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Waterford Spraoi – Photos from Waterford Spraoi 2016

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Aug 04 2016

The Spraoi festival takes place every year during the August Bank Holiday Weekend in Waterford, Ireland. It is a festival of street performance, music and theatre plus some spectaculars which normally happen at key times in the evening. The Spraoi festival will be 25 years old next year and this 3 day festival culminates in a parade and fireworks display. Below are some photos from this years Spraoi Festival.                  

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Tramore Photo Shortlisted on Morris Oil Calendar 2016

Oct 06 2015
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I am delighted that one of my photos was shortlisted for the Morris Oil Calendar 2016. The shot of Tramore and the Metal Man has been selected under the theme “Friendly, Reliable, Local” in this photo competition … I opted for local, since Tramore is only 10km from Waterford City it seemed like a good fit. The photo was taken in late May 2015 on a new looped walkway located a few minutes walk from the beach. Using a 70-300mm lens I was able to capture the iconic Metal Man plus a few people strolling along towards the sandhills. I believe the […]

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Irish Balloon Championships 2015

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Oct 03 2015

The Irish Balloon Championships visited Waterford once again and this year I was hoping to get a few more shots than last year. The event approached with the sad news that there was a possibility that the Discover Waterford hot air balloon flown with pride by Joe Daly would have it’s last outing in our skies due to a lack of funding from our local council. The Discover Waterford hot air balloon has been a common sight across Waterford and South Kilkenny in recent years and it has also attended a number of hot air ballooning events in the UK and […]

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Tramore and the Metal Man

May 18 2015
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There is a brand new looped walk behind the old Tramore racecourse near the back strand. It was from here on a sunny April day I decided to use a Zoom lens to compress the scene and focus on the metal man with some passers by also in shot. The lighting was very nice and with some polarisation and a small amount of extra vibrance added to the shot I ended with the final result above.

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Waterford by Night – Blast from the Past

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Oct 08 2014
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I was recently going through some photos and I found a shot taken from the now closed Ardree Hotel in 2005, Waterford by Night. It was my first long exposure and without a tripod I managed to take this 4 second exposure with a Fuji S7000. In 2008 I entered the Imagine Arts Festival Photography competition and won with the above photo. We have a beautiful city and it is great to see it from such a location – such a pity that the iconic hotel is no longer in service.     Photo Location

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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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Tramore Amusements Monster Firework Display 2013

Aug 26 2013

On Sunday 25th August there was a Monster Fireworks display in Tramore, Co. Waterford. I decided to try and get a few shots having not brought the camera to the Spraoi fireworks display. In this post I outline the technique used I used in taking photos of fireworks and also some photos of the Tramore Amusements Monster Firework Display 2013. Firework Photos – Technique For those interested in how I took these fireworks photos, the settings I used were as follows: Tripod was used – it’s foolish to try take firework photos without one ISO 100 WB-Auto Full Manual Mode […]

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Experimenting with ND Filters and Long Exposures

Jan 10 2013

Having recently purchased some ND filters I had being longing to try them out for quite some time. I decided to try the seascape at sunset style with the waves crashing across the rocks. The waves become misty and it looks quite nice but I had never tried this before. I am going to outline below how I used the ND Filters, ND Grad Filters and Long Exposures for capturing the waves and rocks. The time was about 5 minutes before sunset when setting up, so I was trying to work fast. Before putting on the filter holder I focused […]

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Making the Most of the Blue Hour in Waterford

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Aug 22 2012

Tonight I decided to put the camera in the car and drive around and see what presented itself. Around 9pm the darkness was starting to become apparent and I chanced checking what time the International Space Station would be heading over Waterford. Thanks to the Twisst service on Twitter 21:10pm was listed and I made my way to the Quay. The light in the sky was still present and as it passed over Barronstrand Street the ISS was a bit too faint, so I repositioned the camera and got the shot below of the ISS over Waterford. It was a […]

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Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos passing Hook Head

Aug 20 2012

This post and this photo could not have happened without the power of Twitter. Sunday evening I was browsing the Twitter feed on my @shanesphoto feed and I noticed a few tweets about the Stavros S Niarchos which was berthed in Waterford over the weekend. One of these mentioned that the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos would be passing through Dunmore East around 9pm. That was enough, camera bag into the car and off to Dunmore East. Patiently awaiting the view of the Stavros S Niarchos eventually it was spotted coming towards the open ocean. The wind was really picking […]

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Chicks and their Mom – Seagull Chicks in Dunmore East : 26/Project 52

Jul 08 2012

Halfway through the Project 52 challenge and it has been very hard these past few weeks to get any decent shoots in the evenings – the weather this year has been deplorable and this week was no exception. I nearly didn’t bring the camera on this day but I spotted some chicks in the cliff face and their seagull mom feeding them. The location was a nice little cove called Badger Cove (even though i think I tweeted Beaver cove on @shanesphoto – different place all together!). The nest was about 20 – 25ft above the ground but I put […]

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Moon through the Bridge Wires – 25/Project 52

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Jul 05 2012

On the way home from Kilkenny one evening I spotted the full moon high in the sky, and as I approached the new N25 toll bridge at Waterford I wondered if the 2 would be in the same shot. I decided to go down as far as the old Waterford – Carrick road, now a dead end, and shoot the bridge from there. And as I suspected the 2 were ideally placed to take in the same shot. I was hoping that the moon might be a bit higher but I was able to get it through the suspension cables […]

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