Day-trip to Kilkenny and Carlow

On Saturday 29/6/13, ten members of the Group made a day-trip to Counties Kilkenny and Carlow. First stop was Ireland's only Reptile Village Conservation Zoo in Gowran, Co. Kilkenny.


A large range of exotic creatures from Tarantulas to Crocodiles were on display and the helpful and enthusiastic staff, who imparted their extensive knowledge of the animals to us, made it very easy to get some images to remember.

The Reptile Village is easy to find and really worth a trip for the photographer and non-photographer alike.

Get all the details on their website here.

Next stop on our journey was the Woodlands Falconry Bird of Prey Centre in the Rathwood Home and Garden Centre on the Shillelagh Road, Tullow, Co. Carlow, where eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls, etc were on display. To experience the beauty and elegance of these majestic birds was worth the admission alone but the chance to make some images of the birds, both while static and in flight, was absolutely fabulous.

We walked through the woods accompanied by an eagle, owl and hawk and made some images of the birds in their natural surroundings. Trying to get images of the birds in flight was a real challenge but really enjoyable and fantastic to get so close to these magnificent creatures as they swooped, literally millimeters, above our heads.

Many thanks to falconers, Tommy and Carol, who were most accommodating and really facilitated the Group during our visit. Again, we couldn't over recommend this centre for both photographers and non-photographers alike.

Get all the details of the Woodlands Falconry Bird of Prey Centre here.



A great day was had by all and many notes were made of possible future photographic forays on the road to and from.

All photos on this post by Denis Barry. Check back for more pics soon.

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‘Reflections’ Competition – June 2013

Tuesday 25/6/13 was our last club meeting before the summer break. The judging for our third internal competition for 2013, which was themed 'Reflections', was held. A total of 16 high quality entries were received on the night.

The members present viewed the projected images and discussed each image as it appeared on screen before giving it a mark out of ten each on Creativity, Composition and Lighting giving a possible score of thirty marks overall.

Following the judging and while the votes were being tallied by the committee members, chairperson, Tom Tattan went through each of the images on screen again and while each photographer recounted how they came to produce the final images.

First place went to Anthony O'Connor with a night shot of Ballycotton, Co. Cork. Second place went to Fidelma Read who stunned us all with a gorgeous image captured on her iPhone. Third place went to Karen Fleming for her image of a delicately lit flower on a mirror.

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Well done to the winners and all entrants. Click here for full post and slideshow of all entries.


Getting a Different Perspective – Joe McNally

Internationally acclaimed photographer, Joe McNally's career has spanned over 30 years. In that time he has shot for all the big publications including National Geographic, Life and Sports Illustrated.

In the weeks following 9/11, he created a project titled 'Faces of Ground Zero' using the world's only giant, eight feet wide and twelve feet long, Polaroid camera to produce life-sized (9'x4') portraits of a cross section of first responders, survivors and relatives of victims, which were subsequently exhibited and published in a book to raise funds for the relief effort. This is an excellent publication and, at the time of writing, is still available online. The video below gives an indication of how this project was put together.

Faces of Ground Zero
from Henry English on Vimeo.

A master of light, Joe has a knack for going the extra mile to get a different perspective in his images. To see what I mean and get a flavour of the man and the photographer, take a look at the following videos:

If you ever get the chance to attend one of Joe's workshops, grab it with both hands; his enthusiasm and humorous style alone will make it worth the admission.

Visit Joe's Website here
Visit Joe's Blog here
Visit Joe's YouTube Channel here
Visit the Faces of Ground Zero website here
Listen to a podcast with Joe about the Faces of Ground Zero project here