Happy Birthday Photoshop!

Photoshop is 25 years old today!

In this special episode of Adobe Creative Cloud TV, Terry White, Principal Worldwide Design & Photography Evangelist for Adobe Systems, celebrates Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary with a demo of Photoshop 1.0 to show us just how far Photoshop has come in 25 years

Head over to Terry's blog for more on the anniversary.


St. Finbarre’s Cathedral, Cork – 14/2/15

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St. Finbarre's Cathedral, situated near the heart of Cork City, was the venue for the ECCG shoot on 14th February 2015. The cathedral, built in 1863 by the Victorian architect William Bruges, was dedicated to St. Fin Barre, replacing a previous building which once stood on the same spot believed to be the site of a monastery founded by St. Fin Barre in the 7th century.

The present building is from the neo gothic period made from Cork limestone, marble as well as Bath Stone. The exterior, with its spiky spires, gurning gargoyles and rich sculpture contribute to it's magnificent presence and stature.

The grandeur continues inside with noteworthy features of marble floor mosaics, stained glass windows, elaborate and colourful paintings on the sanctuary ceiling. Gus, our guide, was on hand to give us a history of the building and it's magnificent artifacts, including over 1,200 sculptures, an ornate pulpit, an elaborate oak Bishop's throne, and an organ with 4,000 pipes located in the upstairs gallery which is currently closed for renovations unfortunately. Quirky items include a 24lb cannonball suspended from a chain representative of the legacy of the Siege of Cork in 1690. The sheer splendour and ostentatious interior of this building was certainly a challenge for us to photograph.

After the cathedral visit the shoot continued nearby at the 17th century star shaped Elizabeth fort located off Barrack street. The fort was built after the battle of Kinsale in 1601 and named after Queen Elizabeth 1st and served as a prominent defensive fortification outside the city's walls. Cork city eventually grew around the fort which has taken on various other roles over the years - including use as a military barracks, prison and Garda Station.  The fort's location and vantage point over the city made it ideal vantage point for great shots of Cork city.

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- Noelle Lowney


Ballycotton Sunrise – 8/2/15

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Our weekend shoot took us to Ballycotton for sunrise on Sunday 8th Feb. 2015 and another installment in our Lighthouse’s project.

We set out from our meeting point at the Midleton Park Hotel at 6:45am and, having regrouped at Shanagarry, ten members in all headed for Ballycotton.

The forecast had looked promising and with high tide just passed, we arrived at Silver Strand at 7:25am for the 8am sunrise. However, as has happened all too often lately, heavy cloud lay over the horizon and it was clear we would not have the conditions we experienced at Church Bay two weeks previously.

After a brief discussion, some members opted to stay at Silver Strand while the remainder headed to the spot known locally as “The Men's Bathing Place” on the cliff road, to get a closer view of the lighthouse.

Despite the disappointing sky there are always options at Ballycotton and a great morning was had by all.

This location will be worth a revisit later in the year. See the images below. Enjoy!


     - Anthony O'Connor


ECCG Welcomes Martin Janowski


East Cork Camera Group were pleased to welcome local photographer, Martin Janowski to our scheduled meeting at the Midleton Park Hotel on Tuesday 3/2/15. Martin gave a presentation of his work which is a rich diversification as can be seen on his website.

Based in Whitegate, Martin is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, specialising in people, interior and architectural photography.

Find out more about Martin at the following links:

m. 0851196916
e.   info@maannphotography.com
w.   www.maannphotography.com
f.    www.facebook.com/MaannPhotography
t.    https://twitter.com/MaannPhotograph
g+  https://plus.google.com/118203280989167478375



Carrigtwohill Point to Point – 1/2/15

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On February 1st 2015, the Point to Point bandwagon rolled on to the new course located at Ballyvodock, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork for the Pigeon Hill and Carrigtwohill P2P. This race meeting, organised by the United Hunt, is considered to be one of the premier meetings on the Southern circuit and was the venue for the first of the February 2015 ECCG shoots.

The new course is a  left handed, galloping track covering two and half circuits over 9 furlongs with a slight up hill finish. On the whole, the event was well supported and attracted a huge crowd from the local area to watch the six races run on the day.

Once again the P2P event enjoyed favourable weather conditions with bright sunny skies and, while it was a cold but a glorious day, the exciting races warmed up punters and non punters alike. ECCG members were treated to some exciting photo opportunities not being deterred by the cold element and mucky conditions. Some exciting equine, sporting images were captured on the day, from all angles to say the least, even some from ground level!

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- Noelle Lowney