How I Took That Shot – Finbarr O’Shea

The image above, by Finbarr O'Shea LIPF' took first place in Grade A in our recent 'Black and White' competition. This is how he made the shot:

I took my picture at Coumeenoole on the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, a location I
visit a few times a year. I think it's best to photograph this beach
when the tide is on its way out at sunset. I converted the file from
colour to b&w with Nik silver efex which is a free download.

My camera settings for the picture were: ISO100,  F16,  1 Sec,  with a 6 Stop
ND Filter. 16/35 lens at 20mm Focal length, on a full frame camera.

 - Finbarr O'Shea

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How I Took That Shot – Finbarr O’Shea

Finbarr O'Shea LIPF, took first place in Grade A and first overall also in our recent 'Selfie' competition with the clever image above. This is how he made the shot:

My selfie picture for last week's competition was a bit of struggle as my first plan didn't workout so, with a day to go to the deadline, I had to come up with plan B. My new plan was a selfie with a silhouette picture in front of my face.

I took some silhouette head and shoulder shots, with the intention of using the best image. To take the pictures, I stood in front of a white wall with a flash at my back, I set the camera at f22, 1/200 sec. at ISO 100 using at 24-70 mm at 35mm.using the 10 sec timer. I then printed 4 pictures, so instead of 1 picture in front of my face I decided to use the other three as well. That is where the string and pegs came in to play.

So for the final shot with the the 3 prints pegged in place and I holding the 4th print in front of my face, with the flash repositioned to the front, I was then ready for action. I set the camera this time at f11, 1/200, ISO 100 using the 24-70mm at 45mm on a 10 sec timer. I held a cable plunger in my right hand for effect .

After many shots taken, this was the end result.

What a fantastic concept and execution. Well worth its final placings. Well done Finbarr.

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

See also:
How I took that Shot - Noelle Lowney
How I took that Shot - Jim Curtin
Winners Presentation Photos
Competition Results and 2017 League Table

 

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An Eventful Twelve Months for ECCG

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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.

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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.

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

 

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How I Took that Shot – Finbarr O’Shea

Recording his second win in a row, recent LIPF awardee, Finbarr O'Shea took first place in Grade A in our recent 'Transport' competition. This is how he did it:

I recently took a spin to Cobh train station with this picture in mind for our transport compitition.

After setting up the camera I took a few test shots and decided a 3 second exposure would do the job. The train was an important part of the competition but I also wanted to feature the nice ironwork on the stations canopy.

With the camera locked in position, I just had to wait a few minutes for the train to arrive to take the shot.

Later in Lightroom I had to do a bit of work on the image that I picked, this was mainly to balance the light which I ddid with the dodge & burn tool.

I used a Canon 5DII 16-35L canon lens ISO100, F10, 3 Seconds.

- Finbarr O'Shea

See also:
How I took that Shot - Keith Johnson
How I took that Shot - Karina Leeson
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2016 League Table

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ECCG ‘Transport’ Competition – 07/06/2016

'Transport' was the theme of our fourth and latest internal competition of 2016 held at the Midleton Park Hotel on Tuesday 07/06/16. Following two viewings of the eighteen entries, marks were awarded which yielded a close run result especially in Grade B where only one point separated first and second. The results were as follows:

Scores

Gaining his second first place in a row, Finbarr O'Shea took the honours in Grade A  while Anthony O'Connor and Denis Barry came second and third.

With two wins already under his belt for the year, Keith Johnson made it three by winning Grade B. Jim O'Neil was second and Noelle Lowney third.

Newcomer, Karina Leeson, made an outstanding debut in ECCG competition by winning Grade C with a score of 318 points which also landed her third in the overall placings. Well done Karina!. Eileen Upton and Jim Curtin came second and third respectively in Grade C.

In the overall high scores across all three Grades, Finbarr O'Shea, Anthony O'Connor and Karina Leeson took the honours.

Well done to all entrants, especially those new members entering for the first time, and congratulations to those who gained valuable points towards this year's Photographer of the Year competition.

The image below is the overall highest scoring image by Finbarr O'Shea. Click the image to see all the entries. Enjoy!

See also:
How I took that Shot - Finbarr O'Shea
How I took that Shot - Keith Johnson
How I took that Shot - Karina Leeson
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2016 League Table

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