Sunday, January 31, 2010

Alexis and Steven

The two are decided to get married next Tuesday and I´m really looking forward to photograph the day, lets hope the weather is as good as it  was this afternoon at the beach in Ballinskelligs.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Oyster Catcher and another calm Day

I read a post by American photographer Scott Bourne this morning about how to photograph birds in flight, which I had never really done. I followed his advice and set the shutterspeed to 1/1000 sec in auto ISO and took  pictures on Ballinskelligs Beach of the Oyster Catcher. I came home and had a good few pictures in focus with the bird separated from the background. Here is the link if you like to read the post for yourself.

Oyster Catchers

Later in the evening I went to the Glen, St.Finians Bay,  again, to watch the sun going down. Tripod and Remote Shutter Release are vital for those pictures and a graduated neutral density filter can help to darken or accentuate the sky slightly.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

A walk in the bog



Last Sunday afternoon I went for a walk in the bog. Although we are living close to the sea, we are surrounded by bog and farmland. The pictures that I´ve brought home are a mix of landscape and close up photographs because I had only one lens with me, the 50 mm Canon macro. The half composted flowers and the exotic palmtrees are  dumped there, nature sorts them out.
I´ve downloaded lightroom 3 beta today, a couple of new features, like film grain, individual copyright watermark, new slideshow features and upload to flickr.
It´s getting better all the time and if you are a raw shooter you should have it. the preset for black and white is a free download from the lightroom website.
Turf cutting is still very popular over here, I have myself a nice  fire burning in the open fireplace, as I´m writing this.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

When the day goes

I went out pretty late this evening but still managed to get some photos of the heavy swell near St.Finians Bay. The light went very quick which gave me the chance to play a bit with long shutterspeed. The first image was taken with a 1/13 sec, f /13 . The picture at the bottom was taken with a pinhole cap that fits on my camera instead of a lens.
The pinhole has an aperture of  f /128, so I ended up with a shutterspeed of 50 seconds. Although the waves were scary high, there was no wind and my tripod was standing sound on the rocks.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Blue of the Night

I took this picture just a couple hours ago and when I saw it on the computer it reminded me of one  my favourite radio shows at RTE lyric fm. Tune in for a great mix of music at the end of the day, starting at 11pm.
Highly recommended.

Volcanos in Kerry?

Skellig Michael and little Skellig

No, there are no volcanos in Kerry but the Skelligs looked like two of them this evening. I never saw them like this.
The clouds were hanging very low, a little breeze, one of those wonderful calm evenings at the end of the world.

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Wedding Photography Packages 2010

New Wedding Photography Packages are out on my website, so why not marry in Kerry... you will get it all, the love, the craig, the scenery...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Digital Photography Classes in Cahirciveen

It´s enrolment week at the O´Connell Adult Education Centre this week, so if you are in the area for the next few weeks and want to learn more about digital photography, join me on one of the photography classes, one for beginners and one for advanced, check out the details here...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Firestorm clouds over Skelligs

Skellig Michael and little Skellig under a red sky 09/01/2010

Thursday, January 07, 2010

the beauty of frost