I had a little treat at a recent wedding when the bride and groom had arranged for a quick stop off at the Clarence Hotel, which sits on the south side of the River Liffey in Dublin, for a very quick photoshoot from the penthouse. It’s a room with a view, if ever there was one, so after getting a few photos of the bride and groom I took a moment to do a very fast sweep from left to right, capturing five images in total. And it really was a moment… from start to finish was 14 seconds. It could have gone either way in terms of the panorama stitching together nicely, but I think it worked out quite well.  Click through for a short and sweet “how-to” just, you know, in case you ever find yourself on the roof with a view like this.

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It’s always nice when a photograph you take is printed, and even nicer when it’s printed for a good cause. So you might understand why I was a little bit pleased to stumble across a photo of mine in some literature sent out by Dublin Simon as part of a fundraising and information campaign, especially as I hadn’t thought that they would find much use for this particular image – seen above.

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I can barely remember the last time I got to take my camera out to capture a landscape photograph, so when I found myself passing close to Termonfeckin beach in Louth the other day, and with all of about five minutes to spare, I decided to take a short diversion off the motorway to go and see if I could find a photograph.  The light wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible. And the camera I had in the boot of the car was my Fuji X100, so in theory, at least, it should have been up to the job. It was.

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It’s a while since I’ve posted an iPhone shot, and how I wished I had brought one of my ‘proper’ cameras with me this morning as I walked to the Luas (from where I am posting this). Even more than that, how I wished I was somewhere like Sandymount or Ringsend as the sun rose in spectacular fashion. I took the photo above using Hipstamatic, which can – though overused – sometimes make a scene look better than it is. The opposite is true of the photo above which doesn’t do justice to the sky and the rising sun this morning.

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It’s been quiet on the blog for the last 10 days because I’ve been away on a summer (autumn?) holiday.  Just arrived back last night and have a busy week ahead with photographic- and non-photographic- related activities, but I will be finding time to update the blog as I go because I have a few things to post, including photos from my last wedding of the season, a little bit about what I did on my summer holidays (clue: see above), a little about a visit to a camera club that’s coming up this week, and a little bit of rambling on about this and that.  So stay tuned!

I just happened to take a look in the “Drafts” folder of posts for the blog last night and found a few images stashed away in there that I obviously had intended to post, but had, for whatever reason, abandoned.  None of the posts had any text – just images, so I’m not really sure what it was I was intending on writing about them.  So that they don’t spend all their days sitting in that lonely drafts folder, however, I thought I might as well give them their moment in the limelight.  And in doing so, perhaps try to remember in a few words what the circumstances of each shot were.  First up this flower above, which was part of a bunch I bought for Aoife for Valentine’s Day earlier this year.

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I was in Galway at the weekend – my first proper visit of the summer, and an overdue one.  Friday and Saturday were busy days, but Sunday included time for a stroll along the prom in Salthill, and the traditional kick of the wall at the end of it.  We brought our baby with us – I mean Síofra of course, but I also had (as I usually do these days) my X100 in my pocket.  While Aoife had her parents, who were also with us, took Síofra on ahead, I stopped for a moment by this icre cream kiosk.  The building has been there as long as I can remember, but this was the first time I had seen it operating as a kiosk.  It’s a good idea, as it is well situated, and an icecream on the prom is hard to beat to make it feel a bit like summer.

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One aspect of the Fuji X100 that gave me pause for thought when I was considering acquiring one was the fact that it has a single fixed focal length lens.  Would that be limiting?  Would it restrict composition?  Would it limit the subject matter I could shoot with it?  And at 35mm, would it feel too wide?  I hoped that the challenges it presented in terms of composition would be more enjoyable than frustrating, and I was conscious of the fact that more of my photography happens at the wider end of the focal length scale than at the longer end anyway – I live around 24 – 35mm a lot when shooting weddings for instance – and so I didn’t let the lack of flexibility with the lens deter me.  As it turns out I’ve been surprised at how flexible the lens has proven to be, and much of it is down to the fact that you can focus down to 4 inches, which really is quite close.

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I lived in Galway for two and a half years after finishing college and always loved the fact that it was located beside the sea.  I suppose growing up in Cork had got me used to being near the sea, although what with me not being able to swim and having a particularly strong dislike for the feel of sand, it’s hard to fathom how I would have ended up liking being close to the sea at all.  In my twenties I did learn to swim but I’ve never conquered my dislike of the feel of sand between my toes.  Perhaps that’s why, in Galway, I loved the prom – it was a chance to be beside the sea, but without the sand.  And it might be why, lately, I’ve been attracted to Dun Laoghaire and its East Pier as a location for a weekend stroll.

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Cork-based photographer Jamie Lawrence, kicking off what I hope will be a series of guest posts over the next couple of weeks as I try to adjust to new sleep patterns dictated by the new arrival.  Jamie has chosen to blog about a stunning image that makes me really want to go out and try this particular night-time photography technique.

The heavens aligned last Saturday to produce a “supermoon”, where the moon is closer to the Earth than normal and I took the opportunity to try something I’ve been thinking about for a while: turning night into day by shooting long exposures in moonlight. I figured that the supermoon would provide that extra bit of illumination… but unfortunately the weather forecast for Saturday in Kerry was clouds, clouds and a little more clouds. Friday night was forecast to be clear so I settled for an almost-supermoon but, to be honest, any full moon will do.

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