I took a trip to Glendalough, one of my favourite places in Ireland yesterday, as part of a Canon event which was hosted by the renowned Landscape Photographer David Noton. It was very interesting to look at a place that I am very familiar with through someone else’s eyes. Canon allowed Participants to borrow some of their Camera Bodies and Lenses for the event, I borrowed a 5DS and a 24-70mm Lens, I also played with the other kit available, which was a lot of fun. I intend to re-visit Glendalough soon and spend a bit more time there taking photos. I will leave a link to David’s website below.
Bloom is an Irish Flower / Garden Festival in the style of Chelsea or Hampton Court Festivals in England. These are some of the Gardens that I enjoyed this year. The Garden at the bottom was this years winner. I always enjoy attending Bloom, this was my sixth year visiting. I have included the Websites for Bloom and City of Blackbirds for information.
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Last Saturday, the Camera Club and I went to the Copper Coast Geopark in Waterford to take some photos for an event we hold twice a year in the club. This is one of the things I enjoy most about being a member of a Camera Club. I shall post about the benefits of being a Member of a Camera Club at a later date. The weather was warm, dry and overcast. If you are in that part of Ireland, I would recommend visiting the area, as it is a beautiful part of the country. There was a Food Festival on in Dungarvan that weekend too, and the Waterford Greenway has recently opened, both of which are worth visiting if you are in Waterford.
The Copper Coast Geopark is described on it’s website as : “an outdoor museum of geological records; it stretches along the coast from Kilfarassy Beach, near Fenor in the east to Ballyvoile Beach near Stradbally to the west. Volcanoes, oceans, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the area.”
Today is World Pinhole Photography Day, so, as I can’t take any Pinhole photos today, I thought that I might share an old one I took. The shot below is a long exposure (40 minutes or so) pinhole image taken with a cardboard camera on 35mm film. To get this image, I attached the camera to the trolley and pushed it around our local supermarket as we did the weekly grocery shopping. I then processed this in my darkroom and scanned it for uploading. I thought this shot was a fun use of a pinhole camera, and that it might yield an interesting result. Pinhole photography is something that I am interested in and I hope to get better at it over time. One of the many things that I like about pinhole photography, is that it makes you see things in a different way, it is also good exercise for your photographic skills. I shall be adding posts about how to create pinhole photos in the future.
If you want to learn more about Pinhole Photography I have left the link to the World Pinhole Day site below:
As I was early and waiting to meet some people last weekend, I decided to pop into the National Photographic Archive in Meeting House Square. The new exhibition is of the history of Hot Press Magazine Covers, going all the way back to the first issue in 1977 (Hot Press is an Irish Music Magazine, a bit like NME or Rolling Stone). In total, this June there will have been one thousand covers. I was talking to one of the guys that was involved in putting this exhibition together, he told me that it will be hanging for the next five and a half months and that some covers have yet to be added, as they are waiting to be returned from being signed by the featured artist. I only had a few moments to look at it, but, I will be back to experience it properly. If you are a music fan and happen to be in Dublin looking for something to do, a trip to this Exhibition and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, which is around the corner from this Gallery, should be on your agenda. The larger picture below features the covers of artists that we have sadly lost over the years.
The 501st Legion were once again out on the streets of Dublin raising money for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. The Troop started at Geek Mart in the Central Hotel on Exchequer Street, where we bumped into Predator. Then the Troop moved around various shops and visited Georges Street Arcade, where Spiderman tried on a Marvel themed jacket. When the rain stopped the group Trooped to Grafton Street and had fun with people. As they say this group of people are ‘Bad Guys doing Good’.