• Dublin Bay, Hawaii, John Lydon, PiL and Eurovision
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

    Cancer survivor.

    Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

    Dublin Bay, Hawaii, John Lydon, PiL and Eurovision

    Picture the scene, we're a year ahead and it's May 2024, a beautiful sunny day and below us the Baily Lighthouse and Dublin Bay with RTE, Ireland's national broadcaster on the other side.

    RTE are preparing to host Eurovision, after Ireland's 2023 entry, Hawaii by Public Image Ltd (PiL) fronted by John Lydon, won the famous music competition in May 2023.

    Well, that is the possibility as tomorrow night, Friday 3rd of February 2023 Lydon and PiL will be performing on RTE's The Late Late Show as part of a competition to find the country's entry for this year.

    Hawaii is a paean to Lydon's wife of almost 50 years, their life together and one of their happiest moments together, in Hawaii. Nora now is living with Alzheimer's; the song, video and artwork are "... dedicated to everyone going through tough times on the journey of life, with the person they care for the most,” says John Lydon. “It’s also a message of hope that ultimately love conquers all.”

    Written on Thursday, 02 February 2023 01:09 in Miscellaneous Read more...
  • Snow, Sand Dunes and Sunshine in Winter, Carrauntoohil and MacGillycuddy's Reeks as Seen from Dingle, Ireland
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

    Cancer survivor.

    Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

    Snow, Sand Dunes and Sunshine in Winter, Carrauntoohil and MacGillycuddy's Reeks as Seen from Dingle, Ireland

    You can never guarantee snow in Ireland but it does snow a little every year even if only in the mountains.

    Here, the famous MacGillycuddy's Reeks with Carrauntoohil the highest peak at 1038.6 metres above sea level, it is Ireland's highest mountain and only one of three peaks that top 1,000 metres.

    The snow line can be seen easily and the tops of the peaky mountains almost match the clouds moving out of scene to the left.

    These mountains sit on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, home of the famous circuit scenic drive the Ring of Kerry but are seen here from Dingle, the peninsula that brings you as far west as it is possible to go in Ireland.

    The foreground is bathed in a golden glow, typical of the clear winter light on sunny days in Ireland.

    Panoramic Ireland are running photography workshops and tours in Dingle, County Kerry in 2023. Use the Contact page to find out more or visit: https://panoramicireland.com/photography-workshops-ireland/book-a-dingle-ireland-photo-tour

     

    Written on Thursday, 26 January 2023 12:45 in Photo Tours
  • Path to the Sun, Ireland in Winter - Photographing in the Mountains
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

    Cancer survivor.

    Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

    Path to the Sun, Ireland in Winter - Photographing in the Mountains

    This week has seen plenty of cold weather again, nothing too cold but enough for ice, frost and, in some parts of Ireland, snow.

    So we headed into the mountains, to photograph some of the ice and frost, no snow here.

    Here, on the climb towards the ridge and peak there was plenty of white on the hard forestry road.

    And with the late afternoon sun was dipping just below that ridge, the perfect time for a starburst.

    Written on Thursday, 19 January 2023 22:34 in Photo Tours Read more...
  • Using Smart Collections in Lightroom to Find and Group Black and White Images in Adobe Lightroom Classic
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

    Cancer survivor.

    Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

    Using Smart Collections in Lightroom to Find and Group Black and White Images in Adobe Lightroom Classic

    Adobe's Lightroom, known as Lightroom Classic to distinguish it from the cloud-based Lightroom CC, is one of the best image editing programs to be found. Undoubtedly, Lightroom Classic (Not Lightroom CC) is the best image management software by far with no rival to its combined functionality.

    Despite this, there is no easy way to find all black and white images in Lightroom Classic, the closest method is to use Smart Collections.

    Collections are one of Lightroom Classic's best ways to organise images, Smart Collections automatically find and add images based on criteria you set.

    Here I'm going to create a Smart Collection for images that have been marked as Black and White in Lightroom Classic, so all of the images that I have converted to black and white using the program.

    Here's how:

    • In the left hand side panel, scroll down to Collections

    • Click on the + to the right

    • In the context menu choose Create Smart Collection...

     

    Create Smart Collection... in Adobe Lightroom Classic
    Create Smart Collection... in Adobe Lightroom Classic

     

    Written on Friday, 13 January 2023 21:16 in Photography, Photoshop and Post-processing Read more...
  • Winter Walk in the Woods
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

    Cancer survivor.

    Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

    Winter Walk in the Woods

    While researching new locations for photography workshops recently, I found this very scenic woodland for the first time.

    Not a famous location, and all the better for it. This woodland is quiet and has a mixture of native and non-native broadleaf trees.

    Unfortunately it is increasingly being surrounded by large conifer plantations that often result in the decline of these deciduous arboreal islands and the life that exists therein.

    Walking in the Woods, Winter in Ireland
    Walking in the Woods, Winter in Ireland

    I don't think it is an ancient woodland, rare places in Ireland, but it certainly is old and has the look of a very pretty wood indeed with narrow, twisting paths, a river, moss-covered rocks and trees, as well as plenty of wildlife.

    I will be back here to photograph and to lead photography workshops so if you would like to join me to learn how to photograph woodland scenes, contact me to improve your photography in 2023 in Ireland's fantastically scenic woodlands.

    Written on Wednesday, 11 January 2023 19:13 in Guide

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