Storm Erik comes to Shelley Banks

I’m hoping to do a bit more personal work over the months, this is the first in a series. Shot using a variety of Nikon lenses mounted on a Canon C100ii. This is new (to me0 camera, a fantastic piece of kit with a great sensor and fantastic colour science.

Shot in 2 hours, edited in 4.

Acronymizing Dublin

It came to me in a flash …

… as I was walking south across Dame St towards my beloved Cornucopia that in light of Apple Maps’ weird new places in Dublin – Ulsara for instance, beloved of the members of the Upper Leeson Street area Residents Association – that we should acronymize Dublin. I’m currently working in Temple Bar, more specifically Crow St north of Dame St (Crownod) and as I was walking towards Cornucopia, I was entering into the area south of Dame St near Grafton St (Asdangs)

photo: new shoes

So I decided to go off and do a course in advanced photography, never having done much in the way of formal training in this career other than just going out and doing it. Early days in the course but it’s looking promising. I think the challenge of having to do assignments is, erm, interesting and what you’re looking at above is the fruit of my first assignment – to go out and shoot a portrait-style image which conforms to certain criteria. This may be a little too wide to conform to portraiture, but I like it on a few levels. First, it looks like Ben is enjoying himself, second, I like the proportions of the tiny people/lighthouse/giant child landing from the sky and third I like the perspective.

I’ll update here how the assignment was received.


thanks to lolaclickclack on flickr


I was just thinking about this shop in Dublin, there’s a particular sausage I get in there called Calabrese, a dry & spicy Italian sausage from suppliers like DCW Casing which I’m very fond of. Anyhow, just go there and buy one for a tenner.

I imagine Magill’s is the type of shop that is suffering in the downturn but I’m hoping it’ll endure because Magill’s is an institution. It has been around for 90 years or so and every, olive, spice, sausage, cheese and paté has left a few of their mollycules flying around. So if I can steal from Flann O’Brien’s Mollycule Theory in “The Third Policeman”, this institution is now part shop, part fondu:

People who spend most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of the parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycles as a result of the interchanging of mollycules of each of them.


The last hanging we had in this parish was thirty years ago. It was a very famous man call MacDadd. He held the record for the one hundred miles on a solid tyre. I need to tell you what the solid tyre did for him. We had to hang the bicycle.

Now I’m not suggesting you’ll get hung if you go into Magill’s, unlike their sausages which are, um, well hung, but I’m imploring you, cajoling you, pleading with you to go there and buy something small. It’s a fabulous place, all dark and mysterious with rows and rows of exotic-looking spices, pepper, anise, cardamom, cinnamon – you name it, they have it. Great desserts, breads, preserves and the like bedeck their shelves. Hams the colour of gold and dripping with artery clogging fat, eggs, anchovies.

Just go there, you don’t need an excuse, just indulge your palate.

14 Clarendon Street  Dublin, Co. Dublin, 01 6713830

I have no interest in Magill’s other than being a lover of food. And Calabrese.

photo: HD on flickr




Went and shot some time-lapse down the end of the Bull Wall today in the changeable weather. Shooting some backgrounds for the new ‘reel which I’m in the process of making. Lo and behold flickr announced HD video on their website for pro accounts, so here’s a sample. You probably have to click through to see the HD version.

time-lapse photography: Timeless

Here is a short filmette of time-lapse material shot in and around Dublin over the last few months. These images were used in a project we’re currently finishing off at The Farm for South Dublin County Council, an exhibition space housed in Tallaght. The technique used is to basically plonk the camera down in some place with a visually interesting view, stick it on a tripod, set your shot and squeeze off a frame every minute or so. Then import the resulting images into FCP and what you see here is the result. The handy thing about this technique is that the images are pretty big to start with, so the sequences could be used at all resolutions up to 2k film if you’re careful. Enjoy!

photo: Ghost Ship

I took a stroll down the Shelley Banks, along the South Wall, looked back and marveled at the setting sun over Dublin. I was quietly going about the business of taking a panoramic sunset shot, each of the four exposures half a minute, when I became aware of this quiet, calm sensation of something extremely large passing quietly nearby. The silence of this ship was surprising, a barely audible whoosh and low frequency rumble was all there was to be heard. Which explains why I was a bit late turning the camera round to it.

editing: visualizations

Most of the new work we’ve been getting recently has been in the area of 3D visualizations for developers, architects, city planners and the like. What we’re trying to do is integrate 3D modelling with “real” footage of the locations and attempt to marry the two types of images in a refreshing way.

The visualizations help investors, planners, architects etc get a better sense of what a building might be like (if it was built). For the City Planner in Dublin City Council, we’ve been doing some visualizations of new streets they’re planning on creating in various parts of Dublin City Centre. Unfortunately I can’t show any of the visualizations just yet for copyright reasons. They will be in the public domain soon enough though.

To this end, I’ve been out filming in Dublin, places I’ve never been before, on top of buildings mostly to get interesting angles of places I’ve taken for granted most of my life.



Berry Bros & Rudd


The view from the top of the Savoy Cinema is spectacular, along O’Connell St down towards the bridge. A sniper’s paradise for sure, but I guess the Feds know about that.