My Favourite Things

So this #GuruShots challenge is all about my favourite things – the images I submitted are as follows:

  • Mornington Dunes – great area near where I live where I can talk the dogs walking.
  • Poppy Field – the poppies around the Co Meath coast have been unbelievable this year.
  • Trip – no reason required.
  • Coffee – see above.

I’ve another 7 days to go and have reach the Skilled level with a grand total of 274 votes. Let’s see what happens in a week! :-)

#Poppies #MyFavouriteThings #Coffee #Meath

[June 2018]

 

 

 

 

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Lazy Pets

My wonderful rescue hound, Trip, is the perfect subject for this #GuruShots Speed Challenge. This is a snap (rather than a great photograph) I took a year or so ago – I’ve had her since January 2016 when she was 2.5 years old. She’s originally from the Cayman Islands (like the rest of my pack – long story) and she made the epic flight from Owen Roberts International Airport to London Heathrow via the Bahamas. After a night in London, she made the short hop to Dublin where she was in a state of shock due to the grey, cold, damp weather which she actually loves. She’s a collie/malamute cross (I think) and I found her via the Cayman Islands Humane Society Facebook page.

I can thoroughly recommend the CIHS who are eager to find great homes anywhere for their four legged buddies. Please click to view more about their work. No better dogs or cats in the world than those you can rescue and my experience with the CIHS has been a joy.

Anyways, I don’t care how my photo gets on in the challenge although for reference it’s currently achieved a Premier level with 377 votes (2 days left). I’m just happy to show off my beautiful girl – gorgeous ain’t she. :-)

Trip Sleeping

As ever, update at the end of the challenge but for reference, the Tripster is and always will be a winner. Even when fast asleep.

#CaymanIslandsHumaneSociety #CIHS #BestBuddy #GoodGirl #LazyPets

Update: This photo gained 503 votes leading to an Elite ranking. Great achievement but Trip will always be an All Star ranking to me :-)

[June 2018]

Seeing Textures

To celebrate my new Challenger status and to try to move forward to the Advanced level, I’ve submitted some images I took this evening. These are clockwise from top left:

  • Slippers
  • Guitar Case
  • 1970s Waffle Blanket
  • My dog, Trip – a close up!

GuruShots Textures

There are 11 days from this post until the challenge closes so we’ll wait to see what happens … I’ll try to take some ‘swap’ photos over the weekend. #GuruShots

Update: I decided to swap out the blue fluffy slipper image for one I took over the weekend in Baltray, Co Louth. I focused on the foreground to get clear definition of the straw-like grass. The photograph was taken on my Nikon D3400 (the settings were 1/800 sec | F5.3 | ISO 100) using my Nikkor 18-55 mm kit lens. I don’t think it’s a particularly successful image but hopefully conveys enough texture to be a positive swap in the challenge.

Lone Tree in Baltray

Lone Tree at Baltray

The sky remained a beautiful blue (first I’ve seen in Ireland all year tbh) for all of 45 minutes until a thick sea mist rolled in. I took advantage of the drama however to walk down to the ship wreck on the sands – not sure the photographs were all that successful but it was a great opportunity to practice with my ND grads. I have to remember I’m still learning so will be getting a lot of mixed results but onwards and upwards! If I want to get better, I just have to keep practicing.

Anyhoo, there are still 9 days to go for the ‘Seeing Textiles’ challenge and at this time, I’ve only 73 votes to go to move from Premier to Elite level. Hope this swap does the trick – we’ll see.

Update: So the challenge has ended and the swap did the trick! Managed an Elite ranking which I’m very happy about. Total number of votes were 1195. The images with the most votes (which I was a little surprised about) was the guitar case with 509 votes.  The waffle blanket achieved 252 votes, the tree (swap image) 246 and the close up of Trip 188 votes. I suspect however that this challenge resulted in one of the highest number of All Star ranking images: 5873 entrants managed to achieved this rank. Elite was the most populous ranking with 8795, Premier with 6154, Skilled with 1446 and Popular with 1033. Although the ranking was busy, I ranked # 105 in the Elite level. Amazingly, I need ‘only’ another 4 challenge rankings of Premier or above to move to the Advanced user category. I don’t feel at all ‘advanced’ in terms of my photography skills but this is after all a game and I’m enjoying the taking part!

[April 2018]

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

My dog, Trip, fast asleep on the sofa. She’s too cute not to photograph.

Trip began her life in the Cayman Islands where for reasons unknown, she found herself homeless and wandering around an area called Red Bay. She was taken in by the Cayman Islands Humane Society who do great work.  In Jan 2016, she was put on a plane and flown to Ireland where she’s been living happily since with her dog buddies, Bob & Maggie.

My dog, Trip, asleep on the sofa

Trip Sleeping

For anyone thinking of taking on a pet, please remember adoption from a local humane society is a great option.

[March 2018]