Hook Head Outing and New Season

This Sunday, August 30th, sees the Tallaght Photographic Society head off on the last outing of the summer.  We’re off down to Hook Head in Wexford where the oldest working light house in the world stands on the craggy Wexford coastline.  There is plenty to photograph on the Hook Peninsuala as there is the nearby Slade Harbour and an old grayeyard in Churchtown just up the road.  Also close by is Loftus Hall, now open to the public after having been closed for many years.  Loftus Hall is said to be haunted by the Devil and the ghost of Anne Tottenham who died there in 1775.  Who will be the lucky photographer to snag a shot of her ghost?

Meeting in Molloy’s car park and leaving for the Hook at 9am sharp!  Don’t let bad weather put you off as the Hook Lighthouse would look dramatic against a dark sky!

The TPS are back again in the Maldron Hotel on Tuesday, September 1st at 8pm for a new season of meetings, talks, guest speaker and competitions.  On Tuesday we would love to see the photos taken by TPS members over the summer break.  These can be photos taken during the summer outings or shots from your holidays!

It’s also entry night for the September one-shot competition!  The theme is “Glamour” and was chosen by May’s winner, John Coffey, who will be picking the winning shot from the entries.  The winner of the competition will nominate the theme for October and judge those entries as well.

Hope to see you all there!

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TPS Street Photography Outing – August 25th

Sadly, our outing this Tuesday, August 25th, is the last Tuesday evening outing of the summer :(

This Tuesday we’ll head to Dublin’s city centre for an evening of urban street photography.  We can head to Temple Bar and photograph the cobbled streets and the people there, and perhaps make our way to Grafton Street and St Stephen’s Green.

As a change from our usual meeting place, we will meet at the LUAS stop at the Square Shopping Centre and catch a tram to the city centre from there.  Meet at 7.30pm sharp!

Happily, the end of the summer means that our weekly club meetings will begin again from Tuesday, September 1st! :)

We’re meeting in the Maldron Hotel from 8pm each Tuesday evening for talks and workshops on photography, guest speakers and competitions!

The monthly one-shot competition entries should be in for September 1st!  The winner of May’s competition was John Coffey and he nominated “Glamour” as the theme for September’s one-shot.  The Winner of this will win a prize and choose the theme for October’s competition!

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Dún Laoghaire Harbour – Tuesday, August 18th

Dún Laoghaire Harbour is our destination for this Tuesday’s photo outing – August 18th.  Dún Laoghaire Harbour, which was built between 1817 and 1859, is one of the largest harbours in Ireland.  Take a walk along the popular East Pier or along the less busy West Pier, or get some photos around the town, along the promenade or in People’s Park.

We’re meeting in Molloy’s car park at the usual time of 7.30pm!

Sunday, August 30th will see the TPS heading down to Wexford’s Hook Head and the world famous Hook Head Lighthouse!  The lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the world and the surrounding coastline offers plenty to photograph.  We’ll be meeting in Molloy’s car park and aiming to leave at 9am.

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TPS Outing to White Rock, Killiney

This Tuesday evening, pack your buckets and spades for an evening of photography at the beach!  We’re off to White Rock in Killiney!  A popular spot for photographers, especially in the golden hours of dawn and dusk, set your cameras for a slow shutter speed to blur the motion of the waves and get those milky watery images.

Meeting as usual in Molloy’s car park at 7.30pm sharp!

Don’t forget our end of month outing to Hook Head in Wexford on Sunday, August 30th.  If we leave Tallaght at about 9am, we should arrive at the Hook for about 11am – just in time for coffee before exploring the area and photographing one of the oldest working lighthouses in the world!  Other photographic attractions include the graveyard and church ruins in nearby Churchtown and Slade Harbour.  If there’s time, we can also visit Ballyhack Harbour or Duncannon and have a spot of lunch before heading back home!

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Outing to Lough Bray/Glencree, Co Wicklow

This Tuesday, August 4th, the TPS outing is to Lough Bray near Glencree in Wicklow.  Lough Bray is a great example of a corrie lake just a short drive into the Wicklow Mountains!

Nearby is the small village of Glencree which is home to a World War II German military graveyard – well worth a visit!

As usual, meet in Molloy’s car park at 7.30pm sharp!  There may be midges, so insect repellent may come in handy and don’t forget your camera!

Hook Head and its world famous light house in Wexford will be the destination for August’s day trip.  This will take place on Sunday, August 30th just before we begin our club meetings again in September!

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Straffan Butterfly Farm and the South Great Bull Wall

This Sunday, July  26th we are off to Straffan Butterfly Farm, Straffan, Kildare.  This has become an annual outing each summer over the last few years, but sadly, this will be the last visit as the butterfly farm is closing down after this season.

Des and Iris have always generously opened the doors of the Butterfly Farm to TPS members each year and we would like to thank them and wish them the very best of luck in the future!

The Butterfly Farm is open to the public from 10am, but we can get in an hour earlier at 9am.  We’re meeting in Molloy’s car park for 8am and leaving promptly!  Dress lightly as the butterfly house is extremely warm and humid.  It is advisable to bring a change of shirt as you will perspire inside!

The humidity will fog up the camera lenses at first but they will become acclimatised after a few minutes.  A good tip to prevent this from happening is to use hand warmers to heat up the lens body before going in.

Next Tuesday, July 28th our evening outing is to the South Great Bull Wall.  Here you can enjoy the long walk to Poolbeg Lighthouse and photograph the famous Poolbeg chimneys.

Meeting Tuesday evening at 7.30pm sharp!

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Club Outing to Cloughlea, Co Wicklow – July 21st

This Tuesday, July 21st, we’re going to picturesque Cloughlea, near Manor Kilbride, Co Wicklow.  The Cloughlea river flows under the stone bridge here and cascades down a series of small waterfalls before joining the River Liffey.  The river is surrounded by tress and is overlooked by St John’s Church.  A perfect spot to practice blurred water shots with a slow shutter speed!  Try not to fall in :)

Meet in Molloy’s car park at 7.30pm sharp.  Then take the N81 towards Blessington.  After about 12km turn left onto the R759 (signposted for Roundwood, Manor Kilbride and Sally Gap) and just opposite a craft shop, Tramway Treasures and Crafts.  After about another 2.5km turn left, staying on the R759, just before entering Manor Kilbride.  The turn is signposted for Sally Gap and Roundwood.  Follow the road for about 4km and you’ll come to the bridge on a sharp right bend and you’re there!

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TPS Outing to Howth Harbour – July 14th

Grab your cameras for Tuesday, July 14th’s club outing to Howth Harbour, Dublin.  Howth is a hugely popular destination, especially during the summer.  There are plenty of boats to photograph, a lighthouse, seagulls and maybe even seals as they follow the fishing boats into the harbour!  Howth Harbour is also usually a good spot to capture sunsets.  Sunset on Tuesday is at 9.46pm so stick around weather permitting for a nice sunset!

Meet in Molloy’s car park on Tuesday at 7.30pm sharp!

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July 7th – Blessington Lakes/Valleymount

Our first outing of July is to Blessington Lakes near Valleymount!  The bridge crossing the lake there is popular for photographers and of course you’re surrounded by the beautiful Wicklow countryside!

Meet in Molloy’s car park at 7.30pm sharp on Tuesday, July 7th!

dogfight white tailed eagles - Neil O'Reilly

Nature: Dogfight Whitetailed Eagles by Neil O’Reilly

Room with a view - Paula Banks

Travel: Room with a View by Paula Banks

tales from the promised land - Paul Power

Open: Tales from the Promised Land by Paul Power

Congratulations to TPS members, Neil O’Reilly, Paula Banks and Paul Power on becoming finalists in the Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year competition with their photographs below entered into the Nature, Travel and Open sections respectively .

It’s a great achievement for all three members and we’re very proud that the Tallaght Photographic Society has such a high degree of photographic talent in it’s members!

For more examples of members’ photographs, you just have to click on the link to the right to visit the Tallaght Photographic Society Flickr page!

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TPS outings to the Rock of Dunamase and Bull Island

This Sunday, June 28th, we’re off on a club outing to the Rock of Dunamase in Co Laois.  On the Rock stands the ruins of a 12th century castle which overlooks the surrounding Laois landscape!  We’ll be leaving early to avoid other visitors to the site so are meeting in Molloy’s car park at 9am sharp on Sunday morning!  All are welcome :)

Don’t let bad weather put you off going as dark clouds may add to the atmosphere over the ruins – but dress for the weather and be prepared for rain!

On Tuesday, June 30th our outing is to Bull Island and the North Bull Wall.  There is also Dollymount Strand and its grassy sand dunes as an option.  We’re meeting as usual, in Molloy’s car park on Tuesday evening, 7.30pm sharp to car pool.

Don’t forget your camera :)

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