#wideanglewednesday

Another #wideanglewednesday post, again from my Tokina 12-24mm f4 lens on the EOS1100D

This week, we were walking the dog in Mullaghreelan Wood, Kilkea, and I just love the wide view of the trees.

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Craig Lucas

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Glendalough, County Wicklow, with an Ultra Wide lens

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A lovely morning for Good Friday this year, so we gathered up the kids and headed up into County Wicklow. Literally heading “up” as we went into the mountains and through the Wicklow Gap to visit Glendalough.

I brought the lightweight Canon EOS1100D, with my (heavy) Tokina 12-24mm f4 ultra-wide lens.

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I’ve been using the lens for a while, and getting only so so results. I tend to shoot a lot of Portraits wide open, and  I have had some problems with focusing. I don’t think it’s a weakness in the lens as such, more a fact of not using it in the right way. It tends to be a bit soft at f4, and indoors I find it struggles to find focus from lack of available light.

Out in the sun today, I had it stopped down to f8, and fairly fast speeds from 1/125 and upwards. The results were great! I can now see what this lens was meant for.

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I think I may add the 11-16mm f2.8 to my wish list for the indoor shots.

Craig Lucas

Location, Location, Location…

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As you may have guessed from my photos, I love taking pictures outdoors. I am always looking for new places to photograph, and locations for photo-shoots.

With a very hectic work and family life, I need places which are near to home, about an hour’s drive is about my limit, especially if I bring the kids as their patience runs out in about half that!

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Yesterday I visited the picturesque village of Moone in County Kildare. The girls had a great time in the playground there, and we also visited the Moone High Cross, a place I’ve  heard quite a lot about since we moved to the area eleven years ago, but I had never gotten around to visiting.

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Both the village and the High Cross are bursting with photographic opportunities, so I’ll definitely be heading back that way again soon.

Craig S Lucas

A Satisfying day with Sam McCauley’s…

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A very busy day at St Aiden’s Hall in Bunclody today, but very satisfying too. I got a lot of lovely photos and we had a good bit of dress up fun along the way.

A big thank you to the lovely Niamh for all the help she gave me during the day.

Here is a small sample of the images taken today, the The Sam McCauley’s photo-shoot was so successful we are already talking of doing another!

Craig Lucas

 

Eureka! The G11 Moment…

I have a Canon G11 which I picked up cheaply a while ago. I’ve never been particularly impressed with the results. No matter how I set it up I’ve always been disappointed with the final image.

We went to the beach recently and I decided to bring it along as I didn’t want to risk my DSLR getting sand or sea damage along the way. The G11 being a camera I thought I could afford to lose if the worst did happen.

While were out, I had my “Eureka” moment.

It occurred to me that I had the wrong attitude to the camera. I had been using it as a smaller version of my DSLR, and was trying to obtain results of a similar quality.  In fact, I needed to think of it as an advanced Compact camera.

I adjusted my settings according to that mind set. I left the camera in P mode (Programmed Auto), although I still shot in RAW so that I could correct things later if they went wrong. Then I just kept snapping, My Dad called it “the machine gun approach,” fire enough bullets and you’re going to hit something.

I was quite pleased with what I got out of it in the end, the G11 is not the lost cause I originally thought.

Craig Lucas

 

Communions in Bennekerry

Saturday 10th May, and the weather was rotten. The dry weather we’ve had for the past month didn’t fool me, and I had been purchasing umbrellas at every opportunity. I chose plain but bight colours thinking I could make use of them as a feature of the photos if necessary.

I arrived at the St Mary’s Church at 11:30am plenty of time to scout the area, and get a few snaps of the church.

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Just as the communion finished and everyone exited the church, the rain eased off and we had about half an hour of breezy dryness. Two of my clients for the day were photographed in the churchyard, before the rain began again in earnest.

A quick visit into the National School to finish up. This Link will take you to the full gallery: http://wp.me/P3XBcM-70

Only one of my umbrellas was used, and that was only for the effect! Were the others a waste of money? In Ireland, I very much doubt it. I’m sure I will have plenty of opportunity to use them the next time.

Craig Lucas

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Sarah’s photo-shoot happens at last…

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I have been trying to arrange a photo-shoot with the lovely Sarah since October last year. Every time we have it organized something has come up and we’ve had to cancel for one reason or another; injury, sickness or most commonly bad weather.

Well, on Easter Sunday we finally got to go ahead with our shoot, the weather was lovely, and although Rathwood was busy with the Easter Egg Hunt, we managed to avoid the crowds of children running around.

There was a particular photo I was desperate to capture, involving Live View on my DSLR and a tripod. I have seen it done many times on the internet with sunsets and landscapes, but I really wanted the shot with a pretty girl on screen. I took the image with my old film SLR, the Canon AE-1, and it is everything I wanted it to be. Thank you Sarah for your patience… Doing something new always takes longer to set up.

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After Sarah’s photos, I met up with Sandra and Amelia. What a character! With a 2 year old as spirited as Amelia, there wasn’t much chance at planning my poses. All I could do was keep snapping and hope that something worked, which thankfully it did. We got some lovely ones.

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Well, I’ve been bitten by the bug again… I can’t wait for my next portrait session.

Craig Lucas

The eyes have it…

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I am fascinated with eyes.

Human eyes, animal eyes, bird eyes.

The old cliché “The eyes are the window to the soul” has always interested me, and I like to explore this in my photography. Can I capture a personality by photographing just a single eye?

The photo above is of  a small deer at Rathwood. It seemed to be very interested in my two year old daughter, and came very close to the fence, close enough for me to get this photo, and for my daughter to touch it’s nose. They seemed to have an instant connection, with my daughter mimicking the strange squeaking sounds of the animal so well they could have been communicating!

I feel the photo shows the gentle spirit of the animal perfectly.

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With the goose, I couldn’t get quite as close. But these birds were very alert, and seemed a bit nervous, Which I think comes across. I love the colour of the eye, in contrast to the orange beak.

What do you think? Can we capture the spirit within a single eye?

Craig Lucas

Rathwood Forest Trail

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The Photo-shoot I had planned at Rathwood, near Tullow, County Carlow, had to be canceled due to my model having injured herself. Get well soon Sarah.

Never having been to the location, I decided to go anyway and drag along the rest of the family. I really wanted to get a feel for the place and have a look around to see whether or not it was right for the photo-shoot I have in mind.

I wasn’t disappointed.

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There were a lot of lovely backdrops on The Forest Trail and I got some lovely shots of the kids. I can’t wait to get back there for a serious photo-shoot. I’m also looking forward to exploring some of the deeper forest trails, a bit more off the beaten track!

Craig Lucas

 

My First Photo…

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It all started a long time ago.

I can’t remember the first time I used a camera, that is lost in the winds of ancient history, but I do remember my Junior School trip to Windsor Safari Park in 1983, where I took plenty of photos with an old 110 film camera.

This photo of Winnie the Killer Whale is one from that day, and qualifies as my First Photo on the strength that it is the first that I can remember taking. I also know that it’s one of only two or three photos from that day which are still in my possession. I can only assume that is because the others were so bad that they didn’t make it into an album.

By the way, in 1983 I would have been 12 years old. One of my daughters took her first photos at the age of 2! that is a post for another day…

How old were you when you first used a camera? Please leave a comment.

Craig Lucas