Emulsive Santa 2017!

I have previously posted about Emulsive, however, I did not refer to their Annual Secret Santa, called Emulsive Santa. Today, Emulsive announced the Offical Launch of this year’s Secret Santa. This will be the third year of this fun event. This Secret Santa is for lovers of film and the analog process. I have included the post from Emulsive below so that you can get all the correct information about how to take part. I have been a player for all three events and I enjoy the excitement it creates on the Emulsive feeds.

To sign up, you just need to fill in the form attached in the post below, then sign up to Elfster and make sure you send a gift worth a minimum of €10/#10/¢10 as well as some local sweets to your recipient. Don’t be a bad Santa! I love that this event connects people from all over the world who enjoy Film Photography.




Archaeological Dig

The UCD Department of Archaeology has been running a dig in Glendalough since 2014. Over the last two years they have given volunteers an opportunity to get involved and to help them dig the site. I had initially heard of this Project last year, however, I was unable to take part as all the spaces available had been booked out, so I promised myself that I would try to get involved this year. It was a great experience and I now have even more respect for Archaeologists than I had before. All the Archaeologists were generous with their expertise and had endless patience with the volunteers. They also ran a Big Dig for children.



Touch Rugby Summer Draft

I had a great day taking photos at the Donnybrook Touch Rugby Clubs Summer Draft. Sometimes taking dynamic photos of Rugby can be tricky, as the players are moving quickly, you want to show the pace and excitement of the game. This is an area of photography that I want to improve upon and hopefully produce interesting photographs of in the future. I have included a link to the club, should you wish to join them.





Kilmacanogue Horse Show

I attended the Annual Kilmacanogue Horse Show in Enniskerry a couple of weeks ago. This is my local show and I have always enjoyed it. All the money raised went to a long list of about ten charities. I try to attend this show every year if possible, as it is such a lovely event. I was only able to stay for a couple of hours this year. It is a great event to enter or just visit.

The settings I used for these shots were: ISO 100, F8, at 1/200 Sec at 50mm on a Canon 5D Mkii.


Bray Air Show

The Bray Air Show took place a couple of weekends again, I went on Saturday to take some photos. The view from the top of Bray Head was perfect, as the more than forty planes flew straight past you and sometimes below you too. I had never been to this air show before and I was impressed by the agility of these planes. This airshow is becoming one of the largest airshows in Europe. It is worth going to, if you get the opportunity. I tried to pan when I was taking these photos in an attempt to keep up with the aircraft.

The settings I used for this event were: ISO 800,F6.3 at 1/5000 sec, with a 500mm lens, on a Canon 5D Mkii.


Monkstown Castle

Another tour I took part in during the Summer of Heritage was one of Monkstown Castle. I was very familiar with this building, so I was curious as to learn about the history of the ruins. The first castle built here was built by the Cistercian Monks of St Mary’s Abbey at the centre of a large farm between the 14th and 15th centuries. When King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1539 Monkstown had a number of owners, including some high profile people in Irish history.  The Cheevers family (a French Norman family who also owned both Dalkey Castle and Bullock Harbour Castle), General Edmund Ludlow (Cromwell’s Master of the Horse in Ireland) and Michael Boyle, Primate, and Lord Chancellor of Ireland. This castle evolved from being a functional building to being a more grandiose residence. The Cheevers had the castle taken off them by Henry VIII, they had it returned to them later on, they moved back in for a while, but finally left it permanently. Today however, all that remains is the gatehouse and the 3 story tower, which once formed one side of a large hall. The tree you see in the bottom image was shown on a map of the area in the 1700’s.



Carrickbrennan Graveyard

As part of the Summer of Heritage, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown have opened up Carrickbrennan Graveyard for tours every Tuesday and Thursday. I joined one of the tours last week, and it was fascinating. I have passed the gate that leads to this location many, many times in the past without realising what it led to. I am glad that the mystery is solved. This is a small graveyard started by the Cistercian Monks in the 6th Century, that is packed with history and amazing stories. The line of Irish Yews leads you down through the centre of the graveyard. This site includes the ruins of a church and has a building that was used as a guardhouse for the security men that were hired by families of the descendants to watch for bodysnatchers for a few days after the deceased had been buried. I know, yuck! Grave robbing was a very profitable business at the time, and the proximity of Monkstown to the port of Dun Laoghaire meant that bodies could be easily and quickly shipped to England. There is a number of people buried here who died in maritime disasters, which include many of the 267 souls lost in the sinking of the ‘Rochdale’ and the 120 Soldiers that were lost on the ‘Prince of Wales’, both sinking occurred on the 19th of November 1807, as well as the crew of five from the ‘Ajax’, who were all swept out to sea with their Captain (John McNeil Boyd, buried in St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin) on the 9th of February 1861. Roger Casement’s sister is also resting here, she died at the age of four, a few months before Roger was born. Another character who is located in this graveyard is Joseph Holt, who was a leader of the United Irishmen, he took part in the 1798 Rebellion in Wicklow. I am constantly fascinated by the history we pass by on a daily basis without realising it. The Cistercian Monks were also involved in Monkstown Castle, which will be the subject of a separate post.\

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