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DPS May Competition winner  by David Sheilds

DPS Competition May 2015

A most enjoyable night was had by all at the Drogheda Photographic Society competition held on 7th May 2015.

The night was well attended and one could feel the excitement and tension as examiner, Photographer John Doyle, studied each photograph under the following headings: Exposure, Shutter Speed, Lens Aperture, Camera Lens Focus.

John Doyle is accredited with many awards and accolades in landscape, portrait, press & news, science & nature photography, to mention but a few. We are most grateful for his generous time and expertise given to the Society.

Points allocated for each criterion were totalled and awarded to the winner on the night. It was widely acknowledged by all that John had provided well-structured and helpful feedback in respect of photographs submitted.

Congratulations to David Shields on his award of first prize.

DPS May Competition winner  by David Sheilds

DPS May Competition winner by David Sheilds

 

 

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The MV Trader wreck at Baltray

Our night photography group got together a few weeks ago to catch a sunrise, using the old MV Trader wreck on Baltray strand as our backdrop.
The wreck is a popular landmark for photography enthusiasts, and there appears to be less of it every time we visit as the years take their toll.

SIG.NP.L37.0031-6It was an early start as we had to make sure we were there a little before the sunrise at 08:04 to allow us time to get setup.

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Outings like this allow us to practice some sunrise shots as well as using the incoming tide to attempt reflections.

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A brief history of the wreck

The MV Irish trader was a Hartlepool motor vessel built in 1949 grossing 344 ton’s. According to Wrecksite.eu, she was carrying 410 tonnes of fertiliser  on her last voyage which was bound for Bristol in England.
However she ran aground in 1974 on Baltray strand and became the local landmark that we have all come to know.
Over the years, she has gradually been reduced to a small portion of the bow and an even smaller stern.

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My Drogheda by Wayne Floyd

Part one of a two part series from one of our members – Wayne Floyd

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I have been a native of Drogheda for the past 42 years. I love the town, the people and what it has to offer. It was once said to me that Drogheda is the centre of the universe, and it totally is for me. Even with its familiar grey old buildings, they have stood the test of time and that only brings character to them. In the last ten to twelve years the town has undergone a massive change. Some would say for the better but for me it’s not the same. I wish they had made West street  pedestrian only and allowed more space for street furniture. I also wish we had a town square. It is a great town but like all growing towns, cracks begin to show, just my opinion. Here are a few photographs I have taken of the town. Taken with the camera on my phone. I love the square format again all my images have the same border and format. Please feel free to comment good or bad. Its always good to get feed back.

Thank you all, Wayne J Floyd.

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This Image was taken with a Samsung S3. I used the App Vignette to place a border and change it from a colour image to black and white. I used a high contrast to get the blacks darker.

 

Lone man Drogheda Photographic society

This Image was taken with a Samsung S3. I used the App Vignette to place a border and change it from a colour image to black and white. I then rant it through Instagram and again changed the border. I felt that this image had to be taken to capture the loneliness I perceived as an onlooker. Its not that I felt sorry for him, more wondering ‘what he was thinking’.
I went to primary school with this man.

 

 

Quays

This Image was taken with a Samsung S3. I used the App Vignette to place a border and change it from a colour image to black and white.

 

 

Pearse Park

This Image was taken with a Samsung S3. I used the App Vignette to place a border and change it from a colour image to black and white. I then ran it through Instagram, again I changed the border and also the Black and white to a filter called ‘sutro’. I decided last year that on the 28th of every month I would post a mini-series on one topic. Containing six photographs this is the first one of the series called ‘Pearse Park’ (must be said with a Drawda accent).

 

 

Pearse Park for Drogheda Photographic Society

This Image was taken with a Samsung S3. I used the App Vignette to place a border and change it from a colour image to black and white. I then ran it through Instagram, again I changed the border and also the Black and white to a filter called ‘sutro’. Again from the Mini-series ‘Pearse Park’

 

Town Centre

This Image was taken with a Samsung S3. I used the App Vignette to place a border and change it from a colour image to black and white. I then put it through the App Snapspeed, again I changed the border and added a out of focus filter to the edges. This is one of my many Street Photography images. This is a field of Photography which I like a lot, Street Photography has really grown since the introduction of mobile phone photography.

 

West Street

This Image was taken with a Samsung S3. I used the App Vignette to place a border and change it from a colour image to black and white. I then put it through Instagram, again I changed the Black and white to a filter called ‘Hefe’. This is another image from my Street Photography collection.

 

 

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The Old Drogheda Cement Quarry

Back in June and July, we got a chance to visit the old Irish Cement quarries in Drogheda.

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The Main Pond

The quarry is a huge unused landmass that is (unfortunately in our view) closed to the public,  it was last in use as the Drogheda Corporation landfill site, which prior to that was a large limestone quarry used by Irish Cement since the 1930s.

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However due to the lack of human interference, It has become an excellent pocket of urban wildlife, as well as a great location for abandoned urban scenes with some small areas of disused buildings and long since vandalised equipment.

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Ian’s pic of the main quarry pond is a six photo stitch shot at 24mm. iso 100. f18. shutter speed 1/50. He also used a graduated filter which helped to bring down the brightness of the sky so it wouldn’t be blown out with the slow shutter speed. The shutter was that slow because of the small aperture used.

We managed two separate visits, once on a weekend afternoon and the second was a night shoot in July.

For the day outing, the quarry’s plant life was ablaze with colour, and the beautiful sunshine added to the enjoyment of the day, and for the night outing we got to shoot some sunset scenes as well as some steel wool amid some abandoned vehicles and equipment, needless to say we left everything exactly as we found it, .

Just click on any of the images to get a larger view.

One of our members pretending to be a Tree during my sunset shot

One of our members pretending to be a Tree during my sunset shot

A Steel Wool sample from our night out in the old Drogheda Quarry

A Steel Wool sample from our night shoot in the old Drogheda Quarry

 

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Spin and Zoom

An introduction to Spin and Zoom by David Sheilds, from one of our recent group outings at the Bridge of Peace in Drogheda.

I first discovered this technique on You Tube from an American photographer called Bryan Peterson. This was my first time trying this technique and boy, did I get lucky.

The subject was the graffiti located underneath the bridge of peace on the South bank. I shot in aperture priority mode, and as this technique requires a ‘relatively’ long exposure time I dropped my ISO and aperture to my camera lens lowest settings.

Using my kit lens, ie the 18-55mm, I focused on the 3A in the picture at 18mm. Switching to manual focus, as I pressed the shutter release button I zoomed the lens to 55mm while at the same time rotating the camera/my hand from a three o’clock position to a twelve o’clock position.

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Bridge of peace grafitti spin & zoom

Camera Settings
 
Nikon                  D5200
Lens                    18-55mm kit lens
ISO                      100
Aperature          f22
Shutter Speed   1/3 second

Technique by Bryan Peterson displayed here:

 

 

 

 

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Stately home visit

A short article from our Co-ordinator Paul Murray on one of his days out describing the image below.

The sky was blotted with scattered puffy white clouds. Intense sunlight drenched the scene. After mounting the camera on a tripod, I followed my line of discipline which is based on the checklist of camera settings and values listed below:

— Manual Mode

— ISO

— Shutter Speed

— Lens Aperture Value

— Camera Lens Focus / Automatic

The resulting photograph was unacceptable.

Shadows were clearly defined but the highlights were without image details. I waited for the sun to become obscured by cloud cover.

As I watched the blanket of light change from undiluted intense sunlight to diffused light I knew the brightness range was shorter. The camera was now capable of rendering the full brightness range.

Its not a photograph I would expect to excite the viewer or take first place in a Photo Competition but I like it – and for me, that makes it
special.

Specifications

Pentax
Wide Angle Lens / Low Zoom Number
Lens Aperture Value: f22
Shutter Speed: 1/2 of a second
ISO 100
Camera Lens Focus / Automatic Mode
File Format: jpeg
Tripod / yes

 Paul Murray

 

 

 

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A Stone’s Throw

Our last entry is the winning picture in the DPS advanced level competition

In April and May, The Drogheda Photographic society had a series of in house competitions that cover beginner and higher level entries.
The purpose is to help members learn and develop their photography within a group environment.

The last entry is from Daz, which as you can see below, is a unique and outstanding perspective of the Giant’s Causeway .

He also gave us a little insight into how it came about…..

After braving a windy walk down the trail to the causeway, the heavens opened, leaving the throngs of sightseers huddled together in any available shelter points. A 30 minute wait and the rain stopped, allowing these small dots on the landscape to seep gradually back out onto the basalt.
The sky began to clear leaving behind wisps of now empty clouds. Taking a somewhat unconventional viewpoint looking back towards land from the waters edge, the pattern of the stones and the perspective created by them as they point towards the cliff, weight the composition in the bottom third. The stones lead the eyes toward the cliff and from there to the cliff top, which seems to stretch and reach further into the sky. The peak is centrally composed, while supported by the mass of stone column foundations beneath.
With poor weather, wet, cold and overcast, a short reprieve thankfully offered a brief chance to capture the natural beauty of this landscape on this visit.

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DazThe photograph was taken in Raw, at 17mm, 1/40s, f18, ISO 200. Post processing was carried out using Lightroom.