I spotted the blue of the roof on the building across from my office against the blue of the sky earlier, not entirely sure why, but the image appealed to me.
The saying is “curiosity killed the cat”, not sure about the killed part but our cat (Holly) was certainly watching my every move last night as I tried to work out a 365 shot. So, I felt it only right that she became the subject of the shot. She was peering out from under a table when I took this one.
Tonights shot was taken very late in the day as I was out and forgot to take my 365 before leaving the house. Thankfully there is lots of Lego in our house, so Lego to the rescue! The support from my family continues as exemplified by a text I received from my daughter at 11.45pm, which end with “Also take your 365. x” – Thanks Ruth!
I had planned to shot star trails for today’s 365, however the weather didn’t co-operate. So this was a plan B shot. I’m not particularly pleased with the last two days shots, but guess that’s part of the ups and downs of a 365.
With spring around us, it would seem that a pair of magpies are considering setting up home in a tree in our garden (this is likely to please our cat immensely). A nest has been constructed and awaits habitation. Today it struck me that the branches and nest were outlined nicely against the glow in the night sky.
At the encouragement of my son we observed earth hour in our home, switch off electrical devices and throwing us back to a simpler time. A time when families sat and talked, played music & games, all by flickering candle or lamplight. It was a nice way to pass an hour together.
I had an early start today, leaving home at 4.30am to bring my brother to the airport as he returns to Knoxville, safe trip home Bro! After the airport I took the short trip out to Portrane. Yesterday on twitter I mentioned I wanted a location on the coast in north Dublin to capture sunrise, I got lots of suggestions from friends and opted to go with @carolewhelan’s idea of Portrane. It’s a great spot, from the car park at the end of quay road I had a perfect view of Lambay island and thanks to The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) I knew the sun would rise behind the island. I’m relatively pleased with the results. I’ll definitely be visiting Portrane again and the locations other twitter friends suggested. Thanks everyone for the input.
Last weekend my daughter insisted that her bedroom be painted, in fairness she did a lot of work on it herself, and the coloured hand prints were all her own idea.
Last month I convinced my Dad to sit for a portrait, today it was the turn of my brother is in Dublin for a few days. I was glad to get the chance to get this shot as Jonathan (or as he calls himself “Jon”) lives in Knoxville, TN.
Are the doors locked? Are the windows closed? Be careful you never know who is lurking in the shadows … let me in ..
Due to weather conditions last night I didn’t get to see or photograph the perigee moon, and while it’s no longer at its perigee it still looked great tonight. The moon’s orbit is predictable and I guess trying a moon shot tonight was predictable too.
This evening the Irish rugby team showed what they are capable of when the destroyed they England’s chances of winning the Grand Slam and Triple Crown. So Martin Johnson, pack your smart arse back off to England with your tail between your legs, perhaps this will give you pause for thought about your apparent arrogance and smugness.
Today my daughter decreed that it was time for her room to be painted, she claims there was a promise to do it two years ago. So a trip to local DIY store, paint was procured and work began, Sam helped out and was the painter’s mate for the afternoon.
St.Patrick’s Day 2011, Bray, Co.Wicklow – Eabha takes part in the parade down the Main Street.
Credit for spotting this shot goes to my wife, Orla. We were sitting in the car after dropping my daughter to a disco, waiting for the text from her confirming that herself and her friends had been admitted to the disco, I mentioned I was looking for a 365 and Orla pointed to the chimneys. So there you have it, shot #75.
All too often (at least in my opinion) when we want to research or “read up on” something we turn to the Interweb as the font of knowledge. I love reading, there is something special about picking up a book and letting the words flow over you. A great source of a rich variety of books, covering so many subject is your local library, one of the great things about going to a library is being able to tap into the knowledge of the librarians who work there. Meet Fiona Scannell and Ruth Brennan, librarians in Bray Town library. They are surrounded by a wealth of knowledge and entertainment. If you are looking for a particular author, subject or genre, then you can be certain that Fiona and Ruth will know which part of the library holds the book you need and their knowledge extends far beyond that. Visit your local library, bring the children and benefit from not only the books but also the training and knowledge of our librarians.
Tonight I left it very late to take my 365, in fact I had about 10-12 minutes to set up and shoot, strangely I was completely calm, I knew I could get something and I am fairly pleased with the results. In case you are wondering, I got this shot at 23:59, so really was almost …
I’ll be honest, there have been a number of times over the past 73 days that I came close to shutting down the project as I was finding it hard to decide on what to photograph. I’m getting really great support from my wife and children, something I really appreciate as I know getting my “365″ can be as annoying for them as it is for me. They’re great, each evening if I haven’t mentioned getting a 365, I will be reminded about it.
Part of a comment from @denishogan on yesterday’s 365 shot “I wish now that I had put so much thought and effort into my own when I was doing it.” – got me thinking. First thing I’d like to clear up, as far as I can see Denis did put thought and effort into his shots, at least they look like he did.
Actually the comment from Denis came after I had met a friend in the supermarket, who mentioned she has been following my 365 and looks forward to seeing the new shot each day, this was after a couple of other friends told me the same thing when had dinner together on Saturday. So no pressure there then !
As I said, Denis’ comment coming on the heels of my friends comments, did get me thinking. I have seen 365 projects for people I don’t know and they provoke two thoughts (A) Why bother doing a 365 if you are not going to put some effort into it (B) I wish at times that I could just grab a snap without really caring.
I guess people have different reasons for taking on a 365, one of my key reasons for doing a 365 is to challenge myself, not so much to take a shot everyday but to do things I don’t normally do and to at least try do it better than I have before. I suppose want to come out the other end of the 365 having learned from the experience and to do that I really can’t just grab a snap. Aside from that, a phrase I often heard from my Grandfather and my Father was “if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right”.
Now 73 days into the project, I have reached a point where I have accepted that there will be days that will be hard, there will be days where I want to throw in the towel and times where my sanity might be tested. I know that there will always be the final fall back position of just taking a snap of whatever is in front of me, but I also know that doing that is something that would probably pain me more than giving up, missing a day. Hand on heart, I can say that so far I have put some though and effort into the last 72 shots – that said I can honestly say that no, I’m not happy with all 72 shots, but at least I tried, so from that perspective I think that so far my 365 is a success as I have tried. There must be some truth in the saying ”it’s better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all“, which I believe this a misquote from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem In Memoriam:27, 1850:
Hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
So onward I go, in the knowledge that this damn thing is going to continue to frustrate me, but in the hope that at the end I can look back at it and say, yep I learned from that.
Thanks to everyone for the ongoing support I am getting.
I left it late to get my 365 and ended up looking around the house for something to shoot, quickly. I found this, something I had been using earlier and reckoned it was as good as anything else. If you don’t know what it is, have a look at the tags.
We were out for dinner last night in Teto’s Lebanese Restaurant in Bray. The food had great flavour and was lovely. I would think that often when we eat out, we enjoy the food with little thought for the chef who literally slaves over a hot stove to put the food in front of us. At the end of the meal I had the pleasure to meet the man responsible for creating the dishes we had enjoyed, Tetos. Many thanks to Tetos and his team in the kitchen for a lovely meal. Not forgetting the people in the front of house, who took great care of us.
I have found over the past 70 days that at times getting a 365 shot at times can be like getting blood from a stone.
The alternative title was suggested by @CaroleWhelan on twitter
A few times each year, the fun fair comes to Bray seafront with a selection of rides. It was nice to see the “old fashioned” chair-o-planes still featuring in the line up. The rides will come to life shortly, the seafront will be thronged with people, especially on St.Patrick’s Day. I was passing when I spotted the chairs at rest and they appealed to me, if they could talk the tales they could tell …
We are approaching the time of year when children will be celebrating their First Communion and others their Confirmation. The schools help prepare the children for these special days, but behind the scenes are people like Liz Reynolds, the Pastoral Worker for Holy Redeemer in Bray. Liz and people like her are the ones who often go un-noticed, normally because they do their work so well that it’s seamless to the onlooker. They pull all the effort together to make these and other occasions very special.
So when you next attend a special celebration in a Church, whether you believe or not, try bear in mind the amount of work people like Liz put into these days and also that it’s not all about religion, there can be a great sense of community.