Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Lens dilemma and COMPETITION TIME!

I went on a drive around town today to test out a few lenses (Thanks Aurin!) with a view to my next big purchase as our US trip is looming on the horizon.  My other half already has our ‘coming home bags’ fully loaded with bits and bobs he is planning to purchase *cough cough, yes Mr customs officer, they ARE gifts, cough cough* so I thought had better get my research done for my lens of choice and my game face on to battle for luggage space.
My toughest decision is where to start.  The choices are endless; Wide angle, Standard, telephoto, AF, non AF, etc and that’s before even going near the choices in Focal length and Apertures.  But what does it really come down to in the end? 

You’ve guessed it... Ka-ching!
Spondulux. Dollars, Euros, Wonga, whatever you want to call it, it all comes down to the price tag and the value that you are getting for your money.
Once you have eventually narrowed down the choice of lens type, the price range can vary hugely from store to store, so one really has to shop around as to not get shafted.  There is nothing worse than that moment when you are happily walking down the street with your ‘bargain’ purchase only to spot the exact same item in another store window for half the price.  Quite the bubble burster.
SO!  Where to start... do I want to get a fun lens that I can get limited goofy images with?  Or should I go with something that will increase my capture capability?  Oh decisions, decisions.

Enough of the waffle and on to the competition!  Yay!

One lucky person will win one of my photograph art prints of their choice. 
Click here to browse your potential winnings:  http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jennifer-conroy.html  If you have seen one of my photos in this blog/Facebook or Flickr that is not available there, let me know and I can include it.

So, all you have to do to enter is the following:
1: Follow my blog, (click the ‘follow’ button over thereà if you haven’t already)
2: Follow me on Facebook, (ditto to the above, click the ‘like’ button over thereà)
3: Let me know what your photo of choice is.
Optional bonus; follow me on Twitter (@jen_conroy).
Important!  Once you have the above done, don’t forget to leave me a comment here or post a message on my facebook page to ensure your entry is received. 
All valid entries will be included in the HIGHLY technical system of ‘name out of hat’ picking.  Photographic evidence will be uploaded.  J 
Competition is open until 1200 midday GMT on the 6th June so get cracking!   Good Luck!

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Luck O'the Irish

As alot of you know, BEA (Book Expo America) is on tomorrow in New York and the lovely Leigh Fallon will be there, flaunting her signature on a limited selection of 'The Carrier of the Mark' (published by HarperTeen) ARC’s for those lucky enough to get their paws on a copy.
As a little ‘good luck’ (Aye’ be gara luck-o-the Irish) send off, I decided to make up this photo-slideshow video for her.  The art work if that of the amazing and one and only, Liam Conroy.
I would like to say a huge thank you to Liam for allowing me to photograph and use this one off limited edition collection of drawings based on 'The Carrier of the Mark'. 
Another huge thank you to Tak of 'The Pawnshop Manual' for allowing me to use one of their tracks.  Their album is available online for free download (Yes, you heard me correctly... FREE).  Here is the link so you can snap yourself up a copy before they come to their senses and start charging for digital albums:  http://www.thepawnshopmanual.com/
So, without further ado, (and after hours of attempting to upload to blogger and you tube) I give you the following video.  Best of luck tomorrow, Leigh.  I wish I could be there.  Enjoy every minute.

P.s:  While you are here, don't forget to follow me and 'like' my facebook page, over there ---> There just might be a competition or two coming soon and you don't want to miss out, do you?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


This morning, I posted on Facebook and Twitter a question; Land, Sea or Surprise?  The answer I received was a unified ‘Surprise’.
I had woken early and the sun was streaming through the curtains so I decided to spend most of the day taking photos.  It was so gorgeous; a cloudless sky, birds singing, cow’s mooing and a light breeze blowing- perfect for some nice clear shot’s. 
I finished up breakfast and headed off on my merry way to the place (I won’t name locations) that I planned to get the bulk of the day’s photographs.
On arrival it was beginning to cloud over, but I kept positive, determined to find my ‘Surprise’ photo.
And Surprise is what I got.
I opened the door of the Jeep and was hit with the smell of rotting seaweed.
Surprise #1, the tide was out.  Bugger.
Suprise #2, it had clouded over and rain was threatening.  Bugger, Bugger.
Suprise #3, the place where I was, wasn’t the place that I thought it was. Bugger, Bugger, Bugger.
Giving up there and then, I started to head home via one or two other potential locations, all of which proved futile. 
What is surprising is that, after giving up and on the way home, the clouds broke for a split second and I managed to get a ‘surprise’ photo!  I hope you like it.

A little lesson to myself (and for anyone else planning a day outside)
No matter what you are doing or how quick you will be; Be Prepared! 
It’s no surprise.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

And so the story begins...

Photography.  A Blog.  Why?

Well, I have always loved photography.  My camera is never far from my hands in daily life and especially on any occasion (To the detriment of my tormented family and friends J).  Over the years, I have accumulated thousands of shots and in turn, drawers and boxes exploding with photographs, negatives, half filed albums and crammed hard drives.

Last year Leigh Fallon, Author extradonaire (and my fabulous sister) asked me to take some head shots for her website and blog.  I, of course, obliged, so we set off on the journey to get her the perfect headshot.  It was a fun task, and one which I learnt a lot about portrait photography, the model and myself, the photographer.  From there, I continued focusing on portrait photography, experimenting with different subjects, settings and editing features.  Enjoying myself immensely, I began to go through my older photos, selecting one or two that I particularly loved and before I knew it, I had the beginnings of a portfolio of various works.

To my delight, one of my portrait’s of Leigh was printed earlier this year in several newspapers in Ireland and beyond (there was ALOT of high pitched ‘Squeeing’ around that time).

Her novel ‘The Carrier of the Mark’ has been published by HarperTeen and will be released this October in the US.  Isn’t the cover just gorgeous?

And here is the back.  Notice anything?

No?  Let me get closer... What about now?

Oh Yes!  That’s my name you are reading there!  There was quite a lot of ‘Squeeing’ when I saw this, I can tell you!

So from there I decided that enough was enough and started to seriously focus my time on Photography; for my own portfolio and the occasional job thrown in here and there (on that note, I will be in the Massachusetts area towards the end of the year if anyone else would like headshots done... LOL).  Having my own blog will give me the opportunity to show my photos, share stories, and ultimately have a laugh learning and getting feedback.

You can see other my other portraits of Leigh and find out more information about her and her book on her blog: http://leighfallon.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by! 

Till next time, Toodleloo!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Maiden Voyage Post

Ahoy there and welcome to my blog- Im so very happy that you dropped by.

I will be randomly posting life, living and photography related entries, so hopefully will be able to keep you suitably entertained and amused.

You can see my work here in the blog, or you can click on the below link:

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Till the next post, keep yourselves well!


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