Us Too! Photo Competition Today FM

Us Too!

On the 1st October 2005 we asked people all over Ireland to send in photographs to Today FM of wherever they were, whoever they were with, or whatever they were doing on that day. It was such a big success (the Us book helped raise a €300,000 for Childline) that five years on, we’ve decided to have a go at Us 2, and this time around, the day we want to capture is Saturday 2nd October 2010.
On that day we will be broadcasting live from 11am-2pm on Today FM and inviting listeners all over Ireland once again to send in photos from wherever they are, capturing whatever they are up to.

See full details here Photography Awards 2010

“Capture a unique and personal view of Ireland”
GoIreland invite you to submit photographs that capture a unique and personal view of Ireland using the theme ‘An Eye for Ireland

Winner 2009

Held in association with John Hinde Ireland, the Photography Awards is an international amateur tourist photography competition aimed at showcasing Ireland and its tourism qualities. Open to both Irish holidaymakers and inbound visiting tourists, the Photography Awards invite’s you to use your imagination and skill to capture an image that characterises the country’s tourism qualities. The photograph should attempt to best represent Ireland’s reputation as a picturesque tourism location. Perhaps it may be a view of a well-known tourism setting or a hidden gem that deserves more attention.

The winning photograph of the Photography Awards 2010 will become part of history by being reproduced in the 2012 John Hinde Calendar and distributed throughout the country. The winning amateur photographer will win an award winning Olympus E-PL1 camera.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday, 15th December 2010 (3pm CET).

Enter 2010 Competition
See the winner photos from 2009

Data Recovery

I’ve just spent the last few days recovering my files from a 500gb external drive which corrupted while I was editing photos taken over the weekend. I thought I’d share the experience to emphasise the importance of backing up your photos and to let you know that not all is lost when a hard drive fails.  Read more in the Tutorials section here


The next two meetings will be in August at the RCC as follows;

  • 9th August – Open Session – This will be an open session to give all members an opportunity to discuss or ask questions on any photographic topic. It will also be an opportunity to display all submitted photos in the Themes and submitted sections on the website. If you have some work you want to put online, do it before then and we can view it on the night.
  • 30th August – An introduction to Adobe Lightroom by John Soffe.  John is a member of our club and  as a photographer has worked with the Earagail Arts Festival, the Regional Cultural Centre (Letterkenny) and the Donegal VEC Music Education Partnership. You can view John’s work here
    Due to the limitation of not having a full training suite, this will take the form of a presentation. If you wish to bring along your own laptop, please do.
Adobe Lightroom is designed for your digital photography workflow. Lightroom helps you organize, manage, process, print, and show digital  photographs and can create web sites using your selected images. Lightroom keeps track of your photographs through the creating of Catalogs which are controlled in the Lightroom Library. These catalogs keep track of files, image data, metadata, image ratings and other such information.
I have added a Gallery of photos taken during the Earagail Arts Festival 2010, if you have some photos taken at any event during the fortnight email them and I will post them online. If you have created your own gallery in Picasa Web album or in Flickr, send me a link and I will add that also.
Can I remind you all that if you have photos you wish to submit to the Summer or Seaside Themes, do it as soon as you can.
See you all on the 9th . Happy shooting 🙂

Your Comments & Questions

I have updated the site and added a Comment & Questions section. If you wish to leave a general comment or a question on photography or just introduce yourself, you can do it here.

HDR Image
I was asked about the HDR photo taken on Lough Salt at our first outing. I promised a brief tutorial on how that was created. I have posted that in the Tutorial section here. This is a quick introduction, I am not an expert on HDR but if you have any questions I will try and answer them.

The Circus Comes to Town – Earagail Arts Style !

When the Earagail Arts Festival bring a Circus to town, prepare to see something a bit out of the ordinary.  Check out Les Parfait Inconnus below


This is a great day out and a fantastic challenge to you the photographer. This is an informal day for the club, bring along your friends and family. At the end of the day each member should have a set of photos that best capture some of the colour and energy of this vibrant event.
The event starts at 2:00pm on Sun 11th July. Hope to see you all there.

The EAF site describes it as follows; “A host of leading international circus acts descend on Letterkenny’s Town Park for the annual Earagail Arts Festival Global Village Fete. Alongside live Afrobeat and Highlife from the Yoruba band Oleku in the Wee Festival Big Top, the circus really does come to town with performances by Montreal’s Les Parfait Inconnus, Tumblecircus’ Nouvelle Carny and Kerry’s one and only Italian – Gaelic circus act the Fanzini Brothers, whilst on the park lawns the hugely popular village games provided by Ladder 13, In Your Space Walkabout and storytelling by Compagnie Move spread out like a picnic at the feet of the food, craft and organic growers stalls of the Village Market. An ideal opportunity to sample the fabulous Les Parfait Inconnus before their full indoor shows on Monday 12th at An Grianán Theatre”

Because I am a Girl – Photo Exhibition

Plan Ireland

Children’s charity Plan Ireland would be delighted if you could join them for a Supporter Evening, incorporating a wonderful exhibition of photographs this Wednesday in Letterkenny.

The purpose of the evening is to briefly update attendees on Plan’s work in Haiti some 6 months on, offer a brief overview of Plan’s work in the developing world and to formal thank Donegal County Childcare Community from Ballybofey and North West FAS from Letterkenny for their recent fundraising efforts for our work with girls and Haiti respectively.

The focal point of the evening will be a wonderful selection of including images from World Press Photo winner (2005), Finbarr O’Reilly, entitled ‘Because I am a Girl”. The photographs reflect the central themes that make up Plan’s work – health, education, livelihoods, habitat and relationship building – through the lives of girls.

Plan Ireland will be holding the Supporter Evening in Gallagher’s Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday, June 23rd at 7.00pm for about an hour or so. In attendance will be members of the Plan Ireland team, local dignitaries, and hopefully you, local sponsors, supporters and friends of Plan Ireland in the North West area.

The invitation is extended to your family and friends who might be interesting in hearing about Plan’s work in the developing world. We really would be delighted if you would join us.  Admission is FREE and thanks to the kind sponsorship of local sponsors, light refreshments will be served.

The Earagail Arts Festival

As photographers, we are always looking for an opportunity to shoot the next great image.  Sometimes we need a little encouragement to get us up off our artistic asses and get out there. The fabulous Earagail Arts Festival, now in it’s 22nd year, presents all the encouragement the photographer needs. Very few events locally or nationally match this festival’s “fantastic programme of music, theatre, visual artists, spoken word and outdoor events

From the 3rd – 18th July there are so many event to stimulate the creative juices…from the The Earagail Arts Festival Carnival Parade – Surreal Circus on the 9th to Heaven On Earth (A Surreal Re-Enactment) at Pollan Bay. The full list can be found here Earagail Arts Festival.

Hope to see some of you out and about over the month of July.