I didn’t like the original photo straight out of the camera, but after a little highlight recovery and darkening the blue edges I think it is a worthwhile image. It was taken a few years back on Liberty Island when I was first getting into digital photography (still using a compact camera). It was probably one of the first times I had pointed my camera into the sun and in this case with the flag between me and the harsh mid day sun, the final image came out as I had hoped for. Contre-Jour is (as it sounds) a French term, which means “against daylight”. I think it adds a different look to the Stars and Stripes. I have been to America twice in my life so far and saw hundreds of flags, not just on flag poles but hanging from offices and homes on the streets of New York.
The American Flag is all over New York, it was one of the many things I noticed straight away about the city and America in general. They are very proud of their country and flag, something we rarely see here in England, but is just the norm across the pond. This particular flag was taken on Liberty Island where it is windy enough to really show the full shape and pattern. The blue sky was an added bonus.
Whilst watching the Irish Festival Parade in Manchester on Sunday Ciaran looked up to notice the flag of Ireland flying in the wind. So I pointed my camera up and took four or five shots. As regular readers know this is the best way in my opinion to get a nice photo of a flag in the wind. They are blowing about all over the place and with digital it doesn’t matter that I deleted 4 out of the 5 shots. The above picture works well and I like the gothic looking spire from part of Manchester’s Town Hall.
The Welsh Dragon, known in Welsh as Y Ddraig Goch, is the red dragon that appears on the national Flag of Wales. The above photo of the flag was taken in the spring at Portmeirion. I enjoy the challenge of capturing a flag because rarely is the wind strong enough to give the above image. It is another case of digital photography really helping out. Here I was able to take 10 or 20 exposures and then delete 19 of them whilst looking at the LCD screen on the back of the camera. The one resulting image shows the full flag in the wind.