‘In Costume’ Competition – April 2013

16 entries were submitted for the 'In Costume' competition at the Midleton Park Hotel on 23/4/13. Variety was in evidence as the members judged the projected images.

The members broke up into groups of 5 and looked through all the images quickly first so that everyone could get a flavour of the entries. They then went through them again slowly so each group could discuss the image and mark them out of 10 each on composition, lighting and creativity.

While scores were being totted up each photographer spoke about how they came to take their chosen image and how they lit the subject etc. With the scores tallied the winners were revealed: in 3rd place Vivian Lee with her image of a floating mask. In 2nd place Finbarr O'Shea with a photo of a child eating an apple, and in 1st place was  Mervyn Daly (February's third place) with an image of his daughter dressed as a Heath Ledger-style clown.

View all the competition entries in the slideshow below. Mouse over to see the photographers’ details  and to use the controls.

Well done to all the competitors.

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How I took that shot by Finbarr O’Shea

Full Moon Guileen.I took this shot last October, on one of my regular visits to Guileen - a small village located in south eastern coast of Ireland about 20 min. drive from Midleton and 5 min drive from Whitegate in Co. Cork. I was very lucky that day to see a beautiful sunset and full moon.

I used a Canon 5D mark 2 with a Canon EF16-35mm 2.8L lens. I also used a Cokin 121, 3 stops graduated neutral density filter to balance the contrast of the scene, a tripod, and shutter release cable. I locked up the mirror to reduce camera shake.

Camera was set on manual exposure at ISO 100 for 30 sec. at f8. Focal length was 35mm. The image was shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom 4 where I made slight adjustments to contrast, sharpening etc.

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Zero Gravity – a Photographer’s Best Friend?

As the International Space Station whizzes around the world, Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield has been snapping away at all sorts of interesting subjects from a viewpoint very few will ever get to. In the video below take particular note of how his cameras, even with big glass attached, just float in zero gravity. Photographers' bliss!

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A new look at Parcel Post

Have you ever ordered gear online and had it shipped to you? It' great when that parcel arrives and you finally get your mitts on it. Did you ever wonder about the route your parcel takes and the places it visits on its way to your doorstep?

Blogger, Ruben van der Vleuten did "so instead of sitting back I started a simple project to actually see it myself. I put a small camera in a box, build a timer circuit using Arduino and shipped it". Here is the result:

See the whole story here.

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