Guest Speaker – Kevin Dwyer, A.I.P.P.A. – Life lived through a Lens

Kevin Dwyer, A.I.P.P.A., photographer and author, was our guest speaker on Tuesday, 20th March last. He spoke to us about his life as lived through a lens beginning with his
family history and how his grandfather began a knitwear business in Cork which developed into the Sunbeam Textile Company. On leaving school, Kevin found himself in the banking world.

He always had a love of photography and, in keeping with the family business, he began his photographic career photographing textiles. This quickly developed into the design of brochures and in turn into printing. He explained to us the different types of print methods used at the time and how he introduced new print methods into the industry. Rather than boring us with too much technical information, he also related some hair-raising moments when photographing models for the Sunbeam brochures when health and safety restrictions were not as they are now!!

His photography expanded into tourism and subsequently the business sector for corporate profiles. His first aerial photographic commission was in 1989 and this took him into the high end of the property market and infrastructural developments which were just commencing in Ireland at that time. He explained to us the advancements that have been made in photography since he began using film to the digital age that we have now. It was very interesting to learn the actual process undertaken by him when he first started his career.

As Kevin always had an interest in sailing, it led him to indulge himself with aerial
photography of the coastline of Ireland and also of Ireland's waterways and he has published three books on the subject.

We were treated to a beautiful display of his work from its very beginning to the last
photographs taken by him before he retired.

A very enjoyable and informative meeting was had by all and we came away truly
appreciating the beauty on our doorstep which we had just encountered from a completely different perspective.

- Eileen Upton


Guest Speaker – William Gleeson, A.R.P.S., A.I.P.F., P.P.S.A., A.F.I.A.P.

On Tuesday, 3rd April our guest speaker for the evening was highly acclaimed Black and white Photographer, William Gleeson, A.R.P.S, A.I.P.F., P.P.S.A., A.F.I.A.P. from Tipperary.

Despite a delay at the start of our meeting due to a technical glitch, the ensuing slideshow and presentation were worth waiting for. One couldn't hear a pin drop as images moved from landscape to seascapes to portraits. William spoke and gave an account on every image and it was easy to see how his images have been accepted in many International exhibitions earning him three Gold medals to date.

We were then treated to a look into Glenstall Abbey and the story of how he came to
capture such amazing images there. William explained his printing methods to the group which was also of great interest. Having viewed the images on screen we were then able to view the original images which he had brought along for us to see.

An excellent and enjoyable evening was had by all.

- Eileen Upton


Guest Speaker – Dave Harris LIPF

On Tuesday, 23rd January our guest speaker for the evening was Dave Harris, L.I.P.F.
from Cork Camera Group. Dave got a very warm welcome as he stood in front of us as he was known to quite a few of our members and his images were already known and appreciated by many of our Group.

He began the evening by demonstrating some "tricks of the trade". He had brought along some props with him and they were passed along the audience. Sometimes all is not what it seems in a photograph. It was amazing to see and learn how to trick the human eye!

Dave then produced some portrait images taken by him. He passed them around the
audience and explained the different types of paper used in the printing of each one. It
was very interesting to see how the quality of the paper can make such a dramatic change to any image.

We were then treated to some of his wildlife and landscape portfolios. His images were
both breathtaking and inspiring and generated many questions from the floor.

It was an evening thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

- Eileen Upton


Guest Speakers – Ann Francis , A.I.P.F., E.F.I.A.P. and Vincent Kelly, L.I.P.F.

On Tuesday, 9th January, the Group was given a double treat as we had two speakers for the night, namely Ann Francis and Vincent Kelly, both members of Cork Camera Club.

Ann began the evening by showing us some of her portrait and landscape images. She then went on to show some macro images of flowers and butterflies which were truly amazing. Next, she produced some travel images and told us of her many trips abroad and told the story behind each image. Her love and enthusiasm for photography was evident in every word.

Vincent then stepped up to take the floor to show us his portfolio. His portraits, landscapes, wildlife and travel images were absolutely inspiring. He told us that he often travels abroad with Ann and the Cork Camera Group. He too related stories and showed images of their adventures.

They both spoke of the work they put into their images in post-processing and explained
how some of their composite images were created. The imagination and expertise in the works they create had everybody blown away. As their images were passed around the audience for everyone to see, it was evident that their work was appreciated by one and all.

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative meeting was enjoyed by everyone.

 - Eileen Upton


Drone Flying and Photography Tutorial – 17/05/2016

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Getting your camera into unusual positions and getting new angles is often touted as being the mark of a good photographer, something we endeavour to do all the time.

Taking this to new heights (pardon the pun!), we had a tutorial on Drone Flying and Photography recently from ECCG member, James Brady, who put his dji Phantom 3 through its paces.

Drone Tutorial DBarry-1Beginning with some classroom work, James outlined the features of the drone and controller, discussed flying the drone including the regulations now in place governing their use and using the drone for photography and videography. Then with all questions suitably answered, we went outside to a nearby park for a practical demonstration.

Drone Tutorial FOShea-3-EditThe experience was mesmerising! This little package, weighing a little over 1Kg is packed with enough smarts to practically fly on its own with minimal input from the pilot. James demonstrated the start up procedure and flew the drone expertly around the park while a live video feed streamed back to the display on the controller, immediately revealing a view of the town rarely seen. The images were breathtaking and solid as a rock even in the blustery and overcast conditions that prevailed.

The specs of the onboard camera are:
Sensor 1/2.3” Effective pixels:12 M
Lens FOV (Field Of View) 94° 20 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8
ISO Range
100-3200 (video)
100-1600 (photo)
Shutter Speed 8s -1/8000s
Image Max Size 4000 x 3000
Still Photography Modes
Single Shot
Burst Shooting: 3/5/7 shots
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5
Bracketed Frames at 0.7EV Bias

Midleton County Council Office

Midleton County Council Office

Video Recording Modes
2.7K: 2704 x1520p 24/25/30 (29.97)
FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30
HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
Max Video Bitrate 40 Mbps
Supported File Formats FAT32 ( ? 32 GB ); exFAT ( > 32 GB )
Supported SD Card Types Micro SD Card 8 GB included
Operating Temperature 32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C )
Video MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)

Church of the Most Holy Rosary

Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Midleton

Drone Tutorial FOShea-4The return to home feature, implemented automatically when the drone is out of range or by pressing a command on the controller, landed the drone back automatically within two feet of where it had taken off from - simply amazing.

We reviewed the images on a large screen back at The Midleton Park Hotel after the demo and were suitably impressed by the quality of the images even in less than ideal conditions.

The popularity of drones is definitely on the increase and brings new opportunities to the photographer and videographer alike.

Thanks to James for sharing his knowledge and expertise.

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