I am Shane McDonald, an Amateur Photographer from Waterford, Ireland. I started taking photos around 1999 with a 1.3 mega-pixel Olympus digital camera. After winning a Waterford photography contest in 2007 I started taking my photography a bit more serious. This site, Shane McDonald Photography blog, was setup in 2010 and has extended since then

The main types of photography I enjoy include landscapes, architecture, food photography, long exposure and blue-hour photography. I post regularly to Instagram and Twitter via the @shanesphoto handle and my Facebook page is available by clicking the logo on this site.

In the next few weeks this site will extend as I add new features and more blog entries to it.


I enjoy capturing the skill of a chef in my food photography. Food photos must capture the ingredients, the creativeness of the chef and also entice the viewer.

Food Photography

I enjoy travel and the fantastic shots which can be captured en-route. My favourite travel photography destinations include New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and of course Ireland (especially the west coast and Wild Atlantic Way).

Travel Photography

Nature in all it’s forms is a photographers dream subject. Everything from the smallest bird to the largest deer provide a great photo shoot opportunity.

Nature Photography


A Visit to 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 never seen before and as a child it seemed...

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Samson has fallen on Hard Times

The Samson 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 miles and eventually ended up on the rocks...

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Waterford, Ireland