Most Photographed Country on Earth

Weekend blessings to you all,

I have been wondering lately whilst browsing what the most photographed country was on the site. Luckily - they provide that information by showing how many spots are logged for each country.

Not necessarily the “most photographed” country, but certainly this statistic shows the most unique country I would say.

Germany currently leads with 6135 different spots for the whole country. Crazy that the US has just over half that given its relative size. Ireland however, only has 416 spots logged.

I say we absolutely have over 6135 interesting or unique-enough-to-be-considered spots in our wonderful little nation that could be logged on the site. It would take a hell of a lot of work, and some of the best photographic minds the country has to offer - But I think we are up to the challenge.

I am going to start uploading as many of my geo-taggable shots as I can to the site to help bolster our numbers and I invite you to do the same. Germany is cool and all, but we’re cooler.

War waits for no man, lets get out there and get the job done. See you on the battlefield.

- John

Another year down!

Hello everyone, happy 01:16am!

I have not had much to update this page with recently, been very busy with work - both of the photographic type and the not-so-photographic type!

I celebrated my 25th birthday this week with a trip to the Ballincollig Regional Park, where I snapped this photo of a bird:

I continue to be impressed by the insane sharpness of this new lens. Even all the way out at 300mm equivelant, wide open at f2.8 - it is still so clear! I actually think it might be sharpest at 2.8, I don’t even need to stop down to help it out… Look at the detail in the screenshot below, which was taken at 100% zoom in Lightroom. The focus could be better but I am putting that down to me being in a slightly slower shutter speed than I would have liked on this occasion, as this guy was moving his head like no tomorrow! I included a screenshot zoomed all the way out for reference too below.

But yes, that is all I did for my birthday! I have never been one for big celebrations and I have really been putting a lot of time into both my business and my personal affairs, trying to get ready to move to Europe in a couple years, so a quiet afternoon in the forest and a drink or two with a friend was enough for me. The grind rests for no man!

So that’s all the news really, I am excited to shoot an upcoming Drift event for charity at Watergrasshill this weekend and share those images here when they are finished so keep an eye out for that too! Go check out TS Drift Days if you are interested in coming out for the event, only €20 a head - and a fantastic cause to boot.

Have a good one, and thank you for stopping by. Here’s to surviving yet another year on this wonderful spinning rock we call home.

- John

New Glass!

Very excited to be adding a pro-grade piece of kit to my arsenal in the coming days, which will be absolutely incredible for my event work. I have been searching for a good piece of glass to suit my needs until I upgrade to a new system next year perhaps, and thanks to working with some great clients over the last three months I was able to settle on a very compelling option; the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8.

I will be holding onto my Panasonic 12-60mm just in case a wider angle is needed, as after all this new lens is essentially an 80-300mm FX frame equivalent so is not the widest of lenses - but it is very fast, has custom function buttons and internal zooming/focusing for weather sealing, so I am sold!

I expect to be bringing this along to a top secret mission in a high end kitchen shooting some chefs at work pretty soon, waiting on a confirmed date for that - but this lens will be fantastic for getting in tight without getting in the way.

Mainly however, this lens will be my primary go-to for my event and corporate work. As well as some in-studio applications that this lens would suit thanks to its unusually close 70cm minimum focusing distance. Who needs a macro lens?

Many thanks to those who have chosen to work with me over the past three months and allow me to continue to re-invest in what I love!

Have a great week,

- John