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Window On the Sea 2

Below: Other abandoned houses I’ve come across on my many travels around Ireland. Hopefully by now some have been saved…

Listening

Relatives solemnly listen to marriage vows. While using selective focus I couldn’t quite get the angle I preferred without drawing…

Window On the Sea

While randomly following the coastline in north-west Ireland I came on a small harbour partly enclosed by this old wall.…

Galway Porter

There’s a stretch in the nights and the day’s work is done. With his back to the evening fire it’s…

Maps for Exploring Ireland

Besides satellite navigation and non-subscription online tools, any photographer who travels and hikes around Ireland will need good maps to…

Horn Head

Horn Head (157 metres, 515 feet) is a wild and rugged peninsula in north-west Donegal. If you’re into landscape photography…

“No Line Markins”

Driving around you never know what you’re going to see. Is this a phonetically inspired sign on a country road…

Sadie (1911-2003)

1) Canon EOS 620, Sigma 28-70mm f2.8, Ilford XP2 2) Canon EOS 50, Sigma 28-70mm f2.8, Ilford XP2 3) Canon…

Poulnabrone Dolmen

Poulnabrone is a dolmen (stone table) and portal tomb located in the Burren region of County Clare in Ireland. It’s…

Two Boys, 1976

It would seem these two lads are back out to play after lunch. Minolta SR-T 101, MC Rokkor – PF…

The Negative Advantage

In some ways I miss shooting sharp, high quality colour negative film. For a time I felt it had advantages…

Can Composition Be Taught?

I recently watched a TV programme that featured an artist who was using his considerable talents and skills to carve…

Winter Apples

“MODERN ART IS A ASS!” If Dickens’ Mr Bumble had the good sense to pooh-pooh one of the Law’s many…

A Camera To Paint With

One festive evening while wearily channel-hopping I came on an eye-catching scene. At first glance it seemed that an ageing…

Ramelton, County Donegal

A still autumn evening in Ramelton, County Donegal, Ireland. A burst of fill-flash brought out the colour in the overhanging…

Painted Tractor

It was a cold late afternoon to be standing in dense drizzle fiddling about with my Canon EOS 50 and…

Wind Blow

With the camera on a tripod, a long exposure just before dawn allowed the wind to paint colours and textures…

White Fern

As autumn moves in and many plants die back, some ferns turn almost white. This ISO 200 shot was underexposed…

Shooting The Barn Cottage

While on holiday in The Barn Cottage beside Foxhall Wood and the River Swilly in Donegal, I turned on all…

The Stone of the Gathering

Cloch na Aonaigh, The Stone of the Gathering, Gleann Cholm Cille (Glencolmcille), County Donegal. I took this photograph back in…

Scrabo Hill

Mid-September morning sun on Scrabo Hill and Tower, Co. Down, N. Ireland. To see more of Scrabo Tower watch the…

Sacred

I came on this figure attached to a post on a country road at the far of Glenveagh National Park.…

Content Over Sharpness

Above: In some contexts sharpness is overrated and hand-holding underrated. But we have to try our best.  If your camera’s…

Woodland Walks

1) Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS 2) and 3) Fujifilm X10 All images processed in ON1 Photo…

Photography On YouTube

There’s a lot of good material on YouTube for photographers. But because I’m getting old and don’t do awesome and…

Photography and the LAW

Non-professional Photography In Public Places (UK) Many amateur photographers in the UK aren’t sure about their rights when they are…

Among the Dunes

Two versions of the same image processed for colour and then into black and white. The black and white version…

Cliff Grass and Black Rock

There are so many creative possibilities in software it’s hard to know where to draw the line, and it’s all…

Cave

A dark opening in a cliff face by the sea turned out to be a cave running into the rock…

Sea Space

With visibility no more than a quarter of a mile the morning sun was doing its best to cut through…

Retro Camera Design

For several years now we’ve been getting used to camera designs that have have shifted to a more compact retro…

Teddy the Boss

That Chihuahua stare. We wonder what he’s thinking – if anything. Sadly, wee Teddy is gone now. When taking this…

Stolen Car

Probably in 2015 this car had been stolen, taken to a very remote location, reversed into a thicket and then…

Dyed 1777

It’s difficult to make out the surname on this gravestone in Rossinver Graveyard, just off the R218 in County Leitrim…

X-T1 JPEG

This is a 100% crop of a JPEG captured by the Fujifilm X-T1. The plant was in direct sunlight. Settings:…

Irish Wild Rose

A handheld macro lens shot in ideal overcast light, underexposed by half a stop to hold important detail in the…

Shooting Video

A few years ago I combined a short hike through my local mountains with an amateur video project. If you’re…

Broken Clay Pipes

One of my favourite photographs in Henry Morton’s book, In Search of Ireland (pub. 1930), is Fair Day, by Thomas…

The Lugnaquilla Indicator

In County Wicklow, Ireland, at the top of Lugnaquilla mountain you’ll find an etched disc that impressively “shows the direction…

Zoomscaping

It’s understandable why wide views of big open spaces are so popular. In fact to get us right into the…

Fallen Tree

I was having a bite to eat below overhanging branches when I noticed the weathered and damaged surface of the…

Greencastle, County Down

Walking below the old wooden pier in Greencastle suggested it was held together by seaweed and 100 dead starfish. But…

Rock

I worked at the Fujifilm .RAF original (see below) for an age in Lightroom but couldn’t exactly get the sky…

Vintage Petrol Pump

Believe it or not, these things are highly collectable, but not in this condition. It’s doubtful the most avid collectors…