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July 29, 2017

Superior guest room.

One of the many bedrooms that Jack at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel wanted to show their guests, was this one…
“Original
.. which they called their Superior rooms.

“Superior guest rooms are light and airy while also offering our guests that extra touch of luxury.”

So that was next on our list, after we finished the Nelligan’s Bar shot.

Which was pretty easy to shoot…
“One
.. after Ivan put up a new picture…
“Behind
.. Dianne had sorted out the bedding …
“Behind
.. Claudio had lit it…
“Behind
.. the polishing was done…
“Behind
.. and I had press the button on this strange looking camera…
“Behind
.. which I have been using now for nearly 15 years smile

Just point & shoot – and this was the final result…
“Superior
.. which can now be seen on their website:
“Screen

Take two being the same room with only a single double-bed…
“One
.. which again just needed a few changes made…
“Behind
.. which didn’t take the team very long to sort out…
“One
.. bar trying to figure-out what to put on that far wall…
“One
.. so Dianne held up a different few things…
“One
.. which I took a quick picture of…
“One
.. before we made the final call…
“One
.. and so this was the final result…
“Superior
.. which once again you can now see on their website:
“Screen

So it was as simple as that – thanks to Ivan and Claudio here…
“Behind
.. as well as Dianne…
“Behind
.. who was already getting things ready for the last two shots – so more on those and what Claudio was doing here…
“Behind
.. to follow wink

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July 25, 2017

An enchanted castle in wilds of Ireland.

One doesn’t often see this here in Ireland…
“Weather
.. but when you do and you have a Client who is based on the other side of the country, that is wanting an image to help them target the market that they wanting to appeal to, then one does need to try and make the most of it.

And so it was last Monday, because back in May we had talked to Howard – who’s other 2 castles we had shot before, which I talked about here: How much does it cost to take a picture – about shooting Markree Castle here…
“Drive
.. which is partially moated by the River Unshin, as seen here…
“River
.. in County Sligo – and is one of four castles that are listed under Romantic Castles Ireland.

So this was one of the 2 images he was looking for: “An enchanted castle in wilds of Ireland – away from it all.”

Anyway, July was the month we were waiting for, as the other image he was after was this one…
“Garden
.. which was at the back – “The perfect venue for your wedding” – and so we obviously wanted the garden to be in full bloom… hence July, as that is when it will be looking it’s best.

So 2 shots: one was a morning shot, the other was an evening shot – so the ideal situation would be to shoot the front one showing the river in the evening, stay over night and then do the garden and terrace area at the back in the morning – as I reckoned the one at the front would need to be shoot at around 8pm and the one at the back would be around 8am.

That would be ideal – and could have worked out just like that here too, bar the fact that there was a wedding on, and they had booked the entire place for both Monday & Tuesday.

Anyway, a decision had to be made, because like I said at the start, you don’t see a weather forecast like that every often here in Ireland – and so I emailed both Howard and Claudio that morning to say:

“Car is packed – so I’m going to go for it – as it could be another few weeks before we see sunshine like this again, according to the forecast.
So I should there around 6pm.”

To which Claudio replied:

“Perfect! I’ll be there at about the same time.
Will they get the props u think?”

The ‘props’ he was referring to, was of course the outfits for the fisherman and the people on the horses – which they had talked about here…
“Concept
.. in reply to “Our Thinking” back in May – when all of this was discussed and they had told us who they were wanting this image to appeal to, as well as what they wanted it to say to that market, etc, etc.

Anyway, I emailed Claudio back to say:

“Don’t think they will be there – so anything you can get your hands on would be great.
The main thing is the castle… everything else is an extra”

Howard did however email back to say that the hotel manage had been informed about us coming – and that a fisherman had been organised and would be there at around 6pm too.

So with a 4 hour drive ahead, I hit the road – and about 30 minutes later I received an email from Claudio to say:

“Boots, trousers and rod sorted.”
“Props

To which I replied:

“Excellent stuff – now just need a few people on horses to ride past.
Seriously though – it’s the castle looking good that is all important here – so will be giving it my best shot”

Anyway, I arrived around 5:30pm and immediately set up the camera and started to shoot – because as you can see here…
“First
.. the sun was already hitting the front of the castle.

Close to prefect, I reckoned – as I didn’t want the sun to come around to much behind me, as that would then start to make it look flat. So basically that was it – one click and I was done wink

So by the time Claudio arrived, I was nowhere to be seen…
“Behind
.. but was obviously still around – as I’d clearly given the shirt of my back
“Behind
.. to do a bit of fishing instead wink

Away, new shirt on and back behind the camera…
“Behind
.. as Claudio helped the member of staff into the waders and boots…
“Behind
.. before he ventured in…
“Behind
.. to help complete the story.

Perfect timing too…
“Behind
.. so I snapped away…
“Behind
.. each time he throw the line out…
“Behind
.. which with the Flexbody, is like one frame per second minute wink

Still, I only needed one frame – and this was it…
“Behind
.. as he finally managed to get the hang of it – and was actually starting to enjoy it too, before he lost the weight.

Add a few puffy white clouds – as one would expects to see that here in Ireland – and this was the final result:
“Markree

“Excellent stuff – now just need a few people on horses to ride past.”

– was still at the back of my mind as we began to pack – when all of a sudden Claudio spotted 2 girls on their horses down by the river.

So I grabbed the 503…
“Behind
.. and started to shot…
“Behind
.. because this was the image I had in mind all along…
“Markree
.. as Howard had originally said:

“I think this one featuring a fisherman and a horseman would work.”

Or what about walking along the path Claudio…
“Behind
.. or better still, along the road…
“Behind
.. as that would be much easier for me to create an image like this…
“Markree
.. or even this…
“Markree
.. although that may all be a bit to much – as it now looks like you are no longer away from it all – which was part of the original message I was trying to say here.

Anyway, the best shot of the day was this one…
“Behind
.. as far as I was concerned – although this one is pretty good too…
“Behind
.. so would just like to say a Big Thanks to Claudio for all his help here – as well as for these two wonderfully images to complete the story – because even if no-one else likes them, I love them – as this is what I call “living the dream” at an enchanted castle in wilds of Ireland – away from it all smile

July 23, 2017

Nelligan’s Bar

The 3rd and final shot in Nelligan’s Bar was the return angle.

OUR THINKING:

KL-0643 is our favourite angle – however, this angle does show the size and overall layout very well.

“Original
Would need bar staff and possibly a member of staff serving the people at the back dining area.

Which the following morning – after some serious work…
“Behind
.. the night before, to produce this image…
“Family
.. to show their Family Rooms or inter-connecting rooms…
“Inter-connecting
.. if you prefer – we set up to shoot:
“One

Lights up…
“Behind
.. and so the fun began…
“One
.. as bit…
“One
.. by bit…
“One
.. it all started to come together – as I stood and watched…
“Behind
.. the team working very hard…
“Behind
.. to complete the story we were trying to tell smile

Seriously though – once everyone arrived…
“One
.. it was all over in minutes, due to what all they had done.

Which then just left me to zoom in to let Jack’s Grandfather here…
“Behind
.. see how well he looked…
“Zoom
.. in this the final overall result…
“Screen
.. which you can now see on their website about Nelligan’s Bar.

Time for a coffee – as the big smiles on our faces says it all…
“Behind
.. because we were all totally delighted with this one…

.. before heading up to shoot the various bedrooms.

So more on all of that the follow – from Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me at ampimage.com smile

July 22, 2017

It’s tables they want to see.

The 2nd shot in the bar that Jack was keen for us to capture, was this raised fireplace area…

.. which he was also wanting to promote.

Our Thinking:
“You mentioned you liked the Trump fireplace shot (see below) – so we will try to recreate something with a similar feel.”
“By

Which we talked about shooting here: The Clubhouse.

“Well now that you have talked the talk, Ashley…
“Behind
.. what are you planing on doing ?” – because it’s tables they want to see, rather than armchairs in front of a fire wink

Okay, TV down to start with…
“Behind
.. and I’ll try to find an angle…
“Behind
.. while Ivan, you workout how you are going to put a mirror up there…
“One
.. because how else am I going to explain this very romantic image of the two of you wink

So while I put the camera in it position…
“Behind
.. Ivan and Dianne started working on table setting…
“One
.. as well as the flowers…
“Behind
.. books…
“One
.. and everything else that was in front of the camera.
While Claudio (besides taking lots of great pictures of us all) worked on the lighting – as I tried to explain the look that I was after…
“Behind
.. before returning to take a few quick shots…
“Behind
.. which I reckoned was 99% there…
“One
.. bar fixing the hair…
“One
.. and there you have it…
“One
.. Capture-198262 looked good…
“Behind
.. which got the thumbs-ups from everyone…
“Behind
.. as it can now be seen on their Home page:
“Screen

So “Cheers” – from Claudio, Myself, Ivan & Dianne here…
“Behind
.. as it was time to make full use of the props smile

Nine years on.

Filed under: Family,Photography,Web links — Ashley Morrison @ 10:39 am
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Nine years ago, we produce this image…

.. in the Nelligan’s Bar at Kilmurry Lodge Hotel – which I always remember as being quite a difficult one to light, as one wants to maintain the atmosphere, but yet not make it to dark or moody.

Anyway, back in April of this year, Jack asked me to have another look at it, as they had made a few changes – which they most certainly had.

Our Thinking:
“This angle is our favourite…
“Original
..it gives a really nice atmosphere with lots of interest.
Actually love the grouping of people in this shot – family looks perfect here – as does the placement of the other quests too.”

And so that was to be 1 of 3 images Jack wanted of this bar – which ended up looking like this…

.. but started out looking like this…
“One
.. at 8:30 the following morning – after the Dusk shot and serval pints of Guinness in this very same room the night before wink

So with at image on screen…
“Behind
.. the team went to work…
“One
.. like a well oiled machine…
“One
.. as it was time for a coffee…
“Behind
.. lots of pointing…
“Behind
.. thinking…
“Behind
.. and the final touches…
“Behind
.. just before our family arrived…
“Behind
.. at 10:30.

So with the camera in position…
“Behind
.. and a Guinness on hand…
“Behind
.. one last look at the screen…
“Behind
.. and then it was time to press that button…
“Behind
.. as all eyes were on the Stars of the show…
“Behind
.. while I wounded on the camera as fast as I could…
“Behind
.. and captured the moment…
“Behind
.. before checking the screen…
“Behind
.. and then inviting them all over to see themselves…
“Behind
.. and how well they looked when I zoomed in on them…
“Zoom
.. and so this was the final result…

.. which was created for Multiple Media use – “As it’s easy to crop but harder to add on” as I would often say to people who ask why I still like to produce square imageswink

And so 9 years after the first image of this bar was created – this new image can now be seen on the Home page of their website…
“Screen
.. along with this one…
“Screen
.. which was the next image that we produced – so more on that to follow – from Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me @ ampimage.com in Nelligan’s Bar.

July 20, 2017

Dusk shot.

Back in April we also talked about shooting the front of the Hotel…
“Our
.. and it was agreed a dusk or night shot would work best.

So after the shot outside Nelligan’s bar we headed around to the front of the building…
“One
.. which had already be cleared of cars – and so it was a case of starting early…
“Behind
.. once I had found my spot…
“Behind
.. and Ivan had taken the Land Rover for a spin…
“Behind
.. as he reckon we may be shooting out of the back of it, if it started to rain again.

Because this is Ireland – were it rains 250 plus days a year – so the umbrella was up just in case…
“Behind
.. as the first of the images appeared on screen, the car arrived…
“One
.. while Claudio & Ivan set-up some lights…
“Behind
.. after which we then when ahead and shot the car and person in place…
“Behind
.. and then waited for the magical moment to happen – which as you can see here it did…
“One
.. about 15 minutes later – as day turned to night…
“Behind
.. which then only left the sign on top to light…
“Behind
.. and so this was then the final result…
“The
.. which one can now see on the Home page of the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel’s website
“Screen
.. along with the others images we took – or should I say created, as we do tend to do a little more than just turn up and take some pictures smile

So more on that to follow – from Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me @ ampimage.com.

Outside Nelligan’s Bar.

The story behind the image which today you can see on the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel’s website…
“Screen
.. which a few months ago looked like this…
“Our
.. when we first called to see them about creating some images for them to use in their marketing & advertising material over the next few years.

So we talked the talked – but now it was time to walk the walk – as we stood out of the rain…
“Behind
.. knowing that I don’t get paid to make excuses wink

Anyway, the weather forecast said it was to be an okay evening – so with the camera in place…
“Behind
.. the first of the images appeared on screen…
“One
.. and the boys in their new uniforms when to work…
“Behind
.. while the flags were put up…
“One
.. and than another few test shots were taken…
“One
.. after it had been lit and a touch of warmth had been added…
“One
.. as I was looking for a late evening feel here.

Looking good in the new outfits guys…
“The
.. and yes what was in front of the camera was now starting to look pretty good too…
“One
.. as the first of our models arrived…
“Behind
.. the wall was damped down the wall…
“Behind
.. outfits were checked…
“One
.. but what’s up with the lighting Claudio…
“One
.. because that big boy isn’t firing…
“Behind
.. but as soon as it did, then I finally got to do what I do – which is to try and figure out how to take a picture with that ‘upie-downie’ thing…
“Behind
.. as well as put a smile on the client’s face…
“Behind
.. because instead of the image on screen looking like this…
“Original
.. it now looked like this…
“One
.. which when I’d finished looked like this…
“Outside
.. as it was a lovely late evening image that I was trying to create here after all wink

And so that’s the story behind this image that you can now see on the Home page of their website…
“Screen
.. along with the others images we took – or should I say created, as we do tend to do a little more than just turn up and take some pictures smile

So more on that to follow – from Dianne, Claudio, Ivan & me at ampimage.com

July 15, 2017

American homes inspired my look.

Filed under: Publish work — Ashley Morrison @ 4:38 pm
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Is the title of our latest published work in the August 2018 issue of Good Homes magazine…
Pages 78 to 85 in the August 2017 issue of Good Homes magazine featuring Marie and Alan (McMillen) McKernan's renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. on pages 78 to 75 – which features Marie and Alan’s renovated 1960’s house near Holywood in County Down.

“Holidays in Massachusetts prompted Marie to transform her dated mid-century house in Northern Ireland into a elegant period-style property.”

Which I talked about shooting here: Natural direction of light and here: Left or Right – almost 3 years ago.

So congratulations to both Alan and Marie here…
Marie McMillen on the balcony of her renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
.. for making it into another top selling National magazine – as I’d say ‘your look’ here…
The kitchen in Marie and Alan McMillen's renovated 1960's house near Holywood in County Down.
..will inspire many throughout the UK and even in American too Wink.

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