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Recent Events

  • Mondello
  • Antrim Coast
  • Portrait Workshops
  • Point to Point
  • Peter Gordon
  • Altemont Gardens
  • Model Night
  • Madagascar

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: http://www.offshoot.ie/index.php/club-calendar/next-events-list)

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Stacey and 3 other Offshoot members went on an outing to Altemont Gardens on Sunday 16th February. All those that went seemed to enjoy the day. They arrived at 11.00am and were lucky to finish shooting just before the rain started. It was a dull day which is quite advantageous for shooting small white flowers. Some examples of these are to be seen above and at Stacey's Flickr Photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/78575158@N02/12617230393/.

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The theme for the Club Night on Feb 3rd was a practical photography evening for portraiture. Organised by Seamus we had 4 members who very kindly brought in various studio light setups. At two of the setups we had models (Nikki & John) and at the other two the photographers took pictures of each other. All attending, including a number of prospective new members, got a chance to take shots with each of the lighting setups. Seamus ran a session with the prospective new members and beginners in which he explained the basics on the technicalities of using the lights and taking studio portraits. Plenty of advice was on offer and some great shots taken.

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For our 2nd meeting of 2014 we had a varied content on offer. Our guest speaker couldnt make it so we had to improvise but all worked out fine on the night. Some members brought in recent images and described how they took and processed the shots. We also had a few automated slideshows using ProShow Gold / Producer. Stacey and Mike gave us an early, pre-AGM, sight of the types of outings planned for 2014 - wow!. We finished up with a slideshow by Mike covering a collection of shots from Madagascar. This was a trip Mike and his wife Wendy undertook in 2013 and we're not sure how much Wendy enjoyed the trip as Mike was so busy taking shots, or then again ...

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