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)

Christmas photos from Dun Laoghaire Pier

Christmas photos from Dun Laoghaire Pier

Some photos taken from Dun Laoghaire pier – the bandstand was outlined with some Xmas lights (though the protective barriers around it did take away from the impact).

Xmas lights on bandstand - facing out towards Howth

Seafront and bandstand from Dun Laoghaire East Pier

Xmas lights on the bandstand - the Royal Marine Hotel (Dun Laoghaire) is on the LHS int he distance

Dun Laoghaire (Town Hall in the distance) from the East Pier

Seafront from L-R : Royal Marine Hotel, Shopping Centre, Pavilion Centre, with the church steeple appearing above

Xmas lights on the Town Hall in Dun Laoghaire

Happy Christmas everyone.


Food Photography – Alexis Bar & Grill, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Food Photography – Alexis Bar & Grill, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Alexis bar & grill in Dun Laoghaire has been open for nearly 5 years now – and going strong from the start. Recently, they decided to revamp the menu, the interior and their website.

I’ve been taking photographs for them since they first opened, and I’m also a happy customer. The photos below show some of the photos I did for their new website ( as well as some of my own favourites.

(Update – sadly Alexis has now closed and a different restaurant has replaced it in the same location. However Alan O’Reilly – they chef/co-owner from Alexis is now running the Wildeside Café in Cabinteely. No website yet – just twitter and facebook)

First the interior :

Alexis Sign

Counter with plant and wine bottles in the background.

Revamped interior of Alexis Bar & Grill, Dunleary

Some detail images from the interior

Interior View - Alexis

Now – on to the food :

Puff Pastry lid

Goat's Cheese

Wild Rabbit closeup

Wild Rabbit




Roast loin of wild Wicklow venison, pickled black cherries, beetroot, organic parsnip


Last but not least – the desserts :

Valrhona Chocolate Plate

Blackberry Dessert

Clementine cheesecake dessert

Tart with cream & custard

And a few behind the scenes photos :

Waiter at the pass, waiting for the orders to come through

Chef with food

Chef and waiter at the pass

Bear in mind that some of the menu consists of daily or seasonal specials – so not everything pictured above will be available on a given day.

Ferris wheel

Ferris wheel

Photos of the “Jubilee” ferris wheel and roundabout from the Dun Laoghaire Festival.

Ferris Wheel on front of the Royal Irish Yacht Club

Ferris Wheel at twilight

Side view of Ferris Wheel


Rotating Wheel

Roundabout with ferris wheel int he background




More difficult to take than I expected. The wheel wasn’t turning very fast, and I found it hard to get a long enough exposure to get really good light trails. I suppose I should have used an ND filter – but didn’t have one with me (hadn’t really expected to need one for this !).

“Winter Wonderland” – Crosthwaite Park

“Winter Wonderland” – Crosthwaite Park

Well, like everyone else, we’ve been having the same cold and snowy weather here in Dun Laoghaire. Here are a few photos taken in Crosthwaite Park, during the recent snowfalls. I’ve already used some of them for my custom Christmas Cards, which I get printed every year.

I don’t have any weddings to photograph until next week – so I wonder will they also be literally “white weddings”. I’ll have to be careful to make sure that all those white dresses don’t get lost with a snowy background ! In the meantime, I can do my indoor work – and enjoy looking out at the snow.

Crosthwaite Park pillar sign

Long shadow cast over the park

Snow and icicles on a tree in Crosthwaite Park

Snow & Berries

Berries and snow in the park

Snow on park railings

Tree trunk and Crosthwaite Park East

Monochrome tree photo