Club Exchange with Blackwater Photographic Society

East Cork Camera Group was delighted to host members of the recently formed Blackwater Photographic Society at our meeting at The Midleton Park Hotel on Tuesday 22/10/13.

Chairman, Rodney O'Callaghan, accompanied by club members Pakie O'Donoghue, Sean Murphy, John Flynn and Jim Heffernan, exhibited a wide range of their work including landscapes, seascapes, portraiture, nature and macro and with locations ranging from Mallow to India, subjects ranged from the interesting to the exotic. The images on display showed great photographic technique as well as accomplished post processing so it wasn't surprising to hear that many had won awards in national competitions and had also represented Ireland and won.

Pakie O'Donoghue shows his work

Pakie O'Donoghue shows his work

Rodney said he liked mornings best and liked to get up early to get his shots. John declared that he would shoot 'anything that moves' and true to his word, showed a wide variety of subjects. Pakie also showed a great variety of work and spoke about getting to grips with judges decisions that don't go your way. Jim said all his images, which were many and varied, were taken with an 18-200mm lens and he showed great skill in compositing different shots into one. Sean's images included some which he took in India on a trip he won in a photography competition held on the Late Late Show. These compelling images were breath-taking, sad and beautiful all at once.

The presentation was received very well by all in attendance and ECCG chairman, Tom Tattan thanked the visitors for their presentation and wished their new club well for the future.

Based in Mallow, the club meets every Monday night except Bank Holiday Mondays, at The Arches bar, Mallow at 8.30pm. The club website is


Club Exchange with Ballincollig Camera Club 7/5/13

Photo 07-05-2013 20 21 51On Tuesday 7th May 2013, Ballincollig Camera Club came to The Midleton Park Hotel on the first in our calendar of club exchange nights for 2013. A strong contingent arrived lead by newly elected secretary, Graham Daly who was accompanied by Pierce Coady, Cian O'Mahony, Denis O'Driscoll, Ron Giesbers, Ilinka Drieu and Margaret Beaty.

Graham began by apologising on behalf of their Chairperson, Pascal Lee, who was unable to attend. He outlined the history of the Ballincollig club and how they filled their year with various activities and competitions. He spoke about their involvement in SACC events and how they were extremely happy with their recent placings in the inter club competition.

Graham then introduced the first of their group to display his images, newly crowned Photographer of the Year, Pierce Coady.

Pierce began by thanking ECCG for the invitation to come along and said he was a relative new-comer to photography but had developed a passion for portrait and street photography. He displayed a panel of 10 images that drew gasps from the audience, each of which was accompanied by a story as to how the images came about.

This lighthearted banter relaxed the group and questions soon began to flow. As the images were passed around, members remarked on the shallow depth of field with eyes pin sharp. We learned that Pierce's favoured weapon is his Nikon D700 with a 50mm 1.4f prime lens attached. The high quality of the prints really enhanced the images, bringing out the detail in the shots. Pierce prints all his images on an Epson printer using Permajet Portrait White paper. He wrapped up by again, thanking the group for the chance to display his work and reiterated his love for photography.

Photo 07-05-2013 20 51 49Next up was Cian O'Mahony to show his successful L panel. Cian explained the concept of his panel and how he favoured the coast and landscapes of West Cork and Kerry to create his images, and how he was influenced by the style of John Hooton.

His images showed a range of pastel coloured seascapes dotted with close up detail, and wildlife images. He finished with a few shots taken on a recent trip to Iceland.

Graham finished their presentation with a wish that the two groups might again meet up before the end of the year. Tom Tattan, in reply, thanked the Ballincollig group for coming along especially on such a bad night, weather wise.

All adjourned for refreshments and a chat with some of the die-hards having to be evicted out of the bar to continue discussions!

Photos: Dave Edmunds