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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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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  •  Leave a 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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