art, Ireland, Landscapes, Photography

Mamiya 7 Test Roll #1

My Mamiya 7 camera body has been – gathering dust on the shelf – without a lens for over a year. I recently got lucky and found a 65mm lens in good condition for a reasonable price. Delighted to see no light leaks, and shutter speeds are working fine. Images are pretty much straight out of the camera with little or no photoshopping.

I love medium format film photography.

 

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Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, travel

November Morning Beach Walk

Sunday morning is the perfect time to go for a walk, and if you have a dog there is no better place to let them off the leash and chase the birds.

I have fond childhood memories of going for long weekend walks with my own family on the local beach and dunes.

The beach is ever changing: Somedays it’s calm, others its crazy wild. Sands shift upwards and downwards of 2 metres, revealing and concealing. Storms eat away the land, and bring in flotsam from all over the world. Last weekend I found what looked like a transmission engine from a motor car. How does something like this get carried in the sea, and from where?

And of course, if you have a dog, there is nearly always a big of doggy socialising to be done.

Coastal erosion at Seaview, Kilmore, 2013.

Coastal erosion at Bastardstown beach.

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Low tide.

washed up motor on seaview beach, Wexford, Ireland.

Washed up motor – approx 2ft long.

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Ever changing light.

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One of many empty summer houses.

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A bit of doggy socialising.

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Ireland, Landscapes, Photography

Wordless Wednesday

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Landscapes, Photography

Chasing the light

 

Back in December amidst the madness that is the run up to Christmas I spotted in the distance some glorious light shining through the cloudbreaks. I grabbed the camera, took a spare roll of film from the fridge, started up the car, and literally raced towards one of the local beaches.

There was a cold Easterly wind blowing, and in my rush to chase the light I forgot the tripod. Holding a small camera (M6) steady in low temperatures and freezing wind is not the easiest. I must have spent the bones of an hour taking around forty photographs of the scene, watching the light change, moving forwards and backwards, left and right. With only a few frames left, the guy in the bottom right of the frame arrived and started digging for bait. I took a few more photographs until the winder would move forward no more.

The film was sent off to John Gunn’s Camera Shop in Dublin for processing and scanning. The wait for negatives to return from a lab is a little like waiting for Santa to arrive; one never really knows what one will get.

I have looked through the contact sheet a few times and this image is my initial favourite. I realise in time this may change, but for now this is my catch of the day!

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Architecture, Ireland, Landscapes, Photography

Johnstown Castle, September 2012.

Johnstown Castle built between 1810 and 1855.

Inside the extensive walled garden.

A pretty long glasshouse.

 

A sea of steps leads up to the upper garden & old melon yard

Manmade landscape.

All of these images were made while testing the Sony NEX 7 mounted with Leica M glass on a Novoflex adapter. Lens used: 35mm Summicron, which effectively becomes a 50mm due to the 1.5 crop factor of the APS-C sensor.

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