Wednesday 28 November 2007

Loch Bhaile na Hinse

While away in Connemara a few months ago with the 'Viewpoints' photographers Carsten Krieger and Peter Cox, this image was taken along the road (R341) to Roundstone.
We had left our B&B at 5:30 in the morning to get to the location to catch the sunrise. After a good few hours we headed back to the B&B to have breakfast. On the way back we came across a few locations that looked promising if you got the right light. After some breakfast we went our own ways and to meet back up again in the afternoon. I went back along the road out of Clifden (N59) and turned onto the R341. A few 100 meters passed the junction you can park your car off the road and walk back to the viewpoints in this image. The clouds had broken and the sun was out. What makes this image for me is the clouds and the reflections on the landscape. The contrast between the white clouds and the dark water. The different levels of midtones in the grass. The simple composition and the triangle shape the clumps of trees make. This image was taken with my Sony R1 camera (RIP). That's another story to tell later.

Monday 26 November 2007

Low Light Photography.

The Navan Camera Club, which I am a member of, when out on Sunday evening last to shoot Trim Castle. The idea was to show the new members how to use their camera's in low light conditions. One of the members of the Club, Reggie Smit who specialises in low light photography lead the way.( a link to his site can be found on the More Photographers section ) I took a few snaps as they say with the above been one of them.( colour again ). I will be uploading the rest of the images into the Sunset & Sunrise Gallery shortly. I used the Canon 5D with a 30seconds exposure @ F11 with the TS-E24mm lens as this was the only lens a had we me. Thanks to one of the other members who gave me his 24-105 lens to take a few images of just the castle with its reflections in the river.

Friday 23 November 2007

What The Duck

The Silent Valley

The Silent Valley is located in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
You have to pay £4 to enter the park, but can spend the whole day there. The Valley and surrounding landscape will keep to shooting for hours.

Tuesday 20 November 2007

Superman Photo Game

Here is a photo game you can play over the internet.

You are Jimmy Olsen, the Daily Planet's star photographer. Try to get some good pictures of Superman for tomorrow's edition.


Back in September I put up post about The CanvasWorks, a company here in Ireland who took on my B&W photography to sell as large canvas prints.
Well guess what, Patrick from The CanvasWorks email me to let know that 2 of my images have been sold. What a result in such a small time frame. I was well pleased and speaking to Patrick, he has some interesting plans for next year (2008). Stay tuned for more info or you can link to their site from here and have a look at my work available to buy. The CanvasWorks has not got my complete catalog of work, so if you see and image you like on my website and want a large canvas print contact me by email with the details and a print will be made for you.

My Dream Car

I know, I know, I know, it has nothing to do with photography except that it is a photo of a car, an unbelieveable car that is.
The Audi RS4.
I have had the pleasure of driving this car a while ago. On my god what can I say. The power, speed, but most of all the sound of that V8 engine.......................
I could go on for hours about this but instead I have linked to the RS4 page on the Audi website. Go have a look for yourself.


A new feature has just been added to the Mononeil Blog.
A slideshow can be seen in the sidebar on the site.

The photos will show up in the sidebar, gently fading into one another. You will be able to go forward and backward, pause, and click through to the photo’s web page.

I will at will be changing this slideshow about every week with the albums stored on Picasa Web Albums.

Sports Photography

I have put another notch in my photography belt with the Meath Post newspaper using my images for the underage football section again. This will be a regular Saturday and the odd Sunday outing for me now. It's completely different from the photography I was shooting up until 2 weeks ago. Fast moving, low res jpeg, 400mm lens, now that's different from using a tripod, F16 and 1 second exposures. I am enjoying the experience and the newspaper thinks my photo's are very good. This will be the last photo of football for a while unless I come across a cracker, then I will post that. So back to the normal B&W images from now.

Wednesday 14 November 2007


Here a sequence of images taken at the underage football a shoot last
It is a photomerge of a player taking a corner kick.

Saturday 10 November 2007


Ratoath Harp's Underage Football

Today I was asked to take photo's for The Meath Post newspaper Sports section.
The venue was Ratoath Harp's Underage matches. They included U7's, U9's and U10's.
Starting at 10:00 and shooting non-stop until 1:00, it was very interesting to say the least.
It's the first time for me to shoot sports beside form the Marathon work I do for ASI.
Been able to get real close and I mean on the pitch to shoot some of the images was fun.

Monday 5 November 2007

Saturday 3 November 2007


This is an image from where you can park your car and walk up and over the rocks down onto the beach at Rossbehy near Glenbeigh on the N70 road from Killorglin ( part of The Ring of Kerry ). Beat that Frodo from Lord of the Rings.
A break in the weather and clouds gave me this light and coupled with a very low angle so as to get the rocks and the mountains make a triangle shape.