One of my images has been picked as the cover of a new book on Irish birds. Its published by HarperCollins and authored by David Cabot.
Back in 2007, I began the process of chasing FIAP acceptances, awards and the badges that go with that. For those not familiar with FIAP and the process, I will take a few words to give some context. FIAP or Federation Internationale Art Photographique to give it its full name is the UNESCO world body for photographic art.
I’m a big fan of Lightroom, particularly for it asset management features and I have built my workflow around its features. This have been working well since the early days of Lightroom and would still be working well as a complete workflow if I had stayed with Canon’s camera system.
0km took us nearly 8 hours. The road down was a bit like Bolivia’s famed road of death. This wound its way through the mountains, at times properly paved and at times no more that dirt and rubble. The road was fairly badly damaged by the earthquake Despite this, the journey down was enthralling, made better by our young driver who was extremely careful. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking
I have held off updating the galleries on the site as I’ve not been happy with the operation or performance of the current gallery manager – Nextgen. I have finally settled in a new gallery manager and will start to both update the site with new images and convert the old ones. Thanks for bearing with me as I get this completed
For anyone thinking of going down the route. The process is simple enough. Fill in the application form and submit. It is almost certain that you will get a follow-up call for the national parks and Wildlife Service regarding the purpose and process you intend to use.
The whole process was straightforward and the people involved were extremely helpful
The gallery below is the result
So, like a lot of people, I’ve been restricted to a very narrow area around my home, first 2km and now widened to 5km this week. This has forced me to re-look at my local area and in particular, Castletown estate. This is the grounds of a grand estate house, built-in 1722 for William Connolly, the then speaker of the Irish House of Commons.
After a narrow escape in the 1960s, from being “developed”, it was eventually taken in ownership by the state and is now an OPW property. It is a fantastic resource for the people of Celbridge and it grounds provide a haven for all sorts of wildlife.
I started taking my Fuji 100-400mm lens on my daily walks through the park and photographing the wildlife I came across on my walks. The gallery below is the result.
For more information on Castletown estate, please visit http://www.castletown.ie
My wife and I have been sponsoring children via the Action Aid charity for over 30 years. Our current sponsored child lives in the village of Dharamanger on the Nepal-India border. This is an area of Nepal that has suffered the ravages of war over the centuries and is economically extremely deprived up to this day. We planned our holiday this year to include a visit to our sponsored child. Our plan was to stay with the family in the village and that’s exactly what we did! Over the course of 3 days, we were granted a unique opportunity to meet with our sponsor child, his family and wider friends and community. To say that we were made welcome is an understatement We have seen first-hand the impact that Action Aid is having on the ground to people’s lives – not just the children. We met a young man who was destined to work in the fields and is now qualifying as a teacher. The village has several challenges and we want to be able to help. The costs of all the projects will be €25,000 Most of the fund-raising will go to a school extension and child care facilities to allow young women earn a small income in the fields. What we are planning to do is organise a walk in Glendalough. (see Maps) The main walk will be the white route which is 9 km and should take around 3 hours to complete. We can also organise a subset of that for those who cannot manage the white walk. The date for the walk is Saturday April 8th. More details will follow as we get closer. What we are looking for is participation and/or sponsorship. Anyone wishing to participate, please contact us via the email addresses below and anyone wishing to donate can do so via iDonate on this link: https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11362026_nepal-schools-project.html or contact me via email@example.com or trish via firstname.lastname@example.org Details of what the funding is to be used for is outlined in this document from ActionAid http://www.gerrykerr.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/School-Project-Nepal.pdf Thank you Gerry & Trish