Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Havre De Grace and Susquehanna State Park

Tiltin' and Shiftin' some the USA for a change...

well, some tilting and shifting and some regular shooting...more!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Help Me Out

About a year ago...almost exactly a year ago...I entered a photo in a contest.  The first round was judged by the company that sponsored the contest.  I was voted by that company to move onto the second and final round.  The second and final round was judged by the rest of the world...you guys.  You guys voted for me and because of that, I was one of the eight winners.

That same contest is going on right now.  And again, the piece I entered was judged by the company to move into the next and final round.  Help me out!

To vote, please "Like" this page (www.facebook.com/iPrintfromHome). Then go to my image (www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151043041531995&set=a.10151032584...) and click on the “Like” button below it. 

If the link takes you to the whole album, my piece is "African Grey Parrot" by Christopher Kulfan - that's me

many many thanks everyone!

or, you can email your vote if you don't have facebook.  Go here and fill out the info, saying you would like to vote for "African Grey Parrot" by Christopher Kulfan   http://www.iprintfromhome.com/irf.asp

 ...This is the photo that made it in...

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tiltin' and Shiftin' Paris

Check out some Paris pictures!

I'll warn you, there are many Eiffel Tower pictures.  I try to put my own tiltish shiftish twist on them, but when something is photographed with such frequency, can it not be cliche?  Decide for yourself.

here's a little something something to whet your appetite...

Monday, May 14, 2012

Edinburgh, Scotland

A recent trip to Edinburgh, Scotland resulted in the tilt-shifting of another part of the world.  Check it out here for more photos.

Here's a wee bit of what you will find...

...but worry not, there is more than just architectural shots.  Go check it out.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Titanic Belfast

I'm in the process of getting another site up and running...hop over here to get a whole lot of information and photos on some new Titanic memorials that were unveiled, an incredible Titanic museum (they don't call it a museum...it's an "experience") and the iconic Samson and Goliath shipbuilding cranes.

The new site is devoted (but not limited) to my tilt-shift photography, so expect this site to be used from time to time as a place for me to unload my "side projects."

Here are some of the pictures you can find over on the other site...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish/Shoes

So.  This is it.
The 12th of this month marked the end of my 365 photo project.  I would have uploaded those last few pictures sooner, but my family was visiting...they only just left.  But now they are gone, giving me the chance to finish this thing.

I have a bunch of pictures.  Some of them are actually from after the 12th, but I assure you...I took a picture every single day from the 12th of March, 2011 to the 12th of March 2012.  It occupied much of my time, and drove me crazy at times.  But I rarely finish what I start.  So I'm impressed if nothing else.

I suppose I will keep this site running as a place to dump photo projects.  I have some ideas in mind.  But none of them are 365 days of daily photography.  That much I'm certain of.

So...here are the final photos.  I sure got around in those last few days...

just some Irish landscape

 Cliffs of Moher

 Leamanagh Castle

some limestone pushing through the earth in the Burren

O'Brien's Castle/Fort 

O'Brien's Castle/Fort from a different (better) angle - i love that mist 

Cliffs by the Dun Aengus Fort on Inis Mor 

Dun Aengus Fort on Inis Mor 

Dun Aengus Fort walls and village

Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge (apparently I was in a panoramic mood)

Coastline near the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge

 and a long exposure at the Giant's Causeway (seems like a good final picture)

later, folks.

Friday, March 9, 2012

In Preparation For Saint Patrick's Day

This old Irish guy was picking through the tubers and root vegetables at Saint George's Market today.  Though we still have a week to go, I'm sure some of his findings will be used in a St. Patty's day dish or two...

mmmm veggies

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Straight-Up Architectural Photography

I enjoy shooting architectural photography.  My images tend to be more abstract...they tend to be portions of buildings as opposed to the whole structure.  Sometimes such a small portion of it that it doesn't seem like an architectural shot at all.  Today, though, I give you straight-up architecture.  Just a building.  The whole thing.  I suppose I'm ok with it because the building is interesting enough on its own...it actually won a prize or two for its architectural style.

  Belfast's Lyric Theatre
...Those accentuated angles aren't (solely) from wide angle distortion.  

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Full Circle

My first post on this site had a photo of tulip buds bursting through the ground and demanding that Spring arrive...it's the last photo.  As the weather gets more and more Spring-like, I'm more inclined to take similar shots.  So, as an ode to both the wonderful weather that will soon hit us full force as well as that photo from so long ago, I give you...


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Took Me Long Enough

I finally finished my urban alphabet.  Finally.  I only have a week left in this 365 day photo project, so I figured I really needed to get out there and find that annoying and elusive "Z".  Here it is...

and here's the whole thing...

A Through Z

Monday, March 5, 2012

Evening Shopping

My wife and I had a few errands to run this evening.  My family is coming to visit us in Belfast next week.  A rather exciting prospect...but also one we need to prepare for.  Mentally, physically but mostly materially.  We only have enough silverware for four people...we will have more than that to feed.  So we made our way to the heart of the city and purchased some necessary things.  I also got a quick photo of a Belfast street...

I love the golden and green tints created by the street and shop lights.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Golden Sky

Today was a free day.  A day all to myself.  So, after sleeping in and eating a massive bowl of granola, I grabbed my camera and headed for the woods.  I'm rather lucky, see, in order to get to the woods you have to go for a nice walk along the river, pass tons of dogs and waterfowl, meander across a meadow and climb a few rolling hills.  Not a bad way to reach my destination.  

...and not a bad destination.  Those trees were very tall.  They might just be able to get at whatever it is they are reaching for.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


It took six months for me to see one of the older nicer looker double-decker buses.  There are tons of the new highly decorated annoyingly loud ones, but those are... well...annoying and loud.

Taking a trip down memory lane.  On memory lane.

Friday, March 2, 2012


I passed this the other day (didn't have a camera then.  Went back today).  I didn't know the quote or who Chuck D was, but in this age of information, it was not hard to find the quote (lyrics to Rebel Without a Pause) or the guy (part of the rap group Public Enemy).  I liked the addition of the hand and pawn piece to what otherwise would have just been some standard quote that works well as graffiti.  The graffiti itself was just some white paint for the letters and tan paper for the hands on a red brick wall behind some green plants.  I edited my shot to better reflect the mood. ...oh, and disregard the artist's inability to accurately quote the song (as interesting as one big chest game would be, I'm sure he meant chess)...

The thing about it that most made me want to get the shot was that it made me think of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.  It is very similar to a "calypso" found in his novel Cats Cradle.  Which is a great book, by the way.

          Bokonon's 53rd Calypso
Oh, a sleeping drunkard
Up in Central Park,  
And a lion-hunter  
In the jungle dark,  
And a Chinese dentist,  
And a British queen -  
All fit together  
In the same machine.  
Nice, nice, very nice;  
Nice, nice, very nice;  
Nice, nice, very nice -  
So many different people 
In the same device.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

With A Little Less Than Two Weeks To Go...

Today my wife reminded me of the fact that the main building at her school, Queen's University Belfast, is beautiful.  It definitely is.  I took a photograph of it awhile ago...indeed I did, but have not used it to its full potential (and I have less than two weeks to go on this 365 day photo thing).  Thus, I decided to see what I could come up with using my 50mm...

Hand-carved oak.  I'm totally guessing on that, but wouldn't be surprised.  Go through it and you'll be greeted by a faun.  The faun part isn't a guess...purely factual.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I Want To Be Beside The Seaside

I worked for the majority of the day.  I didn't have the chance to seek out something uber-special to shoot.  Luckily, my wife and I were recently at the sea.  We had grabbed a few seashells...one of which was sitting in the same room I was working in.  A quick shot with my macro extender produced this...

So soft and pretty.  

Oh.  It's the last day of national bird-feeding month.
Say goodbye to the birds.
Pigeon Away!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Green Panoramas

I had to go to a photo shop today to drop off my camera body because I had specks of crap on my sensor.  Quite frightening.  
The problem with the specks was that they would only show up when my f-stop was greater than 11.  I tend to shoot with low f-stops...so I didn't learn that they were there until I was in the middle of some nice landscapes.  I had no intention of trying to blow those specks out of there while at the beach.  So, needless to say, some of those shots were ruined by stupid bits of dirt and dust and whatever.  
So yes, for now my camera is gone.  I should have it back early tomorrow morning.  It should be clean.  It better be clean.  

It was on the way to the photo shop that I got these nice panoramas...

Ireland.  In the morning. Trees and hills and meadows and pastures and fog.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Black and White...Mostly

As of late, I've enjoyed shooting through cafe/diner/coffee shop/bakery windows to get a different perspective on these joints.  My last two...here ...and the first photo here, are a lot less abstract than today's (and focus less on the window), but they all utilize the same method of shooting through the window for a variation on the subject.

I copied my original image and converted the copy to black and white.  I then combined the two images and allowed the color from the second layer (the original) to seep through in certain places....leaving me with this.  

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Beaches and Pastures

We took the train to Bangor yesterday.  It's a cute little maritime town with much to do and see.  By which I mean much water-related things to do and much water-related things to see.

Such as...

...morning strolls along the water's edge with both young and old friends

...a marina to tilt-shift, or to just wander around in

...the rocky coast and sea to explore

...and even the ruins of an old fort in which you can survey the coming and going sailboats.

Today, on the other hand, we stayed close to home and went for a walk in some pastures that are just starting to show some signs of Spring.

...this old Irish guy and his dog were doing the same.