13th August 2013

July has proved to be a busy month but not with the camera unfortunately. Hopefully August will allow more time with taking photographs.  Below are shots form across June and July. As always please let me know what you think or ask any questions.

This blog is also a first as it is being put together completely using my phone so I don’t have the settings of each shot with me. If there is any you want to know send me a message and when I get back to my laptop I will send them.on.

Sometimes the small details in nature catch my eye and has me wondering about how  it is all connected together.

 

Hanging On
Hanging On

 

When we growing up my family lived in Kilkenny and not far outside it there is a small park called Jenkinstown. We went down recently and discovered it has not changed much and they still keep Deer there. These two guys were very friendly.

 

Friends
Friends

 

As I have mentioned before I am part of Naas photography group. Over the Summer we have started to work with other community groups in town. We are working with the Tidy Towns Group to help promote the work they are doing and how good Naas can look. This shot is a close up of some of the flowers just outside the Town Hall.

 

Summer Colours
Summer Colours

 

And to finish here is a shot of the Town Hall at the moment.

 

 

Naas Town Hall
Naas Town Halle

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7th July 2013

Ok I did not realise it is over a month since my last blog!

On Sunday went for a drive and found my way to an area called Ballynafagh Lake, near Prosperous, Co. Kildare. Ballynafagh Lake is a man made lake that was built as part of the canal construction in the late 1700’s. It was used to keep the levels of the canal up as it made its way across Kildare.

It is a really beautiful area and I will be back again. There is an information board at the car park giving details of the history of the area, the wildlife and flowers that can be found around it. It finishes with the thought ‘Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints and kill nothing but time……..’

 

Settings : ISO, 50mm, f1.8, 1/250sec

 

Ballynafagh Walk
Ballynafagh Walk

 

ISO 200, 300mm, f5.6, 1/320sec

Morning Web
Morning Web

 

Settings : ISO 100, 50mm, f1.8, 1/160sec

Ballynafagh Butterfly
Ballynafagh Butterfly

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29th May 2013

Last weekend I decided to go back to one of my favourite spots from my childhood in Wicklow, Glenmalure. We didn’t go there as often as we went to Glendalough but the beauty of the place left an impression on me even as a child. I thought as I went down looking for Glenmalure I had a memory of climbing to the top of the hill on the right hand side. When I got there I think it must have been somewhere else I climbed to the top of! The weather Saturday morning turned out beautifully for taking photographs.

Settings : ISO 100, 54mm, f11, 1/25sec (Tripod Used)

Glenmalure Valley
Glenmalure Valley

 

This view is facing the opposite direction in the valley from the first. Just fantastic view where ever you look.

Settings : ISO 100, 18mm, f11, 1/30sec

Glenmalure Valley
Glenmalure Valley

 

The monument stone below is just at the car park at the entrance to the valley. I did not realise all three glens (Glendalough, Glenmalure & Glen of Imall)  in Wicklow were used during 1798 fighting. Lots of information if you google Glenmalure and 1798.

 

Glenmalure History
Glenmalure History

 

If you are interested in going down to the Glennalure here is the google maps view. Point B on the map is the valley, point A is the village Glenmalure.


View

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21st May 2013

At times when I am out with the camera I get so caught up watching what is happening I have to remind myself to take the pictures. Sunday evening was exactly like that. John Rapple who is the chairman of Naas Photography Group rang me to say there were new cygnets on the lake in town. I meet John down there and we spent well over an hour watching the parent swans minding their brood. It was a fantastic reminder of the wonder of mother nature in action. I eventually got around to take some photographs. I will add the settings later but to be honest I am not sure they are that relevant for these type of pictures. As always, comments questions welcome.

 

Mother and Baby
Mother and Baby
Proud Parents
Proud Parents

 

Can I have a lift please.....
Can I have a lift please…..

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17th May 2013

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.

 

Wicklow Vartry Reservoir
Wicklow Vartry Reservoir

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.

 

Wicklow Lough Bray Landscape
Wicklow Lough Bray Landscape

 

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.

Settings : ISO 100, 18mm, f22, 1/5 sec

 

Lough Bray Lakeside
Lough Bray Lakeside

 

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9th May 2013

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

Sumatran Tiger
Sumatran Tiger

 

This is the same tiger deciding we were not that interesting 🙂

Settings : ISO 400, 225mm, f5.0, 1/250sec

Sumatran Tiger Sleeping
Sumatran Tiger Sleeping

 

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

Californian Sea Lions
Californian Sea Lions

 

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

 

Mother & Baby
Mother & B

 

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.

Settings : ISO 400, 300mm, f5.6, 1/100sec

Sulawesi Crested Macaque
Sulawesi Crested Macaque

 
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4th April 2013

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

Elephants Dublin Zoo
Elephants Dublin Zoo

 

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.

Settings : ISO 200, 300mm, f5.6, 1/100 sec

Gorilla Dublin Zoo

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26th March 2013

Last weekend I decided not to go far from the home town in search of photograph. I decided to get up early on Sunday and go for a walk along the canal at the back of Naas. The idea was to check out what wildlife was around. Regularly along the canal bank there are posters put up by Irish Wildlife on what you can expect to see living around the canal. Unfortunately there was no sign of Foxes, Otters or the Grey Heron that is a regular sight normally. The lack of wildlife may have been related to the fact that it was very cold and after about 30 minutes I was beginning to wonder what I was doing down there as well! I then noticed this little Robin was watching me intently and seemed very happy to pose for me 🙂

 

Settings : ISO 1600, 300mm, f5.6, 1/40sec. I had the ISO up high as it was very cloudy and the Robin was in the shelter of the hedge.

Robin Watching Me!

 

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12th March 2013

This is a shot I did as an experiment for the photography club. I deliberately set out to break some key composition rules to see if I could still make an interesting picture. I took it from the beach at Kilcoole in County Wicklow facing out to sea. It was a lovely quiet morning with just me and the Gannets mostly. Let me know what you think.

Settings : ISO 200, 300mm, f11, 1/250sec.

Kilcoole Seascape Wicklow Landscape Photography Seascape Ireland Sea Paul O'Rourke Photography
Rule Breaker

 

 
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