How I Took that Shot – Noelle Lowney

Noelle Lowney came first in Grade B in our recent 'Beautiful Blur' competition with the shot above. This is how she made the image:

The shot was taken at the Cahermore Pier in West Cork whilst visiting the Beara Peninsula. It is a little pier located  5 miles outside Castletownbere on the main road to Allihies. It was a windy, blustery day and the tide was fully in. The camera was mounted on a tripod and using a ND Filter I took a number of shots using different shutter speeds to try and capture the motion of the waves as they thrashed the pier hard. It was a challenge to get the image not to mention trying to keep the tripod still and holding onto the camera for dear life

The image was taken with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Camera settings - F/16, Exposure 24 secs ISO 100. Focal Length 24mm.

Well done Noelle!

Click here to see a gallery of images from the competition. Enjoy!

See also:
How I took that Shot - Trevor O'Connell
How I took that Shot - Jim Curtin
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2016 League Table

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How I Took that Shot – Trevor O’Connell

Trevor O'Connell - Beautiful Blur

ECCG member, Trevor O'Connell came first in Grade A in our recent 'Beautiful Blur' competition with the beautiful image above. This is how he did it:

This was an opportunistic shot,

I took the boys out for a walk in Rostellan woods one day and I brought my camera with my 150-600 mm lens along in the hope I might get a shot of a red squirrel (there are quite a few jumping around the treetops there).

BeautifulBlurSettingsAs we were navigating through a particularly narrow and muddy part of the woods we found ourselves enveloped by this long purple heather (I think), so I dropped back from the boys and set my focal length to 200mm and f/5.6 focused on Matthew and took the shot knowing that most of the flowers would be out of focus due to the long focal length and large aperture.

In post, (using Adobe Lightroom) I sucked some saturation out of the greens (I hate saturated greens) and brightened up and sharpened the centre.

It could probably do with being cropped in tighter to draw more attention to the boys as there is a lot of wasted space around the edge which is quite distracting.

Camera: Canon Eos 6d
Lens: Sigma 150-600c
Focal Length: 200
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/50sec

Well done Trevor!

Click here to see a gallery of images from the competition. Enjoy!

See also:
How I took that Shot - Noelle Lowney
How I took that Shot - Jim Curtin
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2016 League Table

If you are interested in photography and would like to know more about East Cork Camera Group, click the 'Contact Us' link above.

 

 

 

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How I Took that Shot – Jim Curtin

Jim Curtin - Beautiful Blur

In our recent 'Beautiful Blur' competition, Jim Curtin won Grade C and took the overall highest scoring image across all Grades with the image above. This is how he made it:

While shaking the morning dew from a rose bush I cracked the stem by mistake. I then stood it in a glass and photographed it from overhead. In the post-processing in "Cyberlink Photo Director 7", I disguised the worktop with a circular blur in the photo effects and edit mode. Camera: Canon 100D, 50mm lens, 1 Sec, f22, ISO 3200.

Well done Jim!

Click here to see a gallery of images from the competition. Enjoy!

See also:
How I took that Shot - Trevor O'Connell
How I took that Shot - Noelle Lowney
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2016 League Table

If you are interested in photography and would like to know more about East Cork Camera Group, click the 'Contact Us' link above.

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ECCG ‘Beautiful Blur’ Competition – 18/10/2016

Jim Curtin - Beautiful Blur

Our last internal competition of the year, with the theme 'Beautiful Blur' was held on Tuesday 18/10/16 at The Midleton Park Hotel and was the last opportunity to bag some points towards the prestigious Photographer of the Year competition next month. With only a few points separating those at the top of the year's league table, the distribution of points from this competition could be crucial in deciding who would get the big prize.

With judging of the sixteen entries completed, the number crunching began and the places were awarded as follows:

Results

In Grade A, Trevor O'Connell took top spot with a margin of just five points from Kevin Day with Finbarr O'Shea taking third.

Grade B saw Noelle Lowney take first comfortably while Joe Keniry pipped Zane Llewellyn by just four points to take second.

Jim Curtin won Grade C in style with the image above which was also the overall highest scoring image across all Grades at 385 points. Keith Johnson and Karina Leeson came in second and third in the Grade.

Overall, Jim Curtin was first with Trevor O'Connell and Kevin Day taking second and third respectively.

Click here to see a gallery of images from the competition. Enjoy!

See also:
How I took that Shot - Trevor O'Connell
How I took that Shot - Noelle Lowney
How I took that Shot - Jim Curtin
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2016 League Table

If you are interested in photography and would like to know more about East Cork Camera Group, click the 'Contact Us' link above.

 

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Deer Rut Shoot, Killarney – 16/10/2016

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ECCG members had a wet drive down to Killarney early Sunday morning for the annual deer rut,arriving before 8 to be met on the bridge by about 30 other photographers awaiting for their chance to capture the deer in the rain.

Rain indeed was the main feature of the day but we managed to get a wide variety of shots despite the conditions and, surprisingly, managed to stay dry. We walked around the domain first and found deer in the field above the trees and then backtracked to where we could see the stags and hinds below us where we had a couple of good vantage points from around the road network.

We then decided to go down to Muckross Park, mainly for breakfast and then hopefully find deer across the road in the field by the entrance but they too must have been sheltering from the rain in the woods so we carried on up to the Jersey boat on the Upper Lake. The boat was not in an ideal position so, after a few brief shots, we returned back into Killarney and captured the deer in the field across the road from the entrance to Muckross as they had, by then, decided to come out of hiding. We then visited Ross Castle but the rain continued so we took refuge in Peter Cox's gallery in Killarney and had a good look at his pictures.

Then, after a quick cup of tea in "Noelle's" tea shop, as the rain had more or less stopped, we decided to go back to the Domain for one last look as it was after 3pm and thought we might catch some action late in the day. We were lucky as the rain stopped and the light improved which allowed us get some good pictures for the last couple of hours. We left the Domain around 6pm.

So we had a very long but enjoyable day and, looking at the pictures, we all managed to get some good shots despite the conditions.

Thanks to everyone that made the trip. Same again next year ???

Click here to see the gallery of images from the shoot. Enjoy!

 - Keith Johnson

 

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