Golf, if you can call it that.

The Angeline Meehan Golf Classic has been an Irish International tradition since before I joined the company. It’s a bit of craic. A company day out on the golf course, or alternatively, a walk around Howth head, followed by drinks and dinner, and more drinks. The day out is a very important part of my rigorous, once a year golf practise regime.

Here’s how myself and my team mates got on this time, Friday June 30th 2017.

And for a more rounded view of the day, here’s the commemorative video I made for the 2015 event.

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Happy Days

No doubt there are more beautiful places on earth, but on days like this, with company like this, I can’t think of any.

Dublin goes green

Paddy’s Day eve. I stopped off at the Convention centre to capture a bit of green white and orange. I thought my bike was looking pretty fetching too, so I took a few snaps of that while I was there.


Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

On the second night of a night shoot last week, I took this at about 12.30am in Grand Canal Square, in front of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.

It’s a bit noisy, because the GoPro currently won’t expose longer than 1/4sec when shooting RAW. Kinda frustrating since it can stay open for 60 seconds when shooting to JPG, but hopefully they’ll sort that out with a firmware update soon.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, was until 1922 the seat of the UK government’s administration in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. Most of it dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland (1171–1541), the Kingdom of Ireland (1541–1800), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1800–1922).

After the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, the complex was ceremonially handed over to the newly formed Provisional Government led by Michael Collins.

St. Teresa’s Church of the Discalced Carmelites

Tucked away behind Grafton Street in the centre of Dublin, this is just one of several beautiful alcoves within the church.


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Minus one, plus one

There are some things we do well in Meath, and fog is one of them. I was out for a few hours earlier, and it was bloody cold. Got home, lit the fire and made a big dinner of steak and roasties and I was about to sit down and get cozy when I looked out the window. Thick fog, with a golden glow from the streetlights. So I had to grab the camera and head out. I ended up spending about an hour and a half taking these shots. That’s a long time to be basically standing still in minus one degrees, but I think it was worth it and the fire’s all the nicer now that I’m back inside.

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Home sweet home
Home sweet home

Slackers

I happened upon these guys in Merrion Square on Saturday. As far as I know (which isn’t very far), Slackline walking is even harder than Tightrope walking, which itself, is very hard indeed. These guys were very good at not falling off their lines and they had a lot of fun, floating above Merrion Square for the afternoon.

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Costa deLouth

Some shots taken while on holidays in Port Oriel, August 2016. It’s incredible how quickly the weather pivots – it now feels like a proper autumn, and these balmy evenings are long gone.

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Sunset, Termonfeckin
Sunset, Termonfeckin
Top of the hill, Termonfeckin
Top of the hill, Clogherhead.
Vapour trails.
Vapour trails. Clogherhead.
Walkway at night.
Walkway at night.
Deep and dark
Deep and dark
Four minutes of solitude.
Four minutes of solitude.
Resting Place. The Irish Trader.
Resting Place. The Irish Trader.
The last ten minutes.
The last ten minutes.
Catching sunset. Port Oriel.
Catching sunset. Port Oriel.
Pippa, with a fresh haircut. Missed a spot on her tail though.
Pippa, with a fresh haircut. Missed a spot on her tail though.

Seen unseen

Here’s a couple of short timelapse videos I shot today. Just tests really. I was experimenting with long exposure shots using neutral density filters to cut down the light. In this first one outside the office, I shot a sequence of 6 second exposures at 8 second intervals. Watch it in 4K full resolution.

After that, I was in the mood for more, so I shot a sequence down on Sandymount strand, but kept the exposures short to get nice sharp clouds.

East of Eden

Can’t complain about the weather. Really. It’s been pretty rainy these past few days, but it’s warm rain, so that’s not so bad. We have had some gorgeous days and nights this summer so far. Here’s a few shots I took a few weeks back (may 26th). In the summer, you have to be working pretty late to catch a sunset on the way home, but when you do, it’s hard not to stop and take a few snaps. These were taken on the Liffey, near the East Link bridge. The beautiful U.S.C.G. Eagle was visiting at the time.

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Putting myself in harm’s way, for safety’s sake

Here’s a set of videos I shot recently at Irish International for the Road Safety Authority (RSA), to help raise awareness of cyclist’s safety on the road. They were published through the RSA’s social channels during National Bike Week (11th-19th June 2016).

The scenes look dangerous, from the cyclist’s perspective, intentionally. These videos were shot in 360 to give people a first-hand view of what it’s like, when motorists aren’t aware of cyclists or don’t consider their safety. Although there’s plenty of opportunity to observe this kind of behaviour during the course of an average cycle on Irish roads, I did bring along a driver to play the part of the inconsiderate motorist.

I don’t get a chance to cycle often, so it was an eye-opening experience for me. Some of the hazards weren’t actually that apparent while on the bike. When you’re cycling, you tend to focus on the road and the repetitive effort. Quite often you may be listening to music and you may place your trust in other road users to avoid you. Cycling along the country road, I was less aware of the traffic coming from behind, so the potential threat is more obvious in the video. But of course, it was there, even if it wasn’t on my mind at the time. What was also very interesting about this project, was to place the camera on the car, and see what it looked like from the driver’s perspective. The camera was mounted on the driver’s door (in the ‘door-opening’ video) and on the front wing of the car in the overtake video, giving a clearer view than you’d normally get from the driver’s seat.

I’m looking forward to making more of these kinds of videos in the future. 360 VR is a fantastic medium for providing not just an informational piece of film, but also an experience that is a lot closer to actually being involved in the action.

At this time, 360 video is not natively supported on Twitter or Instagram, so I also made non-360 versions for use on those platforms. Working with 360 footage gives you a range of views to select your shots from. From a single sequence, I was able to edit shots looking forwards and also looking backwards from the camera position. 360 video is supported on Facebook and YouTube, as well as many other networks. Some browsers or operating systems, such as Safari, may not allow you to view these videos.

These were shot with a Ricoh Theta S – a deservedly popular entry level 360 camera. It’s a small, light, pocketable camera that is extremely easy to use. It can take decent quality still images. The video output isn’t as good as you’d like it. It shoots HD, and the raw footage looks clean enough, if shot in decent lighting conditions. The 360 player engines in YouTube or Facebook produce a noticeable degradation in quality. This is a rapidly developing area, with many 360 cameras already on the market and some that capture video in 4k. Over the coming months, many more are due to be released and I’m looking forward to getting one of those as soon as possible. However, with the majority of social content being viewed on smartphones, the quality of the Theta video is good enough for now. I would expect support for 360 (with VR options) to be widely, or even universally supported over the next year or so and also for the quality of the picture to improve substantially through the main platforms.

Here are the non-360 edits of the videos.

 

 

Point to Point

I got the new(ish) 103X bus in this morning. It comes into town through the port tunnel, so I hopped out at the Point Depot and walked up to work via the East Link. Nice day for a stroll – a long enough walk that I could almost call it exercise, and I took a few snaps along the way.

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Grand stretch in the evenings

Yesterday started out snowing. Most of the afternoon, it pounded down hailstones, and then, the evening turned out like this. What can I say? It’s Ireland.

I’d planned to go shoot some time-lapse clips for a video we’re doing, so I had to hang about in work till nearly 9pm before it was time to go out and catch some darkness. I got the clips I was looking for and, as a bonus, some pretty nice still shots too. There was a flashy Ferrari parked outside the Marker – I think it had something to do with the Gumball3000 rally – and it made for a nice prop in a few of the shots.

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Trinity after hours

Passing through Trinity college last night around 6.30pm, I got a few nice shots. There’s a fair bit of light in the sky over the city and the longish exposures give a nice smudgy effect to the clouds as well as helping to make passing people invisible.

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