Winner Alright! Photowalk Competition Winner Selected

East Cork Camera Group participated for the first time this year in the 7th annual Scott Kelby Annual Photowalk on Saturday 11/10/2014. All those who participated were eligible to submit one image to the local competition for a one-year's subscription to 'KelbyOne' online training service, for everything photography and beyond, worth $250. The winner would also be automatically entered into the worldwide competition for some fantastic prizes.

The deadline for submissions was 27/10/14 and once the closing date had passed it was time to select the winner which was not an easy task. Eventually, however, one was separated from the rest so congratulations, Finbarr O'Shea who submitted the 'fishy' entry below!

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Well done to all those who joined us on the day, commiserations to the competition runners up and, once more, well done Finbarr and the best of luck in the worldwide competition.

See the Midleton Photowalk Flickr Gallery here

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John Finn, ARPS, visits ECCG

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John Finn and Denis Barry

ECCG were delighted to welcome Carrigtwohill-based photographer, John Finn, ARPS, to our scheduled meeting at the Midleton Park Hotel on Tuesday 21/10/14.

Being a long-standing stalwart of the photographic community, John was long since on our wish list of speakers and, when he attained his Associate membership of the Royal Photographic Society earlier this year, it was definitely time to extend the invitation which he immediately accepted.

It is a pleasure indeed to listen to a speaker who knows his or her topic intimately, has complete command of the subject and can deliver the message with passion, enthusiasm and humour and this, in a nutshell, is what John delivered to us in his presentation.

He started with the trials and tribulations and eventual elation of achieving his ARPS Distinction and then moved on to show examples of his other work including the lighthouses of Ireland, art nude, travel, infra red, macro and street photography. All exquisite, all inspiring but none more so than the sight and sound of a person who has already spent decades taking photographs and still retains the enthusiasm to push on, try something different and see where the new roads lead.

Every now and then we photographers need an injection of inspiration to keep going and we thank John for providing it in abundance on this occasion.

You can follow John and see his work on his website, blog and Flickr gallery at the links below.

Website:          http://www.johnfinnphotography.com/

Blog:                carrigman.wordpress.com

Flickr Gallery:   http://www.johnfinnphotography.com/section619148.html

 

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World Wide Photo Walk 2014

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The 7th annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, a global, social, photographic walk event took place last weekend on Saturday October 11th 2014. Photo walkers participated in over a 1,000 cities and towns worldwide for this global event. The purpose of the global photo walk was to raise funds for the ‘Springs of Hope’ orphanage in Kenya with all photo walkers being asked to donate $1 on registration for the event.

The ECCG joined similar groups worldwide on the same day in Midleton. We gathered at the Midleton Park Hotel on a sunny Saturday morning before the start where we were briefed on the route and the types of photographs we could expect to get. At 11am we set off down the Old Cork Road to the town centre. The route included - the gyratory, the ‘Goose’s Acre’, the farmers market, Main Street, Thomas Street, Connolly Street, Church Lane, Distillery Lane, The Jameson Experience, St Mary’s Road, Broderick Street and Riverside Way.

Noelle Lowney-4Our first stop was to take photographs at the bridge over the Owenacurra River. After that, we made our way to the Farmer’s Market located off the Hospital Road to capture the hustle and bustle there. Every Saturday people throng to this area to purchase a variety of locally produced foods and other gourmet specialties from local farmers and food producers. Here we took a lot of images of an array of colourful stalls and their produce together with capturing the vibrancy and buzz of people meeting up to chat and spend time in this thriving environment.

Noelle Lowney-33From the Farmer’s market we proceeded to the top of the Main Street taking shots of notable historic buildings mainly the imposing red brick and terra cotta structure of the AIB building built in 1899 and located opposite the Courthouse. As we walked down the Main Street we stopped to take photos of the various shops and side streets as well as people who were happy for us take their photos. Another historic building on our route along the Main street was the Library (previously the Town Hall) built in 1789 and identifiable by a weather cock of larch on top of the clock tower. Some of us made our way to Distillery Lane and onto The Jameson Experience taking shots of the large copper pot still outside the main building there.

John Tait-15Around 1pm we made our way up St Mary’s Road to the Catholic church of the Most Holy Rosary, a large grey limestone building distinguished by a 166 foot spire. The Church interior was awesome with its Gothic style of pointed arches and curved lines, timber ceilings and decorated stone and granite pillars. We momentarily took shots of this magnificent interior before being met by Monsignor Goold who allowed us entry to the upstairs choir gallery. Once we made our way up the spiraling stone stairway, we were able to take shots from a higher angle with a panoramic view of the total Church with the altar and wood carved pulpit and decorated tile flooring in the centre against a background of magnificent large stained glassed windows. Behind us was the large pipe organ in the Gallery originally built in the 1800’s undertook a major rebuild in 2009.

Anthony OConnor-26When finished at the Church we made our way down to the next stop of our photo walk which was the St John the Baptist church located in Church Lane. This church was erected in 1825 and is believed to be built on the site of the Cistercian Abbey. At this location shots were taken of the graveyard and the interior of the church with its arched stained glass windows, rows of pews and 3 aisles to the carved oak screen and pulpit at the top end of the church.

Shortly after 2pm we embarked on the last leg of our photo walk along Riverside Way taking various shots of the river, people walking and cycling on the pathway and sitting at benches all enjoying the fine weather.  We completed our photo walk at the Midleton Park Hotel where we started almost 4 hours before.

- Noelle Lowney

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View a full selection of our PhotoWalk images on our Flickr Group here.

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Bodypainting Event – Cork – 5/10/14

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The twelfth Bodypainting Jam was organised in Cork's Camden Palace on Sunday 5th October 2014. Camden Palace is a large community arts centre located on Camden Quay across the river from the Opera House.

Bodypainting Cork  are a group of artists and models formed in 2010 when they started to arrange regular bodypainting jams in a large heated room at Camden Palace. Between 40 and 60 people attend each jam. It is not a competition. They do it just for the fun of it and it is free to take part, since everyone volunteers their time and skill. However they each give a modest donation to Camden Palace to help them with their bills. Artists provide their own paints, sponges and brushes and share their paints with artists who are doing this for the first time.

We arrived in the venue at about 3:30pm on a rainy afternoon. The artists were hard at work getting the models ready and you could see that they had been a long time at the prep work. We were given free movement around the venue and got to see the models getting painted as well as when they were completed. The artists and their willing models got ready in a room on the ground floor and one, by one, made their way up the stairs to the well-lit first floor open plan area. The natural light was great and a lot of shots taken both of the painted bodies and their creators. The standard was really high with some very different styles from Goth to grass to ghosts to just plain mad! The energy was really high and it was obvious that  everyone involved was enjoying themselves and very proud of their work. Plenty of interesting areas to get some great shots in different light conditions.

Sonmez Belge-37The first challenge was how to start the first communication with the models before taking a few shots, It was also my first body painting event and I did not know any of the models or the artists. However I encouraged myself and asked one of the models if she would like to pose for me and her reaction was " OF COURSE YOU CAN "  which encouraged me a lot.

As there was plenty of natural light, I started to shoot models by the windows and took them to different places around the ballroom. There was a piano at the corner which was a great location for shooting and I also used the stairs in the building.

Sonmez Belge-52The models were extremely easy going and willing to pose in a variety of ways. They gave me feedback that they really loved that I was giving them direction for the shots.

When it comes to equipment and the technique, I used a 50mm 1.8 and 24-70  2.8 on a Nikon D610. Most of my photos were taken with the 50mm at 1.8 as it gives great results in low light conditions. I always use Aperture Priority Mode when I shoot portraits to exclude background. My ISO was from 400 to 800 with some shots taken at 1000 ISO, especially at the end of the event as it got darker and we had less light the room.

I post processed the photos in Photoshop, mainly some colour adjustments, as I wanted to keep original colours and represent the real work of the artists. I have received some great feedback from the body painting group and from the models.

I am already looking forward the next body painting event in January and this time I will be more experienced more comfortable and will manage the time smarter as, unfortunately, time was not enough to shoot all the models. Special thanks to the models, artists and David Hegarty who supported us and guided us before and after the event.

- Sonnmez Belge & Matt Dornan

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