Tuesday, October 31, 2017

MACNAS HALLOWEEN PARADE IN DUBLIN

This event was not at all easy to photograph so I decided to have a bit of fun with some of the images. Hopefully the images will give you all a feel for the event.


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MACNAS HALLOWEEN PARADE IN DUBLIN ON MONDAY 30 OCTOBER [BRAM STOKER FESTIVAL IN DUBLIN ]-133676 HALLOWEEN PARADE BY MACNAS - DUBLIN CITY CENTRE 2017

Macnas is a performance company based at the Fisheries Field in Galway, Ireland. Its public performances are noted for exuberance, colour and spectacle. The company has been influential in changing the nature of public entertainment in Ireland.

 Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All Hallows' Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

 It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain; that such festivals may have had pagan roots; and that Samhain itself was Christianised as Halloween by the early Church.

Some believe, however, that Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, separate from ancient festivals like Samhain. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows' Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. SaveSave

Friday, October 27, 2017

MY SECOND DAY USING THE SONY RX0 [DUBLIN NORTH INNER CITY]

MY SECOND DAY USING THE SONY RX0 [DUBLIN NORTH INNER CITY]


This was my second day using the Sony RX0 and as a stand alone camera it is not easy to use especially if you have fat fingers or is your eyesight is not good . Based on my experience to date I would suggest that you really need to control the camera  using a smartphone and it needs to be mounted on a tripod which to some extent defeats the advantage of it size.

I should say that I actually like this camera.

One problem that I have noticed is that there are many online reviews of Sony products that are usually described as "Hands On Review" which actually means that the reviewer has attended a product launch and has used the camera under controlled conditions.

Unfortunately such reviews give you no idea as to what the camera is capable of and of course they never mention any problems other than trivial issues. Because of this there are now two camps
[1] people who love Sony products
[2] People who have nothing good to say about Sony.

In case you are wondering about me ... I spent about five years switching from Canon to Sony but that does not mean that I prefer one company rather than the other because in reality I had decided to switch from DSLT to Mirrorless and the company name had little to do with my decision. A few years ago when I arrived at an event with my Sony NEX-7 or A7RII I found that in general that DSLR users were very dismissive complaining about silly things such as battery life [which was an issue if you did not bring four five batteries with you].


EXAMPLE PHOTOGRAPHS:

SECOND DAY USING THE SONY RX0
FIRST BATCH OF IMAGES FROM MY NEW SONY RX0
SECRET GARDEN - A PUBLIC PARK THAT IS WELL HIDDEN
WALK AROUND THIS CHURCH AND THE DEVIL WILL STEAL YOUR SOUL
BIKE RENTAL DOCKING STATION IN DUBLIN











MINI STONEHEDGES IN DUBLIN [THIS IS AT THE CORNER OF DOMINICK STREET AND PARNELL STREET]-133609