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Revisiting Colour ... by admin

I am amazed at how dissatisfied our minds can be.  There is always that sense of "not quite yet..." when it comes to my photography.  I'm reminded of the song I heard on the radio this morning by U2, "I Still Haven't Found what I'm Looking For..."  Sometimes I wonder if we would KNOW "it" if it stood right in front of us!  

Well being dissatisfied is a 2 way street, isn't it?  A blessing... AND a curse, that's for sure!  As I continue to research and work more and more on my processes and for new ways to do things, this is what has happened.  I've ended up looking at things slightly differently.

 

While I love black & white, for me, still the best medium by far...  I still realise too that there is tremendous potential for the use of colour in my work, I just need to find a balance that I am happy with.  These next few images that I want to show you today, briefly, are just some of those outworkings.  I hope some day to be able to print some of these in larger formats for I would be intrigued just to see them big and bold!

 

I hope you enjoy these!  Please share them or like them, as "every little helps" (at least Tesco says it does!)

 

Take care

 

Geoff.

 

Sunrise Over Oxford Island

 

 

Sailing to the Lighthouse

 

 

Ship to Shore...

 

Lighthouse with a View

 

 

 

Baywatch - Portstewart by admin

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This past weekend saw me up at the North Antrim Coast again on the Baywatch set!  ;) Baywatch, Portstewart

 

This is just a little teaser of what I was up to.  At the moment I've a pretty heavy workload on so it might take a little time to get more images up from this latest trip...we'll see how it goes.    I had hoped to have my new Hitech 10 stop ND filter with me to capture some stormy weather, but Royal Mail saw fit to take the proverbial, so I decided to do what I do best...  just go out in the worst weather and see how wet I could get without soaking my gear.  Mission accomplished, then! lol.

I love the simplicity of this first photo. It just jumped out at me the minute I started to look around me.  I'd taken some photos on a portrait shoot around this old lifeguard station a couple of years ago and I think its really got character.

 

After the Dawn - Portstewart Strand - Geoff McGrath Photography

After the Dawn - Portstewart Strand

 

This image was taken about 9am on a surprisingly calm Sunday morning.  While we were hearing tales of the extreme conditions elsewhere in the UK, we were experiencing beautiful calm and mild weather for October.  I've processed this image concentrating on nice tonal contrast and then used Nik's HDRExPro software to lift the colour out.

 

Stairway to Heaven - Portstewart - Geoff McGrath Photography

 

I was reminded of Stairway to Heaven when I saw this and was tempted to make some of those railings at the top 'disappear' but I didn't think it right to remove them just for the sake of a title!  :)  This shot was taken with the 11-16mm Tokina.

 

Portstewart - The Old Convent - B&W - Geoff McGrath Photography

 

I've always found that there's more than one way to skin a cow and this is cetainly true when it comes to photography.  The most common view of the old convent (now a school) is from the Promenade and you'll find that shot earlier in my portfolio.  I decided I wanted to see it from the other side just as the sun was rising.  I was rewarded with this beautifully peaceful image of the Old Convent looking out over the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Geoff McGrath

Pulse rates soaring at 500px! by admin

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Well, today's been an interesting day.  In a good way.  Well, if you don't count the bad back that is!  

As many of you may know, I have an account on 500px, a fantastic photosharing social media site.  It's one of my favourite things to do when I have some downtime.  Browsing 500px and Pinterest.

 

I recently realised that I hadn't uploaded my latest images to 500px and so I proceeded to upload them to my profile and that's when things got exciting.  I've only enjoyed average success on there and yes its only people "liking" your images but it all helps towards SEO ranking.

 

I wanted to share the images with you.  If you're already on 500px, you be able to find me there as simply "GeoffMcGrath."  You'll also see to the left of this blog post that there is a link under the menu for 500px (it looks like an '8' on its side) just as there is for other social media sites that I use, such as Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.  Please click there and connect with me if you haven't already.

 

Images are ranked on there in terms of their "Pulse" that is how active they are.   I've had moderate success at times, getting 40's and 60's.  But tonight as we speak these 2 images are currently sitting in the 92-94 range!

 

Here they are....

 

Tree at Six Road Ends  and a  Fresco of Sunrise over Oxford Island

 

Check the links out, or if you're too lazy :P  ... here's the 2 images.

 

Fine Art - Geoff McGrath

 

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I've been working on creating some more Fine Art images and having discovered a few new tricks in processing, hope to have some to share with you soon.

See you then!

Geoff (McGrath)