The picture of the Ffrench mausoleum in Monivea is a composite of two images taken from exactly the same position (the camera was on a tripod). The first picture was a straight-forward colour photograph, and then I fixed an infrared filter to the front of the lens and took another picture. I blended the two in Photoshop. Why use this technique ? As I’ve mentioned before, there are only so many ways of photographing old buildings, and I’ve photographed plenty of them. The first time I wandered into Monivea woods, I wasn’t expecting to see a huge mausoleum hidden among the trees. The very sight of it struck me as utterly surreal, and though I’ve been back there a few times since (I was standing in front of the mausoleum 2 summers ago when I saw something else that was fairly surreal – for Ireland anyway) , the experience always strikes me as a little other-worldly. Though I have a number of standard images of the mausoleum, I wanted to take a picture of it that captured how it seemed to me – something not quite normal. Hence the use of infrared. Infra-red is the colour ‘just after’ red in the visible colour spectrum (i.e. colours of the rainbow) – humans cannot see in infrared though other creatures can. The interest for photographers is how certain materials reflect infrared light – foliage (leaves, grass, etc) reflect a lot of infrared light which means they register as almost white (or glowing) in an image. Clear blue skies register as almost black. I don’t bother with colour infra-red images that much – I almost always use an infra-red shot to make a black and white picture. In the days of film, one used infrared-sensitive film, which required handling in total darkness, and special processing. Which is why I never got to use any. Digital infrared photography requires an infrared filter I don’t use infrared that often, and would not claim to be an expert on the subject, but here is my workflow – hope it is a help to others. I’ve used two different types of infrared filters – the Hoya R72 (the first filter I used) and the Tiffen 87 (the one I use now). The filter (which is screwed onto the front of the lens, in the ame way as you would add a UV or polariser filter) looks black – if you look through it, you won’t be able to see anythin, though it is really a very dark red filter. It works by preventing all light except infrared light (IR) from hitting the camera sensor – the exposure is created from IR light only.
It should be a great time to be a taxi driver…
Poor and uncoordinated transport infrastructure ? Yep.
Less and less free places to park in town? Absolutely.
Plenty of disposable income among the general public ? Ditto.
Increased crackdown by gardaí on drinking and driving ? Well, we might come back to that one.
The Galway Independent carried a story about a taxi driver
Two members of Mallow Camera Club picked up awards in the 2nd Cork International Salon, the results of which were announced today.
First time salon entrant, Paul Tips, won a PSA Honourable Mention in the nature category for his image ‘Mating Yellow Dung Flies’. John Hooton picked up PSA Honourable Mentions in two categories. One in Landscape for his image ‘Three Sisters’ and the other in Open Colour for ‘The Stones of Minard’. A great achievement for both and a nice ending to their photography year.
The club was well represented in the salon with other members who also picked up several acceptances, including Viv Buckley and Bill Power.
Congratulations to all the club members who participated and were successful in the salon.
Good news recently for club chairman, Bill Power, who won three awards in the French Digital Circuit. His image ‘The Original Gannets in Love’ won a PSA Gold Medal, a UPI Gold Medal and a Prix du Conseil Régional. Bill was naturally delighted with the award which he says is his first in a French international salon.
The camera club’s exhibition, which opened in Mallow Primary Healthcare, on 8th December is proving to be a great success. There are over 150 images on display, all showing some of the latest work by club members.
At the opening of the exhibition, the club chairman said that it was an evening to celebrate great achievement in Mallow CC over the past year. SNine members had achieved their LIPFs, three had gained their Associateships and one had achieved Fellowship status. In that time also, club members won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals in Irish competitive events and two have won ten gold medals in international competition. Members of the club had achieved over 750 acceptances in International competition over the past year, he said, their images had been exhibited in dozens of countries including India, Ukraine, the UK, France, Germany, Finland, Holland, Bosnia and Italy.
‘Everyone is a photographer these days because everyone has either a camera phone, iPad or DSLR,’ he said. ‘Our club is about encouraging and helping people to improve their photography.’
John Doheny, one of the founders of the club in 1986, talked about how the club had contributed enormously to Mallow. Some members, such as Mark Conderan has gone on to become press photographer of the year on several occasions. At present, he said, the club membership came from all over North Cork, including Mitchelstown, Fermoy, Donoughmore, Rockchapel, Kanturk and Tullylease, as well as Cork and Bruff, County Limerick.
‘We’re a friendly club made up of people who enjoy photography,’ he said. ‘We are rooted in the community and we have established ourtselves firmly in Mallow over the past 28 years.
The exhibition was formally opened by Cllr John Paul O’Shea, chairman of the Kanturk Mallow Municipal District of Cork County Council. Cllr O’Shea said that the quality and variety of photography on display in the exhibition was staggering. ‘This is a fantastic exhibition of talent from around Mallow,’ he said.
Images from the exhibition will appear once we get our hands on them from John Doheny and Pat Sheehan, who were our ‘official papparazzi’ for the night.’
This weeks challenge Yellow wasn’t too difficult.
Yellow is such a strong colour that whenever it features in a photograph it usually becomes the dominant feature or the focal point of the image.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my interpretation of yellow……
Sorting through purchases in TK Maxx, Cork.
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A man walking with a ladder on The Grand Parade, Cork. He was working on a the façade of The English Market.
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Poor Santa, he’s a little worse for wear around this time of year. He’s so busy.
The Ferris Wheel in Cork all lit up at night.
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