Dancin’ in the moonlight

Another rock’n’roll saturday night – out late and ending with me stumbling around in the dark in a field in the middle of nowhere. Reminds me of the good old days šŸ˜‰ These were taken at about 1am last night just outside Ratoath. They’re taken with a Canon 6D, 20mm f2.8 lens set to f7.1,…

Taking a close look at the garden

I often think that macro lenses are kinda cheating. Point them at virtually anything, and it looks great. Or maybe it’s just me. But I am a bit of a sucker for a shallow shot. (Taken with a Sigma 70-300mm macro lens on a Canon 6D)

Lovely beach evenings

You can’t beat a sunset walk on the beach. Generally, you get the whole place to yourself. You’re getting exercise and fresh air, there’s a soothing soundtrack of gently lapping waves, the dogs are having the craic – and of course, there’s a pretty spectacular 360 degree view. Don’t think I’ll ever tire of it….

Calm before the storm

Last night was a beautiful clear evening, after a very unsettled day. I popped out for a relaxing walk at sundown and took some lovely peaceful long-exposure shots on the rocks, near Clogherhead. All is calm, all is bright. Today, we went back up that way when the tide was in again. The wind was…

Sunny South East

I had the pleasure of paying a flying visit to Ballydwan in Co. Waterford on monday. It’s on the south coast of Ireland and it’s shockingly beautiful. It’s amazing that even on such a tiny Isle as this, a few hours drive can bring you to somewhere where the light, atmosphereĀ andĀ landscapeĀ are noticeably different. Of course,…

Checking in on an old friend

Last Sunday’s walk took us down the beach, past Termonfeckin to Baltray. We persevered against a strong headwind and the threat of rain and it all worked out fine. The ship is a great marker to encourage you down what would otherwise be a fairly featureless course. Not that that’s a bad thing – the…

Strength in numbers

I’ve recently discovered the ‘Photomerge’ function in Photoshop, unlike Liberty Lane, which I’ve known about for a long time. There’s some unbelievable talent on display down there, and it changes often. It’s parallel to Camden Street, behind Whelans and perpendicular to Kevin Street, near the college. Check it out if you’re in the area. ‘Photomerge’…

It’s amazing what a difference a bit of weather makes

Going outside for 20Ā minutes never seems that appealing during the winter, which normally lasts about 8 months in Ireland, but this week it’s been delightful. And it is a huge help, having the beach two minutes walk away. The sea, sand and sun are brilliant of course, but it’s also very refreshing seeing so many…

Doin’ the strand

Here’s a little hyperlapse video I took during yesterday’s lunchtime walk along Sandymount strand. Every now and then, you have to pause to marvel at the amazing things smartphones let us do. I’m not saying this video is amazing, I’m just playing, but the range of things you can now do, effortlessly, with one small…

It’s a dog’s life

A few shots of Mimi and Pippa on the beach, saturday evening, September 27th 2014.

Sun setting on the summer

On the beach on saturday night (Sept 20th). The days are much shorter now – these shots were taken around 7.30pm. It was an amazing, indian summer weekend. Hopefully the good weather will stick around for a while longer, even if the light has faded.

Searching for Northern Lights

The radio on saturday said there was a strong chance of the Northern Lights being visible over Ireland. So I was keeping an eye out the window. There wasn’t much to see, and it was impossible to pick anything out, from all the light spilling out of sitting rooms and streetlights, but some of the…

Beaches are good in the daytime too

I spend a lot of time on the beaches of Clogherhead, Termonfeckin and Baltray, I’m happy to say. And recently I’ve been taking a lot of shots at twilight, and loving the colours. But I also love the more muted tones you get throughout the day. Here are a few shots taken while walking along…

Glimpses caught through gaps in hedges

Irish roads can be dangerous. twists, turns, dips, potholes, mud, loose chippings and view-obscuring hedges are just some of the plentiful hazards. In the countryside, those hedges are peppered with gaps and gates, and if you’re driving at any kind of speed, those gaps can be like little subliminal blips of beauty, giving micro-second scenes…

One way ticket to darkness

Hanging out with the Irish Trader wreck, as the sun goes down could become a bit of a regular thing for me. When the tide’s out, there’s a beautiful, serene atmosphere down there. Only downside is, by the time it gets too dark to photograph, it’s also too dark to find your way home. Some…