Payment confirmation – Donation to Japanse Earthquake

March 21st, 2011 by Richard

Tommie Lehane (who’s work is very much worth a look at here at Eyeblinks) put up this picture (click here for flickr link )for auction with proceeds going to the Japanese Eartquake victims.

I was the lucky to win the bid on the purchase, and here is my proof of payment.

Thanks Tommie, and kudos for the initiative.


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Clowen (as seen on a bus)

October 29th, 2010 by Richard

Spotted this on the side of a bus, funny.

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The Road most travelled

October 14th, 2010 by Richard

The shot above I took when driving back to Dublin after a weekend back west. I’ve had to do a few of those trips lately, and I’ve noticed that in certain light, parts of the motorway can be very visually striking.

About two weeks, I opted not to take a shot that I sorely regret now. It was the night the moon was bright red and large on the horizon, and on part of the motorway I was on, the moon was perfectly framed inside a bridge, with subtle lines leading up to the framed moon. As I saw this, I also realised that I had driven too far to safely stop and take the shot. There were more moments like that that evening, still kicking myself for not taking those shots.

Lesson learned though, if possible within acceptable bounds of safety, I will be taking more shots on my drive’s to/from home.


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With my own two hands…

January 1st, 2010 by richard

Happy New Year to all.

For the New year, lets try and do more, and not expect things to be done for us. For me this song by Ben Harper says it all.

Ben Harper  – With my own two hands

Make it a Good New Year


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todays realisation

September 15th, 2009 by richard

The last few weeks have been fairly hectic on a number of levels, but throughout the muddle of it all,  something moulded into shape in my head.

The newly re-kindled practice in photography, is bringing a feeling that I have not had for a long while. A lot of photography is to keep learning, extending your ability to view a scene and to bring it to life in a form of visual impact that can be controlled (or not) on so many levels, and each of these levels is built by a  miriad of links linking techniques, craft,  doggedness, curiosity.

This practice, although perhaps not often enough practiced, is bringing back a feeling of curiosity, a desire to know more and to find a level I am happy at, wherever that may be. Its research, its experimentation, its delving into part of you which allows you to see the world around you sometimes.

I like it, and I wonder where it lead me yet.


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Have I got a block?

February 9th, 2009 by richard

Photocritic has a great article here, “10 ways to break photographer’s block :: Photocritic photography blog”
What I find most interesting, is his last point, point 10:

“What are you doing reading these guides on the internet anyway? Grab your camera, get out there, do stuff. Stop moaning. No, seriously, outside. Or inside, for that matter. Just do it already!”

It is very true fact.

Currently, I feel I want to take pictures, but I feel I need to understand more about the technique behind what it is I want to shoot. There is a problem though, and to put a term on it, I think I may ‘technique shy’! Its like when you see a girl, and you think she is kinda cute, you get shy (at least I do…), and you do nothing about it. But sometimes, you just gotta grab the bull by the horns, and see what happens.  It may be great, or not so great. Either way, you will have found out that it useful, as you learned something from the experience.

Maybe it is a block of some form, ‘technique shy’ or whatever it is.  One thing I will do though, is to have a go at some of the suggestions Photocritic has.

Nothing to loose, but all to gain…


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picture at same location…

January 13th, 2009 by richard

randomness rocks…

while browsing photosites and following links from one blog to the next, I came across this shot here on “Les Particules Etranges”

- which happens to be taken at the place I took the picture below last December!


most excellent!


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when test pages generate revenue!

May 18th, 2007 by

the other day I was looking over the site – and spotted the following google adsense advertisement (see picture below)

Test page Google adsense

interesting way of generating income – with a test page!


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April 30th, 2007 by

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.

—Thomas Edison (1847–1931)

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on “How to Grok Web Standards”

January 15th, 2007 by

Craig Cook writes a good piece on the different (but equally important!) mentalities to be borne in mind when going about the business of working with websites.

As I alluded too in my last posts, I am coming to the end of a project I have spent working on for over a year. During the course of that project, learning was one of the main components involved. As part of that learning, the three disciolines/modes had to called upon, but were restricted in parts by the technology used – but in fairness – also partially aided by it.

“These three disciplines—writing, engineering, and artistry —are not so different from one another. Each demands creative problem solving, and though each suggests a slightly different angle of attack, the target remains the same. “

and in my case, where I think things were going,

“When you’re able to think easily in all three modes one by one, you will soon find yourself thinking in all three simultaneously.”

Good read,


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