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Shankill Smartphoneography

October 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Friday was a fab late autumn day in Shankill but I was running around doing bits and pieces with no time for shooting... forgetting the fine camera in my iPhone SE! So, I took a few minutes to capture some shots along the Main Street of my adopted village. As I’m writing articles about smartphoneography, I should really practice what I preach!! And...
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Red-throated Pipit on Mizen Head - a good shot of an elusive bird

October 14, 2017  •  1 Comment
I’m taking a weekend birding and shooting around Crookhaven and Mizen Head in Co. Cork and I was lucky enough to get a good shot of a Red-Throated Pipit Anthus cervinus (left) in the marsh at Lissigriffin Lake this morning. This relative of the common Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis (right) breeds in Arctic Russia and migrates to the Africa and the M...
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SCAN Photography Series

October 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
UPDATE 6 November 2017:- I've now completed the third article - this deals with editing your shots on your phone and provides a few more shooting tips. Check out the published versions of all articles to date here along with higher resolution versions of the shots and additional material that was not included in the print version for space reasons.
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Successful Journey to Hell & Back for my A Distinction

September 23, 2017  •  3 Comments
Since 2014 I’ve been shooting thousands of images at the Hell and Back endurance events at the Killruddery Estate in Co. Wicklow. Today I submitted 15 of the best for my Associateship or “A” Distinction from the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF). I’d previously failed with a different panel so it was a nerve racking morning as several panels befo...
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Liffey Lights but No Eclipse Shots

August 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Last Monday evening, I headed into town in the hope of getting a shot of Ireland's very partial view of the Great American Eclipse - check out some stunning shots of that here. I don't have any proper solar filters for sun photography so I hoped the clouds would do the job for me - as they did for my shot of the much larger partial eclipse we had b...
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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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