How vain to post a picture of myself, but I love the composition of Tim’s portrait. I am reading my guidebook over chowder and stout in Dingle. He lay with his cheek on the bar to figure out an angle. Then he propped the little Olympus Stylus Epic point-and-shoot up on beermats and set the timer. (A Yashica T4 viewfinder would make this easier, but it doesn’t quite fit in a shirt pocket.) I am slouching and laughing at him, off-camera, because I don’t think this shot can possibly work. But it does, in natural light, with the glass of Murphy’s posing in front of the Murphy’s sign, the curtain behind looking like a creamy head of stout, and the whole scene reflected in the diagonal sweep of the polished counter.
Tim gets stuff with a basic point-and-shoot that guys with thousand-dollar lenses never see. I wish I had his naturalist’s eye.