Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk – Titanic Belfast

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On Saturday the 5th October I had the opportunity to be apart of the 6th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. I noticed that there was two walks in Belfast, but the Titanic Belfast interested me the most. I really love this signature building with its modern architecture and cool exhibition to the lost White Line ship.

I have to say I met the greatest bunch of photographers, who made me feel very welcome, considering they were all professionals and part of the same club. The walk allowed me to shoot a set full of architecture, people, history, among other things. However, the above image is the one I submitted to the walk website, but feel free to check out the full set.

I certainly will be looking to take part again next year. Perhaps then I might even have learn’t a few new skills.

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First Public Photographic Event

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Sunday was interesting, my friend asked me would i take some pictures at his ordination in St Patrick’s Cathedral as one of the first Permanent Deacons in that part of Ireland. I wasn’t sure I was up for the task, but because he asked me, I gave it a go.

Upon arrival I discovered that if I wanted to take picture in the Cathedral I had to be with the press photographers and not the guests as I had expected. This was really amusing as all these guys had top of the end Canon or Nikon’s with massive zooms. While I had my Nikon D5200 and a few lens with me. In fairness they accepted me and let me be apart of the pack, and I did get behind the scenes places that a guest would not have been allowed to access.

So apart from school boy errors and a lot of learning, here are my images on Flickr. I hope you find them interesting and please do leave your comments.

Strangers We Meet

I met this gentleman while trying to take these landscape pictures and one of the moon. He approached me loudly from a distance, suggesting I take his picture, because I would never get a picture of an Irishman like him. I believe that might be true after our conversation and anyway, how could I refuse such an interesting character with a stick!

So I swung the camera around on the tripod and quickly fulfilled his request. As you can see there was no time for composition or even to consider focus. Just capture the moment, hope everyone is happy and get back to capturing my shoreline before the light was gone

However, the whole evening was full of people asking what I was looking at, what was it i saw and was I a professional. It seems a camera on a tripod convinces everyone you are a professional even when all you hoped for was a quiet night to better know learn your craft. Still it meant I got to take this gem of a photo. Feel free to let me know what do you think or share you stories of strangers you’ve met while out taking pictures.

Finding The Right Travel Camera

One of the most difficult things about taking pictures while on the move in developing countries, is finding the right camera as a travel buddy. If like me you want a camera that’s discreet, light, easy to carry, feature rich and takes a great image, well it’s not easy on an affordable budget. In the past I have used a Panasonic ZX-100, which is fine outdoors (like the shot above) but not much use in low light conditions. So I have been exploring the current options before I head to Rwanda again in August. There are quite a few options between waterproof compacts to enthusiast compact cameras, but it is hard to find one the gives you the type of manual controls of a SDLR and yet in a size to fix your pocket.

I have checked various websites, blogs, forums and the opinions are vastly divided. Some are fiercely loyal to brand, others keen on changeable lens or crazy about the sensor size. Yet many are split over what actually constitutes a travel camera. However, I have narrowed it down to three cameras in my budget between the Nikon P7700, Canon G15 or Fuji X20. All great choices for various reasons, but after much debate I think I’m settling on the X20. It looks great, has a brilliant viewfinder, good size sensor, quick, easy to carry and takes a great image even in low light.

Check out this fantastic photo blog on the X20.

Update: Picked camera up today and here is a few snaps in Starbucks

http://www.flickr.com/photos/derekhall/sets/72157634516023080

97 Percent

Last week on the #FlickrFriday group the challenge was a head scratcher of a theme – #97Percent. I have to say this one really stretched the old grey matter, but I discovered the statistic that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that man made climate change is real. So here is my photographic portrayal of that stat.

Click the above image to see all my #FlickrFriday submissions and the six that were featured on the #Flickr blog.

Spring Time Arrives

Yesterday the sun came out and the world looked different. Proof that spring has arrived was all around me so I captured a few snaps. Click the image above to view the rest in my photostream.