Fire juggling

Had great fun shooting these images in front square the other week. It was a cold and miserable evening but watching the glow come from the fire as it was spun around was spectacular. The jugglers were really talented.

It can be tricky to get the correct shutter speed when shooting images like these. You want to balance the amount of light coming in and also try and capture what pattern they are trying to display. After a few test shots I managed to a few cool light trails from the fire.

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Back out and about

Well, I haven’t posted here in a while as I’ve been adventuring over the summer and have been busy with some other projects of mine.

It was really great to get out with the camera in nature for the first time in ages. Lot’s of beautiful natural things to photograph all around. Some of my favourite subjects to photograph have been mushrooms over the years. They have so much character, grow in the most random spots and look so groovy! If you haven’t seen my other mushroom post check it here. I also caught a really moody looking mushroom-like cloud over the hills!

The barnaslingan woods near shankhill have become some of my favourite to walk around in. With the winter coming in, I’m really looking forward to shooting it when all the leaves are falling and in colour.

Check out some of my favourite shots from the weekend and check back soon for the colourful winter shots!

 

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Edinburgh botanic gardens

Possibly one of the most beautiful, diverse well kept gardens I’ve been to.

So much to see it was information overload. The highlight for me where the giant redwoods they have plants there from the 1800s. Also the massive greenhouses. Walking through each of the different greenhouses microclimates was so interesting. Seeing the coffee plants and cocoa plants were cool! They were fruiting and now I know where two of my favourite foods come from haha.

Here are a few pics of some of the interesting flowers that where in bloom inside the green houses and a cheaky squirrl who came over to us for some food!

Beltane fire festival Edinburgh

This ancient Celtic festival marks the changing of the seasons in an Iron age ritual of performance and lighting of the ceremonial Beltane bonfire.  Set on Calton hill in Edinburgh, a procession of different characters paraded and performed around the hill.

There was wild dancing, drumming and offerings made to the different characters involved. The procession stopped at various points around the hill and a performance took place. The actors were amazing! Completely in character and not holding back. The costumes, installations and art were also so well done! Beautiful pieces were present across the hill. The lighting of the fire arch was one of the most spectacular events along with the igniting of the bonfire at the end. It was a windy night and the fire was roaring around. The heat was intense from it.

Here’s a guide to the different characters on the night: Characters.

It was hard to photograph with the crowds and it being night time but here are some of my favourites from the evening. Click in and enjoy.

Trinity campus bird walk

For Trinity week I went on a guided bird walk of the campus.

I had literally no idea there were so many different varieties of birds on campus. All the trees and hidden gardens create a microcosm for the birds to thrive in. Normally you just see the cheeky Seagulls trying to knick people’s lunches or the feral Pigeons bopping around on one gammy leg. We saw Redwings, Robins, Mistel trush (One was in a nest) Blue tits, Willow warblers, wood pigeons, crows, black birds, Wrens and Magpies.

It wasn’t a particularly nice day out but I managed to snap a few different varities.

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The Phil 332nd session AGM shoot

Really fun to shoot the members of the 332nd sitting of the Trinity college Philosophical society. The Phil is the world’s oldest college society having been founded in 1683. The society is steeped in tradition and is housed in the oldest building on campus the GMB (Grand memorial building). The society runs many events throughout the year mainly involving debates and discussions with high profile guests. This year saw the honorary patronage medal being awarded to film director Martin Scorsese. Thanks again to the Phil for the opportunity to shoot them. Check out some of  my favorite photos below. The rest can be seen on the Phil’s Facebook page here.

 

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Glendalough

Had the pleasure of helping organise a tour of Glendalough in Co. Wicklow with the Trinity college photography society (DUPA). The tour was in conjunction with The light hunters who gave us all tips and tricks to get the best shots on the day

The national park has two main lakes, many waterfalls and historic early Christian sites including a majestic intact round tower.

Here are a few of my choice photos of the day. Click in and enjoy. 🙂

 

Festival of Holi

It was so much fun to shoot the celebration event of Holi in front square in Trinity College Dublin on Monday. This Hindu Festival represents the coming of spring, victory of good over evil and Love. It’s an ancient Hindu festival and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.

The sun was beaming down and the crowd were ecstatic throwing the colours in the air and at each other. Trying to get shots off was challenging but all part of the fun! Still trying to get the colours out of my hair and camera haha…

I’d love to get to India some day for the real deal! Pray to Vishnu.

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Fashion magazine shoot

Absolute great fun to shoot for Trinity Fashion magazine the other week. The wonderful KT O’Neill was providing pointers and tips to everyone involved. Playing around with the Light and different angles was interesting and I got a few decent shots in the end :p . Shooting was in the Geology Museum building with the wonderful models from TFS.

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Trinity economic forum

It was great being involved in shooting part of the Trinity economic forum 2017 with TEF.

The Saturday opening talk at the Science gallery Dublin was on fraud in economics and was given by William Black (Economist & former bank regulator). This was followed by an interesting and heated panel debate on Trump and his economic policys. Lastly, Dr. Stephen Kinsella (Economist, Journalist, Deputy Chair of the HEA (Higher Education Authority) and consultant to the Bank of England) gave an insightful talk titled ‘Small states in the age of Trump’. Really well run event and a pleasure to be involved. Click in and check out some of my photos from the event below.