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2012 Photography Year in Review

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Jan 01 2013
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With 2012 now over, I am having a look back at the photoblog, my photos during 2012, the blog traffic and what photography blog posts were the most popular during 2012. I got the WordPress email which had some very interesting stats. I have combined this report with some from Google Analytics and the results are below. My Year in Review In comparison with 2011, 2012 was a very successful year. At the start of 2012 I decided to try and use my photos more, instead of just taking photos and letting them rot on a hard drive somewhere; I […]

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Montreal Street View – 32/Project52

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Oct 20 2012
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Street Photography is something I have being trying to do some more of recently and this next shot is a photo from Montreal which I really like because of the lighting and the way the sun hits the buildings. The sun was setting and the sky still had a bit of interest. There were also some interesting buildings in the shot, the old impressive building with the turret, the Hotel Nelson with the red brick and the building in the direct foreground which had very interesting windows and caught the light well. I really like this shot, perhaps taking the […]

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Montreal Harbour at Sunset – 31/Project 52

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Oct 18 2012

The next few project 52 photos will be of Canada. This weeks one was taken on a river cruise in Montreal Harbour. On a river cruise the sky was quite nice and gave the opportunity to capture Montreal cityscape from the river cruise launch. The boats capstan had great reflection as did the water. The shoot itself, this shot of Montreal was on a boat, therefore a tripod was not an option. So it was handheld with the bobbing of the boat, fastish shutter speed and as much as possible I always try shoot in ISO100 or 200. I wanted […]

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The Vicar of Dibley : 22/Project 52

Jun 15 2012

This weeks post has 3 photos you might recognize – it’s the location used in the filming of the hit BBC show, “The Vicar of Dibley”. The location isĀ in the middle of nowhere, only for SatNav we would never had found the right roads to take, some only the sixth of one car. It is located about 30 minutes drive south of Oxford. The town in very small, has 1 pub and some residential houses which were all decorated with bunting for the Jubilee celebrations which were taking place. The church is as per the Vicar of Dibley TV show […]

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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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Last of the Spring Flowers : 15/Project 52

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Apr 16 2012
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All this week I had made multiple attempts at taking a nice shot of a field of rapeseed against quite a vivid skyline, but every time I tried something in the shot just wasn’t working. In the end I decided to try something on a smaller scale, that was the last of the spring flowers. I liked the contrast of the purple against the green and the light behaved itself during a week when the weather was not the best, neither one thing or the other. The final shot of the spring flowers is below. This coming week the weather […]

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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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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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Some Project 52 Themes for 2012…

Feb 12 2012
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I decided to set some photography themes for the Project 52 which I am doing this year on shanemcdonald.me. I have not set dates against these as I want to be able to use them when ever I find a suitable subject or opportunity. There are 26 photography themes which allows me to use one ever second week or so (bearing in mind that we are almost 6 weeks into the year already). I will then link up the themes below to the corresponding post later in the year. It might be interesting to see how many I actually get […]

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Waterford City in the Early Morning – 5/Project 52

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Feb 01 2012
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This weeks Project 52 photo was quite easy, as it just happened that I had the camera & tripod with me (fairly common these days) and that I was near the bridge in Waterford as the sun was coming up. The sun was nestling behind the clouds which gave a nice ray / beam of light over the city. I ended up with a few different versions of this photo. The one below is the photo which I think represented the actual view of Waterford as I took the photo. The bridge in Waterford was the ideal vantage point to […]

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Hook Head, Co. Wexford, Sun Beams – 3/Project 52

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Jan 19 2012
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A few days ago I took a photo at Hook Head which I liked. I hadn’t planned on using it for this weeks Project 52 photo, but having gone out tonight to take some night shots, I found that the clear skies had clouded over !! The weather for photography at the moment is dire (neither one thing or the other) … and its not great for the next few days, so this photo taken at Hook Head is as good as I am going to get. Hook Head is a great place to go, stunning vistas, crashing waves (amazing […]

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