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Category : History

14 Dec 2016

7th Century Kilmacduagh – Tallest Round Tower in the World

  7th Century Kilmacduagh – Tallest Round Tower in the World Kilmacduagh (pronounced Kil-mac-dua, means the ‘church of Duagh’s son’) Kilmacduagh has one of the finest collections of monastic buildings in Ireland, dating as far back as the 7th Century and has the tallest round tower in the world. The 7th Century saint, Saint Colman, son of Duagh, established a monastery on land given him by his cousin King Guaire. According to legend, Saint Colman MacDuagh was walking through the woods […]

03 Nov 2016

Farmleigh House and the Beautiful Colours of Autumn

  Farmleigh House and the Beautiful Colours of Autumn   Go Colour! Many of you will already know that I tend to specialise in Black & White photography. For the past 6 months or so, the focus on the desaturated imagery increased apace. However, recently I have been in Ireland for family reasons and the breath taking colours of Autumn inspired me to go colour – at least temporarily! One weekend and based on a recommendation (thanks John!), I took […]

26 Oct 2016

Revolution in Photography

    Revolution in Photography. Recently, I saw a top-branded (body-only) 50MP sensor medium format camera body advertised online for $45,000 (new). 190 years ago, the first known photograph was created by French inventor, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and took 8 hours exposure time (The view from the Window at Le Gras). Between then and now, development in photography has accelerated rapidly in many ways – so much so that we could refer to this period as nothing short of ‘revolutionary’. […]

04 Oct 2016

The World’s First Photograph – 5 Key Facts

“Le Point de View de la Fenêtre du Gras” (The View from the Window at Le Gras) Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, French, 1765 – 1833 The World’s First Photograph – 5 Key Facts The World’s first photograph was produced by the French inventor, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in c.1826 The photographs’ image was View from the Window at Le Gras The photograph was produced using a bitumen coated pewter plate and a wash of oil of lavender and white petroleum, which dissolved away the […]