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Supermoon August 10th

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Aug 10 2014
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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 decided to use the Canon 70-300 to get in close and used ISO 200 so not to add too much noise. The Shutter speed was 1/400 to eliminate any hand shaking blur and I used f/7.1 to allow in a decent amount of light. The […]

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SuperMoon Shot with New 70-300 Lens

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Jul 16 2014
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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 36,000ft, on which you can see the features of the wings and in one case clearly read the word Emirates on the underside of the A380. This week we had Supermoon and I decided to try this out. Unfortunately I missed 100% supermoon so this was the […]

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First Astrophotography Timelapse

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Jan 02 2014
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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 shutter timer or intervalometer. I found one on Amazon for under €30 and the first attempt is shown below. I used ISO 2000, a 20 second shutter speed at f/4 using a Tamron 10-24 wide angle lens and the focal length around 15mm as the 10mm fully wide angle was picking up stray light at times. The […]

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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 […]

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Photographing the Perseids meteor shower – My First Attempt

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Aug 13 2013

This is my first appempt at taking photos of The Perseid Meteor Shower. The Perseids is a prolific meteor shower associated with the fragments from comet Swift-Tuttle and are called “The Perseids” because the point from which they originate, lies in the constellation of Perseus. Having checked the StarWalk app on the iPhone it seemed that the Perseids would be in the North East of the sky at about 11pm and the International Space Station would bass at 11:03pm. I chose Woodstown in Co. Waterford as the location due to the lack of local light and the lack of light in […]

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Montreal, Evening Street Scene

Dec 28 2012
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I thought I had finished posting photos of Canada when I found this one. I thought that the photo had potential so after a bit of editing I ended up with a version I was happy with. The shot itself was one which I took while walking past this area. Set the camera up on a high ISO (400 or 800 as far as I recall) so that I could get a bit of movement at 1/30s … while all the time trying to minimise hand-shake. The result is one which I am happy with, nice colour, light and the […]

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Making the Most of the Blue Hour in Waterford

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Aug 22 2012

Tonight I decided to put the camera in the car and drive around and see what presented itself. Around 9pm the darkness was starting to become apparent and I chanced checking what time the International Space Station would be heading over Waterford. Thanks to the Twisst service on Twitter 21:10pm was listed and I made my way to the Quay. The light in the sky was still present and as it passed over Barronstrand Street the ISS was a bit too faint, so I repositioned the camera and got the shot below of the ISS over Waterford. It was a […]

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Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada – 28/Project 52

Aug 14 2012
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I haven’t been updating the project52 recently as I was away in Canada and during the trip took a few snaps which will appear here on the blog and also on the Flickr Stream. Delighted to have some good weather to take photos, the typical Irish man in me would comment that it was a bit too hot! Hitting 37 degrees some days, carrying a camera bag with 4 lenses and mini tripod seemed to be lunacy. Thankfully, I rejected the urge to tip the whole lot into Lake Ontario in exchange for a cooler life … in the end […]

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Moonshot – 9/Project 52

Mar 06 2012
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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 and rain. The best I did was a brief window on Sunday evening to get a shot of the almost full moon. I like it better when the moon is ‘almost’ full as you can see more of the craters rims etc. Believe it or not, but this shot of the moon was […]

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Crescent Moon over the River Suir – 4/Project 52

Jan 28 2012
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This week I decided to take advantage of the recent crescent moon in our skies since Monday. Using the 75-300 Canon lens, tripod & cable release I got a few good photos of the waxing crescent moon (at about 19%) and did some work with it from there. The photo above was taken in Carrick On Suir, Co. Tipperary, a 56 second exposure converted to black and white (actually monochrome with a little tint). I then implemented the moon on top of a gradient layer in PhotoShop and created the reflection with a ripple effect and motion blur to copy […]

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International Space Station Pictured over new Waterford Bridge

Aug 22 2011
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I was hoping the International Space Station would track directly over the new Waterford Bridge and had set up my camera at around 10pm with the ISS pass scheduled for 10:05pm over Waterford. I could see the ISS coming and took 2 quick shots of the bridge to check focus and light levels. Unfortunately as the ISS passed over head it was obvious the Space Station would track more Easterly than the South East track required to get it over the bridge. (Actually had I been on the other side of the river near Carriganore it ight have worked). The […]

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