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06 Jan 2016
Punting on the Avon on a lazy Sunday afternoon at Stratford Upon Avon, UK

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 […]

06 Oct 2015
Tramore and the Metal man

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 […]

25 Nov 2014
Dunbrody Famine Ship just after Sunset, New Ross, Co. Wexford, ireland

The Dunbrody, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Last Saturday I noticed that the sky was lining up to create a nice sunset. I jumped in the car and decided to look for a new spot to take some shots. I hadn’t been to New Ross on a photo shoot and opted to go there. On arrival in New Ross it was about 5 minutes to Sunset and already the sky was ablaze with colour; Reds, oranges and blues. Unfortunately due to not being able to get a […]

08 Oct 2014
Waterford City by Night taken from Ardree Hotel Waterford in 2005 winner of Imagine Arts Festival Photo Competition

Waterford by Night – Blast from the Past

I was recently going through some photos and I found a shot taken from the now closed Ardree Hotel in 2005, Waterford by Night. It was my first long exposure and without a tripod I managed to take this 4 second exposure with a Fuji S7000. In 2008 I entered the Imagine Arts Festival Photography competition and won with the above photo. We have a beautiful city and it is great to see it from such a location – such […]

01 Jul 2014
Light on Tree - Woodland Walk and nice light on tree

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 effect which I very much liked. The shot is shown below. This shot was taken on 22nd June at 7pm so there was a lot of light around and sunset was around […]

25 Jun 2014
Robin Red Breast on a Tree Stump

Robin on Tree Stump

I was testing my new Canon 70-300 lens and spotted this Robin Red Breast standing in a patch of sunlight on a tree stump. I took 2 shots, in the first you couldn’t see his head but this was the second. I was very happy with the shot as the feather lines and detail were very clearly visible plus I like the fact that the background, which was out of sunlight, is very dim and therefore is not too distracting. […]

10 Jun 2014
Naas Swan, Swans Naas

Beauty of Swans

During a recent visit to Naas I went for a walk around the lakes near the hospital, and although I lived in Naas for some time, this is an area I had never visited. The swans had their young nearby, still fluffy and probably only a few weeks old. There was also some activity amongst the male swans, defending their patch perhaps. Some swan fights were very interesting to watch. The benefit of carrying your camera every where you go […]

07 Jan 2014
Fox on the Avenue, my first Fox photo - but its not Megan Fox !

2013 – My Year in Photo Blogging

WordPress via the Jetpack plugin publish reports on your blogs which are very interesting.  If you have a WordPress blog and you have not yet installed Jetpack then you really should as there are some great features including the ‘Publicize’ feature where you can auto-update your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts with your posts. My 2013 Report One of the most interesting stats from my 2013 year in photo blogging was that I had about 10,000 views on the Photo […]

20 Oct 2013
The Golden Hour Photography, Morning, Swans on Lake during Golden Hour Photo

Swans on the Lake Revisited – Morris Oil Calendar Final 12

Back in March I posted a photo called “Swans on the Lake”. I recently submitted this to the Morris Oil calendar competition and it has been now shortlisted in the final 12. I am now hoping that you have a few minutes to vote for this picture by clicking the image below and on Facebook simply LIKE the photo. There are many other fine photos in the Calendar’s Final 12 but hopefully this photo will come in Top 3. UPDATE […]

01 Jan 2013
Photography Year in Review, Best Photos of 2012, Best Photo Blog Posts - Shane McDonald Photography Blog Review of Photos in 2012

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 photography blog posts were the most popular during 2012. I got the WordPress email which had some very interesting stats. I have combined this report with some from Google Analytics and the results are below. My Year in Review In comparison with 2011, 2012 was a very successful year. At the start of 2012 I decided to try […]

29 May 2012
Low Rainbow - iPhone Photography Challenge

iPhoto7 – iPhone Photography Challenge : 20/Project52

I played around with the idea of using the camera which is with me 100% of the time, my trusty iPhone4S which has a great 8Mb pixel camera. One photo per day for 5 to 7 days seemed like an easy challenge but I was trying to create quality photos, or different photos than just a photo of a bird or a nice scene. All the photos could only use apps native to the iPhone to edit or tweak the […]

19 Apr 2012
Photo of Waterford City - Picture of Waterford City in Early Morning as Sun Comes Up

Waterford Photo on 3e Weather Forecast

One of my photos, “Sunrise over Waterford City” will be shown on the 3e weather forecast on Friday 20th April at 6:28pm. The photo which I took from the bridge in Waterford is shown below. It is part of the LoveWaterford week on the 3e Weather forecast. A big thanks to everyone who, via my Facebook page, helped to secure the photos spot on the 3e forecast. Thank You!!