Gentle Smile

Gentle Smile

A model smiles for the camera at Mallow Camera Club’s studio portrait night. This was back in 2006 and I had promised the girls involved that night I’d send on their photos. Unfortunately it took longer than I thought to work on them. Here’s a photo of the other model I shot that night.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 200mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/250s

Unnamed Beauty

This is one of the beautiful girls who modeled for Mallow Camera Club in September 2006. I can’t remember her name, and at the time I was totally unhappy with the image, but maybe it’s because I haven’t looked at it in a long time, I really like it now.

I shot several similar ones to this, but unfortunately many of them are under exposed. We had studio lighting but because several photographers would shoot at one time and their onboard flash would activate the studio lights so it was hit or miss whether you got a correct exposure or not.

Besides which, I was nervous as well, and didn’t know how to direct someone to pose for me!

Halloween Pumpkin Head

A Halloween Pumpkin Head or Jack-o’-lantern stares off at the community hall where Mallow Camera Club meet each Monday.

I spotted the head after our last meeting. It’s hand-held in low light so I had to pump up the ISO to get a steady shot.

More on this Halloween tradition:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-o’-lantern
http://wilstar.com/holidays/hallown.htm

Charity photo exhibit in Mallow

The Mayor of Mallow, Cllr. Noel O’Connor at Mallow Library at the start of the Mallow Camera Club photography exhibit.

Members of Mallow Camera Club and the public gather at the photo exhibit in the Library.

Sean O’Riordan talks about the trip to South Africa with the Niall Mellon Township Trust.

My photo of Brendan O’Carroll in the top left!

The photography exhibit last night was a great success. I don’t think there were any sales, but it was nice to see everyone again, and the number of babies prompted a few people to comment that the club should get a creche in ..

John Doheny has updated the original announcement post with more photos. Thanks to Damien and Donal for linking back to my post. Hopefully someone will remember over the next few weeks that the exhibit is in the library and pop in for a look!

Update! Thanks Conor and Tom for linking too!

Gallery and exhibit updates

I met Haydn today at Garettstown Beach where he showed me some of the prints that will be going on display in the gallery within a few weeks. Since I last mentioned this, he has moved into Kinsale and has a store right on the quay in a prime location! I’m looking forward to the opening, and taking a proper look around.

The prints were gorgeous. One was from Ryan, and the other three were mine. They’re printed on a lovely thick paper by HP printers, with a guaranteed lifetime of 150 years. It’s mind-blowing for me to think that some of my prints may well be hanging on walls long after I’m gone! More on the printers, and the gallery later.

Mallow Camera Club will be exhibiting in Mallow Town Library from this week for a short period. Prints are for sale, and all proceeds go to the “Niall Mellon Township Trust” who build houses in South Africa. One of the members is heading out there with the trust. My shot of Brendan O’Carroll will be on display there, and for sale of course.

Christmas Street Lights

The Christmas lights in Mallow, Co. Cork illuminate the streets with a lovely cheerful glow.

A passing car provides another source of light in this long exposure shot on the main street of the town.