Saturday 29 September 2007

Moto X

I was at the Motocross Championship R6 hosted by North Dublin Motorcycle Club in Gormonston, Co. Meath today. The Canon was firing non-stop. I took about 950 images and am well pleased with the performance of the camera and myself as this was the first real sports photography shoot besides for the Marathon work I do for ASI that is.

I converted this image into a B&W photograph bacause I like the way her eyes stand out better than the colour version. You can see the colour version and some more images posted on The PhotoRoom forum website by clicking on the Moto X headline.

Friday 28 September 2007

Sarah & Canon 1D mkIII

This is a image of my daughter Sarah out on her skates tonight.
The image was taken with my new Canon EOS 1D mkIII and the 70-200 F2.8 L IS lens.

The details are as follows:-
ISO 400
1/100 sec @ F4.0
AL Servo focus
200mm focal length.
Hand Held.

I don't know what people are going on about a focus problem.

Thursday 27 September 2007

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Wednesday 26 September 2007

Camus Bay using LightZone

This image took a complete 15 seconds to convert into B&W and a few extra styles added using LightZone image editor.

This was taken a few months back while over in the West on holidays.
Take the Spiddle road out of Galway and then keep right on the R336 heading towards Maam Cross. You will come across Camus Bay on the left. Stop anywhere along here for some wonderful landscapes images with the The Twelve Bens in the background.

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What The Duck

Found this one in The Vault and had to post it.

Monday 24 September 2007

Inch Beach

This image you see below was taken back in 2005 of the beach at Inch, Co. Kerry

I put this image forward for The Daily Critique on The Radiant Vista website
Craig Tanner had nothing but good words to say about the image. He also said that if this is what Ireland looks like he must come here. I have to agree with Craig, Ireland is a wonderful place to be a landscape photographer. Every hour the weather and light changes which makes for very interesting possibilities for great images.
This is not your usual view from Inch. You can just about make out the cars parked on the beach. This is were most tourist's would walk and take their photographs. While the tide was out I walked out and turned back to look and see if my children had followed. Well I was amazed at the view. The reflections of the clouds and mountains in the water. I used a polariser and ND Grad filters to hold detail in the sky and water.

Adidas Dublin Half Marathon

I do some work for Action Sports International
( ). They area photo agency that has specialised in competition photography for many outstanding sporting events worldwide. However I only get to cover the events here in Ireland. On Saturday 22nd September it was the turn for the Adidas Dublin Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park. We had six photographers covering this event with an average of 2,800 images taken by each one. These images are uploaded to ASI's website and the participants can order images. The next event will be the Adidas Dublin Marathon on the Bank Holiday in October.

What The Duck

Sunday 23 September 2007

Winning Image

My winning image of "Hill of Skyrne" is on the December page of "The Heritage of County Meath" calender 2008.

The accompanying text was written by Clare Tuffy from the Office of Public Works.

"The name Skyrne comes from the Latin word, scrinium, a shrine. The first church on this siye was dedicated to St Columcille and there was a shrine to him here. It was an important Norman site and the present church was founded about 1341. There are wounderful views from the ruins looking west across the Gaghra Valley to the Hill of Tara"

The purpose of the calender is to create a greater awareness of the vast heritage in County Meath, acting as a promotional tool for potential visitors.

A Funny Story

The Smiths were unable to conceive children and decided to use a
surrogate father to start their family.
On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Smith kissed his wife
goodbye and said, "Well, I'm off now; the man should be here soon."
Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer
happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale.
Good morning, Ma'am", he said, "I've come to...''
Oh, no need to explain," Mrs. Smith cut in, embarrassed, "I've been
expecting you."
"Have you really?" said the photographer. "Well, that's good. Did you
know babies are my specialty?"
"Well that's what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a
After a moment she asked, blushing, "Well, where do we start?"
"Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the
couch, and perhaps a couple on the bed. And sometimes the living room
floor is fun. You can really spread out there."
"Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn't work out for Harry and
"Well, Ma'am, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we
try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles,
I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results."
"My, that's a lot!" gasped Mrs. Smith.
"Ma'am, in my line of work a man has to take his time. I'd love to be in
and out in five minutes, but I'm sure you'd be disappointed with that."
"Don't I know it," said Mrs. Smith quietly.
The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his
baby pictures. "This was done on the top of a bus," he said.
"Oh my God!" Mrs. Smith exclaimed, grasping at her throat.
"And these twins turned out exceptionally well - when you consider their
mother was so difficult to work with."
"She was difficult?" asked Mrs. Smith.
"Yes, I'm afraid so I finally had to take her to the park to get the job
done right. People were crowding around four and five deep to get a good
"Four and five deep?" said Mrs. Smith, her eyes wide with amazement.
"Yes", the photographer replied. "And for more than three hours, too.
The mother was constantly squealing and yelling - I could hardly
concentrate, and when darkness approached I had to rush my shots.
Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just had
to pack it all in."
Mrs. Smith leaned forward. "Do you mean they actually chewed on your,
"It's true, Ma'am, yes.. Well, if you're ready, I'll set-up my tripod
and we can get to work right away."
"Oh yes, Ma'am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much
too big to be held in the hand very long."

Mrs. Smith fainted!


"one location, different interpretations"

Myself, Carsten Krieger and Peter Cox have joined together to form a group call "Viewpoints" with the end result of this project to publish a book.

Several planned trips to the National Parks around Ireland with each of us bringing a different eye and photographic style.
This will be a very interesting, different, next couple of years until the end of the project.

Goto the 'More Photographer's' to see the personal websites and some wonderful colour images of Ireland from these photographers.

Clare Island

Image of the Month for Setpember taken from my website

This Image is called Clare Island 1 and can be found in the Places, Buildings and Objects section from the Gallery on my website
On your drive over to Achill Island you will cross over the bridge at Achill Sound. You the then turn right when you see the sign post for The Atlantic Drive. This will take you around the southern tip of Achill island and onto spectacular views along the cost line. There are parking locations along the way so you can stop and pull in safely. At one of these locations you will see Clare Island sticking up over the horizon.
This image was taken around 12 0'clock in the day not midnight as you might be thinking.
When i got back home after this trip over in the west of Ireland, looking at the images on screen this one jumped out. On the day the weather was dull at times. It had just stopped raining and the sun was trying to come out from behind the clouds. What makes this image for me is the light over the island and the cloud covering the top of the island.
Placing the horizon in the lower portion of the image because there was nothing of interest but water which leaves more room for the sky and what a sky. As they say in the ad, nothing added but time. I knew the clouds would break and the sun would shine. You just have to be patent. Sit back, enjoy the views and pour yourself a cup of tea.

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The Wedding of Dottie & Jim

Good friends of mine got married in August last and asked me to do the photo's for them.

Here is one of the fun images taken on that day.

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What The Duck

Colour Images

Yes I also take colour images.

This was one of the first images taken with my new Canon EOS 5D with the 24-70 L lens over at Port Head, Co. Louth last week. I left my house at around 4 in the morning and started to shoot at about 5 o'clock. A note to myself to bring a torch the next so that i can see where i am going.
This images shows the Moon and the planet Venus below it (sometimes called The Morning Star). No work was done to the RAW file except for the usual unsharp mask.

Killney Bay

A sample image from the trip to Killney Bay:

A family day out to Bray Pier was cut short by a down pour of very heavy rain. It was too early to drive back home so we took the detour route home via the coast road. Just as we got to Killney Bay the clouds lifted and he sun came out. This is just one of the images taken down at Killney Bay. While the rest of the family were enjoying this sunshine a was running around taking as many images from different points before the light changed.