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Monthly Archives: August 2011

30 Aug 2011
Mount Juliet House - Canon 28-55mm L Lens

Photo of the Week – Mount Juliet House, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

I was testing out a nice Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens and with the weather being so nice I decided to try a shot I had taken many times before – Mount Juliet House, Co. Kilkenny. The day was bright, horses out in the paddocks, and the sun wasn’t too high resulting in some nice shadows and contrast of colour. I was very happy with the result. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM is an amazing lens, […]

22 Aug 2011
International Space Station Over Waterford Bridge - ISS Waterford Bridge Photo

International Space Station Pictured over new Waterford Bridge

I was hoping the International Space Station would track directly over the new Waterford Bridge and had set up my camera at around 10pm with the ISS pass scheduled for 10:05pm over Waterford. I could see the ISS coming and took 2 quick shots of the bridge to check focus and light levels. Unfortunately as the ISS passed over head it was obvious the Space Station would track more Easterly than the South East track required to get it over […]

17 Aug 2011
Fire Blower 1 - Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week – Firebreather

I took this photo of a firebreather at an event in Mount Juliet, Co. Kilkenny. It was my first time using the Canon L Series of Lens (the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens to be exact) and I was blown away by the results from that lens. The other thing that blew me away was this firebreather who was in attendance. I spotted the firebreather mid way through his act and had to setup quickly – put the […]

09 Aug 2011
Violinist at Spraoi 2011 - f/6 - performer playing violin

How to blur backgrounds using the aperture

Over the past few months there have been many daily searches to this site about depth of field and how to blur backgrounds. Professional photographers use this technique and this post will address some of these actual searches to this site, such as “how to make the background blurry”, “what to I change to make blurry backgrounds”, “camera settings blurred background”, “how to change depth of focus”, “how do you change camera settings to make a fuzzy background” and “what […]

02 Aug 2011
Waterford Spraoi Parade 2011 - Photo of the Week

Waterford Spraoi Parade – Photo of the Week, from the Spraoi Parade

This weeks Photo of the Week is from the Waterford Spraoi parade which took place on Sunday 31st July 2011. The theme of this years Spraoi Parade is “An Bosca Beo” – the “Box of Life”. The Spraoi Parade, “An Bosca Beo”, was designed by Spraoi Productions to be “a magical journey, following a box along its sometimes bumpy, sometimes winding road through life. From birth as the first box is delivered by giant storks, through the toy boxes of […]