A dozen members met up at O’Donnells pub in Mounthawk at 2 pm on Sunday 25th of March and as forecast we had glorious warm weather but unfortunately there was a hazy sky which was not conducive to taking landscape photography. Before the off we set ourselves the following goals and photograph as many of the following as possible:
Harbour scene, beach scene, wildlife, architecture, a ruin, flora, landscape, candid street scene, pub or shop front, a portrait of a member and finally take a picture using fill flash.
We arrived in Dingle around 3 and gave ourselves 40 minutes to have a walk around the town to take pictures of Street Scenes, Doorways and Buildings. We then left for Slea Head and the Grotto and those of us who stopped managed to get some fine shots of very obliging Herring Gulls who allowed us to get very close. From there we went to Dunquin and stopped at a car park with spectacular views of the Blasket Islands and we then had a well-deserved coffee break in the Dunquin Pottery Shop and Cafe. After that we made one more stop at the Kilmalkedar Romanesque Ruin near the village of Murreagh. We lingered in the area for a long time soaking up the beauty of the landscape and watching the sunset. All in all it was a great day.
At the March 22nd meeting we watched around 20 minutes of an hour long video with Jeff Cable on how to take good portraits with as little gear as possible and then we put some of it into practice. The main shot we tried to replicate was to shoot a picture that only lit the subject and consequently did not show any background clutter. After getting the set up to work correctly all of those with Canon Cameras achieved the shot unfortunately those with Nikon’s and Pentax could not as the cable would only work with the Canon brand.
I hope to see you all at our next meeting on April 5th and I look forward to seeing you best shots in the Open Competition for which there will be a €5 entry fee.
For further information contact Francis Foley on 087 905 4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at http://ardfertcameraclub.weebly.com. Remember that we always welcome new members and guests to the club which has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, no need to have a fancy camera, come along and learn how to take better pictures. Francis Foley