Irish Balloon Championships 2015

Oct 03 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 […]


Nightglow Waterford : September 26th 2014

Sep 26 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 for Tuesday 23rd the postponed event was worth waiting for. Around 9:05pm the hot air balloons were inflated and in sequence with music they had the flames shooting into the night sky, reflecting into the river. Below are 3 quick edits of the evening. Due to the large crowd, I had no where to place the tripod. I ended up having to hold the tripod above […]


Flightfest Air Show, Dublin 2013

Sep 23 2013

On Sunday 15th September Flightfest in Dublin drew crowds of up to 150,000 who lined the streets from Capel Street bridge to the Point Depot to watch a once-in- a-lifetime, international fly past with over 30 aircraft flying at about 800ft. FlightFest was organised as part of ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ and included aircraft such as Boeing 737, B767, ATR 72, Embraer 195, and Airbus 320, 321, 330, A340 and the new Airbus A380. Also the Irish Air Corps and the UK’s Royal Air Force had a number of helicopters and vintage aircraft, the highlight of which was the famous […]


Tramore Dog Surfing – Yes, Dog Surfing!

Sep 01 2013

On Sunday September 1st, Tramore saw a spectacle which I had not seen in Ireland before, Dog Surfing…. Yes, surfing for Dogs. Some of the dogs didn’t seem to like the idea and once on the surf boards decided to abandon ship and swim to shore, while others took to it like a duck dog to water. Crowds had come to Tramore for this well advertising dog surfing event and cheered as each dog made their way to shore on the surfboards – there was even a-paws (applause) from the crowd for these 4 legged surfers. My favourite was Ozkar […]


Tramore Amusements Monster Firework Display 2013

Aug 26 2013

On Sunday 25th August there was a Monster Fireworks display in Tramore, Co. Waterford. I decided to try and get a few shots having not brought the camera to the Spraoi fireworks display. In this post I outline the technique used I used in taking photos of fireworks and also some photos of the Tramore Amusements Monster Firework Display 2013. Firework Photos – Technique For those interested in how I took these fireworks photos, the settings I used were as follows: Tripod was used – it’s foolish to try take firework photos without one ISO 100 WB-Auto Full Manual Mode […]


Photo of the Week – Firebreather

Aug 17 2011

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 camera on burst mode, fully manual… quick check on light levels and off I went. Two of the best shots […]


Tall Ships Race Waterford, Photo Updates from Waterford

Jun 29 2011

During the Waterford Tall Ships Race this page was updated with photos from the Tall Ships events in and around Waterford. There are some images and slideshows of the Tall Ships Race on this page. I went out on on the Tuesday night when a few ships had already docked and I took some shots of the preparations for the Tall Ships Festival. Tuesday Night I was blessed with an amazing sunset, and got some good shots of the plaza and the new toll bridge which will be the only bridge in and out of Waterford for the duration of […]