Exhibition – Photographer of the Year 2014

AIB Finbarr O'Shea-3

An exhibition of images from East Cork Camera Group's Photographer of the Year competition, 2014 went on display recently at Allied Irish Banks, Main St, Midleton.

Comprising twenty-two images in all, the exhibition features the entire portfolio of ten images by Photographer of the Year, Karen Fleming as well as the twelve winning Category images.

Judging in the competition was carried out by Mr. John Finn, ARPS, Travel and Portrait photographer, Mr. Rowan Thornhill and pictures editor of The Evening Echo, Mr. Brian Lougheed.

aib4The exhibition opened on Monday 22/6/15 and will continue until Friday 3/7/15. Thereafter, it is hoped to display the exhibition in other centres around the East and North Cork area. A gallery of the images on display can be viewed here.

ECCG would like to thank the management and staff of AIB, Midleton for supporting the exhibition.



Ballycotton Island Tour – 16/06/15

BC Island Finbarr OShea-2

Ever since Ballycotton Island Tours began operating, it was only a matter of time before ECCG got around to going with them and that trip came about on Tuesday evening last, 16/6/15. Our plans of photographing the island and Ballycotton village bathed in a brilliant sunset were dashed when a sea fog set in and enveloped the top of the island. Undeterred, we set off from the pier in the capable hands of our skipper, Diarmuid Walsh, a crewman of the local lifeboat, and guide, Derry Keogh.

BC Lighthouse John Tait-1All suitably attired with life jackets and fully briefed in water and boat safety, we left the shelter of the harbour and headed out across the sound in the tour boat 'Yassy' to the island, which we were surprised to hear, is nearly a mile offshore. After the fifteen minute crossing, Diarmuid brought our boat gently alongside the island pier where we disembarked and began the steep climb to the lighthouse.

Derry provided a commentary on the history of the island as we climbed to the top which gave us a great appreciation of the hardship of life on the island for the lighthouse keepers who worked and lived there.

BC Lighthouse Noelle Lowney-4On reaching the top, we entered the lighthouse and climbed the steps to the balcony, the scene of two marriage proposals since the tours began! The only connections on our minds however were those between the island and the mainland which we couldn't see with the fog. We could only ponder then on the magnificent views we were missing but, never ones to be beaten, we explored the area and concentrated on shooting the buildings and wildlife which all provided an abundance of variety.

BC Lighthouse Denis Barry-8Having spent some time at the top, we eventually made our way back down to the pier and went on a short boat trip around the East of the Island and encountered the island's small goat herd perched precariously on narrow rocks many meters above the water.

BC Lighthouse John Tait-8
As dusk settled in the bay, the light in the lighthouse came on and shone its familiar signal through the fog. Diarmuid took his cue and headed for home landing us safely back at the pier.

While disappointed with the poor weather, we were delighted to have done the trip and had seen enough to know that a return trip in better weather is something we will definitely do in the near future.

Ballycotton Lighthouse Tours operate tours daily to the island, weather permitting, and all details can be found at their website, www.ballycottonislandlighthousetours.com.

Click here to see our full gallery of images from the trip. Enjoy!



Whitegate Regatta – 14/6/15

Whitegate Rgta Noelle Lowney-5

On a bright sunny afternoon on Sunday June 14th 2015, the annual rowing championship regatta, rescheduled from May, took place in Whitegate, East Cork. The Whitegate Rowing Club, a member of the Coastal Rowing Association, were the hosts for the event and member clubs from the region travelled to the village to participate in this very competitive championship event. Some of the well known rowing clubs that took part were Blackrock, East Ferry and Cobh Fisherman’s as well as the local Whitegate club.

Enthusiasts from East and West Cork gathered to cheer on the crews from the various clubs. There were 19 races in total on the day with crews ranging from mixed vets, under12’s, 14’s and 21’s, senior and junior men and women, intermediate men and women and other categories.

ECCG were on hand to capture the event from start to finish from different vantage points around the village including Sawmills Pier, the Whitegate clubhouse and strand.  A fantastic regatta, with glorious weather on the day, was enjoyed by both rowing supporters and ourselves alike.

See the gallery of images from the event here. Enjoy!

- Noelle Lowney



How I Took That Shot – Noelle Lowney

Noelle Lowney took first place in Grade C in our fourth internal competition of the year recently. The theme was 'Vintage' and this is how she made the image:

19_Noelle Lowneey

My initial thoughts for a vintage themed image for the competition ranged from shooting a classic car, an antique camera, 1915 binoculars and even a 1902 spinning wheel! I wanted to shoot an image that would denote the past and be representative of the years gone by.

Between the jigs and the reels taking several shots of vintage cars, steam trains and other antiquities I finally decided on an image of a lady dressed in clothing which provided a glimpse of what the fashion was like from the early part of the 1900’s. This image was taken in Cobh last month during a poignant re-enactment of the Lusitania funeral procession of those victims who perished in the 1915 tragedy. The subject of this image was part of the funeral cortege and I took the shot of this lady while her eyes were not focussed on or looking directly at the camera.

I initially shot the image in Monochrome (Black and White) and then imported to Lightroom where I adjusted the saturation, contrast and sharpness of the image. I then wanted to give the image a historic ‘oldie worldly’ feel and chose Sepia/Antique toning to give the photo this effect.

Shot in RAW with a Canon EOS 1200d camera with a 55mm to 250mm lens, F/6.3, 1/260sec, ISO 400, Focal Length 215mm.

Well done Noelle

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


How I Took That Shot – Kevin Day

For the third time this year, Kevin Day took first place in Grade B in our internal competitions. This time around, in our fourth internal competition of the year, the theme was 'Vintage' and this is how he made the image:

17_Kevin Day

I was walking past a  small second hand shop in Cork the previous week and I just spotted an old camera in the window. With 'Vintage' in mind, I bought the old ‘bellows Kodak  autographic' for  €40.

A neighbour of mine was willing to pose and dress accordingly and, to complete the scene, what better than a vintage bottle of ‘Midleton Very Rare’?

I used   a couple of lights – no flash.

50 mm prime   F 2.8     1/15  ISO  2000

Well done Kevin


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