What a week

25 11 2011

Alas, it was not to be with the NME. I was beaten by the better picture, in the end – and rightly so, I feel. Truth be told, I was of course a little bit disappointed, but perhaps only because during the extended wait, I had convinced myself I had won it. You know, like when you buy a lottery ticket and just before the first ball comes out you think to yourself ‘I’m definitely going to buy a llama. Feck it, I’m getting three with this kind of money’. Unfortunately I will not be jetting off to the NME, nor indeed for that matter, setting up Finglas’ first llama sanctuary. Shame, really.

So that was my Monday. Well, I also had some e-mails setting up shoots for State.ie’s Faces of 2011 Spectacular.

Tuesday saw me shoot the marvelous Elaine Mai for State, up near Whelans in Dublin. With help from the fantabulous Abe Tarrush we got some sexy-mid-day-softbox-strobist action going. Here’s one from the shoot anyway:

There’ll be more on Elaine on State.ie very soon.

Wednesday saw me shoot the Dublin five-piece Alice Can’t Turn Left before their gig in Sweeneys, again with help from the Marvellous Mr.Tarrush I managed to pull off some great strobist ideas picked up from the truely amazing Todd Owyoung:

And then Thursday saw me entertain fiddle-phenomenon Daithi in the Phoenix Park, before he was swept off to Limerick for his show that evening. With no help for the shoot and the wind turning my softbox into a highly expensive kite towards the end of the shoot, I was lucky enough to be able to grab a few softbox-aided shots before the wind sent us packing. Oh, and I got a wave from the new president leaving the Aras in his new car n’all!

Today being Friday, I’m taking a well deserved ‘eating-my-body’s-weight-worth-of-cake’ break. Battenburg is my saturated-fat crumble of choice today. It goes down well with a pear cider, I find… I tell thee, the life of a Dublin-based rock photographer is glamourous to no end…


Christmas Cheer!

25 12 2010

What better way to celebrate Christmas than with a nomination for Music Photographer of the year? Yes indeedy, I’ve made the long-list for The Digital Socket Awards’ Best Music Photography category. It’s a bgreat honor to be nominated amongst some truly superb photographers and I can’t wait to see the shortlist. (My money is on either James Goulden or Ramsey Cardey, if you’re asking.)

To celebrate this achievement, and as a thanks to the staff of State.ie, Goldenplec.com and everyone else who helped me over the past year, I present the best of my 2010. Happy Christmas all.


(Enjoy) :
























Lower Dens, Vicar Street, 22/11/2010

23 11 2010

While this post should be called ‘Beach House, Vicar Street’, lack of lights during their performance meant that I have feck all pictures of worth for this site. That said, support act Lower Dens were bathed in a lovely abundance of light. I only wish I’d paid more attention to them and taken more pictures. Ah well.


And here’s the Beach House one’s for comparison:

The Black Keys, Tripod, 27th October, 2010

27 10 2010
This was my first gig since Green Day in June. It felt like it too – Had to double check everything and refamiliarize myself with my old rituals before The Black Keys took to the stage – making sure the ISO was not at 200 or 12,500, ensuring I’d my fastest card in first, etc. etc. This was also my first gig shooting entirely RAW. I’ve no shortage of memory cards these days and reckon it’ll become the norm. It may take longer to process, but it’s so worth it – the colour control is stunning; Big thank you to Alessio for showing me the light on that one.

Anyway, here they are – the men that make music that makes you feel sexy. Oh yes, indeed.


I didn’t really wanna put this one up because it’s noisy, contains flare, was SO red it had to be converted to B&W and isn’t even that great technically, but I just really like it. Hope you do too:

State.ie Exhibition

10 09 2010

This Monday, I will be proud to be taking part in the inaugural Nikon sponsored State.ie Photography Exhibition. Four of my own pictures will be placed along the works of the extremely talented State photographers (including James Goulden and Richard Gilligan), as curated by Loreana Rushe. There’ll be free grub from the lovely folks at Boojum, free beer from Heineken and DJ sets from Fight Like Apes and a live, acoustic set from Squarehead!

It’s Tuesday (September 14th) at The Workman’s Club (Wellington Quay, Southside of the Liffey, between the Ha’penny and Millennium Bridges ) opening at 6:30pm.

Hopefully I’ll see y’all there!


Here’s a video put together by James Goulden. Good man.

Paramore, Marlay Park, 23/6/’10

25 06 2010

Or as it shall be known as, The Hayley appreciation post. Enjoy:

Faithless, The Olympia, 19-5-2010

20 05 2010

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All images shot at ISO 2,500, f2 shutter speed 800-2000 with 85mm 1.8 (except shot 4-shot with 24-70mm f2.8)

Only got access for two songs tonight – two songs with bright red and neon-blue lights. And strobe lighting. Oh, and dry-ice. Worst nightmare. Thankfully I got some decent shots and most were savable in Photoshop. I got a good haul, so expect a little bit more soon.

It was a weird night; the band were at the back of the stage, except for Maxi Jazz himself, so it meant i’d very little options on who to shoot and when. The 85mm wasn’t long enough for most of the shots, so the above are crops, for the most part. That said they look pretty decent – another testament to the quality of the D700. That camera makes me look better than I really am.

And I chanced my arm at HDR for the first time too:
Lemme know what you think. I tried to keep it within reason (no halos, reasonably believable!)