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Beauty of Swans

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Jun 10 2014

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 was certainly obvious on this occasion as I captured some shots which an iPhone would not have done justice to. […]

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Tramore Dog Surfing – Yes, Dog Surfing!

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Sep 01 2013

On Sunday September 1st, Tramore saw a spectacle which I had not seen in Ireland before, Dog Surfing…. Yes, surfing for Dogs. Some of the dogs didn’t seem to like the idea and once on the surf boards decided to abandon ship and swim to shore, while others took to it like a duck dog to water. Crowds had come to Tramore for this well advertising dog surfing event and cheered as each dog made their way to shore on the surfboards – there was even a-paws (applause) from the crowd for these 4 legged surfers. My favourite was Ozkar […]

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Woodstown Beach, Co. Waterford – Sunset : 19/Project52

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May 14 2012
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Eventually got the camera out and with some nice weather over the weekend I saw this during a walk on Woodstown beach as the sun was setting. I liked the reflection of the sun on the wet sand. The tide had made the sand quite reflective and I just liked the overall effect. Not the best shot in the world but a relaxing view more than anything. I used the Canon 18-55 kit lens for a change with a polarising filter which I was playing around with over the weekend. The resultant shot is shown below. Photo Location : Woodstown […]

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Waterford Photo on 3e Weather Forecast

Apr 19 2012
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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!!

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Kinsale, Co. Cork – 14/Project 52

Apr 03 2012
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As it happened I ended up back in Cork for the second week running, having been in Cobh last week, this week I was near Cork Airport. So I decided to scout around for some locations, and thanks to a tip off from Twitter via my @shanesphoto account, I headed to Kinsale and later to Old Head of Kinsale (one of which is up on Flickr). I was 100% positive that I had been to Kinsale when I was younger but it didn’t bring back any memories, so the location was all new. Kinsale is a lovely town, very busy, […]

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Compare My Meerkat – 12/Project 52

Mar 26 2012
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Are you looking for cheap car inshooooraance? If so, don’t ask this little furry guy as he has no idea what 3rd party fire and theft is. This is one of the Meerkat’s in Fota Wildlife Park near Cobh, in Co. Cork. The new compound for the Meerkats is just inside the gates so you can’t miss it and you get a good view of them as they perch on the look out. I was delighted at how sharp I was able to get the final shot of the Meerkat, as I was shooting through the highly reflective and highly […]

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Grey Heron at Cahir, Co. Tipperary : 11/Project 52

Mar 20 2012

I came across this grey heron totally by accident in Cahir, Co. Tipperary ; it was standing in the weir just opposite Cahir Castle. Over a period of about 5 minutes this heron did not move, apart from tipping the flowing water with its’ right foot. I used the Canon 75-300 and upped the ISO to 400 so that I could get a nice crisp shot with the flowing water from the weir rushing by. The shot below is the zoomed version and there is a wider angle shot further down this page. I was hoping that the heron might […]

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Nibbling Squirrel – 10/Project 52

Mar 14 2012
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This photo for last weeks Project 52 entry, a bit late posting it but better late than never.  This weeks photo is yet another squirrel (a different one note) but this time its nibbling on some leaves and it was quite an interesting shoot. I saw the squirrel from a distance, its back to me, so I setup the camera, ISO 400 and a decent fast shutter speed as I was on the 75-300mm lens once again, so wanted to avoid shake / blur. I very slowly moved under the branch, all the time moving slowly, avoiding twigs (which would […]

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Grey Squirrel with a Red Head – 7/Project 52

Feb 19 2012
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In the grounds of Kilkenny Castle there are many areas where you can catch a glimpse of some amazing wildlife, from ducks, geese, swans, and many other types of small woodland birds to squirrels and even on a rare occasion badgers (according to the signs in the grounds of the Castle). On Friday I was luck enough to get a shot of a small grey squirrel, which I spotted in a tree. Luckily I had my 75-300mm lens on, so getting a shot of this little guy was made a lot easier. I increased the ISO to 400 and dropped […]

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Train Hangs from Red Iron Bridge, Waterford – 6/Project52

Feb 12 2012

Today I took the camera down to Red Iron Bridge and as I did I was amazed to see a train move slowly down towards the gap in the Red Iron Bridge, I was sure it would stop well before the gap but it kept on coming, until …. Well, that would be an amazing news story and something to go into the photo-journalism portfolio, if indeed it were true ; but this alas is simply a slow photo week, I didn’t get to take the camera out and about much so I decided to do some playing around on […]

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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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Sunrise over River Nore – 2/Project52

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Jan 15 2012
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Second week of my Project52 was a bit more difficult with the weather not cooperating. Dull overcast days are tricky to shoot as the colours are not as vibrant as when the sun is peeking through the clouds. The photo below was taken about 20 minutes after sunrise last Tuesday morning, as the sun rose over the River Nore and broke through the clouds. The clouds were nice and I decided to take 5 different exposures in order to get as many textures as possible. The result for this weeks delayed Project 52 shot is below. I had hoped to […]

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