All posts tagged as color

09 Sep

Loom bands (and peace)

In b. Abstract/Arty by admin / September 9, 2014 / 0 Comments

Loom bands

Loom bands. Definitely one of the crazes of 2014. Every child seems to have spent the summer making loom bands of all colours and designs. You know that loom bands are a craze when Gerry Adams was spotted wearing one that his television.

My daughter loves loom bands and has a container full of unmade loom bands and it gave me the idea to create a photo of a ‘sea of colourful loom bands.

loom bands

16 Nov

Autumn Changes

In d. People & Animals by admin / November 16, 2013 / 0 Comments

It might be the middle of November but there’s still loads of ‘Autumn’ leaves with great red, orange, yellow colours.

The grass was dry so I asked Conor to lie down quickly for me and was happy with this photo.

Autumn Changes

Autumn Changes is a song by Donna Summer

26 Jun

Abstract bubbles (Green Day)

Up until now I’ve thought that I didn’t have any preferred one style of photographs. People ask me what type of photographs I shoot and I’d always say an eclectic mix/anything and everything that catches my eye.
I enjoy photographing my kids, trying different sports (rugby- very enjoyable, soccer- much more difficult than I anticipated, boxing- difficult to position yourself in ideal location), urban, architecture, patterns, urban and many more.

But while looking through my favoured photographs on my computer I began to notice that there is a trend; a lot of abstract photos. I’ve found that I often try to take a ‘new’ photograph, meaning that most items have been photographed thousands of times and the vast majority look very similar. So by trying to capture something in a new/different way it makes my photograph somewhat unique and more memorable. And it’s also a challenge to me which I enjoy.

This is a photograph of bubbles in a pink plastic bowl. The initial result was mundane but by inverting the colours it changes it to a very different photograph; to me it looks like cells under a microscope.

Green Day

Post title Green Day is the name of an American Rock band

18 Jun

hundreds and thousands (Colors and colors)

A photograph of baking food ‘hundreds and thousands’.

Up until now I’ve always said that I don’t have a favourite style of photogrpahy. But more and more recently I’ve noticed that my favourite photographs seem to be abstract photographys. Which to me is beginning to make sense. I’ve also mentioned that I often try to take a photograph from a different perspective. Why? Most ‘common’ photographed items (landmarks etc.) are shot from the same spot and look very similar so none of them really stand out from the crowd. So, by photographing from a different perspective makes it more memorable and unique I think.

Or maybe it’s just that I don’t get out to photograph as often as I’d like to so I sometimes end up around my house with my camera looking for things to photograph and think what could make a good photo. Like this container of hundreds and thousands; I lay them out on a flat baking tray and like the result. I think it’d look even more impressive on a large acrylic print on my wall.

colours

Colors and colors are lyrics from the catchy song ‘Colors’ by Hot Chip

02 Jun

Inverted Coloured Straws (Cherry Coloured Funk)

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / June 2, 2013 / 0 Comments

A bunch of straws turned into an abstract photograph by inverting the colours of the photograph.

colors abstract

Cherry Coloured Funk is a song from the album Heaven Or Las Vegas by the magnificent Cocteau Twins. I think the colours in this photography vaguely match the abstrct colours on the album cover Heaven Or Las Vegas.

16 Apr

The Vinyl Collection

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / April 16, 2013 / 0 Comments

The Vinyl Collection

I was strolling down a side street in Brussles and several boxes of vinyl albums outside a store caught my eye. As a music lover I was curious as to what the albums were and as a photographer I saw a potentially nice photograph- great vibrant colours that would make a great abstract photograph.

the vinyl collection

The Vinyl Collection is the title of an album by Norah Jones.

20 Sep

Yellow Rose Petals (Yellow roses,The color of sunshine)

In c. Macro & Flowers,g.Colourful by admin / September 20, 2012 / 0 Comments

Yellow Rose

My wife loves flowers (what woman doesn’t?) and I find roses a great subject for colourful, abstract macro photos. So when I bought her yellow roses recently we both were happy. This macro photograph of beautiful petals of a yellow rose is almost memorising I find. When I bought my macro lens I didn’t intend it use it for floral photography but I found it’s great for colourful photos of petals.

I like the simplicity in floral photos where the entire photos is engulfed with one colour, here the bright yellow rose is like a tunnel. Lilies are my wife’s favourite type of flowers but I’m going to start buying her roses as they’re my favourite type of flowers to photograph; pure red, white or yellow colours.

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Yellow Rose

Post title ‘Yellow roses, the color of sunshine’ are lyrics taken from the song Yellow Roses by the one and only Dolly Parton.. Did you know that Dolly Parton even has her own theme park?

13 Sep

To Look Inside

In g.Colourful by admin / September 13, 2012 / 0 Comments

Post title a song title from Faws, taken from his Blue Note EP.

22 Aug

Mis-shapes

In b. Abstract/Arty by admin / August 22, 2012 / 1 Comment

I like to notice patterns and potential photographs in everyday situations, maybe it’s the photographer in my hunting for something to photograph. I was in Calpe, Spain on holidays earlier this summer and ‘played’ crazy golf with our kids. What struck me was the strong colours and unique shapes around each hole.

Post title is taken from the song title “Mis-shapes, Mistakes, Misfits” by Pulp

29 Jun

Cape Clear (Now ever since I was a child, I can remember that mansion on the hill)

In g.Colourful,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / June 29, 2012 / 1 Comment

Post title is lyrics from the song ‘Mansion On The Hill’ by The Boss, Bruce Springston. I thought it was by one of my favourite band The National but they just covered the song.

01 May

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

In g.Colourful by admin / May 1, 2012 / 0 Comments

You only have one life.
Smile.
Laugh.
Be a child again.
Enjoy it, don’t take everything so seriously all the time.
Stop and smell the flowers, appreciate what you have.
Here’s some random photographs that make me smile.

This is how Conor (2 years young) smiles. There’s nothing wrong with him, it’s just his funny smile…


Post title is the song title of that happy, happy song Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin.

26 Apr

She’ll Carry On Through It All, She’s a Waterfall

In b. Abstract/Arty,f. Nature & Sky by admin / April 26, 2012 / 0 Comments

I’d just like to post an example of a ‘before and after’ photo, aka editing.
I was wandering around lovely Westport early morning last weekend and strolled along the picturesque river and stopped at this mini-waterfall.

I thought there could be a nice photo in it somewhere to took a few photos, some with slow shutter speeds. This was taken at 1/20th of a second but the initial result was a bit plain/standard.

So I did some basic editing in Picasa 3. I know I should be using Lightroom or Photoshop but haven’t found the time to study either yet. And I find that Picasa 3 does a good job. I know there some features and presets in Lightroom that I’d like. Someday, I keep telling myself, I’ll buy and learn/study Lightroom. Someday. Another confession- I don’t shot in RAW. Ever.

Anyway all I did with this photo took less than 5 minutes and I ‘framed’ the finished result as I think it’d look nice on my wall. Steps were crop, apply 1960’s effect and add the frame.

Post title is taken from ‘She’s a Waterfall’ by THE Stone Roses.

21 Mar

And I could never bring you flowers, And I could never turn you around

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / March 21, 2012 / 5 Comments

A collage of a colourful purple flower, taken with my new macro lens. Macro photography is a lot harder than I thought, it’s a learning curve, especially with focus.

Post title is taken from the song ‘Flowers’ from the album ‘Today’ by the under-rated band ‘Galaxie 500’.

02 Mar

Maroon 5 ( Galway GAA Pearse Stadium stand )

In a. Galway,b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / March 2, 2012 / 4 Comments

This is the second set of photographs from my wander around Pearse Stadium, Salthill home to Galway GAA hurling and football. In this set I’m posting patterns and strong colours seen in the empty stand which wouldn’t be seen on match day.

…and an ‘abstract’ one thrown in for good measure

My first set of photographs from Pearse Stadium can be found here

Title taken from the American Pop Rock band named ‘Maroon 5’. I know I have more than 5 maroon photographs in the post but couldn’t resist adding this title

23 Nov

Oh To Be, Oh To Be, Oh To Be A Rebel

In g.Colourful,h. Sport,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / November 23, 2011 / 3 Comments

This is my second set of photos from Páirc Ui Chaoimh, home to Cork GAA hurling and football.
These photos some an empty stadium and shows the patterns and colours on the stand and terrace, which is normally hidden/covered by fans.
The last photo isn’t staged, Conor saw the flag, ran over and started waving it.

Here’s the link to my first set of photos from ‘The Park’ (Páirc Úi Chaoimh).

You’re always so calm and so cool,
Donal Óg just knows what to do,
Mulchay, Muphy, The Rock,
Will just play each minute on the clock.

Sean Og, Ronan and John,
They will just sting you along,
They’re just sheer class on the grass,
Rebels, we watch as they pass.

Gerry O Conor will leave you for dead,
Tom Kenny, he’ll fix you then
The attack starts all over again,

McCarthy wheels at you,
And Neil Ronan he knows what to do,
All they have to do is keep hurling at you.

Oh to be, oh to be, oh to be a Rebel,
We love ye Rebels, you’re so slick and so sharp,
We love ye Rebels with every beat of our heart,
We’ll follow Rebels all the way to Croke Park.

Lyrics taken from here, thanks to cathalosull21. It’s a slightly outdated song now but is from when Cork hurling was at it’s pinnacle (in recent times).

03 Nov

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

In g.Colourful by admin / November 3, 2011 / 0 Comments

09 Jul

Colours and colours and colours of Colours

In c. Macro & Flowers,g.Colourful by admin / July 9, 2011 / 0 Comments

It was a quiet, wet dull day in Galway and I was stuck indoors. With nowhere to go and nothing to do I was tidying up the kitchen and was struck by the contrast between the colourful straws (my 4 year old daughter LOVES straws, they make her face light up. Of course she wants the pink ones) and the grey sky outside. So I decided to much around and try to take some happy, colourful photos.
The straws photo was taken with a standard compact camera. Someday I’ll buy a dedicated macro lens for my Pentax dSLR but for now the compact seems to go a good job. I bought extermely cheap extension tubes a while back but had problems with them and never managed to get them to work. I should just throw them out (or beat them to a pulp)…

06 Jul

Down On The Farm

In a. Galway,g.Colourful by admin / July 6, 2011 / 0 Comments

21 Mar

Colours and colours and colours of colours (Limerick Photowalk)

In g.Colourful by admin / March 21, 2011 / 0 Comments

This is my last set from the Limerick Photowalk (I promise!). These aren’t the leftovers, I have loads of them, trust me. The theme of this set is colour. It was a dull, rainy day in Limerick so I sought to seek out colour amongst the drabness and dullness.

It was a very pleasurable walk and nice to see some first-timers join us. I’m looking forward to the next one already.

Also here’s a video of some of my photos from the photowalk- Limerick Photowalk video.

No Flowers

No Flowers

No smoking

No smoking

Blue skies above?
Blue skies above

Irish Gold

Irish Gold

Photos, photos, photos (Elalgallery Photograpy gallery in the Milk Market)

photos, photos, photos

Holy Cross

Cross

Water Drops

Water Drops

And finally just a ‘funny’ one

Fire. Must be

04 Dec

What Does Your Soul Look Like (Rothko imitation)

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / December 4, 2010 / 0 Comments

At work one of our current competition categories is ‘Abstract’.
These photos are two I took at home tonight, one a Rothko copy and one trying to convey a human soul.
The sunset through my back door reminds me of the Russian-born American abstract painter Rothko.

Human soul- This one was just messing around but I kind of like it. It’s my breath, taken standing outside my back door in the (very) cold. The photo on it’s own it very forgetful but when you associate it to a human soul escaping a dead body then breathes (no pun intended) a whole new life into the photo.

15 Nov

Tripping On Sunshine- Galway Sunset

In a. Galway,f. Nature & Sky,g.Colourful by admin / November 15, 2010 / 0 Comments

Galway Sunset

A beautiful orange/golden sunset near Claregalway in Galway. The foreground has flooded fields an electricity pylons and poles. Much of east Galway was flooded in the winger of 2010 and the sunset reflects of the water.

Setting Sun Galway

07 Nov

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (It’s a Rich Man’s World)

In g.Colourful by admin / November 7, 2010 / 0 Comments

Another rich mans toy from my wander around Kensington, London, this time a racing red Ferrari

Ferrari- It's a Rich Man's World

02 Nov

London Calling

In g.Colourful by admin / November 2, 2010 / 1 Comment
London Red Telephone Booth

An iconic English landmark. I tried to take the photo from a different angle than the standard photo and feel that this stands out

23 Oct

It’s a rich man’s world- Harrods

In g.Colourful by admin / October 23, 2010 / 1 Comment

I didn’t want to take the standard photo of Harrods (front of building) and am happy with this instead.
Harrods

08 Oct

My Heart is an Apple

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / October 8, 2010 / 0 Comments
Abstract Red apple

Originally this was a macro photo of an apple. But the result wasn’t very sharp. So I messed about with the photo and this is the result

21 Sep

Honey Bee (Fly Me To Mars)

In c. Macro & Flowers,f. Nature & Sky by admin / September 21, 2010 / 2 Comments
Busy Bee on a flower

A bee working away in my back garden. I zoomed into 250mm to try not to disturbe the bee (or get stung). It was hard to get a shot with a good position but here you can literally see him collecting the nectar. The bee collects nectar, while pollen collects on its body

11 Jul

Pink!

Flowerhouse

Will you bee mine?

01 Jul

You Never Give Me Your Money (The Color of Money)

The Color of Money

I had an overload of potential titles for this picture:
Wouldn’t it Be Nice?
Money, money, money, it’s a rich mans’ world
Opportunities, let’s make lots of money
All I need
Easy Money

13 Jun

Run, run young man (Galway Triathlon)

In a. Galway,b. Abstract/Arty,h. Sport by admin / June 13, 2010 / 0 Comments
Blur runnint

A swimmer getting ready to stop and change over for the cycling leg of the Galway Triathlon.

05 Jun

0-0 After Extra Time

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful,h. Sport by admin / June 5, 2010 / 0 Comments

12 May

Blue. Lines

In f. Nature & Sky,g.Colourful by admin / May 12, 2010 / 0 Comments

There’s something pleasant about a bright blue sky cut across by a simple straight airplane trail. Here’s a collection of some I’ve taken. For a few of them I’ve been driving so pulled over quickly (and safely, obviously), raced to get my camera and grab a shot.

Flying high

two planes in the blue sky

Flying by

Flying by

To infinity and beyond

Fly me to the moon

Chemical Trails

27 Apr

Flowers (Tulips not from Amsterdam)

In f. Nature & Sky by admin / April 27, 2010 / 0 Comments

Tulips from Amsterdam

I can never calm you down
And I can never turn you around
And I could never bring you flowers
And I could never turn you around

11 Apr

Colours (Galway Market)

In a. Galway,g.Colourful by admin / April 11, 2010 / 1 Comment

Galway’s famous bustling market has been trading in Church lane by St Nicholas’ Church in the centre of the city for literally centuries. The market is open Saturdays and Bank Holidays from 8am to 6pm and Sundays 2pm to 6pm. It’s a small, tight market but still there’s a great variety of food available, Madras curry, Crepes, Japanese Sushi, handmade chocolates among many others .

Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon

Galway Market colours 3

Galway Market Colours 1

Galway Market Colours 2

29 Dec

Maximo Park graffiti

In b. Abstract/Arty by admin / December 29, 2009 / 0 Comments

Maximo Park Graffiti

Maximo park graffiti bench in Berlin, Germany

Maximo Park Graffiti

 

“I’ll do graffiti if you sing to me in French, What are you doing here if romance isn’t dead”
Mind your mouth as you walk with me,Take care ooh as you cross the street”

I saw this park bench when walking through a park in Berlin and Maximo Park just popped into my head. I always wondered what’s correct grammatically; does one ‘do’ graffiti?

Post title is the name of a British Rock Band Maximo Park and a song title of theirs ‘Graffiti’.

29 Sep

Alone on the streets I know just where I’m going, Sidewalking

In g.Colourful by admin / September 29, 2009 / 0 Comments

Double yellow, leaves & no cars

I joined part of a nice Photowalk on Saturday from Montenotte hotel to Clarion hotel. It was orgainsed by Donncha O Caoimh and a pleasent stroll

I joined part of a nice Photowalk on Saturday from Montenotte hotel to Clarion hotel. It was orgainsed by Donncha O Caoimh and a pleasent stroll

20 Sep

Blue Skies

In a. Galway,f. Nature & Sky,g.Colourful,h. Sport by admin / September 20, 2009 / 2 Comments

Colours

Taken with my IPhone (all I had on me at the time), it came out surprisingly well. Nothing is in sharp focus but it’s still nice and colourful. The course is Carnmore Golf Club.

21 Apr

I Love My Car

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / April 21, 2009 / 0 Comments

I love my car
I’ll admit today I’ve gone too far
To enamour myself of my little motor car

19 Apr

Sit Down

In g.Colourful by admin / April 19, 2009 / 0 Comments

19 Mar

Colour me- Child’s Play

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / March 19, 2009 / 1 Comment

Child's Play

24 Feb

Seaside, yet still Docked (Galway)

In a. Galway,b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / February 24, 2009 / 0 Comments

Some pictures from wandering around Galway Docks (sounds seedy, doesn’t it?). It’s a great place for photographing I think- lots of colour, boats old and new, water etc.

24 Feb

Darts Of Pleasure

In c. Macro & Flowers,g.Colourful by admin / February 24, 2009 / 0 Comments

24 Feb

Blackbird

In g.Colourful by admin / February 24, 2009 / 0 Comments