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.
As you may have noticed from previous blogs I spend a lot of time around Wicklow driving the car or motorbike. While the photographs here are not the best technically and hopefully on another day it would be clearer I thought it was interesting to get an overall shot of the area I spend so much time in 🙂
This shot is of Vartry Reservoir and it is located near the village of Roundwood. When I saw it first I thought it was the Blessington lakes but checking details on google maps tonight and I am happy it is the reservoir.
I have the ISO at 400 as I wanted a relatively faster shutter speed to reduce shake/vibration from the flight. The setting of f11 was to attempt to get sharpness across the landscape but shooting through the window I think negates some of that.
Settings : ISO 400, 55m, f11, 1/160sec.
These are Lough Bray Upper and Lough Bray lower. Until I checked Google maps I thought there was only one Lough Bray so you learn something new every day !
Again I had the ISO at 400 to allow for the shutter speed, vibration etc.
Actually last year I went up to Lough Bray on the motorbike to take a shot of Lough Bray from the lakeside. Checking the dates it was in May as well. Tricky bit it was a 15 minute walk across fields to get to it. I used a tripod to ensure a clear shot so this allowed the shutter speed to be slow.
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.