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Bray Air Display 2018 - People, Place . . . and Wildlife??

July 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I previously shot the Bray Air Display in 2010 and 2016 and I’ve blogged about those shots here, here and here - as well as giving a few tips on shooting air shows. In those shoots, my main goal was to get good shots of the planes and the aerobatics but most of them could be anywhere because they are against the sky. For the 2018 Air Display, I did...
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How (Not?) to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse – Dublin September 2015

July 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Early this week, the Dublin weather forecast for this evening’s lunar eclipse on 27 July 2018 looked promising and I was looking forward to doing a time-lapse from the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire as the blood moon rose out of the Irish Sea near the Muglins light and then arced over Dalkey and Killiney Hills. Sadly, however, the forecast changed, and...
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Fashion between the Showers at the 2018 Summer Ladies Day at Navan Raceourse

June 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
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 Bur...
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Summer Fashion at Navan Racecourse's Ladies Days 2015-2017

May 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
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 S...
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Poolbeg Jogger

May 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
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 29 th April last - that one appeared on 1 May. Check back n...
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New Year Supermoon or Wolf Moon over Roches Point in Cork Harbour

January 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
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 th...
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A Light in the Dark - Happy New Year for 2018

January 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
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...
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Best 2017 Moonshots

December 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
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 f...
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Gales, Storms and Hurricanes of 2017

December 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
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 w...
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Fave Christmas 2016 Swim Composites at the Forty Foot

December 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
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 w...
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Memorial for Loss of Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Crew on Christmas Eve 1895

December 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
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 D...
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If Horses Could Fly in my Best of 2017 Series

December 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
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.
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The Blaskets from Dunmore Head

December 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
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 whe...
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Crookhaven by Moonlight

December 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
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...
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Winter Solstice at Newgrange - updated

December 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
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...
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