An Explosion Of Trees.

Another blast from the past for you today.

This shot was taken in May 2008, again using my brand new toy, a Hoya infra-red filter.

I think this one works particularly well due to the one lonely white tree right in the centre of the shot. To be honest it didn’t look that much different to the rest of the trees with the naked eye but the infra-red filter really brought out the contrast between the two different type of trees.

The trees actually look like they are blowing in the wind, they all look like they are leaning from left to right but to be truthful it was a beautifully calm summers day and there wasn’t a breeze to be found.

I love the way the trees seem to be all clustered together, safety in numbers maybe.

There is a lovely soft almost cloud like feeling about the photograph.

After showing this photograph to a friend of mine recently they have commented that it almost looks like some kind of strange explosion of trees coming out of the ground. I never really noticed that before but if you step back a bit it does look like they are exploding out of the ground, like some kind of nuclear mushroom, except they are made from trees and thankfully completely harmless.

The Wellington Monument Plays Hide And Seek

Phoenix Park, Wellington Monument

I’ve been trying to get a decent photo of the Wellington Monument in the park for quite some time now, I tend to give up for months and then head back down and start off all over again. I have never been a great lover of photographing such huge upright monuments [or buildings for that matter], there just tends to be so many problems with trying to achieve decent results. I tend to give in and head off to meet some familiar trees instead.

Speaking of familiar trees, I am truly gutted to discover that I missed an exhibition by Thomas Pakenham in The Molesworth Gallery, in whose wisdom was it to have such an amazing collection on for only two measly weeks. If you are not familiar with this man then I suggest you run out and get yourself a hold of a book called “Meetings With Remarkable Trees”, and that’s just for starters. I guarantee you that you will end up buying all of his photographic books, especially if you are tree fanatic like me.

Anyway, back to my main subject here today.

I was going through some old infra-red photos from about three years ago and found this here little beauty, obviously that’s my personal opinion, you can be the real judge of that. The photo doesn’t feature the entire monument but I really like the fact that it appears to be attempting to hide behind the trees, I wonder is it aware that we can all see it. Not the greatest game of hide and seek I have ever witnessed. I also get the impression that the trees on the left of the picture seem to be looking towards the monument with a “We can see you, stupid” look on their faces.

Ok, so the trees don’t have faces and the monument can’t actually play hide and seek, they do when you have the imagination of a two year old running around the house.

This one’s for wee Paddy who has opened up my imagination all over again.

Infra-red Airplane Smoke

I think this particular tree has appeared already on this blog at one point but never mind, as I always say, every time I come back to the same spot I see something completely different. Some days the light is just so different that things look totally new to me.

I was really lucky on this day, just as I was walking back to the car after a fairly unsuccessful afternoon with the camera a plane noisily shoots over my head and leaves this wonderful trail in the sky. I rapidly tried to set up my tripod and get everything in place to capture what was going on above my head. I love the fact the literally five minutes either side of this plane flying over, the moment would have passed.

Whilst processing this photo I also noticed an interesting detail in the trunk of the tree. If you look really closely it almost looks like two people embracing each other, actually the first thing I thought of was those wonderful Ents from the Lord Of The Rings. If you get a chance, enlarge the image on your screen and focus on the trunk of the tree, it looks like a pair of arms are coming from the left hand side.

This was taken at the car park opposite the walkway down to the Furry Glen in March 2011.

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The Phoenix Park Bandstand


Two of my most recent shots featured in this blog so far, in fact they were only taken three days ago.

I have been meaning to visit the bandstand area of the park for quite some time now, in truth I have a tendency to avoid places like this, I can be quite a solitary individual when I am out with my camera so I shy away from places where lots of other people congregate. As you can see from the shots there are not many people around this area early on a Tuesday morning so I had it all to myself.

The bandstand is located in the middle of a truly beautiful hollow, surrounded by old trees and lots of handy white benches. It’s a stunning place on a sunny day, even in the winter, the hollow tends to block out any wind so if you are wandering around the park and feeling a bit cold then head straight down here and warm up a bit. You are also very close to the rather quaint Tea-Rooms so grab a coffee first and then simply enjoy one of the most peaceful places in the park. The entrance to the zoo is also very close so there is always a bit of activity going on around here, being a father of a young child myself I must admit I love the sounds of kids playing in the park, it just seems to make things seem more alive.

The bandstand itself was built around the end of the 19th century and is very well looked after, its in immaculate condition and is a credit to the staff of the park. The almost Tudor like design of the bandstand really lends itself to black and white photography.

I couldn’t really make up my mind about which photo I liked the best and somebody suggested I put both of them up, so here you go.

The close up shot of the bandstand was taken in infra-red whilst the more distant shot was taken using a very high iso giving it a lovely grainy almost dated like feel. I like the effect of the extra grain in the photo, it kind of suits the era the bandstand comes from.