Happy Place

Happy Place

This weeks challenge is to take me back to my happy place which of course is on the river (or anywhere) with a rod in my hand. I’m blessed in that I live beside one of the best rivers in Ireland for fishing and I love my fishing. Be it with the fly rod on the river or from the kayak at sea, it’s hard to beat fishing to take you to your happy place. Of course being a photographer, I also enjoy shooting others while they fish as is this first photo. Pat O’Toole is a qualified fly casting instructor and here he is (in his happy place) practicing his double handed cast.

Double Handed Fly Rod Casting

Double Handed Fly Rod Casting

As my wife Lorraine is also a photographer, she managed to grab a shot of me flaying around with my fly rod. I don’t have the same grace as pat above but I do manage to throw the odd fly that catches a fish.  This is one of her shots.

Flyfishing on the River Boyne

Fly fishing on the River Boyne

Everyone should have a happy place and if you’re lucky enough to have one like mine then go enjoy it as often as you can.



The post Happy Place appeared first on All Seeing Me.


Members of Cork Camera Group who recently achieved IPF Distinctions will be visiting Mallow Camera Club on Monday night next, 16th October, to show us their distinctions panels. The visiting photographers will include 

Vincent Kelly, LIPF; Paul Flynn, AIPF; Dan Geary, AIPF and Niall Brownen, AIPF.

Each will talk about their panels and the process that led to them going for their distinctions. Working towards distinctions is an important method of helping photographers raise the standard of their work.

Mallow Camera Club is always delighted to welcome members from Cork to the club. The friendly associations between the two clubs go back three decades.




FB BPCol 4 Beauty on the GalteesClub chairman Bill Power has won a prestigeous Swansea Gold Medal from the 11th Swansea International Salon, where his new acceptances brought his total acceptances in international salons to over 1,000 in a little over two years. Bill’s winner was ‘Girl with a Twist’ which was awarded a Swansea Gold Medal. It’s the latest in a series of successes he has enjoyed in international competition.

Among the chairman’s many recent wins was a gold medal from the Bosnie-Herzegovine AUFBIH national photography society for his image ‘A Room For Ellen’. That was in the Artfoto 2015 Salon, where he also won two Artfoto diplomas for ‘A Secret Place’ and ‘Beauty on the Galtees’ (posted here with this article).

In the same salon, he was awarded an AUFBIH Honourable Mention for ‘Girl with a Twist’.