Shoot at Lismore – 22/2/14

Lismore ECCG. 006ECCG members travelled to the picturesque town of Lismore, Co. Waterford on Saturday 22/2/14. Given that more bad weather was forecast for the afternoon, coupled with the minor detail of an Ireland v England Triple Crown decider at 4pm, we arrived in Lismore shortly after 9am with the intention of avoiding one and making the other!

As ever, the hallmark of this charming heritage town, even on a cold and overcast day, was the tidiness and cleanliness evident everywhere - a fact that betrays an underlying vibrant community spirit and pride and suggests the town could reclaim its 2004 title of Ireland's Tidiest Town any time it wants.

lismore-6A stroll around the town revealed photo opportunities at every turn - Lismore Castle, The Blackwater, the weir, St. Carthage's Cathedral, the park, etc, etc. While happy to just ramble around and shoot, a friendly, local couple, on seeing my camera, kindly advised me of some great local sights to shoot which I would never have found on my own.

lismore-10Having spent the morning around the town and at the Ballysaggartmore Towers nearby, it was time to adjourn for lunch to The Malt Bar in The Lismore House Hotel where we were served by the delightful Marie Ahearne who, having delivered first class customer service, was gracious enough to agree to an impromptu portrait sitting!

Between its friendly people, picturesque locations and almost tangible heritage, Lismore has quite a bit to offer. A 'must visit' town for everyone, it is a photographer's paradise and any time spent there will be richly rewarded with images, varied and unique.

Take a moment to view some images from our trip below. Mouse over the image to activate the slide show controls.


Photos by Tom Arnott, Denis Barry, Joe Carr, Kevin Day, Joseph Keniry, Finbarr O'Shea, Bill Sisk and John Tait.


David and Michael Hegarty

The members at last Tuesday nights Group meeting were treated to two great talks as David and Michael Hegarty (no relation), took the floor.


David Hegarty is an amateur photographer based in Cork. Self taught, his photographic interests are wide, varying from Landscape to Events and most genres in between. His presentation was an eclectic mix of colour and gesture, heavily influenced by his close association with the artist community in Cork City. His images of new bands and DJs performing in Cork showed a great command of the use of flash while 'dragging the shutter' to mix in the ambient light and was an interesting insight into the nightlife of the city.

David's presentation was fresh and interesting and was very well received by the Group. We are delighted that he took the time to share his photography and knowledge with us and we look forward to working with him again. See David's Flickr Gallery here.

ECCG member, Michael Hegarty, had the difficult and unenviable job of following David with a short presentation of his own.


Though he rates himself as a beginner with little technical knowledge, his images betrayed a 'keen eye' for a photograph which, arguably, outweighs any technical 'know-how'.

Behind everyone of Michael's images was a story, a place and a reason why each one was taken. With images from Cork to the U.S., Europe and beyond, Michael's presentation was enjoyable and informative and rounded off the night on a high note. Well done Michael.




ECCG Blog Reaches the “100” Milestone


Earlier today, the 100th post on this blog was published, a milestone that seemed very far off in the distance when the idea of a blog for the Group, to bring photography-related news and information to members of the Group and beyond, was mooted back in January of 2013 .

On 1/3/13, the first post about a Group 'food' competition appeared with a view to perhaps, publishing one post per week thereafter, if possible. Less than twelve months later and we have nearly doubled that expectation, which will probably be achieved and exceeded by the time 1/3/14 comes round.

As in any undertaking, its success is down to many. Thanks to all the contributors, all the readers and all who have supported the blog over the past twelve months.

Roll on milestone number 200!!


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Workshop

lightroom-workshopWith the recent run of poor weather, which has led to the cancellation of a number of shoots, it was decided a safer bet to remain indoors this weekend for our second workshop of the year.

And so we headed to the comfort of the Midleton Park Hotel where our chairman Denis Barry presented a 3 hour workshop covering the basics of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the industry standard software for organising, enhancing and sharing images.

Eight ECCG members were treated to a walk through of the basics from file import including tethered shooting through to image enhancement, geotagging, creating a photo book, printing and producing a slideshow and web gallery.

Thanks to Denis for a very educational morning.