Black hole

After seeing a recent image from Jarrad I was inspired to return to this spot while on a jaunt around the city and try to take a better photo, one that was actually publishable. Though I’ve taken numerous images from here before I’ve never done it ‘properly’, but this time I was armed with both a tripod and an 14mm lens so I was able to shoot it nice and wide, and nice and steady.

This brings me on to etiquette.

I was out shooting images in Dublin with Jim Nix recently and I had parked myself in the middle of the road when Jim came up beside me and proclaimed ‘comp stomp’ as he set his gear beside mine. I had never heard that term before (it tickled me), but had been in a position many times where I’ve had it done to me, and I have done it to others – you have to.

It’s all part of being a photographer in this wonderful community. Seeing how people take images at different locations is a good way to learn and to see things differently; yes it would be nice if we could all get a unique shot every time but there’s only so much you can do with a viewpoint when standing in front of an iconic building. For the ‘detail’ shots, such as this image here, I have no issues with copying – I mean being ‘inspired’ by – others and taking a shot from the same place. For me, the individuality of a location such as this comes in the processing of the image, and not necessarily the composition.

Yet there are still people who feel ashamed in admitting that they go to a location because they’ve seen someone else take a good shot from there. For a period of time I know of a few people on Flickr who would routinely turn up at the locations shot by a particular photographer and 2 days after that photographer had posted an image, these people would post their own ones from the same locations. After being asked about it they simply denied doing so, but so many unique angles from so many varied locations with timestamps that fall into to place aren’t a coincidence. These weren’t even Urbex locations either.

So yes, after seeing Jarrad’s image I was inspired to copy him by going to this location and shooting the same scene from the same angle. Unfortunately mine was at night so I couldn’t get the nice moving clouds, and I didn’t remember which side of the image the columns had been on in Jarrad’s shot so I actually composed mine with a 180 degree difference.

What’s your take on ‘comp stomping’ (I stole that term too…shhhh)?

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1.3s