I always had an interest in photography, had a very basic Olympus back in 2001 and used this when traveling around the world in 2003. I upgraded to a Fuji S7000 in 2005 and started using advanced settings in fully manual, doing long exposure shots and playing around with high speed photography. I was really enjoying taking photos and decided to take up photography as a serious hobby in 2007 after I won the Imagine Arts Festival Photography competition with the photo below which was taken from the Ardree Hotel in 2005.
Since then I upgraded to a Canon 450D and then on to a very sturdy Canon 7D, as well as investing in some great lenses such as the 24-105 L Lens. My favourite photography subjects are landscapes, nature, wildlife, night shoots / long exposures and shots which particularly nice lighting. I also enjoy doing food photography.
I was a member of the Carrick Camera Club from 2009-2014, during which time my photography progressed through many in-club and inter-club photo challenges (a great way to expand your knowledge from beginner to advanced). My photos have been published in Newspapers, Magazines, Brochures and shown on TV and Online, including;
- Irish Independent
- Irish Times
- Hotel Brochures
- Irelands Blue Book
- GoIreland Email Newsletter
- Ardmore Pattern Festival Calendar 2013 & 2014
- Morris Oil Calendar 2013 & 2014
- 3e Weather
- Neven Magure – Home Chef (7 second intro sting)
- Various Local Newspapers in Ireland & UK
I always appreciate visitor comments and feedback, so please feel free to leave a comment on any post or contact me directly. The work is all non-commercial and I enjoy taking and sharing photos.
Links to my Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and Twitter (@shanesphoto or my personal account @mrshanemcdonald) accounts are below if you want to follow me on those platforms. My personal website is at www.shanemcdonald.ie.