosen, and the fact that I could adjust settings such as metering without taking my eye from the viewfinder. There’s a lot to be said for CSCs at the budget end.

More recently, however, I decided to splash out on a Canon 5D Mk II and I have fallen madly in love with it after a fairly steep but short learning curve. In fact, I sold the Samsung NX10 only last week, as it’s been gathering dust for the past 3 months.

4) Favourite place to shoot?

That’s a tough one. Wherever light, shadow and people come together in a pleasing way. And the light was often very good in Melbourne. But London, where I’ve lived for the past 9 months, has its moments, and I’m having a lot of fun discovering it through the lens. The pictures I’ve chosen for this post are all taken in London and all feature light, shadow and at least one human being.

5) Favourite lens

This probably won’t be a popular answer, but my 24-105 L produces amazing quality and also gives me a little flex to play with. I’m spending more time with a 50mm or an 85mm prime attached to the body, though. It does make you think a little more about your composition. That said, the photos for this post come from a range of lenses, including the humble 18-55 kit lens for my Samsung.

Portland, Oregon by Jorge Guadalupe Lizárraga

9 Jun

From any number of perspectives, Portland is a photogenic city. Located on the Willamette River, surrounded by its West Hills and extinct volcanoes (like Mt. Tabor and Rocky Butte), with majestic Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens on the horizon, and with an impressive collection of historic buildings, bridges, and new architecture the city is quite picturesque, indeed.

My eye, however, tends to follow the everyday life of the city, from the street life of the city to its quickly disappearing industrial districts. As a human geographer who studies and teaches about urban form, cultural landscapes, and the bult environment, my photos reflect my aesthetic as well as scholarly fascination with cities.

The images included here are from a series of “sidewalk” images of Portlanders in their town.

Vietnam – By pw-pix

8 Jun

Vietnam and it’s people were very photogenic. So very different in many ways
from my native Australia and other countries I’ve visited. My head and hard
drive are filled with good memories. Images from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City & Hoi An

Dominic Bugatto

5 Jun

The best way to get to know a city intimately is to walk it. Better still , carry a camera and you can unearth it’s soul. I’ve called Toronto “home” for many years now and continue to experience it and it’s occupants with a renewed appreciation through the eyepiece of a lens. It’s as diverse as it is expansive . It’s changed so much since I moved here from Montreal in the 80’s, and continues to do so at an alarming pace that’s both good & bad. Gentrification is a pendulum that swings both ways. I shoot almost exclusively with prime lenses these days , I like the discipline they impose and the quality of the images they produce. A 28mm is my go-to most of the time , but occasionally I take the 50mm out for a spin so it doesn’t feel neglected. The topographical urban landscape of this city is was draws me in , and I’m happy to have it as a muse. Cheers, Dom

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