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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...

Nightglow Waterford : September 26th 2014

Nightglow Waterford : September 26th 2014

Hot Air Balloon Nightglow Waterford : September 26th 2014 As part of the Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 2014, several hot air balloons set up on the banks of the River Suir, on the North Wharf, Waterford on 26th September 2014. Originally planned...

Supermoon August 10th

Supermoon August 10th

I didn't get out with the camera in time to see the Supermoon rise on August 10th (once source quoted 10:48 as being the moon rise time) . By the time I released it was earlier I decided to wait until the moon was thigh enough in the sky to get a clear shot at it. I...

SuperMoon Shot with New 70-300 Lens

SuperMoon Shot with New 70-300 Lens

My Canon 70-300 lens got a battering over the past few years (I had it over 6 years) so I invested in a brand new 70-300. The latest version of this zoom lens has IS and 2 auto-focus modes. The zoom is incredible and I have taken some great shots of aircraft at...

Woodland Evening Light

Woodland Evening Light

I always like unusual lighting conditions and on a recent woodland walk I noticed a tree which was being lit in spots thanks to the overhead canopy and surrounding trees filtering the light. This resulted in only a section of the tree being lit and thus created an...

St. Mary’s Cathedral Kilkenny

St. Mary’s Cathedral Kilkenny

On a recent walk in Kilkenny as the evening was closing in, the rays of the sun and the silhouette of St. Mary's Cathedral in Kilkenny drew my attention. Using spot metering I was able to place the cathedral so that it was darker than the background and thus also...

Spring Bee Photoshoot

Spring Bee Photoshoot

With Spring eventually arriving I was taking some photos of Spring flowers and noticed a bee full of pollen and tried to get some snaps with the 24-105mm lens. Not a Macro lens but by getting in close and cropping later you can make the photo...

Hook Head, Co .Wexford

Hook Head, Co .Wexford

On a brief trip to Hook Head, the oldest intact operational light house in the world, I decided to try out some ND grad filters. It was a sunny day so the ND grad filters would have controlled the light in areas of the photo which are too...

Ladybird out for a Walk

Ladybird out for a Walk

This photo of a ladybird (or ladybug in the USA) I just liked because of the simplicity - one small ladybird in an vast green area. I also liked the texture of the grass stem which the lady bird is walking over. I deliberately used a low aperture so as to blur the...

Revisiting old photos

Revisiting old photos

I noticed that I had a lot of photos from 2010/2011 which I had backed up but very few were every touched up or had much editing done on them. There were 2 reasons for this; firstly I didn't have very good editing software back then and secondly when tools...

First Astrophotography Timelapse

First Astrophotography Timelapse

Astrophotography Timelapse I had seen timelapse videos showing the stars in the night sky moving, showing the rotation of the earth, sometimes even showing the milky way as it traverses the night sky. Having done some research I found out that you need a digital...

Morning Photography – Swans on the Lake

Morning Photography – Swans on the Lake

Morning can be a particularly good time to take great photos. More and more I am refraining from taking photos between 11am and 4pm as the colours are just washed out by the strong overhead sun (unless of course the sun is not an issue and you have some interesting...

2012 Photography Year in Review

2012 Photography Year in Review

With 2012 now over, I am having a look back at the photoblog, my photos during 2012, the blog traffic and what 2012 photography blog posts were the most popular. I got the WordPress email which had some very interesting stats. I have combined this report...

Winter Scenes and Frosty Mornings

Winter Scenes and Frosty Mornings

Winter Scenes and Frosty Morning Photography Frosty mornings bring with it some lovely scenes which are great to photograph. Normally you will get crisp mornings, sometimes fog and you might also get an impressive sunrise, made even more impressive if there are some...

View of Vieux-Québec (Old Quebec)

View of Vieux-Québec (Old Quebec)

Old Quebec is a very picturesque area with much to see and on a good day, has plenty to keep a photographer busy. I liked the sky in this, early in the day, before 10am so the sun wasn't too high. The original is a lot wider than this but I heavily cropped the image...

Quebec Boardwalk by Night

Quebec Boardwalk by Night

One of the main features of Old Quebec is The Château Frontenac and the vast boardwalk which sits in front of it. The boardwalk is a very busy thoroughfare during the day and especially at night. The dominant Château Frontenac is a now a luxury hotel in...

Place d’Armes Maisonneuve Monument,Montreal

Place d’Armes Maisonneuve Monument,Montreal

This shot is an evening shot of The Maisonneuve Monument in Old Montreal which, built in 1895 at Place d'Armes Montreal in memory of Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, founder of Montreal. The Maisonneuve Monument is in a busy square and with many people about...

Marché Bonsecours Montreal Sunset – 33/Project52

Marché Bonsecours Montreal Sunset – 33/Project52

Of all the photos of Montreal I think this turned out the best. It is a photo of Marché Bonsecours Montreal at Sunset. Near sunset I could see that the sky would be quite interesting. I also had an ND9 and a ND Grad filter in my camera bag and decided to...

Montreal Street View – 32/Project52

Montreal Street View – 32/Project52

Montreal Street Photography Street Photography is something I have being trying to do some more of recently and this next shot is a photo from Montreal which I really like because of the lighting and the way the sun hits the buildings. The sun was setting and the sky...

Montreal Harbour – 31/Project 52

Montreal Harbour – 31/Project 52

Montreal Harbour The next few project 52 photos will be of Canada. This weeks one was taken on a river cruise in Montreal Harbour. On a river cruise the sky was quite nice and gave the opportunity to capture Montreal cityscape from the river cruise launch. The boats...

Timelapse of Ottawa, Canada

Timelapse of Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa Timelapse Just another time-lapse experiment taken in Ottawa. The footage was taken on the iPhone from the Fairmont Château Laurier looking down towards Parliament hill. The footage compresses about 1 hour 10 minutes into the under 60 second clip.  I was hoping...

Photos from Toronto, Canada

Photos from Toronto, Canada

I have being working through some photos from Canada and I'm still on the Toronto area as I work through over 1,000 photos which I took while there. Toronto is a very nice city with lots to do in and around the city.I have put together some photos from the...

Niagara Falls Timelapse

Niagara Falls Timelapse

This is just a short Niagara Falls Timelapse taken from the Sheraton on the Falls. This Niagara Falls Timelapse was looking towards the American Falls as evening set in. I like the way the lights behind Niagara Falls turns on later in the video. Its only...

Niagara Falls : 29/Project 52

Niagara Falls : 29/Project 52

I haven't updated the Project 52 in a while and will have a few catch-up posts this week in relation to it. This weeks project 52 post is of Niagara Falls, A Panoramic View with the Maid of the Mist. Luckily it was a good day with good sunshine which...

Kilkenny Castle Evening Shot – 27/Project 52

Kilkenny Castle Evening Shot – 27/Project 52

I didn't take many photos in recent weeks, again the weather wasn't great, and I just didn't get time to take the camera out with me as much as I would have liked ... seems to be a common complaint but something I hope to work on in the coming weeks as I...

Moon through the Bridge Wires – 25/Project 52

Moon through the Bridge Wires – 25/Project 52

On the way home from Kilkenny one evening I spotted the full moon high in the sky, and as I approached the new N25 toll bridge at Waterford I wondered if the 2 would be in the same shot. I decided to go down as far as the old Waterford - Carrick road, now...

London Dove In Your Face – 24/Project52

London Dove In Your Face – 24/Project52

I went for a walk in St. James park near Buckingham Palace in London and found that the Doves and pigeons were very tame, in fact, when I held my had out, 2 of them landed on my arm. While I was doing this I thought I could capture some of the avian...

Sunset in Waterford : 23/Project52

Sunset in Waterford : 23/Project52

Having got some ND filters, I had being playing around with evening light and captured this shot looking towards the new N25 toll bridge in Waterford as the sunset. I had used an ND4 and a ND grad filter. The lighting was probably a bit too harsh to do a...

Pet Photography : 18/Project52

Pet Photography : 18/Project52

Pet Photography This week I tried my hand at Pet Photography with a new puppy, Pippa, a willing and participant miniature yorkie was a great subject and reacted very well whenever the motor in the auto-focus was whirring. The light was fairly low and as soon as the AF...

Last of the Spring Flowers : 15/Project 52

Last of the Spring Flowers : 15/Project 52

Spring Flowers PhotoAll this week I had made multiple attempts at taking a nice shot of a field of rapeseed against quite a vivid skyline, but every time I tried something in the shot just wasn't working. In the end I decided to try something on a smaller...

Cobh, Co. Cork : 13/Project 52

Cobh, Co. Cork : 13/Project 52

With the 100 Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic approaching in April 2012, I decided to post this photo which I took this week during an all too brief visit to Cobh, Co. Cork ... (I may also put some more photos of Cobh online either on...

Nibbling Squirrel – 10/Project 52

Nibbling Squirrel – 10/Project 52

The Nibbling Squirrel This photo for last weeks Project 52 entry, a bit late posting it but better late than never.  This weeks photo is yet another squirrel (a different one note) but this time its nibbling on some leaves and it was quite an interesting shoot. I saw...

Moonshot – 9/Project 52

Moonshot – 9/Project 52

Moonshot Photo Once again this past week the weather didn't cooperate with my plans. ISS was in our skies last week and Monday and Tuesday it was too cloudy, Wednesday I didn't have access to my camera, and Thursday - Sunday was not good for taking photos, with wind...

Some Project 52 Themes for 2012…

Some Project 52 Themes for 2012…

I decided to set some photography themes for the Project 52 which I am doing this year on shanemcdonald.me. I have not set dates against these as I want to be able to use them when ever I find a suitable subject or opportunity. There are 26 photography themes which...

Hook Head, Co. Wexford, Sun Beams – 3/Project 52

Hook Head, Co. Wexford, Sun Beams – 3/Project 52

A few days ago I took a photo at Hook Head which I liked. I hadn't planned on using it for this weeks Project 52 photo, but having gone out tonight to take some night shots, I found that the clear skies had clouded over !! The weather for photography at the moment is...

Sunrise over River Nore – 2/Project52

Sunrise over River Nore – 2/Project52

Second week of my Project52 was a bit more difficult with the weather not cooperating. Dull overcast days are tricky to shoot as the colours are not as vibrant as when the sun is peeking through the clouds. The photo below was taken about 20 minutes after sunrise last...

Cliff Walk Ardmore, Co. Waterford – 1/Project52

Cliff Walk Ardmore, Co. Waterford – 1/Project52

The first entry on my 2012 Project 52 is a shot which was taken this weekend in Ardmore, Co. Waterford from the Cliff Walk. Set off at the Cliff House Hotel and the journey takes about 60-90 minutes depending on your pace, and you end up back at the round tower in...

2011 – My Photography Year in Review

2011 – My Photography Year in Review

My 2011 Photography Year in Review With 2011 drawing to a close I have being trying to set aside some time to review some shots which I have being meaning to edit & improve in post-production etc. That plan didn't work out but I'm going to try and take some time...

Photo of the Week – Fog in Kilkenny

Photo of the Week – Fog in Kilkenny

Kilkenny Fog Photo November is always a good time for getting photos with early morning mist and fog. This can create some lovely effects when the sun is rising as the light breaks through the fog and starts adding color to the landscape. I went out and about this...

Playing with Fire – Photo of the Week

Playing with Fire – Photo of the Week

Fire Spinning Recently we had a Carrick Camera Club shoot on Annestown Beach, and one of the shots involved lighting steel wool. It is called Fire Spinning and involves and doing some fast revolutions of the item while at the same time having the camera setup on long...

The Lonely Bike – Photo of the Week

The Lonely Bike – Photo of the Week

I was out and about this evening in Waterford and took a few shots - this one I thought was nice. Seems like this bike just had enough, sleeping on the sidewalk, I think this photo just suits Black and White. I wanted to do more Black and White shots and I like this...

Glencomeragh – Carrick Camera Club Shoot

Glencomeragh – Carrick Camera Club Shoot

Glencomeragh On Tuesday 14th June, Carrick Camera Club held an evening shoot at Glencomeragh, 10 minutes from Carrick On Suir, Co. Tipperary. I have posted some of my shots from this shoot below... taken before the weather and heavy mist moved in. In the limited time,...

One Man and his Boat – Photo of the Week

One Man and his Boat – Photo of the Week

I like this photo for its simplicity. The photo was taken in, Timaru, a small town on the east coast of New Zealand. The Timaru Gardens are on the way out of the town as you head south and make for a very relaxing and enjoyable walk around these botanical gardens. The...

Springtime – Photos of the Week

Springtime – Photos of the Week

Spring is a great time for any photographer. Lots of colour, variety of textures, and nice light in the spring mornings and evenings. Some Spring mornings have a mist of fog which can be nice to take photos during - however I was not lucky enough to be out and about...

First Fashion Event – Photo of the Week

First Fashion Event – Photo of the Week

My First Fashion Photography Event Hadn't done a Photo of the Week for a while but I decided to upload a few of these. I took some photos at the recent Mount Juliet Spring Salon Fashion Event - first time I ever tried taking photos at something like this. The event...

Coco : Cat Macro – Photo of the Week

I hadn't taken many photos this week but this one of Coco the cat, I really love. Using Macro mode on the Canon 450D, with the flash bounced off the ceiling which allows for a soft tone but enough to give sharpness. I also upped the ISO to 400 as the light was low and...

Suir Bridge through fog – Photo of the Week

I took a few shots this week - however without a tripod (shame on me) I wasn't overly happy with some of them. I did however, like this photo of the N25 Suir Bridge as the top of it peeks through a heavy freezing fog as well a an early morning shot in Co. Kilkenny. So...