Congrats to Janet Wippell who led the pack in the Intermediate section of the Architecture Competition judged on Dec 2nd by Donal Murphy. Terry Kelly took 1st place in the Beginner section. Full results and a gallery of the winning and commended shots can be found by logged in members here. After the competition judging concluded, Donal showed us some of his own images from his Distinction awards including the Master Qualified European Photographer in Architecture panel. Many thanks to Donal for giving his time and expertise to the Club. Read More
The Irish Photographic Federation held their November Distinction judging recently in Thurles and Offshoot were very well represented. We had four successful Licentiate's granted while two other members came really close and are sure to get it on next attempt. The picture above shows the successful LIPF panels as presented by Laura Coughlan, Emily Gallagher, Phil Tung and Chris Raythorn. Many congrats to those Offshoot photographers and they may now place LIPF after their names in recognition of their achievement! - their panels will shortly be on the website as galleries under the Members - Distinctions menu. Read More
Congrats to Offshoot member Seamus Mac Kenna who was recently awarded the AIPF (Associate) Distinction by the Irish Photographic Federation. Seamus has worked on his 'Flower Portrayals' project for most of 2013 and gave us a summary of his inspiration and creative technique as part of last weeks meeting where we also got an early preview of his panel. IPF President John Cuddihy described the panel as "phenomenally good". You can see a slideshow of the panel here.
Deconstructing The Image was the theme for the Club meeting on 18th November. What on earth could this mean? We thought it would be useful to look at the thought processes behind the image creation ... the inspiration and creative journey that leads the photographer to construct those memorable photographs. Wendy opened the topic with a presentation around her research in this area. A copy of Wendys presentation is in the Photography Resources section of the Members Only Forum. Andy was up next with his take on inspiration behind the images and Seamus closed out the meeting with a recap on the approach he took to a 10 month Flower Portrayals project that resulted in the creation of an AIPF panel for distinction judging on Nov. 23rd. Read More
On Sunday 17th November Offshoot members were privileged to have the opportunity at Janz Gymnastics to photograph an elite squad of girls as they put on a specific display for us. Their level of acrobatic skill and fitness put us all to shame. We also set up lights etc. (thanks Gary & John) to take portraits of the gymnasts in various poses. We had a lot of fun interacting with the girls as we asked them to perform various contortions – lots of giggling ensued. A big thank you to Janz Gym for a wonderful outing. Thanks to Barry, John, Ann, Matt and Peter for sharing images. Read More
A bunch of us arrived in the Phoenix Park in the dark and the rain on October 27th to witness this annual gathering of the Fallow Deer for the Rut. The weather miraculously cleared and the sunrise and early morning light was magnificent. The spectacle was enhanced by the largest congregation of deer I have seen in recent years with the stags fighting everywhere. This is an experience that always intrigues and amazes in a beautiful location - and it's free to all. Thanks to Debbie, Emily, Rob & Stephen for the images. Read More
Twenty Offshoot members went to Powerscourt Estate bright (well, in the dark actually) and early on Saturday 19th October for a sunrise shoot. We had the gardens to ourselves before the public arrived, so there were no issues with people in our shots (other than ourselves !). It wasn’t exactly a blazing sunrise but there were some nice colours in the clouds. Thanks to Paul O’Brien for making the contact with Powerscourt. Read More
The fourth formal competition for 2013, "Mono", was judged on the 7th October by Ciara Drennan AIPF. Ciara is a member of Portlaois Camera Club and is a very accomplished Mono photographer. Ciara commented positively on the quality, processing and presentation of all the shots. Congratulations to all who achieved placings or commendations as follows:-
INTERMEDIATE: 1st: Mirror Mirror by Kyle Tunney. 2nd: Reader in Jardin du Luxembourg by Kasi Ushioda. 3rd: Timeless by Kevin Grace. Highly Commended: Haunted by Andy McDonnell. Highly Commended: The Second Kiss by Rob Micallef.
BEGINNER: 1st: Rock Chick by Peter Williams. 2nd: Cabinteely Sculptor by Richard Byrne. 3rd: Striking Stripes by Debbie McHugh. Highly Commended: True Love by Keith Mitchell. Highly Commended: Taking a Break by Rob Hackett. Read More
On Friday 6th September a group of 13 members from Offshoot ascended on Essence of Mulranny (E.O.M.) in Mulranny, Co Mayo (http://www.greenwaygetaways.ie). We visited some great locations - all around Achill Island, including Keam Bay, Clew Bay, Burrishoole Abbey and bridge and around the Atlantic Drive. The hopspitality at E.O.M was second to none. The food was delicious and plentiful. The ambience and views made it difficult to leave. Despite the awful weather, we all managed to get a few images to be proud of. We got up early on Saturday and Sunday to take advantage of any possible light which was well worth the effort. Thanks for all the images sent in - those shown are from Stacey, Roseanne, Kevin, Dave and Stacey. Read More