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Summer Jug
2019-09-20

Nestled in the nook of the Dodder, wedged between million-dollah homes is, of course, Merrion Cricket club. Smashing little spot where I've only ever seen 100% sunshine, an opportunistic micro-climate. Anyways, many good folk have decided 12 months is too long to wait for an office Christmas blowout, so they broken up the year with a summer sporty/ active/ family-friendly hoo-ha with appropriately chargrilled meats and plant-based culinary delights,...

Burlington Office Site
2019-09-09

So by the look of it, half of Dublin is being remodelled and re-imagined. There is a forest of cranes on the skyline – I've tried counting it a few times, but usually get too distracted trying to figure out where the new ones are exactly. Many of these new offices blocks start off a pile of steaming useless 1960s offices or somesuch, then after a blur of diggers, cranes, hi-vis jackets and breakfast-rolls end up as some fine looking depot for...

Eyes Right
2019-09-07

It's a smashing room, really, really is... 'twas the Employment Law Association of Ireland's AGM in Merrion Hotel with TD from across the road Finian McGrath – a lovely little catchup. They quickly got through their mandate requirements, a few hands in the air, some comments from noted invitees and retired in the plush surrounds to the real business of professional chat. Its easily dismissed but this kind of professional networking is the...

Film School – Live TV
2019-09-03

This gig was really fascinating – band weren't bad either. Essentially it was a live television multi-camera setup, with directors training in handling the live feeds and directing in a live studio setup across lighting, sound, cameras, graphics, talent and the rest. Lots of spinning plates – not for the faint-hearted. So throughout the rehearsals, they went through 4 training directors, each with their own approach, style and emphasis. I got...

Open Gate Brewing Storm!
2019-08-28

Ah sure, just the one... Quick little 2 light setup as was waiting for some arriving guests at a something, something, something something. Its a great little spot wedged between the original brewery, and delivery dock and Thomas Street. Diageo I think task them with brewing up some more of the unusual staples of the beer family, with an evolving selection of ales away from Diageo's black stallion. It was an small award ceremony for the...

Macro Date
2019-07-18

Sometimes moving closer just isn't good enough. Sometimes you want to see something big, y'know... real closeup like, to see all the tiny details that gives it its own distinct character, and moving your seat closer just doesn't quite cut it. Trying out some new bits and pieces across gear, workflows and technique for some superbly detailed macro shots currently. The natural world has the most phenomenal micro details, that sure I can see with...

Latte Lovers
2019-07-11

I was a barista back in the day. I say 'barista' but I couldn't grow a moustache, and I made inconsistently questionable coffee. T'would have been 1999, just back off the boat from some English educational facility, and throwing beer, wine and coffee out of a bar in a basement in Dublin 2. Late nights followed by some very, very late nights. Great times. So Simon owned the restaurant with his brother, and it was jammed – all very new young...

Looking Everywhere at Once
2019-06-22

So if you imagine being able to see all around you, with eyes on the back of your head, side of your head, and under your head – with your body not getting in the way. That's taken some imaging alright I'd say. No.25 Fitzwilliam Place a rather splendid...

In Pub, Staring at Ceiling
2019-06-21

Not for the first time either :) I don't recall enjoying textured wallpaper this much before, but hell, it works here. Grabbing bits of light and shade. Embossing a tactility in those hard to reach places of the sacred boozer. So reverse engineering this – its been some time, and I've a limited amount space to remember stuff – the ceiling has a gold grid on the ceiling, filled in with the red textured wallpaper. Sounds very odd but,...

Ye Olde DPS
2019-06-15

The smell print. I used to work in publishing and we'd take delivery of palettes of stacks of fresh magazines, ink barely dry and haul them into temporary halting sites before lashing them out unto the masses. The heady print aroma would waft about the office between deadlines, the soundtrack to the smudges on your hands. Haven't gotten that from any online source yet. The olde Double Page Spread was always an exciting thing. Make photo big....

Whisky Tasting
2019-06-13

It hit me. Leaving Cert. Blind silence panic. There be five of them sat upstairs silently trying to discern between grain and chaff, whisky and whiskey, bourbon and rye. Five different tables, all studiously looking for clues in the three separate samples lined up, swirling, sniffing, scribbling. I never experienced whisky like this. Never a big fan, a couple of run-ins and car crashes inspired by Hunter's tomes of the feverish Wild Turkey...

Ye Olde Editorial Spreads
2019-06-08

Going back a couple of seasons, but then I am in the middle of a regular backup across the hard drives, so no apologies. Think it must be form an inflight magazine with a new route to Dublin. More than anything it's nice to see some though out layouts, structured and ordered, de riguer and nearly obsolete. Always a big fan of the Dead Zoo on Merrion Street, always remember looking up gobsmacked at the flying whale a young un, and...

Dont Mind If I Do
2019-06-05

Sweet, sweet nectar. Goddamit! Beer is just great. Personally, I'm not that overboard on all the craft ale of late. I do like a lot of cheap generic swill, and tend to play if safe when put upon in a heavily bearded crafty ale pub. I can stray for a IPA – but that about as far as I go. Once I ventured toward a cardamon flavoured ale, and tried one called Engine Oil – perhaps that was my very downfall.Dialing it back a bit, and simply...

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