Cobh People’s Regatta Fireworks – 14/08/16

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Cobh's long-running People's Regatta festival ended with the traditional fireworks display on Sunday night 14/08/16.

Cobh Regatta FW 2016 Fin OShea-2The annual display has been ingrained in the memories of countless people who, as children, were brought to see the pyrotechnic wonder. One woman in her eighties recalled, as a young girl, trying to see the display from a hill many miles away while this writer saw them first about 50 years ago for the first time.

Cobh Regatta FW JCurtin 14-08-16-3This year's crop of youngsters couldn't wait for the display to begin. Their first countdown from ten started about 10minutes prematurely and was quickly followed by another about five minutes later each one finishing with oohs and aahs of disappointment when nothing happened! Not to be deterred, they started another which finished just a tad prematurely this time and was followed by the inevitable audible disappointment. However just as their disappointment was at its height, the first rocket screamed skywards instantly changing the mood of the kids to screams of excitement!

Cobh Regatta FW 2016 KLeeson-5ECCG were stationed right around the display from Whitepoint to Fort Davis and some really nice colour bursts were captured that have all been posted in our gallery of the event.

Ten minutes later and the memories of 2016 were sealed into the consciousness of a thousand young minds around the harbour ready to be recalled  over the many decades to come. Well done Cobh for keeping this annual event going over all those years.




Roches Point Sunset – 5/4/15

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Ten ECCG members turned out for our latest weekly shoot, this time it was to Roches Point on Sunday 5th April last to capture the sunset.

We met at the car park below the Lighthouse, where we were welcomed by three local goats, each one happy to pose for us in the evening sunlight.

After discussing a number of options and possible vantage points, the group split with some members heading for higher ground across the fields to the east, while the remainder opted to shoot the sunset from the lighthouse grounds.

Roches Point is a location regularly visited by our group, there is always an interesting shot to be got there, whether it's the typical view of the lighthouse from the beach, or a passing ship, or an impressive sunset which is what we were after this time, and we weren't disappointed. Check out some of the images below or go to the website shoot gallery here.

- Anthony O'Connor



SSV Corwith Cramer – 6/7/14

Berfore lunch, I took myself down to Carlisle Fort on the East side of lower Cork harbour, to see if I could get a crack at the Tall Ship “SSV Corwith Cramer”, an American sail training ship, en route from Cork City to Spain and further afield.

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I was in position by the fort at 12:30pm, where I bided my time in glorious sunshine, while Fidelma Read and family took up position at Roche's Point. At about 1:30pm, Corwith Cramer rounded White Point in Cobh, and I took shots of her with a 500mm zoom.

Prof Murphy and his law struck, just as the ship came close enough to get a bit of detail in the shots. The heaven's opened, and I was copiously precipitated upon (That's the polite term) and a mad dash to the car ensued. The gear survived unscathed, but the photographer was a tad damp to say the least.

Fidelma and family retreated in face of this deluge, as I made my way to Roche's Point. By the time Corwith Cramer reached the point, the rain had almost cleared, but “the sky was on the floor”. In dull and damp conditions, I got a few more shots, as she cleared the point, and headed South East. She was a couple of miles off shore, before they raised the sails... Bah! Bloody weekend sailors!

As she disappeared into the mist, I made my way home to salvage the remains of my Sunday lunch, which had languished a bit too long in the oven. Ah well! We have to suffer for our art.

- John Tait

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Shoot at Roches Point Lighthouse – 29/3/14

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Eight members of the group headed to Roches Point on Saturday morning, 29/3/14, lead by local man and Group member, Kevin Day.

Roches Point is a name familiar to most Irish people as data from the local weather station forms part of several daily broadcasts on TV and radio. The place itself, situated at the very entrance to Cork Harbour, is accessed from the nearby village of Whitegate. A scenic spot, it is a constant draw for visitors all year round with photographers counting high among these. The village's quaint housing, imposing lighthouse and beautiful seascapes together with a busy sea-lane seemingly just an arm's length away, provide a multitude of possibilities for the photographer willing to spend the time and explore the angles.

Trips to Roches Point were always tainted with a regret that the lighthouse, which is the highest point in the area with commanding views of the harbour, was always off limits and not accessible to the public. However, on this occasion, the locked gates were opened and ECCG got exclusive access which will, I'm certain, be a very high point of the year's activities. Many thanks to all concerned.

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