My images from a Photo Theme Night on the topic “Landscape” by Birr Photography Group in Craughwell’s Pub, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland on 19th May 2016.
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Black and White Landscapes:
Images originally taken for the Photo Theme Night on the topic “Depth” for Birr Photography Group on 7th February 2013.
My first attempts on the theme were looking up or into the image and didn’t really show depth.
Next, I set up a few table top subjects to explore the theme. Although, I was still lacking any scale of depth.
Finally, I realised I had to have a sense of scale to really show depth within the image. I was pleased with this final image as the shallow depth of field really showed a sense of depth.
Roscrea welcomed Darkness Into Light to the north Tipperary town for the fifth year.
Starting at 4.15am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking, the phenomenon that is Darkness Into Light, the annual 5km walk/run, celebrated its eighth year on Saturday, May 7th 2016, with over 100 venues across Ireland and beyond.
Photographing the event was quite a challenge. Naturally, the street lighting at night was very low and using flash wouldn’t capture the atmosphere. I used a Nikon 50mm f1.8 lens with the aperture wide open and a high ISO 6400 to get a fast shutter speed of 1/125 second for hand held shots. Any noise in the images was removed in post production.
But ultimately, Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraising and awareness event for Pieta House, the charity that has helped so many people in suicidal distress and engaging in self-harm over the last nine years.
Participation in Darkness Into Light, supported by Electric Ireland, raises awareness of self-harm and suicide and it’s fundraising efforts enable Pieta House to provide life-saving support to people in need.
My images from a Photo Theme Night on the topic “Close-Up/Macro” by Birr Photography Group in Craughwell’s Pub, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland on 14th April 2016.
Close-up – dead seed head on Lough Boora looking like a firework against the blurred background:
Macro images: all taken using a 36mm extension tube and diffused flash.
Water droplets abstract – a topic I’m planning to work on more in the future:
Rainy morning in Birr Castle greenhouse –
Rainy afternoon inside photographing a bunch of flowers:
Workshop on “Refraction Photography” by Terry Smith for Birr Photography Group in Craughwell’s Pub, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland on 24th March 2016.
My images taken during the workshop: it’s interesting to note that the shape of the glass, the amount of water in the glass and the distance between the glass and the background all have an effect of the refraction results.
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My images from a Photo Theme Night on the topic “Portraiture” by Birr Photography Group in Craughwell’s Pub, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland on 10th March 2016.
The idea was to practice with the use of directional light and reflectors to light a portrait.
Rose was lit by diffused flashgun from the left with a white reflector on the right in day light against a black background. Camera settings: F8; 1/200s; ISO400. The aperture setting gave adequate depth of field so the image was sharp from the tip of the nose to her eyes. The shutter speed was sufficiently fast so the ambient natural light did not over power the effect of the flash light. Lots of dog treats were needed to keep Rosie in position!
Smiley Lamb was taken in a dark shed using a diffused flashgun on camera. Camera settings: F8; 1/200s; ISO200. Even though the flash was diffused, harsh shadows are still evident due to the flash being on the camera. Pet lambs are very active and rarely stay still, but will look up at you when taking a shot as they think you’re going to feed them their bottle.
My images for Photo Theme Night on the topic “Still life” by Birr Photography Group in Craughwell’s Pub, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland on 11th February 2016.
The idea was to practice with the use of diffused light and reflectors to light a chosen still life subject.
I chose to try 2 different approaches: high key and low key.
Oil and Vinegar: high key lighting to create a clean crisp product shot.
High key set-up: main light from the right rear to highlight the liquid in the bottles with a reflector to the left to bring light back into the shadows; spotlight on the central backdrop to brighten up the background behind the bottles; single spotlight on each of the bottles from above to brighten up the top of the bottles.
Skull: low key lighting to create a dark moody scene.
Low key set-up: main light from the right front to illuminate the whole scene; main light with a reflector to the left to bring light back into the shadows; spotlight on the central skull to brighten up the main subject.
Finally the lighting set-up for each shot were all put together to create the final image.
Remember as a kid playing with a Spirograph? It was a plastic geometric drawing kit that produced random circular patterns.
You can produce similar “Spirograph” patterns in photography using a fun light painting technique.
The idea is simple, you suspend a torch from a ceiling using string and set it swinging in a circular motion. The camera, positioned on the floor below the torch, records the light path of the torch. Take the shot using a long exposure in a darkened room to create geometric light paintings.
To create multiple patterns, simply cover the camera with a piece of card during the exposure and then rotate the light at a different angle before continuing the exposure.
Multi-coloured images can be produced by using different coloured lights, or adding a colour gradient in post production.
My images from the “Spirograph Photography” Workshop by Birr Photography Group in Craughwell’s Pub, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland on 4th February 2016.
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“Best of 2015” was the 2nd Annual Club Photography Competition held by Birr Photography Group at Craughwell’s Pub, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland on 21st January 2016.
The idea was for everyone to show one image from the last year that they considered to be one of their best. After all the images were viewed, everyone voted for their favourite top 3 and an overall winner, 2nd and 3rd place were awarded.
My image for the “Best of 2015” was a street scene from the Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny) in the Old Town of Krakow, Poland, with the Cloth Hall in the background. To my great delight, this image came first in the competition.
There were several of these street performers about the square making giant soap bubbles for the amusement of the children. But, what struck me as amusing about this one was that everyone seemed to be ignoring her except for this one unimpressed looking skate boy drinking a soda.
Other images of mine that I considered but did not enter into the competition:
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The Medical Supply Company Ltd. Calendar Photography Competition 2016.
My image of a Small Blue Butterfly taken at Rosses Point, County Sligo, Ireland on August 2015 was picked for the May entry.