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14 Jul

The Lazy Sunbather

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / July 14, 2013 / 0 Comments

On holidays this summer I left my Dslr camera and lenses at home and just brought a compact camera with me. There were a few occasions where I missed my camera but overall found it handy having a compact that I could carry around with everywhere. We lazed around the swimming pool a lot so a compact was perfect for family snapshots.

the lazy sunbather

Post title ‘The Lazy Sunbather’ is a song title from Morrissey’s great album Vauxhall and I.

26 Jun

Abstract bubbles (Green Day)

Up until now I’ve thought that I didn’t have any preferred one style of photographs. People ask me what type of photographs I shoot and I’d always say an eclectic mix/anything and everything that catches my eye.
I enjoy photographing my kids, trying different sports (rugby- very enjoyable, soccer- much more difficult than I anticipated, boxing- difficult to position yourself in ideal location), urban, architecture, patterns, urban and many more.

But while looking through my favoured photographs on my computer I began to notice that there is a trend; a lot of abstract photos. I’ve found that I often try to take a ‘new’ photograph, meaning that most items have been photographed thousands of times and the vast majority look very similar. So by trying to capture something in a new/different way it makes my photograph somewhat unique and more memorable. And it’s also a challenge to me which I enjoy.

This is a photograph of bubbles in a pink plastic bowl. The initial result was mundane but by inverting the colours it changes it to a very different photograph; to me it looks like cells under a microscope.

Green Day

Post title Green Day is the name of an American Rock band

18 Jun

hundreds and thousands (Colors and colors)

A photograph of baking food ‘hundreds and thousands’.

Up until now I’ve always said that I don’t have a favourite style of photogrpahy. But more and more recently I’ve noticed that my favourite photographs seem to be abstract photographys. Which to me is beginning to make sense. I’ve also mentioned that I often try to take a photograph from a different perspective. Why? Most ‘common’ photographed items (landmarks etc.) are shot from the same spot and look very similar so none of them really stand out from the crowd. So, by photographing from a different perspective makes it more memorable and unique I think.

Or maybe it’s just that I don’t get out to photograph as often as I’d like to so I sometimes end up around my house with my camera looking for things to photograph and think what could make a good photo. Like this container of hundreds and thousands; I lay them out on a flat baking tray and like the result. I think it’d look even more impressive on a large acrylic print on my wall.

colours

Colors and colors are lyrics from the catchy song ‘Colors’ by Hot Chip

02 Jun

Inverted Coloured Straws (Cherry Coloured Funk)

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / June 2, 2013 / 0 Comments

A bunch of straws turned into an abstract photograph by inverting the colours of the photograph.

colors abstract

Cherry Coloured Funk is a song from the album Heaven Or Las Vegas by the magnificent Cocteau Twins. I think the colours in this photography vaguely match the abstrct colours on the album cover Heaven Or Las Vegas.

30 May

Red Rose Macro (Your love is like a ramblin’ rose)

In c. Macro & Flowers,g.Colourful by admin / May 30, 2013 / 0 Comments

A macro photograph of a red rose. My Pentax K-7 camera has in-body stabilization, unlike most other Dslr cameras, which helps for handheld macro/closeup photographs. I’m too lazy to bring my tripod with me, set it up, attach my camera etc.

Ramblin Rose

Your love is like a ramblin’ rose are lyrics taken from the b-side song ‘Ramblin Rose’ by Primal Scream who are BACK with a great new album ‘More Light’

16 Apr

The Vinyl Collection

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / April 16, 2013 / 0 Comments

The Vinyl Collection

I was strolling down a side street in Brussles and several boxes of vinyl albums outside a store caught my eye. As a music lover I was curious as to what the albums were and as a photographer I saw a potentially nice photograph- great vibrant colours that would make a great abstract photograph.

the vinyl collection

The Vinyl Collection is the title of an album by Norah Jones.

08 Apr

There’s A Light On, Heavy Glow

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / April 8, 2013 / 0 Comments

I stumbled accross a massive antique store in Brussels last week and spent a while browsing around. This photograph is a lamp that was like a bright sun glowing in the dark shop. The large round metal lampshade gave it this great effect.

Theres A Light On Heavy Glow

Post title “There’s a light on, heavy glow” are lyrics from ‘By The Way’ by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

20 Sep

Yellow Rose Petals (Yellow roses,The color of sunshine)

In c. Macro & Flowers,g.Colourful by admin / September 20, 2012 / 0 Comments

Yellow Rose

My wife loves flowers (what woman doesn’t?) and I find roses a great subject for colourful, abstract macro photos. So when I bought her yellow roses recently we both were happy. This macro photograph of beautiful petals of a yellow rose is almost memorising I find. When I bought my macro lens I didn’t intend it use it for floral photography but I found it’s great for colourful photos of petals.

I like the simplicity in floral photos where the entire photos is engulfed with one colour, here the bright yellow rose is like a tunnel. Lilies are my wife’s favourite type of flowers but I’m going to start buying her roses as they’re my favourite type of flowers to photograph; pure red, white or yellow colours.

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Yellow Rose

Post title ‘Yellow roses, the color of sunshine’ are lyrics taken from the song Yellow Roses by the one and only Dolly Parton.. Did you know that Dolly Parton even has her own theme park?

13 Sep

To Look Inside

In g.Colourful by admin / September 13, 2012 / 0 Comments

Post title a song title from Faws, taken from his Blue Note EP.

12 Sep

You’re So Far Away From Me

In g.Colourful,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / September 12, 2012 / 0 Comments

Two skyscrapers in Calpe, Spain in love but destined to never be able to get together. Click on the image to view larger size.

Post title is taken from the song ‘So Far Away’ by Dire Straits.

29 Jun

Cape Clear (Now ever since I was a child, I can remember that mansion on the hill)

In g.Colourful,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / June 29, 2012 / 1 Comment

Post title is lyrics from the song ‘Mansion On The Hill’ by The Boss, Bruce Springston. I thought it was by one of my favourite band The National but they just covered the song.

13 Jun

At The Edge Of The Sea

In d. People & Animals,g.Colourful by admin / June 13, 2012 / 1 Comment

A photo of Conor, my son, looking peaceful on a stoney beach just up the coast from Calp (Calpe), Spain. It’s a very simple photo but it’s the simplicity of it that I like; calm colours, obvious composition and square lines and of course the impression of tranquility.

Post title ‘At The Edge Of The Sea’ is a song from the album ‘Tommy’ by The Wedding Present. Who are touring and performing their Seamonsters album later this year.

11 Jun

Broken down cars, Like strung out old stars ( Vintage Car Show )

In g.Colourful by admin / June 11, 2012 / 0 Comments

I was at the Shrule & District Vintage Car show last weekend and spent the afternon trying to stop my two year old son from pawing the cars with his ice-cream hands. Besides that I took some photos of the lovely cars; hope you like. (more to follow soon)

Post title taken from the great song ‘Lift Me Up’, taken from the album Hotel by Moby. I only found out recently that Moby is an avid photogrpaher and has his own photoblog of strange and beautiful architecture in Los Angeles.

22 May

You Got a Fast Car

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / May 22, 2012 / 0 Comments

Sometimes I go out with my camera with an idea in my mind of what type of photograph I want to capture, sometimes not. On this occasion I was watching some sheep with my kids (amazing for them…) while cars were driving past on the country road.

Quickly I decided to try some long exposure shots of them. Without thinking too much about the settings I flicked the shutter dial to 1/15 of a second and titled my Pentax K-7 camera as I heard a fast car approaching. As it came into view I panned it and titled my camera slightly. Even though the car isn’t fully in focus I’m extremely happy with result. The strong background colours add to the photo as well I think.

If I had thought about it more I mightn’t have gotten as good a result; there was no textbook thought to titling the camera but I think it looks more dramatic that if the car was horizontal.

Post title is taken from the classic song ‘Fast Car’ by Tracy Trapman

01 May

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

In g.Colourful by admin / May 1, 2012 / 0 Comments

You only have one life.
Smile.
Laugh.
Be a child again.
Enjoy it, don’t take everything so seriously all the time.
Stop and smell the flowers, appreciate what you have.
Here’s some random photographs that make me smile.

This is how Conor (2 years young) smiles. There’s nothing wrong with him, it’s just his funny smile…


Post title is the song title of that happy, happy song Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin.

21 Mar

And I could never bring you flowers, And I could never turn you around

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / March 21, 2012 / 5 Comments

A collage of a colourful purple flower, taken with my new macro lens. Macro photography is a lot harder than I thought, it’s a learning curve, especially with focus.

Post title is taken from the song ‘Flowers’ from the album ‘Today’ by the under-rated band ‘Galaxie 500’.

02 Mar

Maroon 5 ( Galway GAA Pearse Stadium stand )

In a. Galway,b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / March 2, 2012 / 4 Comments

This is the second set of photographs from my wander around Pearse Stadium, Salthill home to Galway GAA hurling and football. In this set I’m posting patterns and strong colours seen in the empty stand which wouldn’t be seen on match day.

…and an ‘abstract’ one thrown in for good measure

My first set of photographs from Pearse Stadium can be found here

Title taken from the American Pop Rock band named ‘Maroon 5’. I know I have more than 5 maroon photographs in the post but couldn’t resist adding this title

01 Feb

The Small Hours (in honour of Donal Dineen’s radio show)

In a. Galway,b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / February 1, 2012 / 1 Comment


Donal Dineen (my surname namesake but with only one ‘n’ in Dinneen) was the dj of the late and great show ‘The Small Hours’ on Today FM which finished up in December 2011. Donal began on Today FM with ‘Here Comes the Night’ in 1997 before moving to a later time slot for The Samll Hours in 2004. His shows featured, shall we say, not daytime playlists music. Electronic, alternative, indie and a whole lot more. a link to his Today FM blog and playlists.

He introduced me to a wide variety of new artists that I’d never have heard of otherwise, including Mount Kimbe, Mark E, Dalek, Efterklang, Monolith and many more.
(This seems like an obituary to Donal Dineen but he’s very much still alive)

The title of his late show The Small Hours is the perfect title for this photo. Just in case you didn’t realise by now every photography in my blog section has a relevant music title.
Photograph settings: f10, 15 seconds, wall used as a tripod.

06 Dec

Drive

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23 Nov

Oh To Be, Oh To Be, Oh To Be A Rebel

In g.Colourful,h. Sport,k.Buildings & Architecture by admin / November 23, 2011 / 3 Comments

This is my second set of photos from Páirc Ui Chaoimh, home to Cork GAA hurling and football.
These photos some an empty stadium and shows the patterns and colours on the stand and terrace, which is normally hidden/covered by fans.
The last photo isn’t staged, Conor saw the flag, ran over and started waving it.

Here’s the link to my first set of photos from ‘The Park’ (Páirc Úi Chaoimh).

You’re always so calm and so cool,
Donal Óg just knows what to do,
Mulchay, Muphy, The Rock,
Will just play each minute on the clock.

Sean Og, Ronan and John,
They will just sting you along,
They’re just sheer class on the grass,
Rebels, we watch as they pass.

Gerry O Conor will leave you for dead,
Tom Kenny, he’ll fix you then
The attack starts all over again,

McCarthy wheels at you,
And Neil Ronan he knows what to do,
All they have to do is keep hurling at you.

Oh to be, oh to be, oh to be a Rebel,
We love ye Rebels, you’re so slick and so sharp,
We love ye Rebels with every beat of our heart,
We’ll follow Rebels all the way to Croke Park.

Lyrics taken from here, thanks to cathalosull21. It’s a slightly outdated song now but is from when Cork hurling was at it’s pinnacle (in recent times).

03 Nov

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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19 Oct

The Answer My Friend Is Blowin’ In The Wind

In f. Nature & Sky,g.Colourful by admin / October 19, 2011 / 0 Comments

I find the standard photos of flowers a bit boring (no offence!). With this photo the large ’empty’ space to the right is where I can picture the dandelion is going to be in a few seconds after someone has blown in.

I took this in my front garden early in the morning, leaving my house on the way to work. If any neighbours saw me they must have been wondering what I was up to; virtually lying on my belly in my garden…

17 Oct

Keep The Car Running

In d. People & Animals,g.Colourful by admin / October 17, 2011 / 0 Comments

I was 1/2 thinking of selling my Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens to finance a very wide angle lens (8-16 or 10-20mm). I have a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens which sits on my Pentax K-7 body most of the time so the 30mm doesn’t get used a whole lot. So I decided to play a bit with it at home to see would I miss it. Any time I use it I realise that I like the lens a lot; it’s small, great for low light/very fast and creates great bokeh, even if I have to be close to my subject to get it. So, for the moment I think I won’t be selling it.

At the moment I think I’d like to add a wide angle and a macro lens to my collection and that I’d be happy with ‘my lot’ then. Although there’s always one more lens you want…

Anyway here’s Conor, he’s 1 1/2 now and loves cars, trucks, lorries and makes ‘lorry noises’ and gets excited anytime he sees one. He even doesn’t want to have his pjs taken off if they have a picture of a fire truck on them.

27 Sep

Walk This Way

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals,g.Colourful,h. Sport by admin / September 27, 2011 / 1 Comment

Legs shot from a recent Munster vs Connacht Schoolboys rubgy match at the Sportsground, Galway.

I arrived just as the match was finishing so didn’t get any action shots. I’m planning on going to a full rugby match soon in Galway to try out some proper sports shots with my new sports lens.

19 Sep

Orange Wedge

A slightly abstract photo of the Galway Hooker sculpture in Eyre Square, Galway. The sculpture on its own looks odd, just a load of red/orange metal bits stuck into the ground. But when you realise that it represents the sails of a boat/ship then it’s something that you can put into context and it stands on it’s own as a piece of art representing old Galway.

19 Aug

Playground Love

In g.Colourful by admin / August 19, 2011 / 0 Comments

I was at a playground in Youghal, county Cork recently while on holidays. There was a cool path with an ‘action’ for the child to do when they got to each ‘station’ with a word for what they should do. The run photo reminds me of the South African flag.

30 Jul

Wild, Wild Life

In d. People & Animals,g.Colourful by admin / July 30, 2011 / 0 Comments

So I was on holidays for the past week or (a ‘staycation’, I don’t like the phrase but it fits) and we went on a family trip to Fota Wildlife Park. I didn’t get to take as many photos as I’d have liked to as I was there with our kids. I’d love to return sometime on my own so I could spent hours and hours taking loads of photos and sitting waiting to get the perfect cheetah photo.

I did get to ‘play’ with my new Sigma 70-200 f2.8 lens, which I’m delighted with.

09 Jul

Colours and colours and colours of Colours

In c. Macro & Flowers,g.Colourful by admin / July 9, 2011 / 0 Comments

It was a quiet, wet dull day in Galway and I was stuck indoors. With nowhere to go and nothing to do I was tidying up the kitchen and was struck by the contrast between the colourful straws (my 4 year old daughter LOVES straws, they make her face light up. Of course she wants the pink ones) and the grey sky outside. So I decided to much around and try to take some happy, colourful photos.
The straws photo was taken with a standard compact camera. Someday I’ll buy a dedicated macro lens for my Pentax dSLR but for now the compact seems to go a good job. I bought extermely cheap extension tubes a while back but had problems with them and never managed to get them to work. I should just throw them out (or beat them to a pulp)…

06 Jul

Down On The Farm

In a. Galway,g.Colourful by admin / July 6, 2011 / 0 Comments

29 Apr

Beady Eye

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27 Apr

Race for the Prize

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful,h. Sport by admin / April 27, 2011 / 1 Comment

23 Apr

Driving into the sun

In a. Galway,g.Colourful by admin / April 23, 2011 / 0 Comments

01 Apr

Wise Men Say Only Fools Rush In (Ireland vs. Macedonia UEFA Qualifier)

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful,h. Sport by admin / April 1, 2011 / 0 Comments

I tried my hand at a few abstract photos at the recent Ireland vs. Macedonia game in Dublin.
One reason is because I was sitting far away from the pitch it limited the amount of ‘proper’ sport action photos that I could take so I though I’ll try something else. I have three photos here, the first one is my favourite, I feel that it kind of convays the burst of energy when Robbie Keane is sprinting for the ball.

Exposure 1/6th of a second to achieve the blurry effect

The last two aren’t even that good I think but I’m just posting them anyway to show what I was trying to do with them. If I could have zoomed in on a player closer and kept him sharper/in focus then I think they’d be better.

Ireland's goalkeeper about to lauch the ball forward

Goal mouth action

21 Mar

Colours and colours and colours of colours (Limerick Photowalk)

In g.Colourful by admin / March 21, 2011 / 0 Comments

This is my last set from the Limerick Photowalk (I promise!). These aren’t the leftovers, I have loads of them, trust me. The theme of this set is colour. It was a dull, rainy day in Limerick so I sought to seek out colour amongst the drabness and dullness.

It was a very pleasurable walk and nice to see some first-timers join us. I’m looking forward to the next one already.

Also here’s a video of some of my photos from the photowalk- Limerick Photowalk video.

No Flowers

No Flowers

No smoking

No smoking

Blue skies above?
Blue skies above

Irish Gold

Irish Gold

Photos, photos, photos (Elalgallery Photograpy gallery in the Milk Market)

photos, photos, photos

Holy Cross

Cross

Water Drops

Water Drops

And finally just a ‘funny’ one

Fire. Must be

16 Feb

Push It, Push It Real Good (Corinthians vs Loughrea rugby)

In a. Galway,d. People & Animals,g.Colourful,h. Sport by admin / February 16, 2011 / 0 Comments

It’s game over man, it’s game over

21 Jan

Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

In a. Galway,g.Colourful by admin / January 21, 2011 / 4 Comments

There’s some construction going on across the road from where I work in Galway. The diggers are relentless. These are very early morning shots, I tired something different with the skinny tall shot, kind of like it.

13 Dec

Your Beautiful Flower

In b. Abstract/Arty,f. Nature & Sky,g.Colourful by admin / December 13, 2010 / 0 Comments
flower power

Spring is coming 2

07 Dec

Boy Racer, Boy Racer, Oh

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / December 7, 2010 / 0 Comments

hyper drive

04 Dec

What Does Your Soul Look Like (Rothko imitation)

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / December 4, 2010 / 0 Comments

At work one of our current competition categories is ‘Abstract’.
These photos are two I took at home tonight, one a Rothko copy and one trying to convey a human soul.
The sunset through my back door reminds me of the Russian-born American abstract painter Rothko.

Human soul- This one was just messing around but I kind of like it. It’s my breath, taken standing outside my back door in the (very) cold. The photo on it’s own it very forgetful but when you associate it to a human soul escaping a dead body then breathes (no pun intended) a whole new life into the photo.

01 Dec

Lost In Music

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / December 1, 2010 / 0 Comments

I should have removed the The Police cd. It’s not mine. Honestly. No, really, it isn\’t

colourful music

15 Nov

Tripping On Sunshine- Galway Sunset

In a. Galway,f. Nature & Sky,g.Colourful by admin / November 15, 2010 / 0 Comments

Galway Sunset

A beautiful orange/golden sunset near Claregalway in Galway. The foreground has flooded fields an electricity pylons and poles. Much of east Galway was flooded in the winger of 2010 and the sunset reflects of the water.

Setting Sun Galway

07 Nov

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (It’s a Rich Man’s World)

In g.Colourful by admin / November 7, 2010 / 0 Comments

Another rich mans toy from my wander around Kensington, London, this time a racing red Ferrari

Ferrari- It's a Rich Man's World

04 Nov

I want to ride my bicycle (part 2)

In g.Colourful by admin / November 4, 2010 / 0 Comments

Barclays Cycle Hire is a public bicycle sharing scheme in London, United Kingdom. At launch there were 5,000 bicycles and 315 docking stations available in central London. I think it\’s a great idea and results in a lot more people cycling. 4 wheels bad, 2 wheels good.

barclays bike hire London

02 Nov

London Calling

In g.Colourful by admin / November 2, 2010 / 1 Comment
London Red Telephone Booth

An iconic English landmark. I tried to take the photo from a different angle than the standard photo and feel that this stands out

23 Oct

It’s a rich man’s world- Harrods

In g.Colourful by admin / October 23, 2010 / 1 Comment

I didn’t want to take the standard photo of Harrods (front of building) and am happy with this instead.
Harrods

08 Oct

My Heart is an Apple

In b. Abstract/Arty,g.Colourful by admin / October 8, 2010 / 0 Comments
Abstract Red apple

Originally this was a macro photo of an apple. But the result wasn’t very sharp. So I messed about with the photo and this is the result

29 Sep

Old. Red

In d. People & Animals,g.Colourful by admin / September 29, 2010 / 2 Comments