It’s nice get back to some outdoor floral photography. Mother nature has been slightly confused by the crazy changing weather and I only really got back out last weekend to see what #springflowers have #sprung. I seemed to have missed tulip season (maybe next year I will make it to the tulip fields in the Netherlands). Here is a selection of #bleedingheart #grannysbonnet #allium #bluebell #snowdrop (snowdrops are from a few weeks back) from my next door farm & gardens Airfield Estate #airfieldestate. I love the walled garden there. There is a little bit of texture added, but the images are pretty much straight from the camera!
So far this year, I’ve been a little dance and dance photography obsessed and I hope it continues. These shots were taken the day after a recent London trip to see Giselle at the Royal Opera House (which was amazing – surely that’s worth another post!). The shoot was organised by fellow dance photographer @jezzah59 with the talented professional contemporary dancer Tori (@vic_tori9_winter) – who is a pleasure to work with! I’m really happy with the results – I feel we captured the essence of those transient moments during the improvised dance performance. The last shot was completely spontaneous where street artist @instaminto wanted to join in the action and heat it up 🔥 – what fun! Some really great places to shoot in London town, I will be back……..
I attended a fantastic day of talks with photographers David Hobby (aka the Strobist) and Sara Lando. I signed up ages ago (I love when international photographers visit Dublin!) and quite honestly didn’t know what to expect as it wasn’t a practical workshop. Hearing both describe their photographic journeys (the good and bad) was fascinating and inspiring. Both were very generous with the information they shared – I tend to find that photographers at the top of the game are the most generous with their knowledge (it’s really refreshing!). I really loved the impromptu cling film and flour shoot with Sara – I’m going to try this out myself! David passed on lots of advice, his yearly ‘ecosystem’ life map is something we all should do and next on my agenda. A few lucky people are attending practical photography workshops with David and Sara this week………
I’ve just added another ice-cream cone flower to my portfolio collection 🙂
It’s been a very busy summer out and about with my camera. Floral photography dominated the early summer (big backlog to process during the winter months). However, recently I seem to have been out and about focusing on event and dance photography (which I also love!). I’ve also been posting on Instagram more regularly and love it (I’m not really using flickr or google+ anymore). I’m loving instagram and the interactions there – particularly this one from Canon UK. I got an invite to the recent #CanonDubinMeet which to my surprise involved photographing dancers outside (in the cold and wet!!!) – ideal! Canon UK even chose one of my photos as the overall winner from the evening. You gotta love instagram for all the new opportunities it brings – well I do anyway!!
……lots of love and laughter (and even a pitch invasion) with the Lords of Strut (yes, the Cork lads who made it to the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent!) this afternoon at LAYA Healthcare’s City Spectacular in Merrion Square – we even had proper sunshine thrown in for good measure!
Mina Clown from Argentina kept us smiling and the USA Breakdancers brought their A-game with some spectacular street dancing. Always a great day out!
Today I learnt about the traditional art of ikebana at the Chester Beatty Library. Thanks to the Ireland Japan Association for organising. It was fascinating to watch 5 different floral displays being made, all beautiful. Our instructor told us you are not meant to talk when making the display, a truly meditative experience.
This week in Airfield Estate we learnt how to pot on plant cuttings, the difference between espalier and fan training, how to deal with spring bulbs and making suitable compost for container pots. I highly recommend this course with Airfield. Colm O’Driscoll, head gardener at Airfield, is a fountain of knowledge and we learnt so much over the past few weeks.
It has been great to see how the garden has changed so much from March to May and I look forward to visiting with my camera over the next few months. For me the walled garden at Airfield is my favourite space and I think Letitia and Naomi Overend (philanthropic owners of Airfield estate who set up their charitable trust in 1974) would be pleased to see how their garden has grown!
Spurred on by all things green, I am pleased to report my seedlings have germinated and are still growing – time will tell if they make it outside and surive!