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31  General Category / Photography / Re: Donegal Revisited on: August 30, 2010, 09:08:16 pm
Lovely shots Paul, I love the colours in the sunset clouds.
32  General Category / Photography / Re: Fireworks Display At Ballyronan Marina - Aug 27th on: August 29, 2010, 05:19:14 pm
Beautiful shots Martin - well done.
33  General Category / Photography / Re: Salmon Derby Day on: August 29, 2010, 05:17:06 pm
Excellent sunrise shot Richard. Really like it. Cool
34  General Category / Photography / Re: First Macro on: August 26, 2010, 05:07:36 pm
Excellent first Macros.
I'm no expert at Macro photography but here are some pointers that have helped me.
1. The usual tripod and remote trigger are essential and mirror lockup if you want to get really into it.
2. Set an aperature ratio to give you enough depth of field for the area of interest in the shot, but not too much that your background doesn't blur (usually not an issue).
3. Using Manual focus will usually do away the wrong points of interest being selected by AF.

35  General Category / Photography / Re: A Warm Summer Evening on: August 26, 2010, 04:53:46 pm
Excellent shots Richard. That panoramic of the bridge especially.
Hope you haven't forgotton that mission of a moonrise shot between one of the spans. Now that would be awesome  Cool
36  General Category / Photography / Re: A bit of a catchup on: August 26, 2010, 04:50:20 pm
Thanks for all your kind comments - photography is all thats kept me sane all summer, your comments help of course  Grin
37  General Category / Photography / Re: A bit of a catchup on: August 24, 2010, 01:46:02 pm
Top class shots man! Excellent ! What glass you using?

Hi Conor,
Most of  the shots above are shot using Sigma 150-500mm (BigmOS) at 500mm, even the sunset (not a very landscape lens).
The Macros were done with a Sigma 70-300mm and the M27 is my 500D direct attached to the scope using a T adapter/T ring, scope is a C8N-GT.
You can click on any of the above shots and you'll get more detail and camera settings on each shot.
38  General Category / Photography / Re: Something new to Photograph on: August 23, 2010, 12:20:48 am
Amazing shots Richard.
I totally agree, BIFs are much more difficult than Sports photography. I've spent quite some time this summer trying to get a decent flying swallow shot (still not happy with the results).
39  General Category / Photography / A bit of a catchup on: August 22, 2010, 11:58:27 pm
Sorry to have been out of the frame for so long. Between a hectic work schedule, a crashed laptop and Flickr doing away with BB code links I haven't posted in some time. I hate to post and run, but that appears to be what I'm doing. Anyway, I've spent some time trying to get a decent shot of flying swallows - a satisfactory result still eludes me. Anyway here are some pics from my hectic summer, these are my moments of peace (without photography I'd be burned out). Sorry about the amount of shots, but I don't know when I can get back here again.

Skimming Swallow (Hirundo rustica) by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Swallow Splash (Hirundo rustica) by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Flying Swallow (Hirundo rustica) by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

M27 Dumbbell Nebula by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Into the Blue by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

What a tangled web we weave........ by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Hoverfly (Scaeva selenitica) by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Sunset Gold by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Armageddon outta here by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Chopper1 by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Fallow Doe and Fawn by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Flying Swallow by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

Heil Heron by John C. Murphy, on Flickr

40  General Category / Photography / Re: Old houses and messy sky on: June 06, 2010, 01:11:32 am
Lovely shots Conor...
41  General Category / Photography / Re: I got to use my telescope on: June 06, 2010, 12:59:11 am
Well done John - love the Great Crested Grebes.
42  General Category / Photography / Swallow in flight on: June 06, 2010, 12:26:26 am
Sorry I've not been around much - up to my eyes in work at the mo'.

I've set myself the task of getting a decent Swallow BIF. Its almost impossible but with a bit of luck I'll get a decent one before the end of the summer. I've noticed a certain pattern to help, in that they rise slightly before dipping to the water surface to pick off any flies skimming on the surface. At this point they bleed off some speed and allow the best chance to capture a shot. Still not happy with the results but I'll keep on tryin'.

Also - Old man Heron is still goin' strong and giving some nice poses:
43  General Category / Photography / Re: Our Mallards on: April 18, 2010, 11:33:48 pm
Beaut shots John - love the last one also.
44  General Category / Photography / A few birds from this weekend on: April 18, 2010, 11:31:27 pm
Sorry guys - long time no visit, too busy with work etc...
With the good weather I managed to get a few more shots of our local ornithological residents.
Yesterday was quite interesting as a Mute Swan on our local pond attacked a hybrid mallard and laid into his brood of 13 chicks. I'm afraid the swan came out on top killing probably 4 of the chicks. Sorry for not being around more, I'm finding it hard to get time for anything these days, my astronomical endeavours are shot to sh.....

Hooded Crow (Corvus corone cornix)

Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
45  General Category / Photography / Re: Rainbow on: February 28, 2010, 10:52:38 pm
Beautiful rainbow shot. Its hard to get the exposure right on these - well done.
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