One of the most enjoyable aspects of club membership is attending the many different outings and trips that are organised every few weeks.

We try to visit places which will give our members the opportunity to shoot subjects appropriate for our upcoming club competitions. These outings are a great way to get to know other members and learn from some of our more experienced photographers. 

After a busy morning of shooting, we typically head to a local coffee shop for refreshments before heading back to Blanchardstown to collect our cars. From time to time we arrange bigger trips away in Ireland or further afield. Over the last few years we’ve been everywhere from Achill Island to Bologna! 

Recent Outings and Events

Saturday 7th May – Club trip to Moore Abbey Monasterevin

By all accounts this was one of the best outings for quite a while – lovely landscapes, great company and the flowers in full bloom. The group that travelled got some fabulous shots and had a great day out – see some photos below – thanks to everyone who contributed photographs.

Tuesday 10th May – Guest speaker Mark Taylor

Our speaker for the night was Mark Taylor from Malahide Camera Club. Mark is very highly qualified in the International Federation for Photographic Art and he explained the workings of the FIAP and showed us some of the photographs that he has submitted for awards over his period of involvement with the Federation.

He also gave a demonstration of some of the techniques he uses in Photoshop to produce some of his stunning images.

You can see a selection of Mark’s work on marktaylorphotography.com

Tuesday 19th April – “One Photo” Club competition in the Hall and POTY print hand-up

This was quite a productive evening with more established members assisting new and inexperienced members to mount their prints for handing into the POTY competition. It was great to see the progress that resulted from this session, with members who had never mounted a photograph being able to complete the mounting process on their own. Well done to all those who provided the tuition and assistance.
We also ran the One Photo competition in which a wide variety of photos were displayed – a great array of images of all shapes, sizes and textures. Members voted for their top four images, using casino chips and the top four placings were as follows:  4th John Smails, 3rd Esther Diskin, 2nd Derek Byrne and the winner was John Kirwan (definitely a fix). Thanks to everyone who helped out on the night and entered photographs. This is something we will repeat at another time.

Sunday 10th April – Club Outing to Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens, Co. Wicklow.

Just two members made the journey to Kilmacurragh and they enjoyed their visit to the gardens and, of course, the mandatory coffee shop chat.

Jim Collins sent us a sample of the views for those who could not make the trip. It certainly looks like somewhere worth a visit over the Spring/Summer months.

Friday 1st April to Monday 4th April – Quilty, Co. Clare.

A great weekend for everyone who travelled and apart from a little mist and a few showers on Monday, the Sun Gods shone on us. 
After settling in on Friday, the evening was rounded off with a few jars in Milltown Malbay. On Saturday we enjoyed a trip to Inis Oirr and saw all the highlights on the island courtesy of the “Zetor Express”. 

On Sunday, most of the crew headed for Loop Head and the surrounding area and finished off the night in Miltown Malbay.