Recently, I found out about the VantagePoint project by camera startup light.co. They have a new compact camera called the L16 which has recently sold out and have set up some clever marketing campaigns to make people aware of their new cameras. It sounded interesting and so I decided to take part. The project involves sharing a post with a photo taken on a compact in my favourite location to shoot and tag it with #vantagepoint which they would share on their pinterest board.
I chose this photo, as it was taken in my favourite location, Ibiza town and there is clearly a lot of activity going on and I do like street photography. This was taken last week in Ibiza town on 12th May so say hello if you were lucky enough to be there too. I have been to Ibiza several times now and knew a good location could be the market place.
There was little to no planning in this shot, except that I set the camera up with the following settings as I knew it was quite a bright sunny day and I would be shooting a crowd scene – F / 5.6, speed 1/320 and ISO 200. Other than that, I selected a busy vantage point (see what I did there) in the old market square (Merkat Vell) in front of the castle gate (Portal de ses Taules) and held my camera waist high and just shot the first thing that came along. As luck would have it, a stunning woman appeared from the busy crowd dressed like a super model from head to toe to take centre stage while from the left appeared a couple of holiday makers holding hands. At the last second, a young man appeared from the right (slightly out of focus) racing somewhere pushing a trolley.
Seriously, you couldn’t set this shot up if you tried.
The DA Club was a great music venue located @ 3-5 Clarendon Market, Dublin (just off Grafton St.) behind Peters Pub. It played host to many an up and coming songwriter night and even some more established homegrown talent like JackL and The Pale. Sadly, it closed down as a music venue after a few years and now showcases talent of a different variety.
I found this print in the boot of the car this morning of yours truly playing an acoustic set from 19 March 1998 supported by cousin Gwyn on bass. Let’s not mention the beard (Bloody hell, what was I thinking?) as for the beige combats.. somebody call Fashion Police.
Back then, we played a series of acoustic sets (mostly original songs, with the odd cover version of The Smiths, Chilli Peppers, thrown in) along with radio show appearances on 2FM our national radio station.
Aah it was a great venue, upstairs above a bar with cinema style seating enough to hold 80-100 people. Most nights you were lucky if half that turned up and if you made enough on the door to pay the engineer and venue, you felt really lucky. Dublin needs more tiny music venues like the DA Club where musicians starting out can get a chance to play. If you have any memories of The DA..please share.
All over Dublin, you can find pairs of shoes dangling from telephone wires. This has got to be the poshest pair I have seen. At Leonards Corner cross roads of South Circular Rd and Clanbrassil Street is where these pair can be found. Some say they signify were drugs can be bought while others say it signifies a person in the neighbourhood has died. Whatever the reason, I likey 😜 shot from the car on the iphone.