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On Sunday 21st September 2014, a group of four of our members went to Lucan Weir for sunrise. It is a nice location with many possibilities, including a bridge, weir, ducks and a heron.

This particular morning was very misty. The weir is definitely worth a repeat visit. Unfortunately for us, it was too overcast to see the sunrise.

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From 16th to 18th May 2014 a group of Offshoot members paid a visit to County Mayo.

The weather stopped play for most of the weekend so those who couldn't stay longer were denied a sunrise and sunset. However, the locations were great and we all had a lovely time. The hospitality was second to none and the view from our retreat was stunning. A good time was had by all.

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On Sunday 27th April a group of Offshoot members about 10 strong paid a visit to Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens in Wicklow.

The main attraction at this time of year is the spectacle of the Rhododendrons in full bloom - these were a sight to behold and you will get an idea of this from some of the accompanying images.

The weather was overcast but fine . Probably a little dull to capture the beautiful display of Rhododendrons in all their pomp, but acceptable for macro photography. Besides the Rhododendrons, there is also a variety of other plants though it was a bit early in the year for most of these to bloom.

Overall we managed to get some decent images and the feedback was generally positive, a few members remarking that they were unaware of the Gardens before the visit and would definitively be returning later in the Summer.

After arriving around 9am we stayed in the gardens for the morning and finished with a cup of coffee and biscuits.

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On Sunday 30th Mondello hosted a Motorcycle track day and we managed to get access via Paddy Maddock and his contacts. The day itself was mixed in terms of weather but we had a great turnout with 15 members. We had two members on the business end of the motorcycles - Paddy and Colin Fitzpatrick.

After a safety briefing we spilt into small groups and rotated around some excellent vantage points almost on the track and in the pits. The action up close was pretty impressive and between the showers we managed to get some great shots. It was an very enjoyable opportunity to try something different and test our skills in a high speed environment with several people filling their memory cards in the process.

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On a cold and sometimes wet weekend in Antrim, 7 intrepid Offshooters had a great time around this magnificent coast.

They travelled the unique stretch of the Bregagh Road near Armoy in County Antrim that has been named locally as ‘The Dark Hedges’ (the Beech trees guarding the lane have reached up and across to each other, becoming heavily intertwined to create an impressive sight) and also visited ‘The Giant's Causeway’ which is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which are the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

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On 8th & 9th March club member Seamus Mac Kenna ran two one day workshops for members on Portrait photography at the Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.

Seamus presented each day to a separate group of 16 members and the day ran from 10am until after 5pm.

In the morning Seamus covered the following material:

  • Theory on ‘Making the Shot’ and ‘Striking the Pose’ – ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, the Lights & ways to pose the people.
  • Practical sessions using natural light covering both narrow and broad depth of field and the use of reflectors to ‘fill’ light. The participants got to practice the posing techniques with a professional model (Nikki) and amateur models (themselves together with a trio of daughters of members).


After lunch he covered:

  • Theory on ‘Fill in Flash’ and ‘Studio Light’ – Automatic fill in flash mode (TTL or equivalent), Manual Flash Control - Regulating Output, Zoom, Bounce & Catch light and lighting with one studio light.
  • Practical sessions using flash light filling in against bright ambient backgrounds as well as low & high key sessions attempting to achieve all of the 6 ‘classic’ lighting positions.


Thanks to Seamus for all his preparation and hard work which resulted in a great day being had by all in attendance. Thanks also to the patience of all our models.

Watch this space for the ‘follow on’ workshop....

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At 12pm on Sunday 3rd March 2 three Offshoot members descended on The Bray Hunt Point to Point in Tinahely; steeplechasing at its best. Not for us large stands and cosy bars. We three braved the rain and the mud until the sun came out. We had full access to the course and spent a most enjoyable afternoon.

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At 6:30am on Saturday 22nd February 20 Offshoot members descended on the Upper Lake at Glendalough for a day's practical training with Peter Gordon. Luckily the weather was good and while cold there was no rain. The schedule for the day was a sunrise practical session until 11:00. From there we headed to the Glenview Hotel in the Glen of the Downs where Peter gave us some advice on landscape photography and post processing. From there we headed up to Sally Gap for sunset. Unfortunately by then the rain had come back and we had to abandon taking sunset pictures.

A great day was held by all. Thanks to Mike and Stacey for organising and thanks to Peter for the great advice. We will be doing another session in November with Peter. (See:

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