The View from Bell’s Field

The club visited Bell’s Field at the top of Patrick’s Hill where we took photos of the North Side of the city, and waited in hope for the cloud on the horizon to clear to capture the sun setting. Unfortunately, it was not to be, but we had a great time meeting up.

Here are a few photos from Jim Rocks, Pat Kelleher, Tadhg Hurley, Donncha O Caoimh, Rory O Connor, Fergal O’Callaghan, Ger Walsh and Catherine Duggan.

Wild flowers and Bridges at Ballincollig Regional Park

The club went off to Ballincollig Regional Park on Thursday evening. Skies were overcast and it was already getting dark at 8pm but members created some lovely photographs of the colourful wild flowers planted near the car park.

Thanks to Catherine Duggan, Henry O’Brien, Tadhg Hurly, Rory O’Connor, Donncha O Caoimh, Jayne Thomas and Fergal O’Callaghan for their fabulous photos!

The Spike Island Fireworks

A few members of the club travelled to Cobh on Sunday night to photograph the Independence Day fireworks on Spike Island. Huge crowds gathered around Cobh to watch the display, and it must have been even more spectacular if you were on the island!

Thanks to Fergal O Callaghan, Ger Walsh, Henry O Brien and Donncha O Caoimh for the photos and thank you Henry for the timelapse video.

We got there early to make sure of our vantage point!

A visit to Waterloo

We visited the nearby Waterloo Church and round tower on Thursday night on a beautiful sunny evening, with barely a cloud in the sky. Our objective was to show off the fabulous work the Waterloo Renewal Group have carried out in the area.

Waterloo didn’t disappoint those who travelled, as they got to appreciate the beauty on our own doorstep.

The club couldn’t have got a better evening to see Waterloo at it’s finest.

It’s nights like these you get to see how the Club is part of our community. Capturing and showcasing the moments and places that matter.

Special acknowledgment to the Waterloo Renewal Group, who work tirelessly throughout the year to make the area such a picturesque place that we can all enjoy. So much work goes on behind the scenes.

Club Exhibition At Cork Airport

Blarney Photography Club is proud to have an exhibition of work at the Cork Aiport Terminal Building. We hope you get a chance to view the exhibit. Members represented with work include, Barry Lane, Catherine Daly, Catherine Duggan, Cian O’Mahony, David Triglia, Donncha O’Caoimh, Eileen Casey, Frances Lynch, Freddie Murphy, Ger O’Halloran, Gerry Walsh, Henry O’Brien, Irena Mamyko, Jim Linehan, Jim Rocks, John O’Halloran, Mark Gorman, Michael Lynch, Michael Strapec, Niall Punch, Pat Good, Paul Reidy, Ray Shanahan, Ron Giesbers, Rory O’Connor, Seamus Howell, Seamus Mulcahy and Tadhg Hurley.

Founded in 2010, Blarney Photography Club is made up of a group of interested amateur photographers who enjoy getting together to talk about their hobby and of course, take photographs, and enter competitions. The club caters for all competency levels and runs tutorial classes each season to assist beginners to improve their skills and it also serves as a useful way of helping new members to integrate into the club.

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Genius Loci ‘spirit of a place’

Last week we had a very special Guest Speaker in. Inaki Hernandes-Lasa. Inaki is a well-known Architectural photographer. Spanish by birth he has been living in Ireland for nearly 20 years now, originally in Dublin and for the last 10 years in Limerick. He is currently a member of Limerick Camera Club and was at one time a member of the Cork Camera Group. He is a multi-award winning photographer and while his family background is steeped in Architecture he himself is a linguist but his photographic interests reflect his own background and upbringing. He is the holder of a Fellowship from the IPF (2012) after which he took a break from photography for 4 years before pursuing a Fellowship from the RPS with a totally different panel and which he was recently awarded. Uniquely for us in Blarney he was able to present both his “F” panels in what was a stunning presentation interspersed with a unique insight into what drives him as a photographer. His earlier IPF panel was architectural and featured lots of blues and yellows and while not mono, as many Architectural panels are, was very much in the tradition of the genre. Inaki calls his treatment ‘Genius Loci’ the Roman religious  term for the protective spirit of a place.
His latest panel, however in which all the images were captured in the Guggenheim Museum in his native Bilbao, was a stunning piece of fine art photography and well worthy of the award. Inaki’s explanation of its origins and how he composed it made for a riveting presentation.  The large attendance showed their appreciation at its conclusion with loud and sustained applause.


On The Podium for ‘The Shield’ 2019

Last week we celebrated the rather unexpected success of our 3rd place finish at the IPF National Shield in Kilkenny. The slide show attached has some great images from the day and after at the club night celebrating a great result.
On the following club night we had  a most entertaining presentation from the winning contributors and they were formally presented with their prints behalf of the Club. Well done to all the members who had printed selected and to the selectors especially Select Chair Seamus who put a lot of work into getting the club to this brilliant new high. All pix by Henry O’Brien.

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Blarney’s Henry Does the Business!


Fota Wildlife Park opens its first photography exhibition at Cork Airport featuring the winners and runners up from their summer photography competition

• Best photograph by a camera club photographer- Winner – Henry O’Brien from Blackrock, Cork of Blarney Camera Club
Runner Up – Heather Rice of Mountrath, Co. Laois, of Mountrath and District Camera Club

• Best photograph by a professional photographer – Winner – Claudio Amazio of Cork City
Runner Up – Pawel Curylo from Cobh, Co. Cork

  • Best photograph by a non-club/non-professional photographer-  Winner – Chris Martin of Douglas, Cork – Runner Up – Michael Allshire from Coachford, Co. Cork
  • Best photograph using a smartphone/tablet- Winner – Carol Daly from Cloyne, Co. Cork Runner Up – Joy Burniston from Glengarriff, Co. Cork
  • Best photograph by an Under 16-  Winner – Aurora Clancy-Stokes aged 10 from Oola, Co. Limerick – Runner Up – Kinga Koscielniak aged 9 from Carrigtwohill, Co Cork
  • Best photograph by an International visitor- Winner – Robin Williams from Missouri, USA  – Runner Up – Thomas Carter from London, UK

The photography exhibition is open to the public during the month of October at Cork Airport landside terminal building (opposite Bank of Ireland). The 2020 pictorial calendar will be available from Fota Wildlife Park mid-October.