ShaneMcDonald.me Wins in the 2018 Blog Awards Ireland

2018 Blog Awards Ireland - ShaneMcDonald.me Wins the Silver Blog Award In Septeber this year I was delighted to find out that my photoblog, shanemcdonald.me has reached the finals of The 2018 Blog Awards Ireland. I have been shortlisted a few times in...

The Most Popular Photo Blog Posts on ShaneMcDonald.me

My Most Popular Photo Blog Posts Since my photo blog was up for a Bloggie at this week's Blog Awards Ireland, I decided that I would take a quick look at my analytics. I wanted to see what was The most Popular Photo Blog Posts on the Photo Blog. So in...

Photography Locations in the South Downs National Park, England

Photography of South Downs National Park, England The South Downs National Park covers a huge area from the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head and onwards northwest and inland towards Winchester. This area is a heavily wooded area with...

Wildlife Photography on the Isle of Wight

My recent Wildlife Photography on the Isle of Wight I visited the Isle of Wight in June 2018 to visit the Isle of Wight Festival but after this I stayed 10 days on the island. Wildlife on the Isle of Wight is quite amazing. There is a huge variety of...

Isle of Wight Festival – Summer Photography Retrospect

My visit to the Isle of Wight Festival - Summer Photography Retrospect I attended the Isle of Wight festival this summer. It was the 50th Anniversary of the Festival and the headliners included The Killers, Kasabian, Rita Ora, The Script, Sigrid and...

How to Protect your Photos Online

Protecting your Photos Online from illegal Copying As a photographer one your main focus will be on taking photos, but you will also wish to share these photos online. With the advent of online photo sharing websites such as 500px, Flickr, ViewBug and...

Photo Tip – Have the camera out and turned on. Always be ready!

Photo Tip - Have the camera out and turned on. Always be ready! This is my Photo Tip for capturing the unexpected... Always be ready, have the camera out and turned on, you never know what's going to happen. Capturing the Unexpected - Photo Tip So...

How to Take Great Fireworks Photos – Fireworks Photography Tips

How to takeĀ Great Fireworks Photos I'm often asked How to Take Great Fireworks Photos. I have the same answer every time and that is, practice. The key to taking great fireworks photos is knowing how to capture the pyro while keeping the frame stable...

Photographing The Waterford Spraoi Parade 2018

Waterford Spraoi Parade 2018 I was asked by the Waterford Spraoi Festival to take some photos of the 2018 Spraoi Parade. This year the Spraoi Parade was entitled, Bugs, with all the floats having some sort of theme relating to creepy crawlies. Having...

How my new Logo Photologo has revitalised my photos and my blog

My new Photologo - Revitalising my photos and my blog As a photographer I want to ensure that my work is protected in some way. I had in the past created my own photo logo signatures. These were sometimes text, or a combination of some symbol and...

Bray Air Show 2017 – Photos from the Bray Air Show, Ireland

Photos from the Bray Air Show, Ireland These are a few photos from the Bray Air Show 2017. I saw last years photos from the Air Show and I vowed I would make it in 2017. The Bray Air Show takes place over 2 days in July along the beautiful seafront and prom area...

Monster A380 emerging from the clouds

Monster Airbus A380 emerging from the clouds While I was in London I visited Hyde Park and there was an approach to Heathrow on the far side of the park, running parallel to the direction in which I was walking. I spotted an A380 in the distance and...

Doneraile Park, County Cork, Ireland

Doneraile Park, Co. Cork, Ireland Cork has some great spots to visit and one of these is the town of Doneraile and it's famous Doneraile park. The vast spaces of Doneraile park have everything from deer and sheep to swans and squirrels. If you have a...

A Visit to Garnish Island, Co. Cork

Garnish Island, Co. Cork I visited Garnish Island when I was about 12 years old and I recall that you left the harbour on the mainland, with the typical Irish fields and views and ended up on this paradise type island. The island had plants I had...

A 300mm lens is worth having in your camera bag

Benefits of having a 300mm lens in your camera bag I have a few lenses - Canon 24-105 L lens, a Tamron 10-24 wide angle, a Canon 50mm prime lens and a 300mm lens , specifically the 70-300mm Canon zoom lens (f4.0,non L type). On a recent walk in...

Samson has fallen on Hard Times

The Samson Crane The Samson Crane was a floating crane-ship which was under tow from Liverpool, UK to Valetta, Malta. On 11th December just off the Welsh coast, the towline snapped in a force 7 south easterly gale. The crane ship floated for many...

The Photo Blog Archive

The older blog posts are located in theĀ The Photo Blog Archive – The 16 most recent posts are available from this page, all others are archived.