John Coveney Photography - People Places & Wildlife: Blog http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog en-us (C) John Coveney Photography pictures@johncoveney.ie (John Coveney Photography - People Places & Wildlife) Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:49:00 GMT Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:49:00 GMT http://www.johncoveney.ie/img/s/v-5/u189213695-o99445044-50.jpg John Coveney Photography - People Places & Wildlife: Blog http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog 90 120 Fashion between the Showers at the 2018 Summer Ladies Day at Navan Raceourse http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2018/6/fashion-between-the-showers-at-navan-racourse Despite the showers at Navan Racecourse last Saturday 2 June, it was great to photograph the large crowd of fashionistas that turned on the style at 2018 Summer Ladies Day at Navan Racecourse on Saturday 2 June. Corinna Hynes from Sligo was the best-dressed lady. Her outfit is from online boutique Lavish Alice and her hat was designed by Louise Burke. Geraldine Sheppard from Newry, Carol O Connor from Navan, Louise Grimes from Newry, and Breda Butler from Tipperary were the best-dressed finalists. The Judge was Siobhan Daly of Siobhan Daly Designs. The day was sponsored by Nvey Hair & Beauty in Navan and Stiletto and Ebony Boutiques in Trim.

It was also great to see a selection of my shots from the day featured in Evoke.ie here - the largest Irish website for a mainly female audience of of over one million viewers in 2017.

Here a small selection of my own faves from the day - you can see over 150 more at www.johncoveney.ie/navan-races 


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pictures@johncoveney.ie (John Coveney Photography - People Places & Wildlife) aisling holland alan kinney alison collins amy smith best dressed breda butler carol o'connor catherine keane co. meath colette mcdonogh corinna clarke hynes ebony ladies fashion eilish daly eimerar o'sullivan fashion george garner ger shalvey geraldine sheppard john coveney photography ladies day louise grimes marita dunne michal niedzialkowski michelle wilson navan racecourse nvey hair & beauty patricia courtney proudstown racing sarah mannix seamus daly shelagh mckenna siobhan daly stiletto boutique summer tereasa kearney victoria hayward http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2018/6/fashion-between-the-showers-at-navan-racourse Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:48:33 GMT
Summer Fashion at Navan Racecourse's Ladies Days 2015-2017 http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2018/5/summer-fashion-at-navan-racecourse-2015-2017 I’m delighted to asked back to Navan Racecourse to shoot their summer Ladies Day this Saturday 2 June. It’s hard to believe this is my fourth time doing this event! So far, it’s always been a fine day and the forecast says 2018 will be a no exception – hopefully this will bring a big crowd of racing fashionistas! The judge will be Siobhan Daly of Siobhan Daly Designs - she was the best dressed at Navan last November and you can check out her style here. Here’s a selection of my faves from the past three years starting with 2015 when the best-dressed was Linda Morrison in blue and white as judged by Rozanna Purcell.

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Here’s my 2016 selection when the winner was Veronica Walsh in pink and white and the judge was Joanne Larby.

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And finally, this is my 2017 selection with winner Emma Curtis in a blue cape of her own design. The judges were Michael Joseph McCarthy and Paul Carroll of Funky Fashion Frolics.

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Summer Ladies Days at Navan Racecourse are supported  by Nvey Beauty & Hair (Navan), Stiletto Boutique (Trim) and Ebony Ladies Fashion . Check out my Galleries  if you want to see even more fashion shot from Navan.

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pictures@johncoveney.ie (John Coveney Photography - People Places & Wildlife) best dressed co. meath ebony ladies fashion emma curtis fashion funky fashion frolics ger shalvey joanne larby john coveney photography ladies day linda morrison louise allen marcella mccoy mary o'halloran michael joseph mccarthy navan racecourse nvey hair & beauty paul carroll proudstown racing racing fashion rozanna purcell stiletto boutique summer veronica walsh http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2018/5/summer-fashion-at-navan-racecourse-2015-2017 Thu, 31 May 2018 08:11:53 GMT
Poolbeg Jogger http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2018/5/poolbeg-jogger I’m delighted to have had two of my favourite types of shots published in The Times (Ireland Edition) this month. The first was a weather shot - “Poolbeg Jogger”, that appears in today’s paper - 12 May 2018. The second was of the full Moon setting at the Ha’penny Bridge at about 6am on the 29th April last - that one appeared on 1 May. Check back next week for my blog post about my April moonshots.

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Anyway, I headed for the Great South Wall in Poolbeg yesterday morning as a spell of wet weather with southeasterly winds arrived at high tide. As it was only a neap tide, I wasn’t expecting the pier to be overtopped by the waves like on a previous visit, but I still hoped there might be a nice long exposure shot to be had. When I arrived however, I could see a jogger heading out along the pier, so I rushed to get set up on my usual perch in the shelter of the blockhouse in the last car park - and I wasn’t disappointed as there was spray sheeting across the pier as he ran back. It wasn’t dangerous, but I was glad it was him out there and not me! The exposure was for 1/250th of a second at f/5.6, and ISO 400 at 220mm, using a Canon 7D Mark II and a Canon 100-400mm Mark I. Thanks to StenaLine for the loan of the ferry!

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Once the jogger had gone, I settled down for the original target - some long exposure shots. After some playing around, I found that relatively short exposures of about 0.5 to 1 second worked best to show the spray well while retaining some movement in the waves – longer exposures smoothed things out too much. And of course, the relatively short exposure only slightly blurred the ship – thanks this time to P&O for their freight ferry!  The exposure this time was for 0.6 seconds at f/9.0, ISO 200 at 190mm, with the camera mounted on a tripod and with a Lee Little Stopper (6 stop) Filter on the lens.

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For the final shot, I wanted just a bit more context than I could get in a single frame, so I took three shots to make a stitched panorama in Lightroom – here’s an excellent tutorial on doing these from Photography Life. The exposure was for 1 second at f/13, ISO 200 at 320mm – again on the tripod and with the Little Stopper. All the edits were done Lightroom i.e. cropping, white balance, exposure, contrast, dodging & burning, and minor levelling adjustments. In particular. I used Lightroom’s graduated filters for dodging using both the exposure and dehaze sliders to emphasise the spray. I used the Radial filter to emphasize the jogger by darkening him.

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These shots are available to purchase in my New Land and Seascapes gallery.

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New Year Supermoon or Wolf Moon over Roches Point in Cork Harbour http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2018/1/new-year-supermoon-over-roches-point-in-cork I was back in my old hometown of Cork for a few days over the New Year and despite the stormy weather of the past week or so, New Year's Day itself was not too bad. I've been doing moonshots around Dublin Bay for years so I was keen to have a go around Cork Harbour for the Wolf Moon which was also a Supermoon - although I always think the use of the word "super" is a bit over the top for a slightly larger than average looking Moon when it comes a tad closer to the Earth than normal. For a truly super moon, you'd need to go back about 4 billion years when it may have been 15 times closer to the Earth shortly after it was formed. Photographing it may have been difficult though . . .

As usual, I turned to The Photographer's Ephemeris which showed me this good alignment looking north east from Myrtleville over Roches Point Lighthouse at the mouth of the harbour. When I arrived, I was delighted to find a perfect full Moon in a clear sky - the line up worked best from just outside the well known Bunnyconnellan Restaurant. I exposed the first shot for two seconds at f16 and ISO 100 at 190mm using my Canon 100-400mm MkI lens on a Canon 7DMkII - as always on a tripod for these long exposures. Using the 500 rule and taking account of my crop sensor, 2 seconds is about the longest shutter speed I can use to keep the moon sharp at a focal length of around 200mm.

Once I had this shot, I walked back towards Myrtleville Beach to see people playing at the waters edge - eventually one of them stood still for long enough to make a sharp silhouette against the reflected moonlight. This second shot was was exposed for 1.3 seconds at f11 at ISO 800 at 250mm.  It was taken at 5.16pm, twenty three minutes after the previous image which was itself taken twenty minutes after sunset. Note how there is almost four stops less light in the second shot taken at the end of civil twilight than in the earlier shot taken in the middle of civil twilight - three for the difference in ISO and one for the difference in aperture. Actually, its a little bit less because of the slightly shorter exposure. I guess the difference would actually be a bit more if there wasn't a full moon. 

The final shot was taken from the beach itself at 5.40pm for 30 seconds at f11, ISO200 at 28mm using the EFS 17-55mm lens. By this time, well into nautical twilight, it's impossible to avoid blowing out the moon and I'm not worried about the 500 rule because its just a blob anyway. Instead I want a good long exposure to smooth the sea. I was complaining recently that I didn't get many moonshots in 2017 and I'm normally very pleased if a twilight trip nets a single good shot - so I'm thrilled to get three on a single evening on the first day of the year. Hopefully its a good omen as there will be thirteen full moons in 2018. As the next one on January 31st will the second of the month, it's a so-called blue moon - although it will be just the same colour as normal in this part of the world, at least. In Asia, Australia and North America this "blue moon" will also coincide with a total lunar eclipse so it will actually be a much redder moon than normal - a "blood moon".

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A Light in the Dark - Happy New Year for 2018 http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2018/1/a-light-in-the-dark---happy-new-year-for-2018 Last November's Moon was good to me - a few days before I got the Hunter' Moon here,  it illuminated Crookhaven here and then it silhouetted the Fastnet Rock for me. This rock is the most southerly Irish point - it's also called Ireland's teardrop because it was the last bit of the country many emigrants ever saw. 

I'd like to wish all the reader's of this blog A Happy New Year - hopefully the light will continue to win out over the dark for 2018! 01-A-Light-in-the-Dark-©2017-John-Coveney01-A-Light-in-the-Dark-©2017-John-Coveney

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pictures@johncoveney.ie (John Coveney Photography - People Places & Wildlife) http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2018/1/a-light-in-the-dark---happy-new-year-for-2018 Mon, 01 Jan 2018 15:52:31 GMT
Best 2017 Moonshots http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/12/best-of-my-2017-moonshots Updated 17 January 2018: I've added shots at the end of the Irish Examiner press cutting of the Hunters Moon shot along a shot of an A2 print of this image being printed by 360-DPI for a client.

I didn't add that many images to my moonshots project in 2017, with cloudy weather not helping on several occasions. Here are three that I did like. The first is a crescent moon taken at dawn on a February morning with an Offshoot group - I previously blogged about it here. The two remaining shots were from early November. The first, the Hunters Moon, was taken in Dublin Docklands as it set behind the Samuel Beckett Bridge and The Spire. It was published on the back page of the Irish Examiner a few days later. The second was a very different image taken that evening in Dalkey. It was too cloudy to get a good image at moonrise but as the Moon moved higher into a clearer sky, a tree in Dillon Park was well silhouetted against the moonlit water of Dalkey Sound. All three images are available to purchase here.

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Gales, Storms and Hurricanes of 2017 http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/12/gales-storms-and-hurricanes-of-2017 Continuing with my look back of the past year, here are some of my favourite storm shots. The first is from the Great South Wall in Poolbeg, Co. Dublin during an unnamed gale - lots more shots here. Next, a tree blown down during Storm Doris, being cleared between Shankill and Bray - more shots here. Doris was quickly followed by Ewan although it was fairly minor on Dublin. Here is a shot of its effect on traffic at the Wooden Bridge on Bull Island - more here. Finally, there was the biggie - Hurricane Ophelia. I heeded the red alert warnings and stayed indoors during the worst of it. While it wasn't as bad in Dublin as feared, it was a strange beast compared to our normal storms with its prolonged powerful warm gusts interspersed with calmer periods. In the evening, as it was calming down, I headed down to Bray Harbour where, despite all the warnings, I saw this guy getting far too close to the waves to shoot with his phone. I was safely on the opposite pier well back from the waves.

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Fave Christmas 2016 Swim Composites at the Forty Foot http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/12/fave-christmas-2016-swim-composites-at-the-forty-foot Continuing with my look back over the last year, here are my favourite composites (#2-5) from the 2016 Christmas Swim at the Forty Foot in Sandycove. To see all the shots and how for lots of information on how I shot and processed them, check out the original post here. Unlike the fine weather of last year, Christmas morning this year was wet and windy - although it didn't deter many many people from taking the plunge, I stayed at home editing my shots of the RNLI memorial on Christmas Eve

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Memorial for Loss of Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Crew on Christmas Eve 1895 http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/12/memorial-for-loss-of-dun-laoghaire-lifeboat-crew-on-christmas-eve-1895 I'm taking a break from my 2017 look back to show the best of my shots from yesterday at the annual memorial for the loss of the crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat on Christmas Eve 1895. They were attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme – a Finnish/Russian sailing ship travelling from Liverpool to South America to import hardwood. Check the Dun Laoghaire  Lifeboat's home page for a detailed account of how fifteen lifeboatmen were lost when their boat overturned. In a terrible irony, the nineteen people on the SS Palme were later saved.


The memorial was held by the current volunteer crew, the Irish Coastguard and the Civil Defence, at noon on the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire. The gathering was addressed by Fergal Keane of RTE who narrated the story of the disaster. The crew of Rescue 116, lost off Co. Mayo earlier this year were also remembered with a fly past by a Coastguard helicopter. Rector Asa Bjork Olafsdottir O’Hanlon and Fr. Paddy Dundon conducted an ecumenical service. There was a big attendance of RNLI and Irish Coastguard members, and local people, as well as  Minister of State, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD and Councillors Cormac Devlin and Barry Ward.

There's also a few shots at the end of this post of the memorial stone with the men's names on Queens Road opposite the RNLI station.

High-resolution copies of my pictures are available to download here and these have also been donated to the RNLI and the Irish Coastguard. For any other use of the images, please contact me at pictures@johncoveney.ie 

If you wish to download individual images for personal use here, please consider donating at least €10 per image to the RNLI HERE,  or whatever you can afford. And if you don't want any of them why not DONATE anyway!!

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Paddy Dundon conduct an ecumenical service at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme 012-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney012-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyRector Asa Bjork Olafdottir O'Hanlon addresses the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 013-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney013-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyRector Asa Bjork Olafdottir O'Hanlon addresses the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 014-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney014-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyPaul McNally of the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 015-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney015-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyMembers of the Irish Coasguard at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 016-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney016-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyMembers of the Irish Coasguard at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 017-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney017-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyA member of the Irish Coasguard at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 018-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney018-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyAn Irish Coastguard helicopter at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. The crew of Recuse 116, lost earlier this year were also remembered. 019-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney019-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyMemorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 020-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney020-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyMemorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 021-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney021-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyMemorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 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025-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney025-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyMemorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 026-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney026-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyLaying of wreaths at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 027-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney027-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyLaying of wreaths at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 028-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney028-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyLaying of wreaths at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 029-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney029-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyLaying of wreaths at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 030-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney030-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyLaying of wreaths by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 031-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney031-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyLaying of wreaths at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 032-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney032-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyIrish Coastguard members at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 033-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney033-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyIrish Coastguard members at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 034-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney034-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyIrish Coastguard members at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 035-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney035-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyPaul McNally of the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 036-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney036-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneySailpast at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 037-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney037-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneySailpast at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 038-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney038-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneySailpast at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 039-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney039-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneySailpast at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 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049-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney049-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneySailpast at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 050-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney050-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneySailpast at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 051-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney051-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneySailpast at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 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055-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney055-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyWatching the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 056-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney056-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyMicahel & Kay Casey from Foxrock at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 057-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney057-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyCouncillor Cormac Develin (r) at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 058-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney058-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyCouncillors Barry Ward & Cormac Develin by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 059-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney059-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyRector Asa Bjork, Olafsdottir O'Hanlon and Minister of State Mary MKitchel O'Connor, TD at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 060-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney060-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyEvie Conway at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 061-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney061-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyRTE covering the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 062-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney062-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyMembers of the Irish Coastguard at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 063-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney063-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyAfter the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 064-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney064-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyMembers of the Irish Coastguard at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 065-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney065-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyThe Irish Flag flying over the East Pier Lighthouse at the memorial by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 066-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney066-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyThe Irish Flag flying over the East Pier Lighthouse by the current crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard to the loss of the lifeboat crew on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 067-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney067-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyMemorial on Queen's Road to the crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat lost on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 068-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney068-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyMemorial on Queen's Road to the crew of the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat lost on Christmas Eve 1895 attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme. 069-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-Coveney069-20171224-RNLI-Memorial-Dun-Laoghaire-©-2017-John-CoveneyRNLI Lifeboat Station at Dun Laoghaire  

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If Horses Could Fly in my Best of 2017 Series http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/12/if-horses-could-fly Continuing with my Best of 2017 series. I do a lot of fashion and social photography at racecourses but I like to think I could shoot the horses and jockeys as well! This one is from a Point-to-Point at Tinahely in Co. Wicklow last February - taken on an Offshoot outing.  If -Horse-Could-Fly-©-2017-John-CoveneyIf -Horse-Could-Fly-©-2017-John-Coveney

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pictures@johncoveney.ie (John Coveney Photography - People Places & Wildlife) best of 2017 co. wicklow flying hooves horses if horses could fly ireland john coveney photography jumps offshoot point-to-point racehorses racing steeplechase wicklow http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/12/if-horses-could-fly Sun, 24 Dec 2017 08:23:33 GMT
The Blaskets from Dunmore Head http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/12/the-blaskets-from-dunmore-head Today's image from my best of the year series is a failed moon shot from west Kerry, where we took the family holiday in August. The Photographers Ephemeris told me that, from the western extremity of the Dingle Peninsula and Europe, the moon would set over the Blaskets at 5.48am on Bank Holiday Monday, the 7 August. So, no lie in for me! Sadly when I got there, it was completely overcast but I was still stunned by the view from the tip of Dunmore Head on a very calm morning. After some playing around with the positioning of the tripod, I felt this was the best composition I could make. Using a Lee Little Stopper that reduces the exposure by six stops, I extended the shutter speed from 4 seconds to four minutes to get a really smooth sea. The other settings were f11 and ISO 100 at 23mm using the EFS 17-55mm lens mounted on my Canon 7D MarkII. I think I also used a one or two stop hard graduated filter to keep the detail in the clouds - I forgot to make a note of which one. I did quite a bit of processing in Lightroom, as you can see from the before and after comparison, below. However, the main adjustment was Dehaze +24 and the use of several radial and graduated filters to bring out the detail in the clouds, especially at the top left. I'm pretty happy with the outcome of this dud moon shot!

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Crookhaven by Moonlight http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/12/crookhaven-by-moonlight Starting with my update on the 2016 Winter Solstice yesterday, I'll be posting most days until early in 2018 with some of my favourite shots from the past year or so. Today's offering is Crookhaven by Moonlight. Its a panoramic stitch of three images I took on 1 November under a near full moon from Brow Head. This is the most southerly point on the Irish mainland overlooking the Crookhaven peninsula. The elevated lights in the background are from the air traffic control radar station on Mount Gabriel and those 0n the right are from the village of Baltimore - famed for being sacked by Barbary corsairs in 1631. Each image was exposed for nearly five minutes at f8 and ISO 400 at a focal length of 55mm using a tripod-mounted Canon 7D MarkII. It's available to purchase as an A4 or A3 print, framed print or download at www.johncoveney.ie/new-landscapes.  Contact me for larger sizes.  01-Best-of-2017-©-2017-John-Coveney01-Best-of-2017-©-2017-John-Coveney

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pictures@johncoveney.ie (John Coveney Photography - People Places & Wildlife) baltimore co. cork crookhaven ireland john coveney photography landscape long exposure moonlight moonlit mount gabriel night photography nightlights nocturnal peaceful peninsula seascape silky sea silky water tranquil west cork http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/12/crookhaven-by-moonlight Thu, 21 Dec 2017 18:33:54 GMT
Winter Solstice at Newgrange - updated http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/12/winter-solstice-at-newgrange---updated Last year I made two magical visits to Newgrange in brilliant sunshine for the winter solstice on 18 and 22 December. I blogged about my first visit here and I've just updated my post with some shots from the second visit. You can see a few of these shots here in this post as well.  The additional pictures include a few from inside the chamber where visitors are normally not allowed to shoot. No - these weren't when the sun was shining in - I wasn't lucky enough to win the Solstice lottery - but it's still very special to be able to shoot in a 5,000-year building. Sadly, it seems this year's solstice is going to be clouded out, which is such a pity because this morning and tomorrow morning, the event is being live streamed on the Ireland's Ancient East YouTube channel. We can only hope for next year!

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Shankill Smartphoneography http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/10/shankill-smartphoneography 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 yes, I just made up smartphoneography and I was feeling rather pleased with myself – although though it sounds a bit fake if you pronounce the e! Nonetheless, as I wrote this I was looking forward to taking my place amongst the world’s neologismists? egologismists? . . . whatever! But,  before I got too carried away with myself,  I thought I should google it – and damn I’m not the first to think of it! it’s even a Twitter hashtag!! Oh well, back to the photography.

Setting the scene, here’s a HDR shot using the native phone app – as I did for all of these shots. I dickeyed it up a bit using the automatic enhancement​​​​​​ editing feature in the native Photos app.

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The shot of the main street was also HDR, again with automatic enhancement to bring out the colour of the sky – I just waited for the bus to add a bit of interest to the road.

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I didn’t have time to walk up to St. Anne’s Church, so I took a “small building big sky” approach by doing a vertical phone panorama. In Snapseed, I used the “pop” pre-set and then the brush feature to darken the bottom of the shot as the church was a bit over exposed.

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Next is a group of autumn leaves looking over the railway bridge that once straddled the old Harcourt Street line – I liked the combination of the dark background with the additional leaves in the backgrounds. Editing was minimal with – automatic enhancement with a touch of “brilliance” added.

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Finally, they say the shadow of the photographer should never appear in the shot . . .! Anyway, it’s clear that modern smartphones can take technically good shots in good light – especially if you work on angle, position and framing. As the reader, you will have to decide if you like them!

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Red-throated Pipit on Mizen Head - a good shot of an elusive bird http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/10/red-throated-pipit-on-mizen-head---a-good-shot-of-an-elusive-bird 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 Middle East for the winter, with an occasional autumn vagrant getting to Ireland. This bird was found by Conor Foley earlier in the week and after a combined search this morning by Vanessa Dunne, John Cusack, Brian McCluskey and myself it popped up on a tuft for a few seconds. Normally they are impossible to see on the ground in their favoured marshy habitat. They are usually only seen in flight as they make their distinctive call – a  “fine, drawn out, squeaky pssiih” to quote the Collins Bird Guide.

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I got this image at about 7-10m with my Canon 7D Mark II and 100-400mm Mark I lens using aperture priority and auto ISO. I also set the minimum shutter speed to 1/1,000th of a second – high shutter speeds are essential for small birds because they often seem to have a sort of a shudder that causes motion blur. With the aperture set to 5.6, the widest available at 400mm, the ISO automatically went to 1600. This may seem high, but it’s not a problem for modern DSLRs – and even 3200 or 6400 are worth it to get a sharp image. I recently become a convert to using Auto ISO because there’s no messing trying to change settings if the light changes. This especially important if I only get a few seconds to get a shot of rarity as was the case here. Today, the light was fairly flat and I was shooting at ground level, so I used evaluative metering – the camera’s automatic option. If I was shooting a small bird against the sky, I would use spot metering to ebsure the bird was not too dark. Finally, I used the smallest spot focus – the tiny box inside the small box in the viewfinder. This can be harder to get on your subject but with so much clutter from the surrounding vegetation, I needed to be sure I was getting a single focus point on the bird.

Before I got the shot of the Red-throated Pipit, we had a few false alarms with Meadow Pipits and this allowed me to get a comparison shot under similar conditions. The Meadow Pipit was a bit further away so I’ve cropped it to about 1/16th of the area of original versus about 1/8th for the Red-throated to make them look approximately equally in this comparison shot. In life, the Meadow Pipit is marginally larger but the difference is not likely to be noticeable in the field. The key point of the comparison, however, is to show the much more contrasty look of the Red-throated Pipit and the strong wedge-shaped mark on the lower side of the throat. The edges of the tertials, just visible on the birds lower back are also noticeable paler than on the Meadow Pipit. As is the case with so many first-year migrants, this bird does not show the eponymous red throat other than a hint of buff in the centre. Only adults show the full feature. To finish, I was well pleased to get good shots of a difficult bird that I’ve only ever seen in flight previously.

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SCAN Photography Series http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/10/scan-photography-series 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. You can also download a PDF version of the entire series here.

It was great to be asked recently to write a photography series for my local community magazine, the SCAN, or Shankill Community Association News. I've done two articles now - dealing mainly with phone photography because virtually everyone has a phone camera with them nowadays.  If you are not in the SCAN distribution area, you can read the articles and see my shots for them on my website here. It was also great to see my autumnal shot of the local Anglican church in Rathmichael from last November chosen as the cover shot of the current October issue of the SCAN.

I've also set up a new Facebook group, Shankill Photography, for local photographers of all levels to chat, ask questions and share shots. 

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Successful Journey to Hell & Back for my A Distinction http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/9/successful-journey-to-hell-back-for-my-a-distinction 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 before me were judged. Happily, mine got through and I’m thrilled to achieve my A - the second highest distinction of the IPF. It made all the work worthwhile to hear the the judges say they loved the facial expressions in the shots and to hear my panel statement described as “superb”!

It was also great to see all the other panels, especially the successful Fellowship panels from Catherine & Scott MacBride - clearly the best photographic couple in Ireland! Sadly, two other panels from my club, Offshoot, did not make it through today but they were close enough that I’m sure they will do so next time.

I’d like to thank the following for help with my panel :-

  1. My family for giving me time, space and encouragement for photography.
  2. Steve Crozier of 360DPI and Offshoot for loads of advice and for mounting the prints to his ever-high standard.
  3. Sheldon Fine Art Papers from whom I bought my Epson R3000 printer, printer ink and Canson paper. I used Canson Photosatin for my test prints and Canson Baryta for the panel prints
  4. Fellow Offshoot members Matt O’Brien and Olive Gaughan for reviewing drafts of the panel as well as all the Offshooters for their encouragement over the last six or seven years.

I’d also like to thank all the IPF for running the distinctions process and Carlow Photographic Society for hosting today’s session

OK – enough of the tearful speeches! Here’s the statement and the panel shots.

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pictures@johncoveney.ie (John Coveney Photography - People Places & Wildlife) a associate associateship black and white co. wicklow endurance hell and back ipf irish photographic federation john coveney john coveney photography killruddery monochrome muck mudlark nobody left behind obstacle course portrait sport swamp tunnel www.johncoveney.ie http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/9/successful-journey-to-hell-back-for-my-a-distinction Sat, 23 Sep 2017 22:52:13 GMT
Liffey Lights but No Eclipse Shots http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/8/liffey-lights-but-no-eclipse-shots 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 back in March 2015. The Photographer's Ephemeris told me that, from Sir John Rogersons Quay, the sun would be behind the Samuel Becket Bridge at the eclipse's peak about 8pm (such as it was). Sadly, however, the sun was either too bright to shoot or totally obscured by cloud, so no joy for me.  In fact, there seems to very few shots at from Ireland - I could only find this one peeking through the clouds over the Curragh by Kieran Cummins.

I've been lucky enough to see a total eclipse previously - myself and herself took advantage of a fairly cheap Ryanair flight to Beauvais to catch the 1999 one over northern France - and a weekend in Paris didn't go amiss either! As I didn't have a decent camera then, I'll have to catch at least one more! Maybe, the next American one in April 2024 - and the American annular eclipse in October 2023 would also be spectacular. Closer to home, the next big dates for Europe are in Aug 2026 when a total eclipse will sweep over western Iceland and northern Spain - a good place to see this would on Majorca low in the evening sky where totality will be about 20 minutes before sunset. In August 2027, a monster eclipse will sweep over the extreme south of Spain, and continue through north Africa and Arabia. Over the Straits of Gibralter, it will last almost five minutes and a whopping 6 minutes and 22 seconds in Luxor in Egypt - the second longest of the 21st century. The longest was in 2009 was only 17 seconds longer and the longest ever eclipse will be in 2186 at 7 minutes and 39 seconds. Most eclipses last one to two minutes depending on how close you are to the centre line - and they are over far too quickly! Sadly, I'll be long gone before the next total eclipse in Ireland in 2090 - it will start about teatime on 23 September if you think you might catch it! Totality will clip the extreme south west of Cork & Kerry and last almost one and three quarter minutes at two of my favourite birding haunts at Mizen Head and on Cape Clear. Maybe my kids might live long enough to be there for me!

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Anyway, when I realized there was going to be no eclipse shots, I saw there would be a nice blue hour panorama of the Samuel Becket Bridge and the Convention Centre - with still water in the river and no wind to shake the tripod. Although, I've shooting in Dublin's Docklands for years, I haven't previously done this shot.  Because it has been been done by so many others, I wanted to get a good one and I'm pretty happy with this blue hour effort with strong reflections sweeping from the bridge to the Convention Centre, onto the PWC buidling, and finishing at the Cill Airne restaurant boat. It's a Lightroom stitch of six vertical shots using the Canon EFS 10-22mm lens. Each was was exposed for 30 seconds on a tripod at f16, ISO 100 at 22mm. I cropped the resultant panorama to a 3:1 ratio, made some exposure adjustments to brighten it a bit and cloned out a few cranes. Email me at pictures@johncoveney.ie if you would like to purchase a print.

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Another Day - Another "Storm" http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/2/another-day---another-storm 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 - I knew there would be an opportunity to get some good shots at the Wooden Bridge between Clontarf and the Bull Island - and I wasn't disappointed!

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I was happy enough to drive my ancient jeep through the sheets of salty spray in to get into position - but it never fails to amaze me how many people will drive their flash motors through such conditions - not to mention the numbers of walkers, cyclists and dogs willing to get soaked . . . actually, I suppose the dogs didn't have a choice! Just as I was setting up with the Canon 70-200mm lens - safely tucked up warm and dry in my jeep, a guy and his kid cycled across. It's probably just as well that I didn't get that shot as I would have had to decide if I should send it to social services :-)

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Crescent Moon over The Muglins - Calm After Storm Doris http://www.johncoveney.ie/blog/2017/2/crescent-moon-over-the-muglins---calm-after-storm-doris 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 facilitated by a brief period of calm clear weather between yesterday's gales and the weekend's rain. These moon shots are part of my long term moonscapes project - mainly around Dublin Bay - check out some previous posts here, here, here , here and here. However, the project has flagged a little recently, so this this spring I've reinvigorated it (translate: given myself a kick in the arse!) by doing it as a Shoot With Me project with a small group of fellow Offshoot members. If somebody else is going to be there, then you have to get out of the scratcher :-) Here are my two favourite images from the morning.

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Three of us met at 5.50 am on the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire just as the first hint of dawn was appearing in the eastern sky. The westerly gusts of yesterday had dropped to a moderate breeze but we were glad to use the top wall of the pier to shelter ourselves from the chill and to minimize the risk of tripod vibration. The crescent Moon was due to rise at 6.14am but the usual bank of cloud on Irish horizons meant it did not break through until about ten minutes later. We got several shots over the next half an hour or so, as it rose over The Muglins, the Forty-foot and the distinctive silhouette of Joyce's Tower & Museum in Sandycove. Then the sky brightened so much that the thin crescent was barely visible and that was it!

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Irish news site The Journal.ie used the second shot to illustrate its morning article on the aftermath of Storm Doris.

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