ECCG Shoots 2017 Competition – 06/06/2017

ECCG's fourth internal competition of the year was for images taken during any of the Group's shoots held during 2017. With no other theme to focus the entries, they were indeed varied as can be seen in the competition's gallery.

While the best picture overall was the brilliant portrait above taken by Noelle Lowney at last weekend's Innishannon Steam Rally, there were some great battles across the grades as the votes were counted.

When the final tally was recorded the spoils were divided as follows:

In Grade C, Paul Stack took first place with a winning margin of seven points from Miriam Keogh with Andrew Foley taking third.

Noelle Lowney had a very comfortable win in Grade B, a full 68 points ahead of Jim O'Neill in second place while Keith Johnson took the third spot.

Grade A saw the tightest of margins with Denis Barry holding onto a one point lead from Michael Hickey to win the Grade while Kevin Day was only another eight points adrift in third.

In the overall scores, Noelle Lowney had a thirty point cushion in first place with Paul Stack and Miriam Keogh taking second and third places respectively.

Well done to all twenty entrants.

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

See also:
How I took that Shot - Michael Hickey
How I took that Shot - Noelle Lowney
How I took that Shot - Paul Stack
Competition Gallery
Winners Presentation Photos
Competition Results and 2017 League Table


An Eventful Twelve Months for ECCG


Apart from completing the normal hectic schedule of over fifty shoots, twenty club meetings, several competitions, a beginners' photography course and a one-month exhibition of fifty framed images to name just a few, the last twelve months has truly been an eventful period for East Cork Camera Group.

Finbarr O'Shea LIPF

Finbarr OShea LIPF

Back in March 2016, Finbarr O'Shea went to the Irish Photographic Federation Distinction (IPF) Sittings in Portlaoise where his panel was successful and gained him a Licentiate of the Irish Photographic Federation (LIPF).

Click here to see Finbarr's successful panel.


Zane Llewellyn LIPF

Zane Llewellyn LIPF

In September 2016, Zane Llewellyn went to the IPF Distinction Sittings in Celbridge, Co. Kildare and he too entered a successful panel and was awarded an LIPF.

Click here to see Zane's successful panel.

At the IPF Distinction Sittings at Thurles, Co. Tipperary the following November, Gráinne Davies became the first ever member of East Cork Camera Group to be awarded an Associateship of the Irish Photographic Federation (AIPF) which was the cause of great celebration for Gráinne and the club. Also at this sitting, Anthony O'Connor and Denis Barry were both successful and were awarded LIPFs on the day.

Click the links to check out Gráinne's, Anthony's and Denis's successful panels.

Kevin Day 2

Gold Medal Winner - Kevin Day

To round out the year, Kevin Day went to the Southern Association of Camera Clubs (SACC) Qualifying Round of the IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2016/17 in January this year and scooped one Gold, one Silver and two Bronze medals and three Honourable Mentions. This fantastic result qualified Kevin to go forward to the IPF Nature Photographer of the Year 2016/17 earlier this month where he won one Gold and two Bronze medals as well as one Honourable Mention for his Red Squirrel studies.

You can see Kevin's impressive winning images here.

All in all, a very successful year and 2017 is already as busy as last year and who knows what more good fortune the year will bring.

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AGM – 2014

The Annual General Meeting of East Cork Camera Group was held at The Midleton Park Hotel on Tuesday 2/12/2014. Following a review of a very successful 2014 the new committee for 2015 was elected:

President: Michael Fenton
Chairperson: Denis Barry
Vice Chairperson: Anthony O'Connor
Secretary: Noelle Lowney
Treasurer: Kevin Day
PRO: James Brady

committee 2015

l-r James Brady, Anthony O Connor, Noelle Lowney, Denis Barry and Kevin Day

After the recent Awards Night and last night's AGM, the Group are looking forward to getting back to business again and will have a few shoots over the festive season as a warm up for a very active 2015.

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Steam Train at Muine Bheag and Kilkenny – 18/5/14

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland ran a train pulled by steam locomotive number 461 from Connolly Station, Dublin to McDonagh Station, Kilkenny on Sunday 18/5/14. At around 12midday the train passed over the viaduct over the River Barrow, just south of Muine Bheag (Bagenalstown), Co. Carlow where East Cork Camera Group member, James Brady captured the event in this video.

The run was part of the RPSI's 45th International railtour entitled 'Saint Canice Railtour' which runs from 17/5/14 - 19/5/14 and which we first heard about from Finbarr O'Neill during his talk to the Group on 15/4/14. Since the trip to Kilkenny would be the nearest the steam trains would get to Cork during this railtour, members of the Group resolved to try to capture the event in some form or other. We settled on the viaduct over the river Barrow at Muine Bheag as one place to shoot and also McDonagh station in Kilkenny where the train would stop for a couple of hours.

Following an early departure from the Midleton Park Hotel, we scoped out our location at the viaduct and breakfasted in Muine Bheag which was just beginning to awaken on this quiet Sunday morning. As well as providing the hearty start to the day, the eatery also provided coincidentally precise inspiration with its charming paintings of steam locomotives that had visited the town in past times.

Suitably bolstered on the double, we returned to the viaduct and set up the gear: one remote camera with wide angle lens set by the river bank, two hand-operated cameras and one video camera. Rain threatened and some drops did fall but thankfully we escaped the downpour that would arrive soon afterwards.

Fully set up, we awaited the arrival of the star of the show and right on cue, a whistle was heard in the distance along with the ever increasing rumble of an approaching train. Then, despite the advance warning, locomotive 461 pulling seven coaches seemed to appear out of nowhere and, accompanied by a crescendo of shutter clicks, crossed the viaduct and was gone with nothing but a whiff of burning coal left in the air. But for the absent 'clickity clack' sound, long since smothered by the development of continuous welded rail, this could have been a scene from 1922, the year that this enduring servant to Irish rail transport was built.

By the time we reached McDonagh station in Kilkenny, which is a cul-de-sac for rail traffic, the engine had already been uncoupled from its coaches, which were standing at platform 2, and was in the process of turning around at the Lavistown Loop Line outside the town in preparation for the return journey. Personnel from the RPSI and Irish Rail in hi-vis attire were busy preparing for the return of the locomotive to the station where routine maintenance would be carried out in a siding prior to departure. Despite the fact that each had their jobs to do, they made time to answer some rookie questions from enquiring photographers and, while ensuring all safety points were observed, were most accommodating in allowing us photograph the unfolding scene.

Volunteers all, the RPSI members are clearly and rightly enamoured of their locomotives and other rolling stock which have all been lovingly and painstakingly restored in their spare time. I suspect that only God knows the number of hours spent by the many people involved over the years, that has culminated in the trip covered in this post. Well done to all and thanks to everyone for your generosity to us during our short time with you in Kilkenny and Carlow. We hope to see you in Cork some time soon.

Please mouse over the image below to see and activate the slideshow controls. Enjoy.


All photos by James Brady and Denis Barry.



How I Took That Shot – Denis Barry

First place, in Group B, in the recent 'Decay' competition went to Denis Barry for his shot of a distressed window.

07 - Denis Barry

I first noticed this house one morning in early March at around 10am and the sun was shining on it just as it is in the photograph above. As I had no time to stop then, I called there later that day but the front of the house was now in shade. I preferred the earlier look and, confident that I might get a 'Decay' image from the building, I resolved to return on another sunny morning which presented itself about a week later.

As I am wont to do, I shot the building wide from all angles, slowly moving in until I got tight on the details. The more I looked at this particular window, the more it appealed to me. The net curtain hinted to the one-time human occupants while the advanced state of decay said those people were long since gone. The sapling growing from the window sill underlined the fact that life will cling on and prosper regardless.

While taking in my surroundings I noticed a small bird flying in and out of an adjacent window with nesting material. The pattern became clear as, on the way in, it would land on the sash, pause, then fly into the building. On the way out it would again land on the sash, pause and then fly on. I decided to try and make an image of it as it paused on the way out and, after what seemed like an eternity holding the camera to my eye, out it came and paused/posed on the sash as expected. I squeezed off half a dozen frames in high-speed release, more in hope than expectation, and luckily nailed one before it flew on about its parental duties.

When post processing, I made a selection of the bird and put it on its own layer before compositing it with the preferred window image thereby creating the final competition entry above. The fact that both images were shot, practically together and in the same light, made the compositing process that much easier.

Shot with a Nikon D300 and an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens
Window image shot in Raw at 40mm, 125th sec, f8, ISO200, WB: Daylight.
Bird shot in Raw at 135mm, 500th sec, f5.6, ISO400, WB: Daylight.
Composited in Photoshop and post processed in Lightroom.

See also:
How I took that Shot - Karen Fleming
How I took that Shot - Joseph Keniry