QA: Gareth McGaughey

BUDGET DAY

What inspired you to take this photo? I had wanted to expand my photostream with more ‘street’ photography having been inspired by many great streams on flickr including some great work by Rui Palha. I had been walking round on a cold December morning not really having much success in getting a good ‘capture’ when I popped into the local church. This woman was the only figure in the church and I liked the sense of solitude.

Why did you capture this photo the way you did? I didn’t want to interrupt the woman so a snap from the front was out of the question so out of necessity it had to a capture from the back.The light was good coming in the window and with the statue in line with the ray of light it seemed like a nice composition.I favor square crops so I shot it far enough back in order to do this at the post process stage.

What were you feeling? What mood were you in? I couldn’t really feel anything.It was freezing! It was minus 3 outside ! My mood was quite sombre as was the mood of the nation as we where about to be hit with one of the harshest budget plans in the history of our state, hence the title ‘Budget Day’.

How did you plan this photo? The photo was quite impromptu. It looked good through the view finder. The only real planning was getting a good point of view and a potential square crop.

What sort of post-processing did you do afterwards? I always bring my photos into Lightroom as a RAW file first as I find its layout very straight forward and I can get the picture to where I want quite fast and then take it into Photoshop for fine tuning such as dodging and burning, contrasting and cropping. For this shot the light was good but not great so I brought out the ray of light more using grad filters and burn and dodge tools in photoshop. I’m still an amateur at this stage so most of my photos are a result of a lot of trial and error!

Do you have a connection to the subject and/or location? The church is local to me and although I myself am not deeply religious I admire the architecture and interior of it and have photographed it a couple of times before.

Anything else you would like to share about this photo? It was taken in the same church where the severed head of a former Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, Northern Ireland St.Oliver Plunkett resides. He was hung, drawn and quartered in 1681!

General Photography Questions:

Why is Photography important to you? I find it a very rewarding hobby. I like the fact that its quite portable in the sense that I can take my camera almost anywhere and record a moment as I see it. The creativity aspect of it will always make it interesting for me.

How do you overcome creative blocks? I usually explore other types of photography that I haven’t tried before like macro or working with textures.

Where did you study photography? Or are you self taught? I have no training in photography but instead rely on the vast amounts of information on the internet in blogs, tutorial videos and looking at lots of other peoples photos!

What do you enjoy photographing most? It changes from week to week. At the moment its photographing people in a candid manner and something I plan to do a lot more of, and of course my twenty month old daughter Isabella!

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