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Another Day - Another "Storm"

February 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Storm Doris was probably still blowing somewhere over Europe when news of her successor, Ewan started popping up in my feeds. Ewan's strongest winds tracked along the south coast of Ireland so it was just a windy Sunday in Dublin. With the wind direction from the south west and a high tide due around 11.30am - about the same time as the wind peaked...
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Crescent Moon over The Muglins - Calm After Storm Doris

February 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
After the drama of yesterday's Storm Doris, I was out early again this morning to capture the waning crescent Moon rising over The Muglins and the Forty-foot in Sandycove near Dun Laoghaire in Co. Dublin. Unlike yesterday's spur of the moment trip, today's shoot had been planned well in advance with The Photographers Ephemeris and it was facilitate...
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Clearing Up Storm Doris Damage in Shankill & Bray

February 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
It was a bit fresh early this morning as Storm Doris passed over Dublin so I headed into Dun Laoghaire hoping to get some surf shots - but there was not enough north in the wind direction for crashing waves on the seafront that I was hoping for. I'd no sooner arrived than I heard on the radio that there were trees down in my home village of Shankil...
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Horse Racing at Tinahely Point to Point

February 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Yesterday, Offshoot camera club went to a Point-to-Point in Tinahely in beautiful south Co. Wicklow. It was run by the Bray Harriers hunt. Point-to-point racing is the entry level of National Hunt racing - and, naturally, like many of the best things, it began in Co. Cork with a race from Buttevant to Doneraile in 1752 - according to this history o...
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Save Bulloch Harbour!

February 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Bulloch (or Bullock) Harbour between Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey is one of my favourite shooting locations so I'm upset by a planning application to replace the former Western Marine premises on the inner pier with a massive apartment and housing complex. There has been a big campaign against this proposal and I got my objection in last month with the...
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Gale at The Great South Wall in Poolbeg, in Co. Dublin

February 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
It was a bit wild at the Great South Wall in Poolbeg in Co. Dublin during the southeasterly gale and 4.0m high tide this afternoon! Updated 9 Feb 2017 These shots taken from the shelter of the steps on the north side of the blockhouse at the base of the pier - be prepared to get get VERY WET from spray on the way out in these conditions!! I us...
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Shooting the KBC Wedfest in The Chocolate Factory

January 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
On Sun 22 January I was asked by Green Shoes Events to shoot the KBC Wedfest 2017 – Ireland’s biggest alternative wedding fair. It took place at The Chocolate Factory in the Williams & Woods building in Dublin. The brief was to get shots of sponsors, stalls, stall holders... and people enjoying themselves!! So here goes with the story of the day...
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Plunge Pics at Dublin's Christmas Swim & How I Shot Them

December 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
As well as shooting the Goal Mile in Shanganagh Park on Christmas morning, I also went into to the Forty Foot in Sandycove to get some shots of the Christmas swim. It was a calm and exceptionally mild morning, so it was absolutely jammers when I arrived. SAFETY WARNING: There are under surface rocks in parts of The Forty Foot that have caused seri...
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DONATE to Goal Mile in Shanganagh Park

December 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
One of Ireland’s best known Christmas charity events, the Goal Mile, was in Shanganagh Park in Shankill this Christmas Day - organized by Dom Horan of the Bray Runners. I went along to take a few shots and I’m making high resolution versions of these available HERE. The password to download them is donatetogoal. So, if you like the shots of you or...
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Stunning Winter Solstice at Newgrange

December 21, 2016  •  3 Comments
Today, December 21 st, is the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, – and in Ireland, all eyes turn to Newgrange. This 5,200 year old prehistoric monument is world famous because the interior chamber is illuminated for a few minutes around 9AM as the rising sun clears hills to the southeast. As I write this, however, the radio is full of c...
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Red Sky at Whiterock

December 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Landscape shots available here. Last Sunday morning, I got out for my first landscape shoot in a while and I decided to keep it local by heading to White Rock at the north end of Killiney Beach in Co. Dublin. Although it’s only 5km from home, this was my first time doing a proper shoot at this popular landmark! And of course, a big advantage of la...
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How I Shoot Ladies Days at Navan Races

December 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
On 27 Nov, I was delighted to be back again at Navan Racecourse to photograph their Winter Ladies Day. Shooting these events is always hectic, so good preparation is vital - and here's how I do it. You can see all of my previous shots from Navan here, and my previous blog posts about them are here, here, here and here - and they're not all fashion!...
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Surfing the DART at Seapoint

November 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I’ve done a bit of daylight storm chasing in Co. Clare, here and here – and around my local patch in Dun Laoghaire. However, George Karbus’s iconic night time shot of Lahinch during the 2014 storms shows that the “daylight” bit just limits your thinking! So when yesterday’s sea area forecast predicted a north to northeast gale in Dublin Bay – coinc...
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Architectural Interiors at the Freemason's Hall in Dublin

November 19, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Recently, Offshoot’s got access to the Freemasons’ Hall in Molesworth Street in Dublin city centre. The building dates from the 1860’s and it has impressive interiors and a small group of us were given guided access to all of the halls in the building – with no restriction on our photography. You can see a selection of our group’s shots in the outi...
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Winter Fashion at Navan Races – Nothing Else Like It!

November 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I’m delighted to be asked by Navan Racecourse to shoot their upcoming Ladies Day on Sunday November 27 th. As Horse Racing Ireland puts it in their ad – nothing else feels like winter racing! I was also there last November and I’ve compiled my favourite shots from the day - below. You can see all of the shots from the day - here. Of course, ther...
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