art, Design, Photography, surf, surfing

Bing Dharma Surfboard

I bought this little beauty last year, and have barely been out on it due to lack of free time.

Its a 6’2 Bing Dharma, Simmons-inspired retro fish with quad fin setup. Shaped in California by Matt Calvani. Slightly rolled bottom transitioning into a vee. Concave deck with beveled, turned down rails. Volume is around 39L. Wide/Butt swallow tail. Pretty flat rocker for glide and paddle power. 6+4oz on top, 4oz on the bottom. Volan cloth.

Good for waist high mush to overhead barrels – have yet to see overhead barrels!

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All photos were taken on the iPhone 5s. I’ll get round to taking some better ones with a proper camera someday.

If you would like to know more about this board feel free to ask as question.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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Wordless Wednesday: Water & Light

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Architecture, art, Design, Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, Uncategorized

The First Faint Noise of Gently Moving Water….

This scene caught my eye on a recent visit to Dun Laoghaire: The words of James Joyce in the foreground, and in the background, right of centre,  the controversial new library.

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Architecture Without Architects: Sand Martins

Beautiful work by these amazing little birds. They are a joy to watch. Check out the excavated dust at the bottom of the picture.SB_iphone5s_20140622_0002_web

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Living Art Project

Wexford Arts Centre recently commissioned me to photograph a workshop as part of the Living Art Project. The class was run by Orla Bates, and took place at St. Ann’s NS, Rathgarogue, New Ross.

Orla is very good with the children, and they were all enthusiastic, creating some great work. SB_LA_20140129_0131_web

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Stones that look a bit like Surfboards.

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Had a bit of fun on the beach the other day looking for stones that look a bit like surfboards. Mine is the brown one second from left, Hanna’s and the kid’s make up the rest. Which one do you think looks most like a surfboard?

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Sculptures at the National Gallery of Ireland.

During the Easter break, we (wife, kids and I) made a day trip to Dublin town and visited the National Gallery of Ireland. Our kids are prolific artists and go through reams of A4 paper faster than a small office.

I have long admired the architecture of the Millennium Wing of the Gallery, and have on occasion stopped in to have a coffee, but I have not visited the gallery spaces since I was a child, (a long, long, time ago).

Some of the art collections had No Photography signs, but I didn’t see any prohibited signs in the sculpture gallery so I whipped out the mobile phone ( I forgot to bring my ‘real’ camera) and got up close and personal.

The collection contains many fine European 18th century marbles, and a large number of sculptures by Irish artists. If you are any way interested in art, the Gallery is well worth a visit.
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Photoshoot at Wexford Tattoo_Photojournalism Practice

Today I spent an hour or so shooting Kevin Killeen, master tattooist, at work in his Wexford Tattoo studio. A real professional, and good taste in music too; Hank Williams just got a new fan.

I felt a bit like a mosquito buzzing round the relatively small studio trying to land in the right places to get the best shots. At times i found myself wanting a 35mm lens; sometimes the 50mm is just not wide enough. I sold my 24-105mm last year; it was big and slow, and, besides, my photography improved using only one focal length; the 50mm.

After shooting off approx 100 frames, I thanks the lads and said my goodbyes. I knew i had got a few good shots, but i felt that somehow i didn’t get THE shot. did you ever get that feeling? Its important to know when to stop shooting, and when to hang around that little bit longer, just in case….

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