Glenbower Wood Shoot – 19/4/14

Twelve members turned out for our group shoot to Glenbower Woods in Killeagh yesterday. We were hoping to see some wildlife but didn't expect the show to start at our meeting point at The Midleton Park Hotel.

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When we arrived at 8am we were met by a duck and twelve ducklings waddling out of the hotel car park and heading for the river. While en route, two of the youngsters fell through a gap in the pavement into a four-foot deep manhole. A shovel was quickly produced, the manhole opened and the two ducklings rescued, all under the watchful gaze of mother duck and the other ten siblings who quacked with delight when they were reunited.

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We regrouped at Glenbower car park with the remainder of the group, took the mandatory group shot and set out through the woods. There was plenty of subject matter on display from the flowers and foliage to the stone bridge and river which meanders its way through the woods. A red squirrel was spotted but was unwilling to pose for a portrait while some members got creative with some panning shots.

All-in-all, an eventful morning and a great location.

 - Anthony O'Connor

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Group Meeting – 15/4/14


Last night's meeting at the Midleton Park Hotel saw another packed agenda and among the large attendance we were delighted to welcome three new members.

The main speaker of the night was railway enthusiast, Finbarr O'Neill, who showed his slideshow of various railway-related images captured all over the island of Ireland with both diesel and steam engines represented as well as some interesting railway architecture and engineering works. Finbarr spoke about the best places to photograph on the various railways around the country and also of outings by the steam preservation societies during which it's possible to make classic steam locomotive shots. Good pre-planning and a little bit of luck would seem to be the main requirements for this type of photography. You can see some of Finbarr's images at his Flickr page here.

Following Finbarr were Group members Karen Fleming and Finbarr O'Shea who presented slideshows of their own featuring macro, portraiture, landscapes and seascapes.

A mini bring and buy sale, held while teas and coffees were served, saw some brisk trading that would rival any scene in the Coal Quay or Moore St. - nothing like the chance of a bargain to get the blood flowing!

Thanks to all the speakers, those in attendance and The Midleton Park Hotel for a great evening.



Ballycotton Sunrise Shoot – 13/4/14

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The main party met at the Midleton Park Hotel at 5.30am and carpooled before proceeding to the pier at Ballycotton where we were joined by the remainder of the party at 6am.

The sun did not oblige on the day but we took a few shots around the lighthouse. As the light did not look like improving we called off the shoot at about 7.30am.

- Bill Sisk

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Shoot at Midleton RFC – 12/4/14

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ECCG turned out for Midleton RFC's final home game of the season against City of Armagh in Division 2b. Played in beautiful weather, it was preceded by a downpour which had us scurrying for rain gear. Bill Sisk chanced a shot however, which really captured the uncharacteristic scene:

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Unfortunately the home side lost 12-10.

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Lightroom goes Mobile!

Adobe today announced Lightroom Mobile which allows the synchronisation of files between the desktop application and your iPad. Images can be edited, on the go, with all edits and changes synced back to the Lightroom catalogue at home.

You'll need to download the Lightroom Mobile app from the Apple app store to your iPad and then download the latest version of Lightroom which is an update for Lightroom 5. Both the app and the update are free. You'll also need to set up an Adobe ID to sign in if you don't already have one. Then you sign in using the ID on the app and also on the desktop to allow both to sync with each other.

Adobe's design evangelist, Terry White gives an initial preview here:

Check out more on the Adobe site here.