I took a trip out to Benbulben Craft Village recently to capture Philip Brett at work on some new pieces. Philip is a Sligo Native working in Freelance Animation/motion graphics, specializing in stop motion animation. After seeing photos of the pieces throughout their development, I really wanted to capture them in the small atmospheric workshop Philip had built them in.
The Pirate Queen (B) is the largest of Philip’s Armada ships with the smallest ship being the ‘Santa Maria de la Vision‘ (A) The vision of Saint Mary, of 18 guns went down at Streedah Beach with all souls aboard and a handful of survivors. The 3rd boat which is unfinished is called ‘La Rata‘ (C) the Rat , 35 guns grounded and set alight, late September 1588 in Blacksod Bay, Co. Mayo, Ireland. There were also 2 models in the workshop, one of Captain Ahab (D) the captain of the Pequod in Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby-Dick & Grace O’Malley (E) “The Sea Queen of Connaught”, a 16th-century Irish pirate.
Photographing others creativity is so enjoyable especially when you have such impressive subjects. Lighting the ships we played around with several light sources to get different effects, we used candle light, window light, workshop table lamps, a flash gun & Studio strobes. I shot with a Nikon D700, nikkor 24-70mm 2.8, nikkor 70-200mm 2.8, sigma 115mm 2.8 macro & nikkor 50mm 1.8.