B&W Architecture

Another day, another #GuruShots challenge!

There are 14 days left from the time of this post until the challenge has ended. IMHO, images of buildings are often shown at their best as B&W, and as usual, some of the images submitted to this challenge by other users are incredible. There’s a wide range of subjects – from the brutalist style through to abandoned farm buildings – well worth a browse.

The photographs that I have submitted as as follows (from left to right):

  • The Maiden’s Finger, Co Meath
  • Calle de la Princesa 3, Madrid
  • Catedral de Santa Maria le Real de la Alumdena, Madrid
  • Plaza del Callao, Madrid

B&W Architecture

They were all taken with an iPhone 6.

I’ve more images I could submit (unlike other challenges) – I need to go through some of the images taken on a very recent trip to Edinburgh this weekend – and will check to see if there are any decent swaps should I need.

As ever, any updates will be included at a later date.

#VivaEspaña #Madrid #B&WPhotography

Update: The photograph of the Maiden’s Finger is not doing quite as well as the other images, so, as I’ve a free swap from another challenge (Pathways & Roads), I’ve decided to swap it out with an image I took of Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, in Mendocino County, California in 2007 (wow – over a decade ago!). The perspective ideally should be fixed but I actually like the fact that the slant upwards creating a point inwards drawing the eye upwards to the top of the tower. There’s a kinda spookiness to the structure – it’s eerie and quite bleak in B&W but the building certainly has more of a presence than in the original colour version. BTW the photograph was taken on a FujuFilm FinePix 480 digital camera which I still have but no longer use.

I think this image should probably get a few more votes that the Maiden’s Finger (which achieved 19), and given there are still 9 days left before this challenge closes, it’ll be interesting to see if this swap is successful.

Point Cabrillo, Mendocino Co, CA

Point Cabrillo, Mendocino, CA

#California #Mendocino  #PointCabrillo #Lighthouse

Update: There is another week to go before the challenge ends but I’ll have no further free swaps before then. I swapped out the image of the Cathedral in Madrid for a snap I took of a church in Sidari, Corfu, Greece – not that you can see it too well under the text. If you’ve never been to Corfu, I’d strongly recommend it – I didn’t stay in Sidari (bit too lively for my liking tbh) but its a wonderful island for a relax holiday. #Corfu

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Update: With a little under 48 hours to go, I’ve made another swap – full details when challenge ends but hoping that the vote will help push me up the rankings further.

Update: The Challenge has just finished and I’ve made the All Star level – which I’m both amazed and chuffed to bits about. I got a total of 1144 which broke down as follows:

B&W Final

The last swap I made was an image I took a year or so ago of a cinema in Collins Yard, North London. As it gained more votes than the image I swapped it out for, I got another swap which I’m going to put to good use in the ‘Simply Orange’ challenge.

[April 2018]

 

 

Rocking the Boat & Street Photography

So there are two new #GuruShots challenges in play.

At the current time, there are 9 days left in the challenge entitled ‘Rocking the Boat’. I’ve submitted the following images – from left to right:

  • Three Rowing Boats on the River Boyne
  • Fishing Boats on the River Boyne
  • The Irish Trader (shipwreck on Baltray Sands) – heavy filter use on this image!
  • The Irish Trader (shipwreck on Baltray Sands) – side profile without the filter!

Rocking the Boat

As you can tell from the votes, these images are hardly setting the world on fire. At present time of writing, I’ve reached Popular (along with 3606 others) but it’s great that people have voted for them at all. What is interesting is that the dark image of the Irish Trader has more votes (albeit a small amount) than the lighter image of the same wreck and I think the one with less votes is better.

I’ve also entered the GuruShots challenge entitled ‘Street Photography’. Like the ‘Rocking the Boat’ challenge, there 9 days to go before this challenge closes and voting starts in approx. 1 hour from time of publishing this post. Shown (in the update below) are the images I’ve submitted – from left to right:

  • Umbrellas in a Dublin Side Street (taken Monday 9 April)
  • A Quiet Sunday Morning in Madrid (taken in 2016)
  • Graffiti on a North Quay Dublin Building (since demolished) (taken 2016/7 through my car window when stuck at traffic lights)
  • Oil Spill on Leeson Street, D2 (taken earlier this year)

Each of the ‘Street Photography’ images were taken on an iPhone 6 and I’m happy enough with the results. These days, mobile/cell phones have great cameras and are perfect for taking quick hassle-free images.

I think my images in ‘Street Photography’ are a little better than those in my ‘Rocking the Boat’ challenge but I’m a lot more interested in the results of the latter challenge because all the images were taken in the last few weeks on my Nikon D3400 DSLR. By uploading these photographs – and trust me, I do know they can be improved upon – I just feel that I’m making (some) progress in my ultimate quest to take great photographs.

In an attempt to try to earn more GuruShots points however, in due course (possibly after the weekend), I’ll try to dig out some other (better?) images that I’ve taken in my pre-Nikon D3400 days and try out a few swaps. As I’ve noted before, GuruShots is at the end of the day a game but it is also an interesting way to share images and measure my own progress at the same time. As usual, updates will follow as relevant.

#Dublin #Baltray #RiverBoyne #Umbrellas #IrishTrader #Shipwreck

Update: The Rock the Boat Challenge has finished and I got a Skilled ranking. Happy with that! :-)

Update: Delighted and quite surprised to have achieved an Elite ranking. As I thought, these images were more popular than those in the Rock the Boat Challenge and the final votes were as follows:

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[April 2018]

Lens Flares & Sunspots

So, I’ve entered the ‘Lens Flares & Sunspots’ GuruShots Challenge today. Although four images can be submitted per challenge, I’ve only submitted the image below. I simply don’t have a decent bank of high res images to upload to #GuruShots as yet.

Lens flares and sunspots can add a lot of drama to an image and are essentially caused by pointing your camera towards the sun.

The image below was taken on an iPhone 6 which was tilted slightly towards the sun and the result is a little lens flare to lighten up the foreground (bottom left). The location is Mornington, County Meath Ireland in the summer of 2017.

Once the challenge is closed, I’ll update this post with the result. #GuruShots

Mornington-03-Sun

Mornington at Sunset

Update: happy with the results of this challenge especially given the subtly of the lens flare on the image. I ranked 134 with 116 with 243 views. Not bad – a ‘popular’ ranking.

The Drogheda Port is currently in the process of selling this land. I’m really hoping that if sold, it’s not to a developer but to an organisation that will preserve the natural beauty that so many local residents (human and animal) enjoy. I am looking forward to taking more photographs of this wonderful little stretch of the Meath coastline when the weekend weather improves.

[March 2018]