Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Brighton Veil Sunset

Among the best pictures I've ever taken, 2 nights ago at Brighton veil with the West Pier to my back. Can't ask for much more!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Another Cork one...

The flowers were all in bloom and everything was rather lovely after the storm cleared on Saturday!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

One from Cork

One from last weekened in Cork.

Firstly to apologise for the lack of posts lately, I've been very busy! I've got a few pics from the last while that I'll post over the next few days for anyone who has been missing some regular updates! In some good news I was made photo editor for the Observer during the week, so there will be plenty more picture coming along the way in September. I'm pretty excited about it, should be good fun!

Anyway, this first one is just a portrait that I like, did some basic editing by desaturating and blurring the backround, but the actual person is pretty much untouched.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

One From Dun Laoghaire

The Sentinel

End of East pier, 2 second exposure

What a miserable day. Anyway I went out for a walk this evening becauase I was fed up being stuck indoors with the rain all day. Here are a couple that I took along the way.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Kung Fu

Staff fighting form

One of my brother from earlier on in the day. Took about 2 hours to properly seperate him from the backround so that there were no white lines left behind.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I've been editing some more of the pictures from the UCD ball, I never got around to finishing them at the time because the exams were approaching rather too quickly for my liking. I'm very gratefull that I was shooting RAW (a more flexible format for editing later) because the camera had a lot of difficulty setting the exposure correctly with the harsh and very quickly changing lighting. Here are a few of the ones that I liked more on the second visit.

Friday, June 16, 2006

A tougher edit

I left over some of the Yosemite photos to process at home, this is one of the ones that I wasn't sure about at the time, but having processed it now, am quite fond of. A lot of the difficulty in taking good photographs is the limitations imposed on you by the dynamic range of the camera: you don't want to blow highlights out, but you also want to retain the detail in the shadows. It's for that reason that a lot of landscape photography is taken either early in the morning, or late in the evening. Beacuse it's not as bright you're more likely to get all the detail that you want in a photograph. It also gives you a certain glow, as the sun casts different colours and longer shadows as it goes through the lower portion of the atmosphere.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

An Irish summer...

The young

The old

A couple of pictures from the Dun Laoghaire/ Seapoint area yesterday. I'll let the pictures do the talking on this one!

Still life

I was never very good at drawing in school. And my art teacher could hardly be said to have enoucoraged me along the way. I think that's part of the reason that I love photography, it allows people who can't pait to capture things none the less. With photoshop you have a whole plethora of tools available to you which allow you to get an image to look the way you imagined it. For photojournalism those options are naturally limited, you want to represent things in as natural a way as you can, given the limitations of the medium. However for other compositions you're free to do what you want to a picture to get it to look how you want, and this is one example of that from me recently. Not entirely sure about the effect, but it's intersting so I thought I'd post it none the less!

Sunday, June 11, 2006


Home again!/ Flora

Arrived back safely! Here is the last full series of Yosemite pictures that I intended to post here. Yosemite teems with wildlife everywhere you look, so even someone very poor at capturing animals/ plants like me has a good chance! Hopefully I'll see everyone soon, a much less selective bunch of pictures will be going up on Bebo soon too.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Homage to Ansel

Leading lines

Lower Yosemite Falls

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

You can't come to Yosemite without thiking about Ansel Adams, probably the greatest landscape photographer there has even been. He made Yosemite his home, and decades later his images still have an enduring quality that would put most modern work to shame, in spite of the facilities aforded by digital editing etc. The Ansel Adams Gallery is located in the village, and I had a great time wandering around looking at the magnificent pictures. I couldn't resist having a go at a couple of black and whites myself, and although they pale in comparison, I'm happy enough with the result.

''There's nothing worse than a sharp picture of a fuzzy concept'' - Ansel Adams

Rolling Thunder II/ Chasing the rainbow

Lower Yosemite Falls raibow, 7.30 AM

Bridalveil falls, evening

Birdalveil falls, mid-afternoon

There are spectacular waterfalls everywhere you look in Yosemite. However you have to be a bit more lucky and well prepared to catch them with rainbows. I've been chasing them around the park for the last few days and here are the best few.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Bridelveil fallls

Yosemite falls

Looking back from the base of Lower Yosemite falls, sunglight in the mist being thrown off it

Got up at half 5 this morning. Some would justifiably mad, but I think it was worth it!

Monday, June 05, 2006

first impressions of Yosemite

Sunset over Half Dome

Departures, Airports, Arrivals

Rays of the sun dipping out of the clouds

After the sun had dropped below the horizon

What I was cropping out by using the zoom lens... Also look for the window reflection on the tail of the plane in the foreground!

Arrived in Yosemite today, not had a chance to take any pictures yet though! Planning to head out in a couple of hours to try and catch the sunset. I'm happy to leave the humididty (70-90%) of Washington behind for the still very hot but more manageable California summer. To get here we flew via Denver, and here's a couple of shots I got of the sunset through the airport window! I used my 70-200mm zoom lens to get this as it cut out the airplanes in the foreground.

Friday, June 02, 2006


Headed up the Arlington National Cemetery today. Although you've all seen pictures of it (or at least have now ;) Nothing can really give you an idea of how many graves there are. They just stretch out in front of you in every direction, accross beatifull rolling hills, draped in the shade by overhanging trees. A fittingly serene place for a graveyard. The picture of the soldier, in full dress uniform is a member of the honour gard at the tomb of the unkown soldier. It was incredibly hot (around 30 degress celcius) with humidity at around 80%, but he kept walking up and down, paying service. How he manages to do it without pausing to mop a brow, let along pass out from the heat and the heavy uniform is beyond me!

A couple more from last night

Roosevelt Memorial, beside the reflecting pool

Jefferson Memorial

The Monument from the WWII memorial

Here are a couple more from the series of night shots that I took last night.
The first shot is an intersting one, it's taken with my new lens' image stabilisation feature. It allowed me to take a shot at 1/3rd of a second without even having to use a tripod (which I did have with me at the time, but by the time I'd have set it up, there would have been lots of people in front of me again).

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Pain = gain

Sunset dissapearing into the haze
What it's all about... 15 second exposure, iso 100, f12, tripod mounted.

So today I walked for 3 miles in the stifling heat, not entirely sure where I was going in order to try and get a good shot of sunset over the Potamac. With me I was lugging my camera, tripod, case, and two heavy lenses. Unfortunately the haze hanging around the edge of the sky decided to gobble up the sun before it got to the lowest point in the sky. So that was a bit annoying... However not one to be overly dettered, I had a back up plan ready and headed over to the Tidal Basin which is bordered by the Roosevelt monument and overlooked by the monument. About 40 minutes after sunset, the colours in the sky were just perfect. The aforementioned haze reflected the city lights to give a red glow, and the sky was a deep blue. Good things come to those who wait...

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

New lens!

I got my new lens today... safe to say it's amazing! :D Here are a couple of the first pics from it. Took the tour of Congress as well, which was interesting even if it was slightly dissapointing not to get to see either of the chambers.

Georgetown Sunset

Don't make me quote Ronseal ad's at you...

Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial day

It was Memorial Day here today, so we went along to see the parade. All flags (and there are a lot of them around the city!) were flying at half mast until after 2 O'clock.

Rolling Thunder

Arrived safely in Washington yesterday evening, and had a good sleep to rid myself of most of the jet lag! Today I had a wander down Penn Avenue, took in the most obvious touristy sites of the White House and the Mall. However more interestingly, was the rolling thunder protest containing over 300,000 bikers from accross the country, asking people not to forget the POWs MIA. It was an amazing site to see so many bikes, they just kept coming and coming and coming! The shot to the left is of a large open space on the mall that was completely covered by bikes. To give some perspective on how large the parade was, they were the spectators!