Worldwide Photowalk, Kinsale – 07/10/17

For the 10th Anniversary Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, ECCG turned out in force in Kinsale in west Cork. The beautiful seaside town is picturesque at the best of times so all we were hoping for was reasonable weather which we got.This was ECCG's fourth year in succession to do the photowalk with previous events having been held in Midleton in 2014, Youghal in 2015 and Cobh in 2016.

We assembled outside the tourist office and started the walk at 11am heading across the water to the Scilly Walk to get some views of the town from that side. Then we retraced our steps back to the town centre, wandering through the streets up to the Carmelite church. Back then to the town centre and down Higher O'Connell St. and finished outside Acton's Hotel where we retired for a well earned lunch.

Afterwards, the participants were entitled to enter an image into the competition which was won with this image by Paul Stack. This image now goes forward to the world competition. Well done Paul.

All-in-all, a great location, a great walk and some great photos too. Thanks to all the participants and to the people of Kinsale for a great day.

Check out a gallery of images from the walk here.



Movie Night at East Cork Camera Group


As you can see from the movie poster above, Michael Moore said of the film, "Finding Vivian Maier", "Amazing...This should be seen with other people, in the dark, on a big screen!" and this is exactly what ECCG did recently at its final, regular meeting of the year at The Midleton Park Hotel. East Cork Cinema Club set up a cinema, complete with big screen and stereo sound, in the boardroom of the hotel for a private screening of this compelling documentary.

The true story is about the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of over 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers of all time.

The website IMDb charts the plot as follows:
Real estate agent John Maloof explains how a trip to a local auction house, in search for old pictures to use for a history book about his neighborhood, resulted in him bidding and winning a box full of old negatives. John goes through the massive quantity of negatives, describes how impressed he is by the quality of the images, becomes quickly determined they are not reverent to his project and just puts them away. That could have very likely had been the end of the story, if the power of the images had not pushed him to fall in love with photography. John confides that his photo hobby quickly motivated him to set up a darkroom and devote large amounts of time shooting. As he learned more about photography, he recognized that those negatives he had bought, then stored, were the work of a real master. In an attempt to confirm his suspicion, he selected about 100 images and put them online with the hope that the feedback would confirm his judgement as to the strength of the images. Written by Lane J. Lubell of

See the Official Movie Trailer  below:

East Cork Cinema Club meets monthly, upstairs at the Cobh Community Centre on the second or third Monday of the month (see facebook page for more details), from the end of August to May of each year. Doors open at 7.30pm and screenings are at 8pm. They screen a great selection of International films and are part of the Access Cinema Group who are funded by the Arts Council. Their upcoming screenings will be the French comedy, 'Marguerite' on 28th November and 'Double Indemnity' on 12th December next. Admission includes: Wine, Tea, Coffee, Home Baking and a little Finger Food!

Thanks to John and Ben for all their hard work setting up and breaking down the gear and for a marvellous evening's entertainment.



World Wide Photo Walk – 01/10/2016


Brilliant sunshine greeted us outside the Commodore Hotel in Westbourne Place, Cobh, Co. Cork as we met at 11am to begin our 2016 Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk. This was ECCG's third WWPW having held the previous two in Midleton and Youghal in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Guided by local man Gordon Kinsella who knew all the best shots in the town, we began our walk in the park and then took a circular route taking in most of the town centre as well as Deep Water Quay.

The roof-top of the Commodore Hotel, with its stunning views of the town and harbour, provided a fitting end to this most enjoyable event which we topped off with great food and conversation in the Hotel bar.

As much a social event as a photography event, it was great to meet some new people and catch up with some that we haven't seen in a while. Thanks to Gordon Kinsella, the Commodore Hotel, everyone who joined us on the walk and everyone we met along the way.

Check out the gallery from the event here but check back regularly as the gallery will be added to over the next week or so. Enjoy!



Peter Cox speaks to ECCG

Peter CoxEast Cork Camera Group were honoured indeed to have renowned Irish Landscape Photographer, Peter Cox, in attendance at our latest meeting at The Midleton Park Hotel on Tuesday 3/5/16.

Based in Ballingeary, Co. Cork, Peter is one of the most successful photographers in the country running workshops all over the world while his work has been exhibited at home and abroad as well being featured on national and international television.

Peter is a Fellow of the Irish Professional Photographers’ Association (IPPA) and has received a Qualified European Photographer award from the Federation of European Photographers. His retail gallery at 4, High Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry, is a veritable photographic treasure trove featuring magnificent prints and is really worth a visit.

the irish lightAlso in the gallery can be found Peter's two self-published photography books, The Irish Light and Atlantic Light, both of which were successfully funded on Kickstarter.

The Irish Light is a beautiful, hard-covered, coffee table book of 128 pages which includes ninety of Peter's best photographs from 2005-2012.

atlantic lightAtlantic Light is a collection of aerial photographs of the Wild Atlantic Way - Ireland's west coast. The first of its kind, the images were made from a combination of helicopters, aeroplanes and drones.

Both books are beautifully produced and really are a must-have for everyone's bookshelf.

Peter's talk to the Group was first class covering mainly Composition, Light and the Technical aspects of his photography which was music to the ears of all in attendance who could have listened for the night but, as we had to let him back to Ballingeary at a reasonable hour, his talk had to end but not before many questions were answered and several books personally signed.

Many thanks to Peter for making the journey to Midleton and for a really enjoyable talk.

Find out more about Peter here:



Midleton’s Lifelong Learning Festival – 16/4/16

Lifelong Learning 2016

ECCG participated in Midleton's inaugural Lifelong Learning Festival with a presentation on the Group and its activities delivered at Midleton Library on Main St.

Thanks to those who attended and to the staff of the library (Ann, Emer, Ann and Ber) for providing the facilities.

MLLF Group

For a limited period and in conjunction with the festival, ECCG are providing a complimentary 6-week beginners' photography course to anyone joining the club so, if you have an interest in photography and would like to find out more about East Cork Camera Group, click the 'Contact Us' link and leave us a message.