29th January 2013

One of my favourite views, Dublin at night coming into land at Dublin airport. I took this last week on what will be hopefully be my last work related flight for a few months. I have tried several times to get this shot, this is the sharpest so far. The combination of coming in from the south and waiting until we got fairly low allowed me to fill the frame with the lights. Being a bit lower than previous attempts also allowed slightly more light in to the camera I think.

Settings  :  ISO 1600, 50mm, F2.0, 1/60sec. I did need to use noise reduction in lightroom to adjust for the ISO 1600.

Dublin Night Lights
Dublin Night Lights

 

In the spirit of trying new things here is the google map view of the area :

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21st January 2013

Here is a shot I took two weeks ago. One of the great things about living in Naas is it is only 40 minutes from Wicklow, which is commonly referred to as the Garden Of Ireland. The Round Tower in Glendalough is a popular subject for photographs. I decided to look for a different angle on the Round Tower and went for the framed shot. The tower is part of a historical site that dates from the 6th century. This site and the upper lake are one of the most popular tourist sites in Ireland. In my landscape gallery there is a shot of the upper lake that I took about two years ago when I was getting back into photography. Also if you are on Facebook and look at the page ‘Irish Weather Online’ you will see some fantastic shots of Wicklow & Glendalough with the current snowy conditions.

 

Technical Information : ISO 200, f5.6, 1/80 sec.

 

 

 

Round Tower Glendalough
Wicklow Ireland Glendalough Round Tower

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13th January 2013

Where I live in Ireland is in county Kildare. One of the popular sports/businesses in the county is horse racing. On Saturday the Naas Photography Club went to visit The Maddenstown Stud in The Curragh in county Kildare. The staff were brilliant and let us photograph any area we wanted. The shot below is the team going back to the stables after taking some of the horses for their morning gallop.

Settings on the shot were ISO 400, 300mm, f7.1, 1/200sec. I am pleased with the shallow dof even at f7.1. I just have one shot loaded on my website, for more photographs please look up either my facebook page ‘Paul O’Rourke Photography’or ‘Naas Photography Group’ Facebook page to see photographs from other club members.

 

After The Gallop
After The Gallop

 

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9th of January 2013

I am a little behind with doing a weekly blog but working on it. Last year I did an online course in Night Photography with Kent Weakly and found it very good. One of the areas covered was the blue hour. This is the time after the sun goes down when the sky is clear that you can get some nice shots with buildings that are lit up.

The shot is of our local parish church in Naas. The main body of the church dates from 1827 with the spire dating from 1858. It is in the middle of the town with primary and secondary schools either side of it.

I took the shot Tuesday evening as unusually for Ireland we had a clear evening sky in January! I also used a Cokin Graduated Grey filter (ND4) to emphasise the sky. Settings were ISO 200, 18mm, F18 and 20seconds. 

 

Naas Parish Church