The recent postal strikes have me thinking about post boxes in Ireland. One of the last remnants of the british Empire in Ireland. Irish postboxes are all green, but some of the older ones are the British ones and 'VR' and 'GR' are there for all to see.
Pal is a Shotokai College instructor in Shotokai Karate. On Saturday mornings you can find him sharing his knowledge, wisdom, wit and experience with children. A difficult task, he has the ability to bring the best out in his students and is always finding new and exciting ways to progress. A huge asset to the karate community and I know I am not alone in hoping that he continues to teach. Here he is practising kata.
A kata is a series of moves strung together and practiced in a set way. On a superficial level a kata is a physical exercise to learn to string together various moves; on a deeper level it is harmonizing the body with the mind and all around it.
A simple shot. I had an SB800 flash, no modifiers, on a VAL (voice activated lightstand - Katy, thanks Katy) to camera right and out of view. I dropped the ambient about a stop and then lit Pal, tweaking the power output on the flash until i was happy with the result.
I have known for a short time but in that time have come to know how much she does for the local community. Here Ann is doing a jigsaw puzzle, no big deal, right? But it is when you add the next one and the next one and then find out its so that when they are sold on in charity shops they are full and correct and thats all thanks to Ann! She must have the patience of a Saint! A lovely lady she is always there with a smile and is also a great hostess.
For this shot I set up the SB800 in a shoot through umbrella to Ann's left and a Vivitar 285 with a gridspot to her right.
Thank you Ann, for having patience to sit for me, but I suppose if you have the patience to do jigsaw puzzles then me taking twenty minutes to set up and photograph you is a dawdle!
I have been taking photographs since my Dad lent me a camera for a school trip many many years ago. That sparked off a passion for photography that has grown ever since. I have been taking photographs of people and places for the last 30 years