In pictures: HDR photography by Conor MacNeill

Bled Castle - Conor MacNeill

Conor MacNeill is a London-based web developer. He only recently started getting into photography after a long break, and in just a short space of time his images have quickly grown in popularity on Flickr. We found out what beckoned him back to photography and what he aims to achieve in his work.

The Still Lake - Conor MacNeill

“I did about a year of photography when I was around 14 years old and then stopped, as most teenagers do with hobbies. At the end of January 2011, I saw a Canon 500D going cheap on Amazon, so I thought I’d see if I still liked taking photos. About a month after this, I discovered HDR photography and thought I’d give it a go. I really enjoyed that and a few months later upgraded my gear to a 5D Mark II.

Majestic Norway - Conor MacNeill

The main workhorse of my gear (apart from the actual camera) is my 17-40mm lens. It’s top quality and I use it 80 per cent of the time. I also have a 50mm f/1.8 and a 70-200 f/2.8. I couldn’t get most of my shots without my Giottos tripod.

I’m not hugely interested in architecture per se. I guess I take a lot of buildings because I don’t like taking photos of people! I’d like to do more landscapes, but I live in London!

The Praying Woman - Conor MacNeill

My photos have been described as ‘hyper-real’ and I think I kind of like that. When I’m taking and processing a photo, I want to try and show I saw at the time, either physically with my eyes or to try and convey the emotion that the scene gave me. If you look at one of my photos, say of a sunrise, and go, “wow”, that’s probably what I said when I saw it.

A lot of people take photos and then complain that you had to be there and the photo doesn’t do it justice. I try and avoid that. Ironically, some people think that my photo isn’t what I’ve actually seen and I’ve photoshopped loads of things in!”

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