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



Bruxelles Art Vue Book & F-Stop Magazine

Hello all -  happy Saturday;


Some of my images have been selected by F-Stop magazine for a group exhibition in this month’s online edition - Amusement

https://www.fstopmagazine.com/groupexhibition.html


As well as this great news, I would also like to share that in about one month, you will be able to buy a hardcover edition of the Bruxelles Art Vue book - Street Life 2022 - which includes a selection of some of my favorite street photos that I have taken this year!

Art Vue Foundation supports and promotes all activities in the field of culture and art, by publishing collective art albums, organizing and participating in art fairs and exhibitions as well as
awarding the Art Vue Foundation Prize.


If you would like to donate to the Foundation you can use this link:  https://bruxellesartvue.com/


You can view the entire online edition of the book here, or if you would like to purchase a hardcover edition of your own please reach out to me to arrange, as they are quite scarce and must be ordered individually!


Many thanks to the publishers and the foundation for selecting my images to be part of this piece of work.


- John