Camera Club Memberships

I am a member of a Camera Club, and I am thrilled that I joined one, as my photographic knowledge has improved dramatically, due to the proximity of people with the same interest in photography. Most clubs have a number of guest speakers over the course of the year, who will explain their specialist field, as well as giving you their workflows and inspiration. There are also competitions in the Club to enter, which is great for receiving constructive criticism from an expert in the field featured in the competition, I love seeing how people interpret the competition title. It is also great fun to go out with a group of Photographers and bounce ideas off each other and to see how different people approach taking photos. The style of photos that a group of people take are always diverse, even if they are looking at the same thing, simply because people see in their own way. The opportunity to learn about things that you may not have known had any relation to photography is huge too. Membership of a Camera Club has opened doors for me to go and photograph things and events that would not have been available to me as an individual.  Our Club will be holding it’s annual Exhibition starting next week, which I will post about at the time.

If you are interested in joining one in Ireland, here is a list of Irish Photographic Federation affiliated Camera Clubs for 2017:, All other countries will have a similar list of Camera Clubs.

Copper Coast Geo Park

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.”


Waterford Safari

Waterford Walls Project


World Pinhole Day 2017

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:


Russborough House

Yesterday we took a trip to the always interesting Russborough House in Wicklow. I have been here many times, but today was the first time that they allowed photography during the tour of the house. Our Guide Iris was an incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the House from the Mitford Sisters up to present day, including the four robberies that the Art Collection suffered over the years including the notorious Martin Cahill’s robbery too. There are so many things to do at Russborough House, from a Maze, walled garden, walks, playground, artisan shops and workshops, The National Bird of Prey Centre, as well as a Cafe. On some occasions, I have seen Polo Cross being played in the grounds of the house. If you are looking for a place to visit with either guests or your family, I think everyone will find something to enjoy at Russborough House.

The website for Russborough House is:

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Wicklow Drive 

A friend of mine and I went for a drive around Wicklow today. We visited Lough Dan, Lough Tay and Lough Bray. We also paid a visit to the Glencree Centre for Peace and Recocilation, where we had a cup of tea and a sandwich. There was a short river walk with an interesting bridge, which was beckoning us to walk across it. When you are in Glencree, you really should visit the German Cemetry in Glencree, so we did that too. Thankfully the weather was lovely today, which made the whole day even more pleasant.

I have attached below some photos from the drive.

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