The weekend before last the Naas Photography Group decided to go up to the Phoenix Park in Dublin to photograph the deer. It was the end of the rutting season and it was fascinating to watch the male deer challenge each other.
The Phoenix Park is just on the edge of Dublin and at 1,750 acres it is one the largest walled parks in Europe. The fallow deer have been in the park since the 17th century.
We had a good time photographing the deer although it was hard to get good shots of them challenging each other.
Just before the end of 2013 we went to Dublin Zoo with my brothers and their families. The Zoo is favourite spot of ours and all the children love it. As well as the Zoo animals if you keep your eyes open you can see a lot of other animals as well.
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The Grey Heron
There are a lot of wild Grey Herons around the zoo. They have worked out between the seal lion/penguin feeding and the outdoor tables at the restaurants there is a lot of free food around. This guy was very calm and allowed people get very close. I got as close as I could to ensure the background would be blurry to make the Heron stand out more.
We visit the zoo regularly and most times we see Squirrels running around but I never get a clear photograph of them. The joke in the family is to shout Squirrel everytime we see one or miss one 🙂 Dont know if it was the cold weather or if this guy was hungry but I got two photographs of this guy. As far as I know this is the grey squirrel.
Californian Sea Lions
I know the blog is about other animals than the zoo animals but I always love spending time watching the Seal Lions. They are so graceful in the water.
These are very common in Ireland, most gardens would have one or two. This guy kept following us for at least 3-4 minutes. Not sure if he wanted his picture taken or was looking for food…
As the year goes on and life gets busy it is hard to keep everything going. I do really need to focus back on keeping the blog up to date!
Last weekend we were back in one of our favourite places, Dublin Zoo. As mentioned on a previous blog we find the animals are more active during the colder weather and as the weather was warm (for Ireland ) at the weekend the animals were a bit subdued but we still enjoyed our time there. There was not much direct sunlight so it did make getting photographs easier as you did not have to worry as much about reflections off the glass, although at times I had the ISO set to 400.
The first two shots are of a Sumatran Tiger. There are fantastic looking animal and even though this one was relaxing he was very impressive to watch. According to the notes in Zoo the Sumatran tigers love to swim and they are the only tiger that has webbing on their paws to help with the swimming.
Settings : ISO 400, 300mm, f5.6, 1/250sec
This is the same tiger deciding we were not that interesting 🙂
Settings : ISO 400, 225mm, f5.0, 1/250sec
Normally with the Californian Sea Lions the challenge is to get a clear shot of them as they are usually swimming under water. No such challenge on this trip!
Settings : ISO 100, 150mm, f5.0, 1/160sec
One of the things I really like about Dublin Zoo is the large number of breeding programs they are involved in across a lot of the species they have. I forgot to take note of which type of monkey these are, if anyone does know please leave a comment. They were indoors and in very low light so I pushed the ISO to the highest setting on my camera.
Settings : ISO 1600, 70mm, f4.0, 1/60sec
Finally when I started back at the photography a few years ago I got a similar shot to this but I was using a smaller lens. When I took this first I was thinking there is the monkey do the same thing. Then it occurred to me he probably looked across and thought there’s your man taking the same picture again 🙂 Oh the monkey is a Sulawesi Crested Macaque.
So I have missed a week for the first time since I started the blog. The plan is to do a second blog during the week to balance it out. The shot is from the same time as the night shots of Dublin back at the end of February. I entered this shot in a competition but as I have not heard back I assume it is safe to put up on the web. It is the middle of Dublin on O’Connell Street around 8:30pm. I was looking to capture Dublin on the move although with the Luas I did not need to keep the shutter open for too long.
I am late with this week’s blog. Normally I post on a Monday or Tuesday but due to another photography project I could not reach on it. At the weekend we went to one of our favourite spots, Dublin Zoo. The sunshine was out so there were lots of photo opportunities. The Zoo can be a great place for photographs. We have noticed down through the years the animals seem to be more active in the cold months rather than the summer.
The Elephants are always very popular but after waiting for a few minutes I managed to get a clear spot to take pictures from. I always like to fill the frame with a few Elephants, trying to catch the interaction between them.
Settings : ISO 100, 200mm, f5.0, 1/200sec
In the last year or two Dublin Zoo has developed a whole new area for the Gorillas and it is fantastic. They have a lot more room to move around in and it is built so they have plenty of cover to hide behind. This is great for them as it is closer to their natural habitat but makes getting photographs a lot more difficult. This shot is one of a few I got as they made their way back towards their enclosure for the evening.
Night photography and buildings are one of my favourite types of photography. I was fascinated from an early stage of the idea of being able to photograph in low light, I spent a lot of money going through high speed film with very mixed results!
Custom House Quay, George’s Quay and the Samuel Beckett bridge are close to Dublin City centre and are very popular with photographers. Last weekend I got to spend a few hours taking shots. Below are two of the shots. I will load more to the galleries later in the week.
George’s Quay, Millenium Spire, Custom House Quay.
This was taken from the Sean O’Casey pedestrian bridge which is a relatively new bridge in Dublin. It allows great views up and down the river Liffey.
Settings : ISO 400, 18mm, f14, 8 Sec.
Custom House and IFSC
The Custom House is a favourite subject of mine to photograph. Going back through my photographs I am sure there are several versions at least! This time I found a set of steps going down to the Liffey so I was more or less at river level when I took this shot which is slightly different angle from previous attempts.
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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.
In the spirit of trying new things here is the google map view of the area :