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16  General Category / Photography / Winter Wonderland on: December 02, 2010, 12:58:00 pm
Here are some shots from Sat / Sun in Dublin. We've had tons of snow since, we're currently buried under about 14" in Firhouse at the foot of the mountains. I hiked from my house up to the top of Mt. Pelier (Hellfire Club) on foot as there was no way my car could get up there.

Hell freezes over 2 by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

V Tree by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Symmetry on Ice by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

On Thin Ice by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Mute Swan by John C. Murphy, on Flickr
17  General Category / Photography / Re: Frozen Pond on: December 02, 2010, 12:49:37 pm
Lovely shots John.
Funny to see ducks in your backgarden, its not usually where you'd expect them.
Looks like Mr. Cat has taken a fancy to Mr. & Mrs. Duck  Grin
18  General Category / Photography / Re: Forest Photos on: November 19, 2010, 01:03:14 pm
Well done!
You can now claim to be a TV photographer.  Grin
19  General Category / Photography / Re: An afternoon in the Mountains on: November 19, 2010, 12:56:16 pm
Superb images John, really nice to see wildlife such as dear captured in their natural surroundings. I bet the dear spotted you hiking up the track armed with camera and thought lets all go to the bottom and watch him struggle uphill and then grab his attention  Grin

Your probably right Anton.
I could have gone down into the valleys and photograped the deer grazing in the fields, but somehow the shot doesn't look right. The background would be very farm like, the grass short and neat etc. I'm glad I stayed where I was, even though I didn't get many chances to shoot.
20  General Category / Photography / Re: An evening walk on: November 17, 2010, 01:13:21 pm
Beautiful shots Richard. I particularly like number one - awesome sky and the breaking waves lend an ominous feel.
21  General Category / Photography / An afternoon in the Mountains on: November 16, 2010, 10:53:04 pm
Just dipping in again briefly.
I hadn't been out with the camera in a while, but this Sunday I managed to get a few hours up in the Wicklow Mountains. I set out on the track of deer, and after a few hours I managed to get a few shots. What was frustrating was that all the time I was tracking and hiking up in the mountain forests, when I looked down into the valleys I could see hundreds of Deer prancing about in the fields far below me. I did catch sight of a beautiful big red deer stag, but he was too far away for a decent shot  Sad. Anyway, eventually I caught up with a Sika doe and fawn. Click on any of the images for details on the shots.

Moon Forest by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Wild Sika by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Wild Sika Doe by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Deliverance by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) by John C. Murphy, on Flickr
22  General Category / Photography / Re: Forest Photos on: November 16, 2010, 10:18:08 pm
Cracking shots John C. I love the squirrel shot - what a pose.
Thats a Dunnock (Hedge Sparrow) in two and four.
Number one looks like a juvenile chaffinch judging by the markings on the wing and the shape off the bill - could be wrong, but I'm fairly sure.
23  General Category / Photography / Re: Venison or Duck? on: October 05, 2010, 11:36:46 am
John - thanks for the moiré info.
Moiré can be caused by a number of things. Sensor resolution is one (not the case here as I'm at 15Mp). Lighting and repetitive patterns (In this case it is a contributory factor). The main reason for Moiré here I think is a combination of the background pattern and the blades on the Iris of the lens. The best lenses will have lots of circular blades and produce an almost circular opening. The Canon L series 70-200 has 8 circular blades. My (relatively) cheap Sigma 150-500 has 9 diaphragm blades so it shouldn't be such a problem. Therefore the main reason must be the patterns caused by the lighting conditions in the background. Its not too often you run up against this one, so I'm not going to worry about it for now. Undecided

B.T.W. hold down CTRL and ALT then press the letter to get an acute. e.g. áéíóú  Wink
24  General Category / Photography / Re: Chasing a pile of hot air on: October 05, 2010, 09:08:50 am
Lovely images Conor - very evocative.
25  General Category / Photography / Re: Venison or Duck? on: October 05, 2010, 09:07:02 am
Mark - the glass is a Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 APO DG OS (its welded on at this stage).

JohnC - The shots were taken in the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains.

I'm not happy with the deer shots - lighting was very difficult (bright light and deep shade), and there is a lot of moiré, caused by the background and the lighting conditions I think (a gaussian blur would relieve it but the shots not worth the effort). Most importantly they are not pin sharp.
26  General Category / Photography / Venison or Duck? on: October 04, 2010, 08:39:29 pm
A couple of shots from this weekend. On Saturday I went down to Ballsbridge to pick up my son who was at a music fair. I cut through Herbert Park and was surprised to see a collection of Mandarin Ducks - about five pairs and juveniles. On Sunday I escaped for a few hours up the Wicklow Mountains tracking a Sika Stag.

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Wild Sika Stag 1 by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Wild Sika Stag 3 by John C. Murphy, on Flickr
27  General Category / Photography / Re: Fall in the Eastern Sierra Nevada of California on: October 04, 2010, 08:23:42 pm
Beautiful shots Richard. Really is the BIG country, awesome sense of the scale of the place.
28  General Category / Photography / Re: The rest of the Owl Centre Birds on: October 04, 2010, 08:19:59 pm
Fabulous shots John. Well done. Looks like it was a great day out too. Hard to pick a favourite, I think number 7 is very natural looking and I love the one of the little owl in the hole.
29  General Category / Photography / Re: Extremely close lightning photo on: September 04, 2010, 07:37:58 pm
Wow - amazing shot. Never seen a lightning strike like that before. I'd love a chance to try photographing something as extreme.
30  General Category / Photography / Re: How I spent two days on: August 30, 2010, 09:15:04 pm
Some very nice work there John.
That old church in the first two is very photogenic and Blagdon Church looks like an epic location.
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