DJI Spark - First Flights

Just got a DJI Spark and having some great fun with it.  Surprisingly good smooth video (HD 1080p).  4K doesn't really interest me at the moment and takes some serious computing power to edit and render.  Here is some of the video from a trip to Killinthomas Woods, Kildare and Portmarnock Beach.  Mind you there were some anxious moments when it does some of its built in routines.  It went so far I thought I would lose it at sea! Anyway here's a bit of video from my first attempts at flying and videoing!

Gordon Bennett Rally

At the weekend a friend and I headed to see some of the vintage cars taking part in the Gordon Bennett Rally.  The Rally is organised by the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club every year.  They select 3 separate routes for the cars to take and it is run over the weekend.  There can be up to a hundred cars taking part and the participants come from far and near, this year two cars came from Australia.  James Gordon Bennett (1841-1918) born from an Irish Mother and Scottish father and who owned the New York Herald Tribune.  To promote the Tribune he sponsored many different sporting and expedition events such as a balloon and airplane race and a yacht race which eventually became The Americas Cup Yacht Race. In 1900 he sponsored the first international motor racing event held on a closed circuit The Gordon Bennett Cup Race.  The fourth race was held in Ireland and these races paved the way for Grand Prix racing.  Today the event is primarily a tourist event held every June bank holiday in the midlands. We headed to Burtown House to catch some of the cars.  When we got there many of the cars had gone but we saw quite a few.  Burtown House itself is also very nice with a cafe, gallery and lovely gardens, well worth a visit when in the area.

Happy New Year and the first shoots of 2012

Well 2011 is over and it was another tough year for everyone, and it doesn't look like it's going to get much better too fast.  So we may as well make the best of it. So far since Christmas I've been out on 4 shoots with friend from the camera club and although the weather wasn't the best for photography we had some good fun and it got us out into the open air.

The first shoot was the Wednesday after Christmas which Sheldon organised and called it a Wayzgoose, which according to Wikipedia is defined as: "A wayzgoose was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew's Day (24 August)." Anyway about 8 turned out and we started at 7.45am at Highrock Malahide and 6 of us headed off to Glendalough for Breakfast and a few more shots.  It was a cold but mostly dry day we lst another 2 by midday but the remaining 4 of us headed off to the Avoca store for a fine meal and the first good day ended and I got home about 5pm.

Joe Doyle and I headed off to Dollymount the following Wednesday for sunrise but the sun only showed itself for about 30 seconds.  But I had a bit of fun again with my 10 stop filter, need a bit more practice though.  Next we headed to Howth for sun rise the following Saturday and the sun was kinder to us but not as well placed for the lighthouse as we hoped.  that afternoon we headed to the National Cyclocross championships - St. Anne's Park. We got a few better images there.  Anyway for what they're worth here's the best of the bunch.


This week our camera club had our annual week-end away and we went to Bunclody. The highlight for many of us was the day trip we took to the Saltees Island a bird sanctuary off the Wexford coastline. As we headed off from Kilmore Quay the weather looked fairly overcast and the thought of 5 hours stranded on the island didn't look too enticing. We were all wrapped up but wondered would the cloud blow away and give us a nice day to take some photographs of the Gannets, Puffins and other wild birds. We trekked off towards the Gannetries and we were not disappointed. The clouds cleared, the sun came out and we had great photographic opportunities. A few lucky people also caught glimpses and a few frames of the odd Puffin or two. By the end of the day we were exhausted but very happy.

The weekend was a great success we had lovely meals, a great day out and hopefully everyone got some great photographs.


My favourite shot of the day.


Group photo

The group that went to the Saltees, thank you Roisin for the photo.