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5 more from ireland

Exposure: 1/200 sec – Aperture: F4.0 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 24mm
Lens: EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/125 sec – Aperture: F4.0 – ISO: 640 – Focal Length: 24mm
Lens: EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/50 sec – Aperture: F4.0 – ISO: 1250 – Focal Length: 24mm
Lens: EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/80 sec – Aperture: F4.0 – ISO: 800 – Focal Length: 24mm
Lens: EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/30 sec – Aperture: F4.0 – ISO: 1600 – Focal Length: 24mm
Lens: EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: I’m On Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Born in the USA, 1984 | LINK

the photography:
i have a hard time having fun while on vacation. it’s been a problem since i started to document my vacations with my camera. when i was younger, i was care free and easy to please. give me water, give me sunshine, give me good food and even better wine and i was a pig in mud. these days, all i want to do is take that one photo that gets me onto the National Geographic staff. i know i have touched on this subject before but every time i revisit my photographs from a trip, i just realize that somedays i just need to leave the camera at home and enjoy my surroundings. ireland is so photogenic it hurts. i think i shot more photos on a 10 day trip (which includes the 2 days i spent in bed with a head cold) than i shot in my entire life up to senior year of college. insanity. damn you digital cameras and your easy to download files. damn you indeed. next time i go there, i’m bringing the whole shooting match of 15 lens’ or more.

must… document… entire… country…

the music:
bruce is bruce. i spent much of this morning trying to convince a rather smart and dignified musician friend of mine that bruce springsteen is worth a damn. it still hasn’t stuck. and we can split hairs and point to how awful Tunnel of Love is and how overblown Nebraska is but my goodness, that dude has written some spectacular songs. and he keeps proving again and again that you don’t need the best voice in the world to kick butt. you just need to put on a 3 hour non-stop show at the age of 59.

photos of graffiti

| currently listening to: It’s Natural To Be Afraid, Explosions In The Sky, All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone, 2007 | LINK

the photography:
there are so many ways to express yourself with art. since the late 1970’s, spray paint graffiti in the urban sprawls of america has come to mean so many different things to so many different groups, positive and negative. the newest crop of artists are developing and deploying new methods of communication via the traditional paint on wall. freehand spraying skills of the past have morphed into more traditional graphic design elements with the creation of stencils and the use of one or two colors. fine artists are getting in on the act and using the decayed walls of our cities to protest, show off art, make statements, and above all, as canvas’. i am so down with photos of graffiti. the first two photos are from the near south side of chicago. or as the developers call it, the south loop. the third is from dublin.

the music:
explosions in the sky are a singer-less four piece from austin texas who rose to fame scoring the movie, friday night lights (and subsequently the tv show with the same name). their echo and delay laden guitar attack is driven by a pounding rhythm section. etheral soundscapes fill the down tempos and their build-it-up only to break-it-down mentality makes this instrumental band fun to listen to. take a listen if you have never heard them. it’s post rock at it’s best.

taking the day off

dublin bus station

| currently listening to: I am Science, The Uprights, Demo, 2008 | LINK

taking the day off and walking around the streets of chicago is one of my favorite pastimes. the city is so manageable by foot and with public transportation you can get pretty much everywhere you want to be. today’s photo is from the bus station in dublin. i was wandering around the docks a couple of days after christmas this past year. it was overcast and 40 degrees which is perfect for walking around the city without feeling too hot or too cold (it’s also perfect weather for photographing cars btw). when i visit different parts of the world i try to capture wide screen photos of daily life. if you missed the trip in person, these photos make for a boring slide show but i really enjoy the snapshots as they are my little ode to the slices of life that i witness; a guide book for where we were. the music today is the uprights. they are my friend Vann’s band and this is one of their more recent demos. it’s smooth and bright indie rock with a touch of programmed drums, echoing layered guitars, and some floaty vocals. perfect for a 50 degree day off in the midwest in march.