Photo of the Week 22 October 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Jürgen Bodamer for his gorgeous shot “Interior Design” of the skeleton of a ship. We had the chance to speak with Dr. Bodamer about his photography, and how he became involved with photographing ships. To see more of his work you can stop by his portfolio, or Flickr.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Salmbach in the Blackforest in Germany but now I live in the West of Ireland in Athenry, a small heritage town outside Galway.
What type of camera, gear and equipment did you use to capture the shot?
My camera is a Canon 5D Mark II and the lens that I used is a Canon EF 17-40 f/4L.
Where was the image taken? How did you plan for the shot?
The photo is taken in a traditional wooden boat builders yard in Inverin, Co. Galway. I have been going out to this yard for years and have made a photo report before that you can view on http://reportage.co.uk/#/huiceir-na-gallimhe-the-galway-hooker. This is a view of the skeleton hull of a newly built boat. This boat is traditionally built and was started on February 14, 2013. I have follow up pictures of all the different building stages and will follow it up until the boat is finished and sailing. You might wonder how long it does take to build a boat? Well, in this example it is a bit slower than usual because the builder and owner of the boat realized that they do not want to let the boat into the sea in 2013, not that they are superstitious, but just in case, so they are taking their time.
Were there any challenges in getting the lighting and composition of this shot?
Lighting in Ireland can be an issue for photography because when the sun is shining contrasts are low and the rest of the time there is a high likelihood that it is raining. I took this shot with a very wide angle because the boat is in a tent to be sheltered from the rain. The picture was taken on September 18, 2013 just before the last plank went onto the left hand side of the hull. This gave me access to the interior on such a low level. As photographic lenses are never as good as the human eye, this picture was taken wide angle to get the most of the image in and then I cropped it in Photoshop.
What is this an interior portrait of? A skeleton of ship?
Yes, this is the interior of a wooden boat that is traditionally built and unique to the Galway Bay. Boats like this were used to transport turf, livestock and illicit whiskey from Connemara along the coastline into Galway Harbor. Smaller boats also were used for fishing and seaweed harvesting.
Who are some photographers that inspire you?
Gavin Gough, Simon Crofts, Joel Tjintjelaar, Gerald Emming, Markus Schwarze, Laura Malucci, Fulvio Guingato, Oscar Mazzarello, and Alexandre Fundone.
What type of photography do you enjoy most for personal and professional projects?
I love abstracts, nature and pictures of locations with specialties.
Dr. Bodamer also submitted this image to our Photo of the Week contest and was kind enough to answer some questions about this ship. This particular image won Calumet Photographic’s Photo of the Week Contest in the Netherlands this past June. The image is entitled “Sail Away with Me” and was captured on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with an EF 24-105mm lens.
The picture of the shipwreck, “Sail away with me” is taken of a shipwreck, “The Plassy” on Inis Oir, the smallest of the Aran Islands, offshore of Connemara, in the Galway Bay. I had seen so many pictures of that shipwreck before but when I finally was out there I could not find an interesting angle and the lighting was very flat that day. Most of that pic is done post production in Photoshop and Silver Efex Pro. That way I got more of the eery lying there idle and waiting impression that I got of the shipwreck when I was out there.
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