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Moon Rise over Tramore, Co. Waterford

Nov 10 2014
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I remember when I was young seeing the moon rise between two houses and it seemed to be massive. It turns out that the closer the moon is to the horizon it can see bigger than it was. Combine that with using a telephoto lens which compresses the scene and you can give some extra bang your moon shots. I knew the moon was full on the night I was heading for a walk. It was around 5:30pm and I checked the StarWalk iPhone App which told me that the moon would rise at 6:20pm. The best vantage point for […]

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The view from Mount Maunganaui

Sep 15 2014

In the previous post, with the cloud shaped like a fish, I mentioned Mount Maunganaui. In this post I show you what it looked like from the top of this mountain. It is only just over 760ft high but it looks impressive. The walk up to the top is not for the faint hearted, even in July, which is New Zealand’s winter the temperature was around 21C and you would certainly need some water before making the walk up. We were expecting a clod windy assent but it was warm and one bottle of water barely lasted the way up. […]

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When you see it …

Sep 11 2014
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In an area of New Zealand called the Bay of Plenty, near Tauranga there is a town called Mount Maunganui.  Mount Maunganui is also the name of the huge extinct volcanic cone, 761 ft in height,  that somewhat dominates the town and is locally known simply as ‘The Mount’. We were just about to set out on a walk up the mountain when I took a photo of what I thought was a nice beach scene, as the huge waves and sea spray were catching the great sunlight of a spectacular winters day. Later on, when reviewing the photos, I […]

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By the Waters Edge, New Zealand

Sep 06 2014
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Continuing from my previous post from Nelson Lakes, New Zealand, this shot is from the first of the lakes which we visited. The area has a wonderful variety of light and shade and in the evening sun I took this shot while a girl walked out onto the pier. Adding people to a shot really enhances any photo as long as it is done in the right way. I used a polarizing filter to get as much colour and reflection as possible and the lens was a Tamron 10-24 wide angle as far as I recall. This was one of […]

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New Zealand – Land of Reflections

Sep 02 2014
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New Zealand is a beautiful country and this year was my 3rd visit in 4 years. One of the features of New Zealand, especially the south island, is the number of reflective lakes which can be found. The ones I remember most were at Fox Glacier and also on the way to Milford Sound. This time we headed north from Christchurch to a place called Nelson and the Nelson Lakes National Park. The picture below was taken early in the morning, with winter frosts (in July) still on the ground. There was no way to get the lake perfectly smooth […]

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Hook Head, Co .Wexford

Apr 01 2014

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 bright, such as the sky and clouds. I also had an extra ND filter, an ND-3 to try slow the water but in the strong sun and with no tripod (as it wasn’t an organised shoot), it was never going to work the way I wished. The ND filters I had with […]

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Waterford N25 Bridge at Night

Mar 12 2014

The last time I visited the River Suir for a view of the N25 Bypass Bridge, also known as the Cat Flap to locals, I had a different camera and a different lens. Now armed with a Canon 7D and a 24-105 L Lens I was attempting a re-shoot. Shot just after the blue hour ended I had to change the White Balance to Tungsten to combat the yellow street lights from Waterford city in the background. The photo was shot on a tripod, manually focused, Image Stabilization turned off (since it is on a tripod), manual mode, as far […]

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Ardmore Round Tower and Cliff Walk

Feb 10 2014

I visited Ardmore in late January in the middle of 2 forecast storms, on the one day I took the camera out, luckily I had a perfect day for taking photos. Ardmore Co. Waterford is a great location for a photo walk, combining beaches, cliff walks and inland areas as well as the history and splendour of the stunning round tower. I just decided to share 2 photos from this walk around Ardmore, the first is of the Round Tower and the second from the now famous Ardmore Cliff Walk. I’ve seen this area in all weathers, and every time […]

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Morning Photography – Swans on the Lake

Jan 30 2013

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 clouds or sky to enjoy.) Mornings where the weather is very cold can often produce very high clouds which are then lit by the rising sun during what is known as the Golden Hour. The Golden Hour refers to the hour after sunrise when the colours are warm. The photo […]

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Experimenting with ND Filters and Long Exposures

Jan 10 2013

Having recently purchased some ND filters I had being longing to try them out for quite some time. I decided to try the seascape at sunset style with the waves crashing across the rocks. The waves become misty and it looks quite nice but I had never tried this before. I am going to outline below how I used the ND Filters, ND Grad Filters and Long Exposures for capturing the waves and rocks. The time was about 5 minutes before sunset when setting up, so I was trying to work fast. Before putting on the filter holder I focused […]

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Winter Scenes and Frosty Mornings

Dec 24 2012

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 nice clouds in the sky at the time. If you are taking photos of frosty or cold mornings, try to take the photos before the sun gets too high in the sky, this is called the Golden Hour, as opposed to the Blue Hour later in the day after sunset. I have included some photos below of a recent frosty morning which had […]

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Niagara Falls at Night – 30/Project52

Sep 26 2012
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Working without a tripod is always recommended, working without a tripod in low light is vital … how about doing a long exposure without a tripod? The following image was taken at Niagara Falls about 30 minutes after sunset and it was a 20 second long exposure of Niagara Falls at Night. Thanks to a table, 2 phone directories and a small box to stabalise under the lens (so that the lens didn’t drop and face downwards). I focused manually, turned off AutoFocus and MirrorLockup, used a cable release and prayed. The resultant shot is shown below. Its a nice […]

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