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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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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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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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Notre-Dame Basilica, Place d’Armes, Montreal

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Nov 07 2012

The Notre-Dame Basilica, is located in Place d’Armes, Montreal, opposite where the photo of the Maisonneuve Monument was taken. Again the area was swarming with tourists so I opted for a long exposure. The shot was taken with the same wide angle Tamron 10-24mm lens. The result, Notre-Dame Basilica, is shown below. The photo is nice but there are certain things I would do differently. I think the exposure is a bit off on the highlights within the church spires a little over exposed and also there is a little lens flare coming in on the right due to the […]

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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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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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Playing with Fire – Photo of the Week

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Nov 14 2011
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Recently we had a Carrick Camera Club shoot on Annestown Beach, and one of the shots involved lighting steel wool and doing some fast revolutions of the item while at the same time having the camera setup on long exposure. I was using Bulb, averaging 50 to 80 seconds and one of the results is shown below. Its a nice effect and more of these can be seen on my Flick channel. If you are doing this yourself, please be careful as there are plenty of bits of hot metal which can fly around. Don’t forget to use a tripod, […]

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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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Moon and Weather Vane in Dunmore East – Photo of the Week

Jul 15 2011

I took this photo on Tuesday night in Dunmore East as the almost full moon was crossing behind the weather vane on top of the Dunmore East Lighthouse. I though it was an interesting composition (as if you didn’t know where the moon was) with the arrow slightly out of focus. The photo of Moon and Weather Vane in Dunmore East (0.2 sec at f/13 using ISO 100) Another photo I took that evening of Hook Head, taken about 20 minutes after sunset is also shown below. It was at f/18 and it was a 13 second exposure.

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