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St Patrick’s Day Parade 2014

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Once again the streets of Galway were alive with a celebration of Irish identity, culture, pastimes and history! Many thanks to all who contributed!

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Galway Judo Club : Galway Open

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So for a change of pace I decided to shoot the Galway Open Judo competition hosted by Galway Judo Club! The seniors were well over by the time I got there, bu the kids were still in full flow! Enjoy :)

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Day Trippin’ on Inis Mór

Inis Mor with Chika from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

 

Last OctoberI took a trip to Inis Mór with my friend Chikako! The only camera I had available was the iPhone, so that’s what I used :D Here are the results, hope you like them :)

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Send a Message to RTÉ and Iona

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So I hear tell that the controversy over the Iona/RTÉ payout is all a load of twitter generated fury.
Funny that, because I decided to go out and see if I could find some flesh-and-blood people who would also have  a thing to say… and guess what, I did!

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Little Cinema Jan 2014 : It’s Good to be Back!

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So I missed a couple of Little Cinemas because I was off traveling for work…… it’s good to be back!

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Macnas Parade 2013 : On the Night Journey Official Video!

Macnas | On The Night Journey from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

So I had the pleasure of being asked to shoot Macnas’ official video for their Halloween Extravaganza…. how could I resist?!

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Street Photography with an AE-1

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After playing with the 5DMKII the other week I thought I’d go down to the other end of the tech scale and mess around with a Camera that is literally older than me – a 1982 Canon AE-1. I was fretting over exposure but although there’s some light leakage in places and sometimes the film didn’t advance properly I was very pleased when I got the prints back- these are some medium-res scans of some plain 6×4 prints.

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Sunny Saturday in Black and White

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Not my usual style, and something I haven’t done in a while!  Took a walk around Eyre Square and Shop St. in the sun, looking for some character!

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Achill Island – New Territory!

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So I’d never been to Achill Island! Time to fix that…..

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Street Spectacle : Galway Arts Festival 2013!

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Blackrock : Thirty Degrees and Sunny

Blackrock – Thirty Degrees and Sunny from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

The July 2013 heatwave had the thermometers reaching unheard of heights and sent people scurrying for the cool waters of the Atlantic. Here’s a little slice of Galwegian Life!

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St Patrick’s Day Festival Parade Galway : 2013

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Connemara Road Trip!

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My friend Funatsu came back to Ireland this week for a few days of sightseeing, so I decided a little tour of Connemara was in order! I borrowed a camera and some nice glass from Neil Warner and took Funatsu and Hannae on a whistle-stop tour!

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For Savita : Never Again

Original file available for download at : http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10685/For%20Savita.mp4 (right-click and hit ‘Save As’)

This is the hardest edit I’ve ever had to make. This video footage was recorded on the 17th of March 2011 as the Galway’s small Indian Community took part in the St Patrick’s Day Celebrations, and later as Ireland mourned the death of Savita Halappanavar; an outstanding ambassador for her home country and someone who will be sorely missed.

Never again.

Savita in Galway (1)
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Savita in Galway, shot by Christopher Tierney : www.chrisdidthis.com
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Baboró 2012

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Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is the second-biggest arts festival in Galway behind the Galway Arts Festival. Each year thousands of children & adults are wowed by the theatre, dance, visual art and workshops hand picked by Festival Director Lali Morris. I developed the Baboró website and also voulnteer to produce Baboró TV for the team. These are some of the videos and photos I produced during the Festival this year.

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Children of the Black Skirt

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Boxing Wallpaper

A little Olympic Boxing celebration – right-click and save to your machine or hit ‘save as wallpaper’.

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Bouzouki session in Barna Woods

A walk in Barna Woods turned into a Bouzouki/Photo session when Yui and I brought along our favourite instruments.  I went super-experimental with the light and shadow, then with some split toning in post-production.

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A Very Roman Snowstorm

I was lucky enough to spend a very special weekend in Rome this year- when I was packing my bags there were warnings of severe weather on the news, and sure enough on my first full day in the Italian capital (during which I had a business meeting) the snow descended on the city.

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Red Bull Cliff Diving on Inis Mór

Red Bull held the first Irish round of their Cliff Diving World Championships on the island of Inis Mór – I was invited along by the guys at Red Bull to capture some of the atmosphere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clew Bay Overnight Sea Kayaking Trip

The GKC Crew ventured into the teeth of some pretty nasty weather this weekend and emerged into the gleaming sunday morning light for a second day of paddling on Clew Bay. We managed to sneak up on the Seals this time!

 

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Blackrock Divers

Blackrock Diving from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

If the temperatures are anything to go by it would seem that Summer has arrived in Ireland. One of the principal Galwegian summer rituals is a swim at the diving board at Blackrock. One of the most popular municipal facilities (and probably the single most photographed object) in Galway, the diving tower hosts hundreds if not thousands of swimmers on days like these. I packed up my waterproof camera cover plus the Canon 550D and a Sigma 17-70 and finned my way into position using a pair of diving fins for extra maneuverability

 

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Baboró TV

Baboró TV : Priceless from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

Last year as part of the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children I produced Baboró TV! I single-handedly shot & produced one or two short videos for each day of the festival, here are the final videos!

Mr and Mrs Sommerflügel + Sotton un’altra Luce from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

Losha from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

On-Off from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

MISE Scéal Cailín from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

Y’a un Lapin dans la Lune from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

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Fun Surf Session in Lachinch

Due to a lack of footrest I found myself with Lahinch on a GKC surf trip with no boat to paddle… fortunately I had my bases covered and brought along a waterproof cover for my SLR…. this was my first time trying out the camera cover and it worked out absolutely perfectly- I really love these shots, hope you enjoy them!

 




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Galway Canoe Polo League Finals 2012

Galway canoe Polo League came to a head in Leisureland last Saturday night, with 8 teams lining up to decide the final order… I was there to shoot some video & stills- these are the stills!

 

 

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St Patrick’s Day 2012 in Galway

Every St Patrick’s day there is a parade that aims to show a cross section of Galway life and society- and this year was no different! Thousands of people marched and celebrated the diversity and nature of Irish life, culture and sport whilst being cheered on by thousands more.

 

 

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My /r/ireland Reddit Alien rugby desktop…. enjoy!

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Galwayfest 2012

Galwayfest 2012 was a Kayak Freestyle & Whitewater Boatercross competition based in Galway… I caught the action on Sunday on the Boluisce river in Spideal.

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Sea Kayaking on Clew Bay

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B3ta

All my b3ta posts from back in the day in one place….

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rewind | 2011

I decided to make a review video of my year 2011 – it turned out to be a much tougher and more arduous process than I first thought- I went through thousands of clips to condense everything into one three minute video. I’d like to thank everyone who tolerated my constant ducking behind a lens this last year- I hope to do even bigger and better things in 2012!

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Winter Woods

I went for a walk in Barna Woods with my flatmate Yui…. with the late afternoon light it turned into a photo session using the trees as the backdrop.

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Digital Diary of Italy

Video : Seven days in Basilicata

In September I was invited to spend a week in Basilicata, Italy with six other bloggers and filmmakers from the USA, France, Netherlands, South Africa and Italy. We set out to record our impressions of the region and make our own films about the experience.

Matera

Our journey started in Matera, where we were greeted warmly by the community who are rescuing the Sassi from abandomnent and ruin.

Matera seen from a cave across the gorge… this is 15s on the 10-20mm, with some LED glowsticks I brought from home for shots like this.

This is not a church! It’s one of a series of cisterns to which Matera and the Sassi owe their success- each cistern holds tens of millions of litres  and provided water in even the leanest times.

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Winemakers of Barile! We stopped in Barile to sample some wines and have a look at the centuries-old processes used in winemaking- we were given a look at some cantina, the cellars where the wine is matured in carefully controlled conditions.  The wine I sampled was still fresh, sweet and cloudy- the wines produced here are usually only consumed locally, so if you want to taste some you’d better get going!

San Fele

San Fele, where the locals are volunteering to build walks through the lush mountain valley.

Pietrapertosa

 Pietrapertosa is famous for the Vollo del’angelo, a 120km/h, 400 meter high horizontal zipline that stretches across the valley. The food and hospitality were as spectacular as the views. This is a must-return part of the world for me!

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Locals are as proud of their traditions as anwyhere else in the world- oxen were a huge part of agriculture and remain part of village life.

Maratea

Maratea is a stunning, bustling Mediterranean port town that is overlooked by tall mountains- this is a sunset captured as part of my timelapse sequence.

The Digital Diary crew! Mark, Hailegh, Erica and Caspar standing, then Chris (me!), Matthew and Luca sitting.

 

 

Craco

Craco is a ghost town abandoned since 1963 because of dangerous subsidence in the clay soil. I shot this still as part of a timelapse sequence.

Clay from mudslides creates an almost martian landscape near Craco. Part of a timelapse.

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GKC in the Soca Valley

In April 2011 a group of kayakers from Galway Kayak club set out to conquer the Soca Vallery; these are the stills!

 



 

 

 

 


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Bridge Street Surfing

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Galway Arts Festival Parade 2011

Every year Macnas wow the crowds in Galway City with a colourful, spectacular parade that forms the centerpiece of the Galway Arts Festival. This year was no exception!

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Sixty Seconds in the Soca Valley

In April 2010  a brave motley crew of paddlers from Galway Kayak Club set out into the wild got on a plane and sought out the treacherous incredible Soca Valley in Slovenia…. here’s a 60 second trailer for the upcoming documentary trilogy taster!

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ISKA Streamstown Weekend 2011

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Every year the Irish Sea Kayaking Association have a get-together at Streamstown near Clifden for a family-friendly weekend of sea kayaking, camping and fun. These are my shots from Saturday evening and Sunday.

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Is Féidir Linn

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Galway Bay Sea Kayak Race 2011

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Freestyle on the Lower Corrib

Whenever the tide is low and the Corrib River is running high it forms a series of rapids near the end of Nimmo’s Pier- it’s a world-class freestyle spot that only appears a few times every year.
This time, I was there.

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Sunday Session at Tuam

Galway Kayak Club members down at the hole in Tuam; for more than one member this was their first time in a hole so it took a while to work up the courage :)

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New Year Surfing

GKC take to the waves on the first day of 2011; Dermot Wall  and Colin Loan take advantage of the perfect conditions to show off.

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Cold Snap 2010

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The record breaking cold snap of December 2010 wasn’t without its perks… it provided more than a few photo ops… here are a few of my best images, starting off in the Maam Valley, heading back to my Apartment balcony, then on the way home to Tyrone via the train to Dublin & Belfast, and from there to Tyrone.

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Dawn over Galway Bay, shortly after 9am on Dec.21st 2010 : the solstice did not mean any improvement in the weather, but at least the days are slowly getting longer again.

 

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Impassable roads meant that the train was the best way to travel home…. it might have been -8 outside but the inside of the carriage was toasty :)

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Nice to look at  if you weren’t stuck in it :)

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A quick dash for tyre air and a sandwich stop netted this view of Belfast

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I headed down to Knockmanny forest for a few hours on Christmas Day, however the day was short and I didn’t get much…..

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… that said, the stunning skyline made up for the shortness of the day.

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Fetch!

Some slowmo canine shenanigans in the park.

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City of the Tribes Kayak Race 2010 : Video

The City of the Tribes Kayak Race happens every year around the start of September and usually attracts kayakers from all over the country and of all abilities and ages…. this year I made a video in place of stills- hope you enjoy it!

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Colligan Gorge Games 2010

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October Sun

Some video and stills taken this month in Knockmanny Forest in Co Tyrone with one clip from Barna Woods in Galway. Shot on the canon EOS 50D , edited in Premere and colour corrected/tweaked in After Effects and Colorista II. Music is The Artifact and Living – Michael Andrews

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Surfing in Lahinch

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Grand Designs visits the Death Star

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Daytrippin’

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The results of some daytripping around the Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher and Fanore beach!


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Camping on Inis Mór

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I went to Inis Mór in May for some camping- my first time on Inis Mór, I’d gone to Inis Meain loads of times so it was time for a change :D

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36 hours of self-sufficiency and shelter :)

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A couple of people in a Curragh in Galway Bay

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The Twelve Bens mountains in Connemara, seen from Inis Mór – these peaks are 40km away from where I am and are about to get a good soaking.

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Galway Sinfonietta at NUI Galway

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Galway Sinfoniettea at their inaugural performance in Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway; my friend Yuki is the leader of the orchestra

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Arts Festival Atmosphere!

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Rodrigo y Gabriela at the Galway Arts Festival Big Top

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Galway Zombie Walk 2010


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The Galway Zombie Photowalk 2010 happened tonight… a fun evening out in Galway

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