Location Scouting | Winnipeg , Manitoba

Out for the day location scouting. Winnipeg is a cool place with lots of interesting spots to photograph either landscape or for wedding couples to grab a snap. I really enjoy heading out for the day just me, my camera and a tank full of gas. Here are some pictures that I capture when I am out and about in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. One thing for sure is there is that you don't have to go far to find something interesting. Enjoy....Michael ;)

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Athlone | Ireland | Travel Photography

Athlone is a town in central Ireland. The medieval Athlone Castle offers views from its battlements, plus displays on local history. South of town, along the River Shannon, the early Christian ruins of Clonmacnoise include a cathedral and 7 churches. To the north, vast Lough Ree is dotted with islands, some housing monastic ruins. Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage Park has a ring fort, a forge and rich birdlife.

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Cliffs of Moher | Ireland | Travel Photography

The Cliffs of Moher are located just south of the Village of Doolin in Co Clare Ireland. Rising slowly from Doolin they ascend to over 700 feet (213 metres) stretching south for nearly five miles (8km) to Hags head. The drive from Galway is a winding sweeping road with beauticul sights that surround you for every mile. The cliffs are Ireland's premier tourist attraction and a must see for anyone visiting Ireland.

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Ireland | Part One | Travel Photography

One thing I love about being a Winnipeg wedding photographer is getting to travel so much, I am fortunate enough to be able to travel back home to see family and friends. I am going to blog a couple of different posts from my last trip home with my wife and daughter. Here is the first.....ENJOY!! - Michael

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Irish Ruins | Ireland | Travel Photography

Playing around with some editing techniques from an image I toke on a visit back home to Ireland. This was shot at the monastery of Clonmacnoise which is situated in County Offaly, Ireland on the River Shannon south of Athlone. Clonmacnoise was founded in 544 by St. Ciarán, a young man from Rathcroghan, County Roscommon. Being a Winnipeg wedding photographer living away from home, family and friends I always love to get back home either in person or through some of the images I have shot over the years. If you are ever in Ireland this is a wonderful place to go and visit.

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For more information about the monastery of Clonmacnoise, have a read about it on Wikipedia here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clonmacnoise

What's in my camera bag - Pentax MG

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.
— Ernst Haas

Here is the newest member of the my 35mm family, a wonderful birthday gift from my cousin Paddy.....the Pentax MG. I love my K1000 it's a tank that produces amazing images so I am very very excited to get a day off and test this beauty out. Yes I have yet to get the MG out for a test run. I am still doing my research on the MG and so far it looks like it will be a great fun camera to snap some images out and about. I will definitely be taking it on my upcoming trips, as long as it works. I will probably run a couple of test rolls before I send it off for cleaning, as I am curious to see what history is on the glass. Like the Pentax K1000 the MG really is a beautiful looking camera!!!!

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What's in my camera bag - Fujifilm X30

A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.
— Arnold Newman
I am always asked via social media and in photography conversations what camera/cameras I use to create my work. I decided what better way than to show you so I got together a setup in the studio and photographed some of my favorites. I am not a product photographer, so excuse the dust particles. I will have to keep this an ongoing post as I update images and add new cameras and gear to my collection. Firstly I will start the my awesome retro compact Fujifilm X30. This is without a shadow of a doubt my number one go to location scouting and travel camera. I love how Fuji went back to the old film look and feel to their compact digital cameras. It's an impressive compact camera that captures high quality images. I have managed to capture some fantastic shots with this gem of which prints are hanging around the world. If you are interested in the full specs have a look at Fujifilm's X30 site, where you can see more images and full specs for this little beauty. I take this camera almost all the time when out and about, the X30 ticks a whole load of boxes for me. I am primarily a Nikon shooter but the menu and user interface system on the X30 is simple and I was able to quickly learn how to operate the camera and access all the relevant settings. I love the X30!!!

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....Coming soon the Nikon F100 and Pentax K100