How my new Logo Photologo has revitalised my photos and my blog

How my new Logo Photologo has revitalised my photos and my blog

My new Photologo – Revitalising my photos and my blog

As a photographer I want to ensure that my work is protected in some way. I had in the past created my own photo logo signatures. These were sometimes text, or a combination of some symbol and text. In 2017 I tried creating my own signature style photologo.

I checked a few tutorials and found out what to do. I used a white piece of paper, wrote my signature, scanned it and then played around in photoshop. I tried to make the logo into something which would be recognisably mine. I was happy but overtime I saw the photologo video or instagram post I became less happy. What I didn’t know is that it made me look a bit amateurish when it came to my portfolio.

The signature I created was not crisp enough to be professional. I had seen a few other photographers with nicer, crisper logos. I just loved how the photologo logos popped off the page. The photos became recognisable and the photographer looked professional. I just had to get one.

Having seen my old logo compared to my new logo, I know now that making my own just made my shots look a little lacking.
In my view, you should leave it to the professionals to design your logo. 

The Photologo process

The process to get a photologo is very easy. You select the style you want. Then you select the amount of curves you want and you can submit your own details for inclusion. You also get one revision if you are not happy. Within 48 hours you can have your png files and an illustrator file delivered to your inbox.

I was very happy with the slick nature of the process and with the end result.

Take a look at the new Photologo compared to my old photo logo which I did myself. I know which one I’m happier with and it is my new design.

The Photologo creation process

I took a few screenshots of the logo process and these can be seen here. You can get an idea of how slick the ordering process is.

The Result – My New Photologo

As you can see the new photoblog is beautiful. Crisp, clean and so varied in where I can use it. I got a white version and a black version. These came as a high and low quality, i.e. for use with big and small images. I also got the .ia Adobe Illustrator version for design projects.

The process was so quick to sort I couldn’t believe it. The guys in photologo also took my previous signature as inspiration. My signature always has the little line under the c of Mc and also the c is higher almost like the 2 in a squared number. I was so happy I didn’t need a revision or change to the logo.

An Interesting Result of my new Photography logo.

Since I got my new logo, I have had a resurgence in productivity. I have being editing old shots and updating my portfolio. I rebranded my website – www.shanemcdonald.me, this site, and also my 500px portfolio. I updated my photography facebook page and @shanesphoto twitter profile with the new logos. I feel the new photo logo has made all my works more professional as you can see below.

It’s amazing how a new identity and a more professional looking brand image can help your energy and passion for what you do.

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Bray Air Show 2017 – Photos from the Bray Air Show, Ireland

Bray Air Show 2017 – Photos from the Bray Air Show, Ireland

These are a few photos from the Bray Air Show 2017. I saw last years photos from the Air Show and I vowed I would make it in 2017. The Bray Air Show takes place over 2 days in July along the beautiful seafront and prom area in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

There were some excellent acrobatic display teams performing plus the Irish Air Corps had a prominent presence at the Saturday display. For me, one of the stand-out performances was from the Royal Jordanian Falcons. This display team was flying the Flying 5 Extra-300 L aerobatic aircraft. The Royal Jordanian Falcons are some of the most skilled aerobatic pilots in the world and this is obvious from some of the stunts they pulled off. Check out the gallery below, they are the red aircraft. This national aerobatic team was formed in 1976 with the mission of promoting peace and friendship to the world through the art, skill and science of aviation.

It was an amazing day, even for those who had no interest in aviation. I heard a few comments from the crowd like ‘Oh my God, how is he doing that’ and ‘woah’ at times when some aircraft looked out of control. It was truly an experience to savour and enjoy – even more if you love aircraft like me.

Having been there I think the Sunday is probably the better day for to my liking. The Sunday schedule had more jets and more high speed activity so maybe next year.

Bray Air Show 2017 Photo Gallery

Click the gallery below to see the photos from the Bray Air Display 2017

Monster A380 emerging from the clouds

Monster A380 emerging from the clouds

While I was in London I visited Hyde Park and there was an approach to Heathrow on the far side of the park, running parallel to the direction in which I was walking. I spotted an A380 in the distance and saw it was going to have to pass through a series of clouds. My aim was to capture the amazing Airbus A380 Super Jumbo as it emerged from the clouds. The last time I saw one as close was when I attended Flightiest Dublin a few years ago. (click linked text to see the gallery for Flightfest)

Below are the shots of the A380 emerging from the clouds. Shots taken with the Canon 75-300mm f/4.0.

Airbus A380 Emerging from Clouds

Airbus A-380 Emerging from Clouds

A380 Emerging from the clouds

A380 Emerging from the clouds

Airbus A380 Emerged from Clouds

Airbus A380 Emerged from Clouds

The Airbus A-380 is a real monster of an aircraft, a double-deck, wide-body, and four-engines. It is the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft and unlike the 747 which has 2 decks, the A380s upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage. It is also 50% quieter on take off than the 747. British Airways has 12 A-380s in the fleet.

Doneraile Park, County Cork, Ireland

Doneraile Park, County Cork, Ireland

Cork has some great spots to visit and one of these is the town of Doneraile and it’s famous Doneraile park. The vast spaces of Doneraile park have everything from deer and sheep to swans and squirrels. If you have a camera and enjoy walks then this is the place for you.

Doneraile Park comprises approximately 160 hectares of estate land with groves of deciduous trees, a stately home, many water features amongst much more which you can discover during a visit. The stately home I mention is actually Doneraile Court, the former residence of the St. Leger family. At the time of my visit the Georgian style house was being renovated and I was told it would be opened to the public at some point – however on a more recent visit the building looked to be almost complete.

There are a few routes to take when walking and I recommend taking the upper loop to get a view of the deer and the house and also the lower loop which takes in the swans on the lake. Later in the year, around October, you will see the male deer go head to head, fighting for the control of the female harem of deer. It is certainly worth coming to Doneraile Park at different times of the year to see different aspects of the wildlife and also the fauna which grows here. It’s a great spot for all the family.

Keep your camera powered on as you never know what you will see and it’s worth having it on burst mode to capture as many shots as you can.

 

Photos of Doneraile Park

 

Flowers in Doneraile Park

Flowers in Doneraile Park

Swan Landing

Swan Landing

Robin Red Breast

Robin Red Breast

Deer in Doneraile Park

Deer in Doneraile Park

 

The park is located not far from Mallow and if you are in the area you should also visit the nearby Donkey Sanctuary which is located in Liscaroll about 20 minutes from Doneraile Park.

I will be including some more of these shots in my Photo Gallery in the coming weeks.

A Visit to Garnish Island, Co. Cork

A Visit to Garnish Island, Co. Cork

I visited Garnish Island when I was about 12 years old and I recall that you left the harbour on the mainland, with the typical Irish fields and views and ended up on this paradise type island. The island had plants I had never seen before and as a child it seemed like you were after being transported to paradise.

I had the chance to revisit Garnish Island recently and it was just as special. Garnish Island, often referred to as simply Garnish, is located near Glengarriff in Bantry Bay. Garnish is known around the world for it’s amazing gardens and has some stunning and unique specimen plants which are rarely seen in Ireland.

As you leave Glengarriff Pier on the ferry you pass colonies of seals on the aptly named ‘seal island’ where seals are quite close to you. Some may even come along side the boat. As you approach Garnish Island you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a White Tailed Eagle which nests on the island. (see photo below)

Once you have reached the island the gardens are for you to explore. They were created over many years by Annan Bryce and Harold Peto, architect and garden designer. It is a wonderful part of Ireland and a great spot to visit. Sometimes we don’t know what is on our own doorstep when it comes to great places to visit in Ireland…

Below are some photos from my visit to Garnish.

Flowers on Garnish Island

Flowers on Garnish Island

The view from Garnish Island

The view from Garnish Island

Garnish Island

Garnish Island

Some of the Flowers on Garnish Island

Some of the Flowers on Garnish Island

Some of the Flowers on Garnish Island

Some of the Flowers on Garnish 

A White Tailed Eagle on Garnish Island - quite rare to see

A White Tailed Eagle on Garnish Island – quite rare to see

One of the Seals close-up on Seal Island

One of the Seals close-up on Seal Island

The Seals on Seal Island

The Seals on Seal Island

Before you leave don’t forget to visit the Martello tower which you can go up into and get great views of the surrounding area.

A 300mm lens is worth having in your camera bag

A 300mm lens is worth having in your camera bag

I have a few lenses – Canon 24-105 L lens, a Tamron 10-24 wide angle, a Canon 50mm prime lens and a 300mm lens , specifically the 70-300mm Canon zoom lens (f4.0,non L type). On a recent walk in Ardmore Co. Waterford I ended up having the zoom lens on the camera 90% of the time.  Firstly the Coastguard helicopter went over, which is why I put the zoom lens on in the first place. After that, I wanted to scan the ocean incase there were any whales or dolphins passing and during the scan I spotted a few seals. With other wildlife such as gulls and sea birds the 300mm lens certainly pays for itself. Some of the shots from this 300mm Canon zoom lens are shown below.

Seagull taken with the 70-300mm Canon zoom lens

Seagull taken with the 70-300mm Canon zoom lens

Helicopter about 500m away taken with the 70-300mm Canon zoom lens.

Helicopter about 500m away taken with the 70-300mm Canon zoom lens.

Seal taken with the 70-300mm Canon zoom lens from the top of a cliff

Seal taken with the 70-300mm Canon zoom lens from the top of a cliff

  The basic 70-300mm Canon lens has IS and 2 stabiliser modes and focuses well – coming in around £356 (depending on where you go) or just over 420 euros at time of posting this blog post. If you want to splash out the 300mm L lens is £999, or 1,180 Euros – I’m not ready to spend that money just yet!

Samson has fallen on Hard Times

Samson has fallen on Hard Times

The Samson was a floating crane-ship which was under tow from Liverpool, UK to Valetta, Malta. On 11th December just off the Welsh coast, the towline snapped in a force 7 south easterly gale. The crane ship floated for many miles and eventually ended up on the rocks at Ardmore near Rams Head on 12th December around 8am.

On 7th Jan 2011 I uploaded my first shot of the Samson, click here to read it, but on a walk this weekend I saw that the crane is starting to disintegrate. The big winch arm has fallen into the sea. The bent metal on the remains of the crane show a large impact as the winch arm must have smashed onto the rest of the structure.

You can see the shots below of how the Samson crane in Ardmore looks today.

Samson Crane Ardmore, August 2016

Samson Crane Ardmore, August 2016

Samson Crane Ardmore, August 2016

Samson Crane Ardmore, August 2016

Samson Crane Ardmore, August 2016

Samson Crane Ardmore, August 2016

How the Samson Crane looked in 2011

The Samson, Crane Ship, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

The Samson, Ardmore in January 2011

Waterford Spraoi – Photos from Waterford Spraoi 2016

Waterford Spraoi – Photos from Waterford Spraoi 2016

The Spraoi festival takes place every year during the August Bank Holiday Weekend in Waterford, Ireland. It is a festival of street performance, music and theatre plus some spectaculars which normally happen at key times in the evening. The Spraoi festival will be 25 years old next year and this 3 day festival culminates in a parade and fireworks display. Below are some photos from this years Spraoi Festival.

The wonderful Morbid & Son, which was a performance about a Victorian undertaker family desperate for new business.

The wonderful Morbid & Son, which was a performance about a Victorian undertaker family desperate for new business.

 

Urban Fly, walking on the front of the Waterford Crystal Building

Urban Fly, walking on the front of the Waterford Crystal Building

 

Urban Fly, walking on the front of the Waterford Crystal Building

Urban Fly, walking on the front of the Waterford Crystal Building

 

Spraoi Parade - Drummers in the metal factory

Spraoi Parade – Drummers in the metal factory

 

Spraoi Parade - possibly representing the fairy tree in the comeragh mountains, however some say it was to mention that Kate Bush's mother was from Waterford.

Spraoi Parade – possibly representing the fairy tree in the comeragh mountains, however some say it was to mention that Kate Bush’s mother was from Waterford.

 

Spraoi Parade

Spraoi Parade – probably something to do with Waterford Crystal

 

Spraoi Fireworks

Spraoi Fireworks

 

Spraoi Fireworks

Spraoi Fireworks

 

Spraoi Fireworks

Spraoi Fireworks

 

Spraoi Fireworks

Spraoi Fireworks

Sneem & Parknasilla, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Sneem & Parknasilla, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Just after Christmas and on the day of the arrival of Storm Frank, I visited Co. Kerry and the picturesque area around Sneem. Staying at the Parknasilla hotel there were many walks near by and the break in the weather the day after Storm Frank allowed for some exploration of the area.

There are many facets to the walks in and around Parknasilla, including costal sections, inland marshes and rivers as well as a small climb to give an amazing view over the bay.

I have included 3 shots on this post, one of which is the same photo but changing the white balance to a more tungsten one, I think I like them both, I hope you do too.

Co Kerry, Parknasilla, Ireland

From top of Mountain Co Kerry, Parknasilla, Ireland

Sun Rays at Co Kerry, Parknasilla, Ireland

If the weather was better there were many other areas especially on the mountain drive between Sneem and Bantry which I would have loved to photograph

Photo Review of 2015

Photo Review of 2015

2015 is over and 2016 is barely a few days old. I decided to look back at a few of the my photos from 2015. I didn’t really update the site much in 2015 but I’m hoping to remedy that in 2016 with some weekly posts and hopefully I will restart the Project 52 which will see one key photo per week being uploaded to the site..

Some of the highlights of 2015 and my favourite photos are listed below;

Glastonbury Festival

This was my 2nd time going to the Glastonbury festival and this time I was lucky enough to have to opportunity of playing 2 of the smaller stages at Glastonbury with the Pilton Pop-up Orchestra, real bucket list stuff, and I’ve included a few from the week at Glastonbury below.

The Arcadia Spider in Full Flight at Glastonbury

The Arcadia Spider in Full Flight at Glastonbury

 

The Dalai Lama giving at talk near the stone circle at Glastonbury 2015

The Dalai Lama giving at talk near the stone circle at Glastonbury 2015

 

The Moody Blues performing at Glastonbury

The Moody Blues performing at Glastonbury

 

Mark Ronson on the Other Stage at Glastonbury

Mark Ronson on the Other Stage at Glastonbury

Cliffs of Moher

I visited the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland, in August and there is one striking image of a person doing a handstand close to the cliff edge … hair-raising stuff.

Dangerous handstand at The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

Irish Balloon Championships

I had a press pass for the Irish Balloon Championships this year and was able to gain access to the runway at Waterford Airport in order to take photos of the Balloons taking off in a world record attempt.

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Out and About

These are a few random shots from summer in Ireland and the UK.

Flying duck pictured at Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny

Flying duck pictured at Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny

 

Sunset in the Cotswolds

Sunset in the Cotswolds

 

Punting on the Avon on a lazy Sunday afternoon at Stratford Upon Avon, UK

Punting on the Avon on a lazy Sunday afternoon at Stratford Upon Avon, UK

 

Seagull and Baby Seagull at Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Seagull and Baby Seagull at Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland

 

I hope you enjoyed this selection of images from 2015 and feel free to make a comment below with your favourite.

Tramore Photo Shortlisted on Morris Oil Calendar 2016

Tramore Photo Shortlisted on Morris Oil Calendar 2016

I am delighted that one of my photos was shortlisted for the Morris Oil Calendar 2016.

The shot of Tramore and the Metal Man has been selected under the theme “Friendly, Reliable, Local” in this photo competition … I opted for local, since Tramore is only 10km from Waterford City it seemed like a good fit.

The photo was taken in late May 2015 on a new looped walkway located a few minutes walk from the beach. Using a 70-300mm lens I was able to capture the iconic Metal Man plus a few people strolling along towards the sandhills. I believe the inclusion of people in a shot will always add something, giving a shot a bit more soul or a bit more movement.

There is a peoples choice winner and this is where you came in. In order to vote for this photo please scroll below and Like the shot via your Facebook page. There are plenty of fine photos in the 12 selected by photographer Karen Dempsey all could be worth overall winners, and I do appreciate all votes for my photo.

Tramore and the Metal man

Irish Balloon Championships 2015

Irish Balloon Championships 2015

The Irish Balloon Championships visited Waterford once again and this year I was hoping to get a few more shots than last year. The event approached with the sad news that there was a possibility that the Discover Waterford hot air balloon flown with pride by Joe Daly would have it’s last outing in our skies due to a lack of funding from our local council. The Discover Waterford hot air balloon has been a common sight across Waterford and South Kilkenny in recent years and it has also attended a number of hot air ballooning events in the UK and Europe, most recently photobombing on a prime time BBC1 TV show.

With that in mind I tried my best to get to as many launches as possible however weather conditions meant that there were only a few launches, most early morning, which I couldn’t get to due to my 9-5 job but the highlight came on Friday 25th September at Waterford Airport when over 20 balloons took to the skies.

Some of the photos from this event are shown below.

Irish Balloon Championships Many Balloons

Irish Balloon Championships Mace Balloon

Irish Balloon Championships view inside

Irish Balloon Championships burners on

Irish Balloon Championships fire the balloon

Irish Balloon Championships starting the propane

Irish Balloon Championships fiving up

Irish Balloon Championships Discover Waterford City Balloon

Irish Balloon Championships inside

Irish Balloon Championships Happy

Irish Balloon Championships firing

Irish Balloon Championships Aero Chocolate

Irish Balloon Championships View from Below

Irish Balloon Championships Starting

Irish Balloon Championships Discover Waterford City

Irish Balloon Championships various

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