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Sep 16th

2014

Author By Richard
CategoryPosted in Photography
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Photokina – a pulse on the Industry

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I’m at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, today and tomorrow. This is my first visit to the show and the scale of it is vast. It occupies several very large halls (a number of them have two levels) in the Koelnmesse. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, however, because of it’s scale it is not crowded and relatively easy to walk around and meet/talk with vendors.

All the major vendors covering the broad spectrum of photography genres and processes from capture through to output are present. There is something here for everyone. Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pansonic, Sony and Samsung predictably dominate with significant presence. I’d argue that Samsung had the most impactful booth. The Canon 7d MarkII and Samsung NX1 cameras seem to have grabbed the press highlights. Both very impressive camera systems, the Canon (specs here)very much targeted at the wildlife and sports photographer and the NX1 is potentially another game changer due to it’s speed, compactness and 4k video (specs here).

Video has a significant presence with particular emphasis on mobile video (never realised there were so many GoPro clones out there!) and supporting equipment.

There are plenty of world class photographers giving insights and talks across the various stages and several galleries with stunning images scattered throughput the halls. Benjamin Von Wong with his distinctive style provided a super high-energy location lighting session.

Overall Photokina gives you a pulse on where the industry is going, the current and possible future trends. Looking forward to some more research tomorrow!

Sep 11th

2014

Author By Richard
CategoryPosted in Creativity
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First Steps On My New Venture

On the way home from a trip to the Cavan Burren early this morning I stopped by Lough Oughter and came across this scene. The plucky little plant growing against the rock, fragile but determined to make it despite the odds, resonated with me. Increasingly over the past twelve years photography has played an important […]

Aug 31st

2014

Author By Richard
CategoryPosted in Landscapes
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Cavan Burren & The Response to Beauty Workshop

Yesterday I attended a workshop facilitated by artist Heather Brett in the Market House in Blacklion. The workshop was part of the “Response to Beauty” initiative facilitated by Heather to bring artists from the region together to generate an artistic response to the Cavan Burren and the wider Geopark. Elena Duff, a contemporary visual artist, […]

Apr 29th

2014

Author By Richard
CategoryPosted in Landscapes
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Old Head of Kinsale

The good weather on a recent trip to Cork over the Easter weekend yielded some nice results. This is the Old Head of Kinsale, an infamous golf course in Cork jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. It is an extraordinary course with magnificent scenery (on a clear day at least!). Taken just before sunset I […]

Mar 22nd

2014

Author By Richard
CategoryPosted in Landscapes
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The Apprentice

Our five year old son, Ben, often asks about where I have been taking photographs with a curiosity you could only expect from a kid his age. Several weeks ago I promised I would take him up the mountains where I have been taking photographs recently. With nothing fixed on the agenda this morning and […]

Mar 13th

2014

Author By Richard
CategoryPosted in Travel
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Dublin’s Fair City

The Custom House, Dublin on the north quay of the river Liffey. A government building built in the 18th century. It is an iconic building in the city and even more striking in the afternoon sun with a clear blue sky as a backdrop. Taken at a low angle (16mm) gave a pleasing perspective and […]

Mar 2nd

2014

Author By Richard
CategoryPosted in Nature
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Scouting Locations

This morning’s forecast didn’t look great when I looked at it last night. Rain spreading from the west in the morning and clearing in the afternoon. I thought I might get an hour or two at 7am this morning before the rain arrived but unfortunately by the time I got to my destination it had […]

Feb 23rd

2014

Author By Richard
CategoryPosted in Landscapes
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A blustery Morning on Benveg

Following a challenging work week, I figured the best antidote was a brisk hike up my new found photography happy hunting ground in the Sliabh an Iarainn and Cuilcagh mountain range. Myself and co-photographer Adrian Donohoe set out early and reached Bencroy at sunrise. Cloud and mist was quite dense initially but cleared intermittently to […]

Feb 3rd

2014

Author By Richard
CategoryPosted in Portrait
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Rain Resentment

Challenged to an assignment titled “Rain” for my local camera club I managed to persuade my five year old son Ben to express his sentiments towards the very heavy rain that was falling outside. He was reluctant to be the one on the outside, so rather than let the opportunity pass, I stood outside the […]

Feb 3rd

2014

Author By Richard
CategoryPosted in Landscapes
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West Cavan & Leitrim Landscape

An early rendezvous with fellow photographer Niall got us to the foot of Slieve Anierin (also known in Irish as ‘Sliabh an Iarainn’, or ‘Iron Mountain’) before sunrise. These mountains are at relative low altitudes at just under 600m and only 30 minutes drive from where we live. A friendly local sheep farmer guided us […]

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