Summer at Farmleigh

Summer at Farmleigh

I took these during a recent visit to Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. Spring blossoms and fresh growth.

Apple Blossom

Apple Blossom


Hops

Hops


Wisteria

Wisteria


Peony

Peony

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Just a brief departure from my normal photographs in honour of our national holiday (and wine is another of my interests, apart from photography). The label is a humorous special version from Niepoort – they produce one from different countries each year, and now it’s Ireland’s turn. You can buy the actual wine in the Wicklow Wine Company, among other places.

Sásta wine label from Niepoort - St. Patrick driving out the snakes

Here’s the bottle of the wine to go with the label (different vintage, though) :

Sásta Wine bottle

I won’t be opening it just yet, and will report back then ! However, I’ve never had a bad bottle of wine from Niepoort

My Photo Used in dlrtimes Magazine

My Photo Used in dlrtimes Magazine

Recently, the largest cruise line in the world – Queen Mary 2 – visited Dun Laoghaire. I posted some photos of this on my Facebook (personal) page – and one of them has now been used in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council magazine – dlrtimes.

Here’s my original photo :

Queen Mary 2 seen from Bulloch Harbour

In the images below, I’ve added some details from the magazine as well as two recent cameraphone photos taken in Bulloch Harbour, and nearby Coliemore Harbour.

dlrtimes masthead dlrtimes article with my photo Bulloch Harbour during the "Golden Hour" Coliemore Harbour

Photography Training in London

Photography Training in London

I truly believe you never stop learning. So, each year, I set aside some time (and money) to attend photography workshops and training. This year, I attended the Societies Photo Convention and classes in London. Overall, I must have gone to about 12 different seminars and classes. Some on different aspects of photography, and some on the business of photography. The photos which follow are a few I took when I had a little free time before returning home again. They were taken in the Trafalgar Square/Chinatown areas – some on a pretty wet evening.

 

You can view some photos taken by me on a portraiture workshop during the same trip here :  Portraiture Workshop Photos

 

Food Photography – Terry Lyons – Masterchef Ireland 2012 Contestant

Food Photography – Terry Lyons – Masterchef Ireland 2012 Contestant

I recently had the opportunity to take photographs of some food prepared by Terry who has now reached the final of the RTE Masterchef Ireland competition. At the time of posting, I know he’s in the final – the last 3 remaining contestants – but I don’t know who actually wins. So, Good Luck Terry – and also good luck to Nicha and Tamarin. It’s a huge achievement to get this far. Hope they all manage to benefit from the experience.

(Update : Tamarin won ! – the other websites are Terry and Nicha-Twitter)