Baboró 2012

Catch Me

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.

Jason and the Argonauts

Children of the Black Skirt

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.

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!


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.



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!

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.


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.

Opening night music!


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 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!

Sunrise in Pietrapertosa


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 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 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.



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!

Camping on Inis Mór


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


36 hours of self-sufficiency and shelter :)


A couple of people in a Curragh in Galway Bay



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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Frozen North


While The West was flooded and The North frozen in November and December I remained sheltered in Galway City. My first bit of snow exposure this winter in at least 5 years came when I got stuck on the bus between Sligo and Eniskillen on the way home for Christmas…. fortunately we were rescued and made it home in time for Turkeyfest ’09. These were all taken just outside Ballgawley, Tyrone

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December Diving


So it’s been two months since I got my diver’s licence, but I hadn’t used it yet. Nor did I get any good underwater pics yet. Time to rectify both those things! I went for a shore dive to 10 meters in the morning with my shiny new Canon Powershot D10, and took a few pics and videos on the way.  The second dive was beyond the camera’s waterproof rating, so I took no chances and left it behind on the boat while I went off with my Finnish dive buddy Nina, who was far too complimentary of my newbie ways. The weather was amazing, too- it was windy out, and only about 10 degrees but the winter sun had a blue sky to play with, making visiblity at depth pretty good for the conditions (maybe 8 meters).

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A Week in Connemara : 2

Okay, so last night’s effort wasn’t bad, but I thought I could do better… there’s a road and a lake near Kylemore where the trees make a neat tunnel… I thought that being inside that tunnel would give the best effect, but it turns out I had a sunset on one side and the rising harvest moon on the other, so I was able to go to the lake shore and get something better. Hope you enjoy.





A Week in Connemara : 1

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Okay, so I’m up in Scuba Dive West for the week doing the PADI open water divers’ couse… the course is going great (have managed not to drown, anyway!)…..  took this on Monday Night in Letterfrack, where I’m staying.

Video Slideshows from Japanese Trip

I finally finished my Japan slideshows and presented them at Galway Camera Club. Here are the videos!

Japan : 1 : Flight from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

Part 1 of my Japan trip- a few pics from over Siberia and Japan, then from Day 1 in Shinjuku

Japan : 2 : Tokyo Day from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

Some Day Shots from my week in Tokyo

Japan : 3 : Tokyo Night from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

Night Shots from my Japan trip – Tokyo Tower , Shinjuku and a bit of Harajuku

Japan : 4 : Kawaguchiko and Mt Fuji from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

At the start of my southward Journey I stopped off at Kawaguchiko for some R&R in a real Ryoukan and some Fuji Photography. I froze my *butt* off waiting around long enough for the clouds to clear at sunset

Japan : 5 : Kyoto and Nara from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

Kyoto and Nara were my next stop, I spent four days in Kyoto and one in Nara, but was a bit unlucky with the weather…. still, I think I got some good shots out of it.

Japan : 6 : Miyajima from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

Next stop was Hiroshima, but before seeing the center of Hiroshima, I decided to do Miyajima first… spectacular!

Japan : 7 : Hiroshima from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

I really enjoyed exploring Hiroshima, I wandered around the peace park and the riverside during the cherry blossom parties and just soaked in the atmosphere…

Japan : 8 : Nagasaki from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

Only one evening in Nagasaki (on my way to Yakushima), so I spent it at the top of one of the surrounding mountains getting some night pics. Again, butt refrozen :D

Japan : 9 : Yakushima from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

Japan : 10 : Okinawa from Christopher Tierney on Vimeo.

My final call before heading for Tokyo for final farewells to my friends.