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Crows in the Tree Tops at Sunset – 8/Project 52

Feb 28 2012
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Last Week I was out and about at or near sunset and I spotted a large number of crows in the trees. When I took the photo they were moving so fast, that even at 1/100 the birds were still showing up as moving blurred images. I like this shot because of the color in the sky (totally natural – no photoshop apart from a slight boost on Fill Light and Exposure +0.5). I didn’t really get a chance to go out with the camera much last week but I’m glad I got this shot, if only for the color […]

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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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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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Photo of the Week – Fog in Kilkenny

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Nov 24 2011
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November is always a good time for getting photos with early morning mist and fog. This can create some lovely effects when the sun is rising as the light breaks through the fog and starts adding color to the landscape. I went out and about this week, early in the morning to capture some shots of the morning fog lingering. I managed to get a nice location with some sheep and some interesting trees. The trees in the distance give a nice layer as they are slightly shrouded in the fog at a distance. The purple sky and warm light […]

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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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My First Fox Photo – Photo of the Week

Sep 22 2011
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I have always been fascinated by how covert foxes can be, I once came across one in Manor Street in Waterford at 2am one night on the way home from a night out (no camera of course), but had not seen one up close since then. Having picked up a loan of 200mm Canon L Lens only the day before I was more than surprised to come across a fox in my path. I had barely enough time to reach for the camera and take a quick shot of this lovely young fox before it scampered into the bushes. Although […]

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Photo of the Week – Mount Juliet House, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Aug 30 2011
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I was testing out a nice Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens and with the weather being so nice I decided to try a shot I had taken many times before – Mount Juliet House, Co. Kilkenny. The day was bright, horses out in the paddocks, and the sun wasn’t too high resulting in some nice shadows and contrast of colour. I was very happy with the result. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM is an amazing lens, great detail, sharp and gives great tone to shots. The next lens I am testing is the Canon EF 70-200 […]

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Waterford Spraoi Parade – Photo of the Week, from the Spraoi Parade

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Aug 02 2011
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This weeks Photo of the Week is from the Waterford Spraoi parade which took place on Sunday 31st July 2011. The theme of this years Spraoi Parade is “An Bosca Beo” – the “Box of Life”. The Spraoi Parade, “An Bosca Beo”, was designed by Spraoi Productions to be “a magical journey, following a box along its sometimes bumpy, sometimes winding road through life. From birth as the first box is delivered by giant storks, through the toy boxes of our childhood, to the boxes we live in as adults, to the final box of all… and its bony inhabitant. […]

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The Lonely Bike – Photo of the Week

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Jul 21 2011
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I was out and about this evening in Waterford and took a few shots – this one I thought was nice. Seems like this bike just had enough, sleeping on the sidewalk, I think this photo just suits Black and White. I wanted to do more Black and White shots and I like this one. I have some more Waterford shots which I will put up in a separate post later in the week.

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Fox Glacier Reflective Lakes – Photo of the Week

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Jun 06 2011
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This Vertical Landscape shot was taken near the village of Fox Glacier in New Zealand. This reflective lake is Lake Matheson less than 10 minutes west of Fox Glacier. The Lake walk takes about 75 minutes to do the full circuit. This is the end result… There are some spectacular colours to be had if you visit the lakes around sunset. I might upload the sunset shots from Lake Matheson on Flickr later in the week.

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Springtime – Photos of the Week

Apr 14 2011

Spring is a great time for any photographer. Lots of colour, variety of textures, and nice light in the spring mornings and evenings. Some Spring mornings have a mist of fog which can be nice to take photos during – however I was not lucky enough to be out and about while these mists were around – normally by 8:30am this has burned off. Its been over a week since I updated the PhotoBlog, so now I have uploaded 2 photos which were taken in the past 3 weeks which I quite like.Hope you like them too… Photo 1 : […]

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First Fashion Event – Photo of the Week

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Mar 15 2011

Hadn’t done a Photo of the Week for a while but I decided to upload a few of these. I took some photos at the recent Mount Juliet Spring Salon Fashion Event – first time I ever tried taking photos at something like this. The event was expertly staged and the luxurious setting of Mount Juliet House, only 20 minutes from Kilkenny was something very special.  The models come through fast, the lighting was subdued and at times was hard to meter for, and I found that I had to take each opportunity as it presented itself while models were […]

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