Nikkormat FTn - built in 1967, but made to last. A great camera.
been interested in photography since I was young. My dad was always
a good photographer. He still takes plenty of photos. I now own
what was once his pride and joy - a 1967 Nikkormat FTn camera, which
is a beautiful, solid old SLR 35mm camera. I still use it. The only
battery it takes is a small battery for the light metre. I got into
photography in a big way after I met my wife, Ann, back in 1994.
My first SLR after that was a Pentax P30, which was a very capable
camera, followed by a Pentax MZ-50. I moved into the professional
sphere in about 1999 with my purchase of a second-hand Nikon F90,
a fantastic camera. I liked it so much, I bought a second one about
a year later. I moved into the digital domain a couple of years
ago with the Nikon Coolpix 4500.
Nikon D70, my current camera of choice.
I went SLR in 2004 with the Nikon D70, a nice and very capable Digital
SLR. I traded in one of the Nikon F90s, but I still own one for
slide and print photography. There is a huge amount of my work on
this website. If you want to get a look, just go and explore - my
photos are all over the place, but particularly in the Ancient
Sites and Astronomy sections. I've
added some galleries of my work too, such as my Ireland
gallery and the Winter
Solstice gallery. I have recently joined Drogheda
Photographic Club, which boasts some of the best photographers
forget, if you like any of the photos on Mythical Ireland
taken by me, you can purchase them. Just e-mail
me with the details of which photo you want.
Aer Lingus 737-500 series plane with the Moon, taken at Dublin
only a very occasional air traveller, but for some reason, I just
love watching airplanes. I'm fascinated by them - their size, their
power, their noise, and the way they defy gravity when taking off.
Because I'm a keen photographer, I've also taken up photographing
planes. I'm a semi-regular visitor to Dublin Airport. I started
taking pictures of planes last year, and since getting my Nikon
D70, I've really started to take a lot of pictures of these enormous
beasts. I have two ambitions relating to aircraft - one is to fly
in the cockpit of a big aeroplane, preferably an Airbus A340 or
a Boeing 767 or 747 (something big!). The other is to be ON a runway,
under an aeroplane taking photos as it takes off over my head. I
know it probably sounds a bit mad, but I'd really love to sense
the noise and the power at close range!
are actually a very unlikely subject for Mythical Ireland, I know,
but my fascination means I find myself watching Discovery Wings
and any programme on Sky Television about aviation. I've never even
flown in a big aircraft. I cannot even recognise all the different
types of aircraft! Click
here for a page containing some photos I have taken of aircraft.
I have added a video
and a second gallery
in recent weeks.
original DOOM - click
to see larger screenshot.
not a mad fan of computer games or anything, but since being introduced
to the first-player "shoot-em-up" DOOM
back in the mid 1990s, I have kept up an occasional interest in
this type of game. I found DOOM addictive, so naturally when ID
Software progessed to making even better games, I played them
too. The highly-successul QUAKE
was followed by QUAKE II, which I have to say I didn't like half
as much. I may be playing devil's advocate when I say I think generally
game players preferred the origiinal QUAKE.
then there came what I consider to be a revolution in gameplay.
Such was the overwhelming response to the multi-player versions
of the Quake series, where players could fight against each other
either on a network or over the internet, ID brought out QUAKE
III ARENA. This was the answer to the dreams of millions of
any given day at any particular time there can be upwards of 2,000
active QUAKE III servers online where people are playing this game
against each other. It's great fun. There are a variety of weapons
available, including the hugely lethal rocket launcher and the railgun,
which usually only needs one accurate blast to "frag"
(kill) another player. There are also huge numbers of modifications
and additions to Quake III, such as maps, skins, weapons etc.
Arena - click
to see larger screenshot.
recently started playing a Quake III "mission pack" called
"PainKeep Arena", which in my opinion adds greatly to
the gameplay with additional weapons and new levels. It's also great
fun. One humorous addition to the weaponry is the "Bear Trap",
which is described thus on the PainKeep
website: "Step on it and *SNAP!* The opponent is burdened
with this huge trap clamped to their leg. Place them in well travelled
areas or around key weapons and power-ups for maximum effect."
are hundreds of on-line servers where you can play against other
humans, but the single player game provides plenty of entertainment
for those who are not quite advanced enough for on-line play. Overall
this is a significant improvement on the Quake III experience, and
will provide hours of entertainment for anyone who's a fan of this
genre. PainKeep Arena is for the "Old School" fan of Deathmatch,
also known as Hardcore Deathmatchers, according to Robert
Waring, one of the creators.
not a bookworm by any means, but I do enjoy reading and I am interested
in a broad range of topics and subjects. The vast majority of my
reading material is non-fiction. I simply don't have the time to
read works of fiction. One great reason I like reading non-fiction
is because I can dip in and out of books, and read sections of books.
I very rarely read a book from cover to cover. I don't have the
attention span. What I would like to do here is talk about some
of the books I've read recently and some of those that have left
a lasting impression on me.
Herrings and White Elephants - the origins of the phrases we use
This wonderful book by Albert Jack does exactly what it says on
the tin, and provides a fascinating and at times amusing glimpse
at the origins of phrases which many of us use every day and take
for granted. Perfect for the sort of reader who is interested in
trivia and titbits, but this book will also appeal to a general
audience. However, beware taking everything in this book as gospel
- some people have said it contains urban legends or folk tales
in place of actual facts. However, it still makes for enjoyable
book can be purchased online at Amazon.co.uk
book I read recently was "Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith"
by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval. The book essentially suggests
that a secretive religion which can be traced back to the Egyptians
has been fundamental to the formation of some of the world's greatest
powers and cities. Although I was unconvinced on the whole, the
book raises some very interesting questions and puzzles. Of particular
interest is how cities like Paris and Washington could have a secret,
sacred geometry behind their seemingly innocuous designs. There
is also a very captivating account of the crusades in France, in
which many tens of thousands of Cathars were slaughtered by the
Catholic organisation. Interesting reading, but, as I said, a little
bit wishy washy on conclusions.
book can be purchased online at Amazon.co.uk
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