Peter Cox speaks to ECCG

Peter CoxEast Cork Camera Group were honoured indeed to have renowned Irish Landscape Photographer, Peter Cox, in attendance at our latest meeting at The Midleton Park Hotel on Tuesday 3/5/16.

Based in Ballingeary, Co. Cork, Peter is one of the most successful photographers in the country running workshops all over the world while his work has been exhibited at home and abroad as well being featured on national and international television.

Peter is a Fellow of the Irish Professional Photographers’ Association (IPPA) and has received a Qualified European Photographer award from the Federation of European Photographers. His retail gallery at 4, High Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry, is a veritable photographic treasure trove featuring magnificent prints and is really worth a visit.

the irish lightAlso in the gallery can be found Peter's two self-published photography books, The Irish Light and Atlantic Light, both of which were successfully funded on Kickstarter.

The Irish Light is a beautiful, hard-covered, coffee table book of 128 pages which includes ninety of Peter's best photographs from 2005-2012.

atlantic lightAtlantic Light is a collection of aerial photographs of the Wild Atlantic Way - Ireland's west coast. The first of its kind, the images were made from a combination of helicopters, aeroplanes and drones.

Both books are beautifully produced and really are a must-have for everyone's bookshelf.

Peter's talk to the Group was first class covering mainly Composition, Light and the Technical aspects of his photography which was music to the ears of all in attendance who could have listened for the night but, as we had to let him back to Ballingeary at a reasonable hour, his talk had to end but not before many questions were answered and several books personally signed.

Many thanks to Peter for making the journey to Midleton and for a really enjoyable talk.

Find out more about Peter here:



How I took that Shot – Keith Johnson

13_Keith Johnson - Winter

Keith Johnson took first place in Grade C in our recent 'Winter' competition with the beautiful landscape shot above. This is how he made the image:

The photo was taken on 2016/01/07. I had a couple of hours to spare in Killarney and luckily found I had the camera in the boot of the car. I headed up to Ladies View thinking the snow and sun would be better there but there was only a sparse covering so I headed back down and stopped at a flooded Long Range, to take a quick look.

It has never been my favorite place but it looked good so took the camera out and waded out till I could find a good view. I waited for the sun to show in the background and quickly took one handheld shot. My feet were freezing by now so I skipped back to the car pretty quickly!

Taken about 2 pm with a Canon 650d.. lens 18-55 ..f22, 1/13,100 ISO

- Keith Johnson

See also:
How I took that Shot - Fidelma Read
How I took that Shot - R.J. Mani
Competition Gallery
Competition Results and 2016 League Table 


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