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Sunday Photoshoot

Decided to do some product and toy photography today. things like watches and phones are definitely a challenge due to light reflecting from the surface.

The articulation on the new Hasbro Blackseries Action Figures has really improved but i do with they would move away from plastic robes in favour of material/cloth. The plastic robes on the Dark Rey figure really makes posing difficult.

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Baby Charlie

I was delighted to be asked to introduce Charlie to the world.

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Jack Daniels Silver Select

I picked up this bottle of whiskey about 15 years ago while on honeymoon and it has remained unopened since. I was always looking for the right occasions but never really had one. I was planning on opening this year because we “survived 2020” but it looks like 2021 is bringing us more of the same LOL. So I’ll keep it for another 9 years and open on my 25th wedding anniversary.

this selection of photos will show before and after shots. the intention is to create a composite image using one light positioned camera right and then again at camera left. both images would be merged in Photoshop. the first image in each par will show the unedited photo. the second the edited photo that will be used in the final composition. the differences between each image are subtle but if you look at each you can see the rim light on the edge of the bottle and the glass. then in the final image the rim light can be seen on both sides.

Speed Light camera Left

Speed light camera Right

The Final image

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Star Wars Toy Helmets

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since I was a child. I’ve seen all movies and TV shows, played a significant number of video games, read most books written in the universe that George Lucas gave us in 1977. The stories themselves are no different than any other that tracks the protagonist as he/she embarks on the Hero’s Journey. For me it was the fact that a simple farm boy could overcome an evil Empire.

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the quality of the recent trilogy. love them or hate them they are part of the wonderful world that is Star Wars.

May the Force be with you, Always.

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Landscape nature

Oristown Bog, Co. Meath.

I’ve always loved being outdoors, just wandering about seeing the multitude of differences in a small area. Yesterday I spent a few hours walking through Oristwon Bog in Co Meath. it was full of the expected and the unexpected.

Historically speaking this bogland was divided among resettled Irish many generations ago. Some have since sold on their rights others can trace their ownership to all the way back.

Unfortunately like many bog lands this is also used as a dumping site but the local Navan conservation society are working to clear it up which is great news. this particular bog also has a checkered past when the remains Brendan Megraw, one of The Disappeared were located in 2014.

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The Child

I’ve always been a fan of the Star Wars Franchise. I’ve read pretty much every novel published, played a multitude of videogames growing up, table top games, watched every movie multiple times. I even tolerate Jar Jar Binks and whinging Anakin in the prequels. in essence I am a geek at heart.

The news that Disney were putting together a TV show expanding on the franchise was music to my ears, that show was The Mandalorian. It’s safe to say that the star of that show was not the lead actor but instead The Child more affectionately known as “Baby Yoda”.

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In the Garden

I often find myself thinking “what can I make photos of” or “I’ve nothing to shoot” So during this Covid-19 lockdown I decided to get out and and explore my own garden.

living in a rural part of Ireland really does have its benefits when it comes to nature, my garden is constantly full of wildlife from birds to wild rabbits. you dont need expensive equipment to make these images just some time and patience.

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Fore Abbey Co West Meath.

Fore Abbey is the old Benedictine Abbey ruin just outside the town of Mullingar. Fore is the anglicised version of the Irish name that signifies “the town of the water-springs” and was given to the area after Saint Feichin’s spring which is next to the old church. It was St. Feichin who founded the ancient Fore Abbey around 630. By 665 there were 300 monks living in the community.

In the 13th century Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath and landlord built a Bendictine priory nearby. Many of the remaining buildings are from the 15th century and have been restored throughout this century. This priory was dedicated to both St Feichin and St Taurin, the Évreux.

The Abbey is also noted for what locals call its 7 wonders:

The monastery built upon the bog.
The mill without a race. St. Fechin reportedly caused water to flow from the ground and operate a mill that had no visible water supply – in reality water from Lough Lene flows through the ground.
The water that flows uphill. St. Fechin reportedly used his staff to make the water flow uphill
The tree that has three branches/the tree that won’t burn. Pilgrims place coins in it, giving it the name “the copper tree.”
The water that doesn’t boil in St Fechin’s holy well.
The anchorite in a cell
The lintel-stone raised by St. Fechin’s prayers.

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Orange Slices

Delighted to place first, second and third again in the Navan Camera club competition. This month’s theme was circles. I found this a little difficult to start but the more you look around you the shapes will begin to form.  Sometimes you will need to think creatively but you’ll get there.

Firs Place “Orange Slice”

Second Place “its Love”

Third Place “Balls”

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2019 Wrap Up

2019 was a slow period for me regarding photography, mostly because of work pressures and what not. Hopefully 2020 brings with it some changes in that regard.  my successes this year include placing in the top 10% of contributors on viewbug.com, my images placed both first and second in two rounds of Navan Camera Clubs photography competitions, two of my images were selected by Cavan Society for prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) for their 2019 Christmas cards and 2020 calendar and I’ve had a student from Maynooth University ask to use one of my images in their annual Thesis. So overall I’m happy with the year overall.

What does 2020 hold? Hopefully I’ll expand on my portraiture work throughout the year, feel free to contact me if you’re interested in getting some images made. Toy photography is also something I want to explore more in 2020, I am continually amazed by the creativity of other artists that use toys as their medium for expression, from the likes of the amazing Mitchel Wu, Hari Hawk, Jared Middleton and a plethora of others. Jared’s Instagram feed @sirdork730 was one of the first photographers I had seen, using simple action figures, air and firecrackers to create realistic images and was the inspiration for me starting down that path. In addition to using off the shelf action figures and toys there are also an abundance of accessories diorama creatives and playsets available from the likes of

Instaprintdiorama, Extreme Sets and also Galactic Trading Post. Blow are a selection of images I took over the holiday period when I had some spare time between selection boxes and turkey sandwiches.