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Demonstrations Against Water Charges

_DSC0259 copy Today was the demonstration in Killarney against unfair water charges. Serious speeches were made, people had fun AND most important it was peaceful. The Irish government is forcing these charges or to be more precise taxes on the public at a time when the public is bombarded with one tax increase after another. There is now the property tax which is astronomical. Public spending has been cut to the bone therefore public services will suffer particularly the health service.   (more…)...

Eight Steps to Success with Long Exposures

Sinister Mood1) If shooting on sand, push your tripod well down to stop it sinking during the exposure. 2) If it is windy, consider setting your tripod closer to the ground with legs splayed for greater stability. 3) Keep your lens filters clean, dirty or greasy filters will cause flare and spoil your image. 4) Turn off long exposure noise reduction in your camera's menu. It consumes double the amount of battery power, halves the number of frames you can make and is not as effective as using noise reduction software. 5) Use a polariser in conjunction with your 10-stop filter to lengthen the exposure by another two stops and to increase the contrast. 6) Turn off image stabilisation on your lens. It may actually cause...

Be Loyal to a Landscape

Over the years spent making landscape photographs, I developed a growing realisation that there are striking differences in the characteristics of light associated with different locations. I have spent hundreds of hours in and around Ross Castle, Killarney. I have a deep affection for this amazing landscape. I am intimately familiar with the compositional possibilities. Of the tens of photographs I have made here, this is perhaps my personal favourite. The scene before me resembled an oil painting, it became enchanting. Some of the most celebrated landscape photographers have realised a potent association between familiarity of place and depth of feeling translated in their resultant imagery. Perhaps we could all learn from their tenacity and start to photograph our own places; after all, photography is but another word for feeling. If you are...