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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.

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CPOTY Round 4 & IPF Distinctions

Round 4 of the annual Breffni Camera Club was held recently and I am delighted to have this image come second overall in the Intermediate section

Lonsome tree

I’d also like to extend my congratulations to all new successful IPF distinction holders that were awarded last weekend. While I was not successful myself it was an enjoyable experience and i recieved invaluable feedback from the judging panel

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Breffni Camera Club CPOTY round 2 and other news

Round two of the Breffni Club Photographer of the year too place last night.  Another great round with some superb images by all members.  This round was Monochrome Open Themed and was adjudicated by the wonderfulk Judy Boyle . After Judging Judy made a presentation of her stunning work, one panel of which was made using no post processing what so ever.  I’d highly recommend checking her work out you will not be disappointed.

 

I had three images entered. All three scored well and this one of Barkley came 3rd with a score of 10.  Suffice to say he received extra treats when I got home last night.

 

Barkley having a lazy afternoon

 

In other news I’m currently hard at work putting togetehr a short list for an LIPF panel in March 2019. more to come on that as it occurs.

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Breffni Camera Club Open Day

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Breffni Camera Club Photographer of the Year 5

The Breffni Camera Club year came to a close last week with the final round of the Club Photographer of the Year competition. Macro Photography is the technique of making rally close up photos of small objects or animals such and insects.

 

Absolutely delighted to have one of my images, Orange Slice placed second in this round against some stiff competition from fellow members.

 

Orange Slice

More samples of Macro Photography can be found in the Macro Gallery page on this site.

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Sig Sauer P226 E2

In 1975, Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG) entered into an agreement with German gun manufacturer J.P. Sauer & Sohn to develop and market a new handgun which became known as the P220. The P226 is a variant of that same design.

The P226 was designed for entry into the XM9 Service Pistol Trials that were held in 1984 on behalf of the US armed forces to find a replacement for multiple makes of handgun in US military service. Only the Beretta 92SBF and the SIG P226 satisfactorily completed the trials. Wile the Beretta 92 was selected as the side arm of choice the Navy SEALs later chose to adopt the P226 as the P226 MK25 with special corrosion protection.It is also favoured by the Irsh Army Ranger Wing, An Gard Siochana Organised Crime Bureau and Emergency Response Units.

Introduced at the 2010 the P226 E2 at the time was a significant update to the P226 line.A reduced grip size and reduced reach trigger bring the trigger face back. Other standard features include the Short Reset Trigger, aggressive grip finish texture, and a new wrap-around, one-piece grip panel configuration.

 

Sig Sauer P226 E2 with flash bang

Sig Sauer P226 E2

Sig Sauer P226 E2

Sig Sauer P226 E2 with flash bang & Helmet

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Breffni Camera Club Photogropher of the Year 2017-2018 Round 1

Last night was the first round of the CPOTY competition in Breffni Camera club. I’ve moved up to the Intermediate group this year and to be honest I was daunted by the prospect of being considered alongside such talented photographers. Well my fears were well founded.  The talent displayed last night has me shaking in my boots and at the same time excited when I see the images from members in the Beginners category, there are images here that would sit well in the Intermediate group and give us all a run for our money.  Some great feed back by guest judge Richard Hatch from richardhatchphotography.com  some great feedback given.

 

My entries for the evening were well received and I came out with a score of 8/10 for each.

 

 

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Mount Jerome Cemetery

 

The other day when we were walking by the graveyard near the house you asked me if I thought, we would ever die. And if life and love both fade so predictably, we’ve made ourselves a kind of predictable lie. So I pictured us like corpses lying side by side in pieces in some dark and lonely plot under a bough. We looked so silly there all decomposed, half turned to dust in tattered clothes, though we probably look just as silly now.

The Airborne Toxic Event. 2011. “The Graveyard Near The House” Mikel Jollett, 2011. on All At Once.

 

The name of the cemetery comes from the estate of Stephen Jerome, who was vicar of St. Kevin’s Parish in Harold’s cross in 1639. Mount Jerome was opened in 1836 and was originally intended to be in Dublin’s Pheonix Park. The first burial took place on 19th September 1836 of the infant twins of Matthew Pollock. While it initially was a non-denominational cemetery it later became the main protestant cemetery in Dublin mainly because of the sizable Protestant population in the Harold’s cross area.

Because it opened during the Victorian period, the monuments are an expression of the success of the middle classes from that period. Because of this the cemetery has one of the finest collections of Victorian memorials, tombs, vaults and crypts in Ireland.

 

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Pet Portrait Session

Had a grest time making photos of this guy. Such a wonderful dog and so very playful.