“So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.”
Virginia Woolf, To The Lighthouse.
I’ve spent the past few months quietly working away on compiling a set of 15 images for a panel I’m submitting to the IPF (Irish Photographic Federation) in September.
I’ve swung from feelings of confidence to doubt on an almost hourly basis but I hope at the end of all this to have a collection of images I’m immensely proud of.
This photograph of a lighthouse will not be part of the panel, or maybe it will…..ahhhhhh!
Another Breffni Photography Club year comes to end with the presentation of the Club Photographer of the Year (CPOTY) awards; well done everyone (after the superbly well run A.G.M, yes I am the club secretary).
We’ve got a great committee put in place for the 2017/18 season which is going to be hectic!
For more information on Breffni Photography Club based in Virginia, Co. Cavan click here.
We are thrilled about the number of people with vision impairments who got in contact with us to book a place at our photography workshop held on the 8th and 9th of July at the NCBI head Office, Whitworth Rd, Dublin 9. Some participants will even travel from other parts of the country to attend. To ensure the availability of assistance for everybody, the event is now booked out, but we have a waiting list, so feel free to get in touch.
We are still looking for further volunteers to assist the participants to develop ideas for their photographs, to help them to capture the pictures and to describe the results. We know a whole weekend is a big commitment, but you can also volunteer for one day only.
Who can Volunteer?
Anyone who is interested in the project and would like to try out…
Just over a week ago I applied to review a photo book product from German based company, Saal-Digital.
In order to design a product with Saal-Digital you need to download their software from their website. It’s very straightforward and provides you with all the product information you need.
I already had a number of images saved as high resolution jpegs saved at 300ppi so all I had to organise was the layout. I choose grey as the background colour and added text beside some of the images.
I love the fact that Saal-Digital do not place their logo all over the book.
After I confirmed my order on a Thursday evening I received an email the next morning to say my order had shipped (I had the reassurance of being able to track my order).
By the Saturday it was with An Post (local postal service). It arrived the following Wednesday which meant I had my photo book in less than a week after designing it.
The Photo Book
You can watch a Youtube video featuring my photo book here, but needless to say the colour reproduction is excellent. The pages are reassuringly thick and the matt finish did justice to every detail of my carefully crafted photographs. As you’ll see from the video there is no Saal-Digital logo anywhere on the book.
The 19×19, 26 page photo book I ordered currently costs £24.95 with £4.95 postage and packaging. It’s a very competitive price and with the quality you’re getting I honestly don’t think it can be beaten.
For more details you can visit the Saal-Digital website here and claim your £15 off voucher.
#CanonRoadTrip in association with Maher’s of Drogheda.
Salterstown, Co. Louth, Ireland.
Pulling up at 6.20am in Salterstown; I was greeted with the sight of four black figures with a flashlight down on the pier. As dawn approached nearly a dozen of us were clambering down the rocks with tripods and camera gear firmly lodged underarm.
Clouds threatened rain (and the sunset), but that didn’t stop this eclectic mix of photographers, gear and experience. As each of us unfurled our gear in reverence to the East, our Canon guides; David Newton & Shane Cowley recanted tips and tales only true togs up at the crack would appreciate (and no P does not stand for Professional on your camera dial!).
But seriously, what an experience to have an expert crouched beside you turning your histogram spikes into rolling Cavan drumlins before your very eyes (now etched forever in my memory).
Though not exclusive to Canon users, as a Canon owner, it made me feel appreciated. Fair play to Canon for looking after its customers long after the warranty has run out (and showing us the mirrorless offering from Canon, the EOS M5, and yes I want one).
However, the clouds hung onto the sun like a model holds onto her dignity in an implied nudity shot. Ray, a well seasoned landscape photographer beside me, had his eye on the silver lining; ‘those clouds will make a nice black and white’.
And so the #CanonRoad Trip continues on for the rest of the week heading south to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher before ending in Glendalough. All I can say is bring your shower caps and positive attitude and lap up all the sound advice. A big thanks to Canon for looking after its fans, more road trips please!