December Sunrise

1/80, f/6.3, ISO 400, E-30, OLYMPUS 12-60mm Lens @ 12 mm

This morning when I got up there had been a hard frost which usually means a clear sky, but today when I looked to the south east there was some patchy cloud visible just as the sky brightened before sunrise. I thought that there was a possability of a nice colourful sunrise so I got some warm gear and the camera and headed out to see what might happen, in the end, mainly I think because the cloud was at differing heights things didn’t work out quite as I ha expected but maybe it was still worth going out in the cold.

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Turkish Sunset

1/30, f/11, ISO 100, E-30, OLYMPUS 12-60mm Lens @ 12 mm

Recently I was lucky enough to be able to go with my family for a few days rest and relaxation in the Turkish town of Kusadasi, it’s a fairly typical tourist resort though not as polished as some others on the Mediterreanean coast. I was travelling light without much of my photo gear but i did manage to slip down to the beach one evening just as the sun set across the bay, behinf the Greek island of Samos.

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Healy Pass

1/200, f/8, ISO 100, E-30, OLYMPUS 12-60mm Lens @ 12 mm

This blog has been neglected recently but hopefully I’ll be in a position to keep it updated more often again soon.

A week or two ago I went to Cork to take part in the Rebel Tour cycle, part of the An Post series, though I’d done the Ring of Kerry which is longer this one was going to be by far the hardest I’d attempted since I had taken up my daughters challenge to get fitter and lose some weight, I wasn’t too worried about the distance, 160km, but the combination of that and the climbing was going to be a big test especially the fact that we had to cross this Pass twice with the last ascent at 135km. I won’t say it was easy (if it was everyone would do it!!!) but I did manage to get around and really enjoyed the day, in fact the scenery on the circuit inspired me to root the camera out of the boot of the car and go shooting the next day, when I took this shot. The road we came up is visible on the right.

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Scenic Suffering

A week or two ago I was in Connemara to see my daughter Emma run her first marathon, the course winds through the lakes and mountains which surely makes it one of the most scenic in the world but that has the side effect that it’s impossible to follow a specific runner around the course, we saw Emma after 7KM then had to go and have lunch before heading to the finish to wait for her (literally) to come over the hill, it was a lovely day in a beautiful place but it was easy to imagine that meant very little to the contestants suffering their own private agonies while racing to the finish

1/500, f/10, ISO 200, E-30, OLYMPUS 12-60mm Lens @ 24 mm

Eventually our Emma arrived, still going strongly, her proud Dad managed to stop cheering her on long enough to capture a few snaps as she sped past.

1/200, f/11, ISO 200, E-30, OLYMPUS 12-60mm Lens @ 12 mm

 

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Road Race

1/800, f/5.6, ISO 400, E-30, OLYMPUS 70mm-300mm Lens @ 300 mm

The Newbridge Grand Prix is the big cycling race of the year in this area and this year’s renewal was the biggest I can remember, in all over 400 riders took part. The course goes right round by my house but the steepest part is a few miles away at Boston Hill, while it’s not very long it is tough for a while and at this stage the riders were going over for the fourth time, a few riders had escaped from the main group and the chase was on with the eventual winner Peter Hawkins leading it.

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At Fuzz stretch

I haven’t been out with the camera much recently, there always seems to be something else to do during the short daylight hours this tie of the year, at the weekends that’s mainly ferrying my youngsters to various events especially my son to sports events.Usually I don’t bring the camera to matches, I find that I can’t concentrate on the “big picture” through the lens and it’s hard to see all the other stuff that’s going on.

Today was a cup match and some of the team put out the word that they’d like me to get some shots so I didn’t really have much choice but to bring along my gear, set myself up away from all the other folks and do my best to get a few decent shots for the lads to impress the young ladies with….

Fuzz is our go to man in the lineout and he gave another good display there today.

The final result? The lads did well in the first half before running out of puff a little in the finish….

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Testing, testing

40″, f/5, ISO 100, E-30, OLYMPUS 12-60mm Lens @ 14 mm

To try to solve my problem with the 10 stop filter I was doing some testing the other morning, to be fair the conditions weren’t similar enough to properly replicate the problem so I suppose it was wasted time but then during processing I was taken with this image so I suppose it was worth going out.

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Wicklow Sky

49.99″, f/18, ISO 100, E-30, OLYMPUS 12-60mm Lens @ 12 mm

Just after Christmas I went up to Wicklow with the Camera Club, one of the disappointing parts of the day was that I discovered a problem with flare or internal reflections when using my 10 stop filter, I wasn’t exactly sure what had happened but thought the most likely explanation was that I had been too busy chatting and had somehow fitted the filter wrongly. So when I had a chance to return to the lakes to have another go I was ultra careful to make sure I had everything as tight as possible, you’ll understand then why I was disappointed to find the same effect when I took the shots off the card and into Lightroom. It probably wasn’t quite as pronounced as the previous time but there all the same, the extent of the problem relating to the length of exposure and the angle of the sun to the lens.

I’m not really sure where the problem lies, it may be that the seal between the holder and the gasket on the filter isn’t good enough, but I’m going to have to do some experimentation to fix this problem.

This shot was one of the least affected, and cleaned up reasonably well in PP.

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New Years Eve with a difference

1/800, f/4, ISO 100, E-510, 40.0-150.0 mm f/4.0-5.6 @ 40 mm

Though it’s been very mild at home here in Kildare over the Christmas and New Year period I doubt if many folk in Ireland spent the morning of New Year’s Eve having a barbie on the beach and watching the locals enjoying themselves in the sunshine.

Four years ago I had the pleasure of doing that (despite the jet lag) and have to say it’s a great way to finish the year.

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Christmas Outing

1/2sec,  f/14, ISO 100, E-30 OLYMPUS, 12-60mm Lens @ 12 mm

Yesterday I ventured out to the Christmas outing of my local camera club, it was nice to get out and meet all the folks and see them at work.

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