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Bluebells, Moore Abbey, Co Kildare.

The start of May signals the commencement of trips to the woods for the bluebell season.  Due to the cold weather, the bluebells were forecast to bloom later this year, so I was surprised on our first trip down to the Moore Abbey woods in Monasterevin, Co Kildare to see so many bluebells out.  The wood is managed by Coillte and on my first trip a few years back was disappointed to find the wood covered by a lot of dead branches and twigs from the management process.  However, I was please to find that this time around these seem to have been cleared or at least taken over by the forest and the wood appeared green and lush.

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Hooked on Flowers

This is starting to build into a little mini-series, well two to be precise. The first is the back lit white background while the second is the opposite with a single flower against a black background.  The second series came about after a tabletop workshop at South Kildare Photography Club. I was responsible for one of the tables, showing how to set-up the shot and then guiding the members in the execution as well as any other queries they may with their camera gear. My demonstration was of course the backlit single flower with using the flash as the background.  My subject for the demo was a single white chrysanthemum.  Having taking some members through the process with the flash and also without the flash using a white background card, I had a spare 10 minutes at the end of the night to fill.  I decided to try the flower against a black background without a a flash and just using a diffuser panel to soften the light from the overhead fluorescent tubes.

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Crocus Flower

Following on from the pleasing results of my macro flower experimentation a few weeks back, I decided to head out into the garden to capture the emerging crocuses bringing the first burst of colour to the garden. The difficulty in shooting in the garden is isolating the flower from the background which can tend to be messy with fences and other plants.  To get this shot I had to mount the central column of my tripod upside down to enable the camera to sit a inch or so off the grass to get down level with the flower.  This meant the camera was actually upside down and the first task in post was to rotate the image back through 180 degrees. 

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And now for something completely different

This post is a step away from my normal landscape photography into the world of still life and macro photography.  I shot this on a saturday afternoon in the house.  The daisy is backlit with the small softbox acting as the white background for the shot.  The photo was shot with a sigma 17-70 f2.8-4, while not a true macro len, has macro capability allowing a very short focal distance to the subject.  I used a piece of white card to bounce some light back onto the front of the flower.

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Google+ Project 52: 2012

This year I decided to undertake a photography project to give me some targets to aim for during the year and too keep me shooting.  With the best will in the world, I knew I did not have the time or commitment to go the whole hog and shoot a 366-photo-a-day project, so when I read on Google+ that +Giuseppi Basile was curating a Project 52 I thought it would be the perfect project for the year.  One photo per week with the additional challenge of a set theme per week.

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Food Photography Workshop by Scott Heimendinger, Edible: The Taste of Things to Come, Dublin Science Gallery

This is not a food blog, but like my passion for photography, I also have a deep love of food.  I blog about photography, my wife blogs about food, we enjoy our love of food together and have had the pleasure of sharing many a beautiful meal at restaurants across the world.

Adrienne, through her social media food blogging friends, learned of a new exhibition called Edible: The Taste of Things to Come running at the Science Gallery, Dublin.   The event which caught Adrienne’s eye and thought would be perfect for me was a Food Photography Workshop run by Seattle Food Geek AKA Scott Heimendinger.

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