Bridge House

When the alarm went off at 5:30 this morning I was sure I had made a mistake in planning a photo shoot at the nearby Blessington Lakes. I needed more sleep. Anyway a deal was a deal so I got myself up and braved the cold, started the car and let the frost thaw from the windows.
We arrived at the lakes at around 6:30 and settled on a location that would give us a good view of the sunrise. After about 15 minutes the grey skies began to glow from the sun rising behind the hills. It was amazing how quickly the light was changing and we knew it would not last very long as there was a lot of cloud around.
I got several shots that I was reasonably happy with and I will post them here over the coming days.
Here is the first;

Trusses

Here`s the last from the weekends abandoned cottage shoot. Not really sure about it at first but the more I looked at it the more it grew on me. I really liked the pattern from the trusses and I tried to frame the chimney as best as I could through the gaps. I blended a texture layer to give it a bit of lift.

Inside Out

Another from the weekend abandoned cottage shoot. I really liked the textures and colour on this old door and the 50mm lens did a good job of capturing it. The plants behind the door were a bit distracting so I decided to desaturate them to keep the emphasis on the door. I think it works?

Derelict Cottages

Went exploring some derelict cottages near Donadea Forest Park with my friends Tom and Damien this morning. When we arrived at our first location it was hard to know where to start as there was so much potential all around us. I remembered Brian Matiash`s sound advice from a post on his blog last year “get the gimme shots out of the way”. In other words, take all the obvious shots, before concentrating on details and angles.
With this in mind I decided to use only my 50mm 1.4 to force myself to move around a bit more and find the shot.

Here is the first of several that I will post over the next few days. I hope you like.

Nikon D90 / Nikkor 50mm f1.4 – 3 exposure HDR @ f16 and ISO 200