Blackwater – Western Shores Shoot – 26/14/15

Finbarr OShea Blackwater Shoot 26-04-15-5

On Sunday last, we gathered at Youghal Bridge, Rhincrew area where the Blackwater empties into the sea. The western shore of this famous river was to be our project for day. We would explore the castles, bridges and woods of this ‘Irish Rhine’  from Youghal to Cappoquin, famous for it’s salmon fishing.

The river itself rises in the Mullaghareirk mountains in county Kerry at 750 feet above sea level and travels for 105 miles, firstly in an easterly direction. That’s an average fall of  7 feet in every mile! Then at Cappoquin, it takes a ninety degree turn southwards to Youghal. It passes through Rathmore, Mallow, Fermoy, Lismore and Cappoquin. In years gone by, it was used to transport coal from Wales and the schooners would take timber on the return journey. Much of the river is tidal, so the ships would unload and reload while sitting on mud, then wait for the high tide to sail again. Some might take half a load in Cappoquin and fill it up, downstream in deeper waters.

James Brady Blackwater Shoot 26-04-15-2Our first stop was Templemichael. Here, we visited the ruin of a 14th century Geraldine castle where Walter Raleigh often stayed. There are the remains of a lovely spiral staircase there, with many limestone steps still in place. Here we met a local man, who filled us in on the history and stories of the area.

Alongside the castle is a church. This was lent to Catholics while the nearby Glendine church was being renovated. After that, it fell into a state of disrepair. We crossed a small tributary, The Toorig, and stopped briefly at the quaint Glendine church.

Jim Curtin Blackwater 26-04-15-4Onwards to Ballynatray Estate where, by kind permission, we visited Molana Abbey which was founded in 501AD. It is rumoured that leader of the Normans, Raymond Le Gros, is buried here!

From here, we enjoyed the wonderful Ballynatray House a bright yellow hue against the green hill behind, which is available for weddings and other events. It has its own boat house and salmon weir.

Next, was old Strancally Castle and then new Strancally Castle 1834 and Keep. After that, the road climbed and we had spectacular views of the river. Next, we crossed ‘The Bride’ using ‘Camphire Bridge’.The Bride is the main tributary and is navigable for 7 miles. Here, we got some nice shots of the stacks of reeds by the riverside being dried, ready for thatching.

We photographed Dromana House, high above the Backwater where the Bride joins in. Here, it is said, the old lady, Countess of Desmond lived to 112 years when she fell off a tree and died tragically.

Kevin Day - Blackwater-18Finally, we arrived in Cappoquin, as planned in time for our sunset and we were not disappointed. Some of us went down to the slip at the rowing club where we had the choice of shooting west along the river, towards the the 6 arch road bridge or south towards the long since decommissioned 5 arch railway viaduct with steel spans.

It turned into a spectacular sunset. Some of the members went on to Lismore and got great shots there also.

See our gallery from the shoot here. Enjoy!

- Kevin Day

 

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How I Took That Shot – James Brady

James Brady took first place in Grade C in our third internal competition of the year recently. The theme was 'Night' and this is how he made the image:

James Brady - Night Competition

Having thought about taking a shot like this for some time, the opportunity arose upon hearing about the night themed internal competition to get stuck in. With tripod firmly secured in the rear of my car, I set my camera to manual focus, locked on the dashboard. With the lens at its widest focal length, I dialled in my settings and hit the road.

Having spent a few evenings of trial and error, I eventually decided that St Patrick's street in the city had the most to offer regarding light and colour to achieve the results I wanted. After many loops of the same area with camera and radio triggers hard at work, I finally struck gold with an image with very little camera shake.

The image was processed with Picasa, involving an increase in saturation and sharpness, and a minor crop to tighten things up. I also blacked out a small section of the rear view mirror to hide myself!

Camera: Nikon D5100, 18-105mm @18mm.
Settings: M, 4s @ f8, ISO 400, centre weighted metering, manual focus.

Well done James.

See also:
How I took that Shot - Finbarr O'Shea
How I took that Shot - Kevin Day
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2015 League Table

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How I Took That Shot – Kevin Day

Kevin Day took first place in Grade B in our third internal competition of the year recently. The theme was 'Night' and this is how he made the image:

Kevin Day - Night Competition

Last year, when I heard there was a super moon on the way, I decided to head for Ballycotton. Silver strand seemed like a good option, the night was very calm, hardly a ripple in the water. I liked how the church was lit up in the distance and the moon reflecting on the water and of course the light house played it’s part.

I took various shots with different clouds, the tide was dropping quickly, eventually I settled on this one because it had the right light and the right cloud. I entered this shot because I thought it best matched the theme of the competition.

30 sec F20 50 mm ISO 250

Well done Kevin

See also:
How I took that Shot - Finbarr O'Shea
How I took that Shot - James Brady
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2015 League Table

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How I Took That Shot – Finbarr O’Shea

In one of the most exciting vote counts the Group has seen in recent times, Finbarr O'Shea came from behind to win Grade A in our third internal competition of the year by a single point in the very last vote, with the beautiful image below. The theme was 'Night' and this is how he made it:

Finbarr OShea - Night Competition

My picture for the night competition was the cruise ship, Celebrity Eclipse.The picture was taken in May 2010 when the ship stayed overnight at Cobh cruise terminal.

The photo was taken with a Canon 5d mk2 with a 24/70 lens at 55mm, F5.6, 1 sec, ISO 200, on a tripod.

Well done Finbarr

See also:
How I took that Shot - Kevin Day
How I took that Shot - James Brady
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2015 League Table

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ECCG ‘Night’ Competition – 21/04/2015

'Night' was the theme of the third internal competition of 2015 held at the Midleton Park Hotel on Tuesday 21/4/15. Following two viewings of the twenty two entries, marks were awarded which yielded the following results:

Night Competition Results

Grade A was a very close race indeed which saw Anthony O'Connor going into an early lead only to be pipped at the post by one single point by Finbarr O'Shea in the very final vote! Fidelma Read took third place.

Night Competition Winners

Finbarr O'Shea - Winner Grade A

Kevin Day had his second win of the year in Grade B with Trevor O'Connell and Denis O'Flynn taking second and third respectively.

James Brady took first in Grade C while Catherine Millad and RJ Mani took second and third.

The overall high scores across all three Grades were a repetition of the Grade A placings with Finbarr O'Shea, Anthony O'Connor and Fidelma Read taking the honours.

Well done to all entrants and congratulations to those who occupied the first, second and third spots in each Grade who will get 12, 10 and 8 points respectively towards this year's Photographer of the Year competition.

The image below is the overall winning entry by Finbarr O'Shea. Click the image to see all the entries. Enjoy!

Finbarr OShea - Night Competition

See also:
How I took that Shot - Finbarr O'Shea
How I took that Shot - Kevin Day
How I took that Shot - James Brady
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2015 League Table

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