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8th February 2020



Last Monday Night

We had a super response for entries to our projected image competition "Best of 2019".  Congratulations, not only to the winners but all who took part in making this such a wonderful night.  Inaki did a superb job with much valuable advise provided to all levels.

Next Monday Night. 

Its "Member Model Posing Shoot Night".  A practical night – shooting models (ie each other).  Bring your camera and sense of adventure. Let's try and get some exciting and different portraits ......if people could bring Props/Hats/Walking sticks whatever they want just so they are not getting a passport image.

Robbie O'Leary Exhibition. 

Robbie O'Leary launched his exhibition of Irish Butterflies in the Mill Theatre in Dundrum last night. It will be on display until 15th April. I saw the launch and can seriously recommend viewing a stunning collection of prints. 

Annual Exhibition 

The OffShoot Exhibition will once again be in Deans Grange Library from 5th May until 14th June.  This excellent opportunity to show the fruits of our photographic labours to the world, and gain good publicity for the Club, is one which we should all avail of if possible.

The exhibition is open to ALL members, it is not competitive, and is a great chance to have one or two of our favourite images expertly printed and framed for our walls at home, or for a gift.  The cost per picture in a 21” X 17” white frame is €30, which is a very heavily discounted price for the exhibition only.   Each member may submit up to two images for the exhibition and we guarantee to display at least one, depending on the number of entries. 

When choosing your images please be mindful that the exhibition is in a family library.

Like last year our plan is to exhibit 100 images, but as space limitations restrict us to displaying only 50 images at a time, we shall again show them in two batches, with the change taking place after three weeks. 

Images may be submitted from now up to 12th April. 

Please use the following format for your image file name:--       exhibition.your name.title,

You may submit your images by going to: 

There really is no prize for being last, so please please submit your images early to ensure you are not disappointed, as our limit is 100 images.

There will be a party in the Grange pub across the road on the night of the opening and all members and guests will be welcome.

If you have any queries, please speak to Dave or Tony.

We're looking forward to receiving your images

2020 Annual Subscription

The annual subscription for 2020 of €90 is now due. Please ensure that you pay by 28th February 2020. Payment can be made by PayPal at or by cash/cheque at the door.

Tallaght Photographic Society

Tallaght Photographic Society would love you to join us at the opening of our Exhibition in the County Library, Tallaght on Tuesday the 4th February at 6.30 pm.  The exhibition will be opened by Tallaght Person of the Year Lee Moroney and will be open to the public until Saturday the 15th  February during Library opening times.



Member's Photo of the Week

'Lone Tree' by Ken Dobson

Just a note for new members – if you want any of your pictures considered for the photo of the week, you just have to post them to the OffShoot Flickr group at

There’s also the latest images published on Flickr that are displayed on the OffShoot home page.

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Club Competitions / Projects

The next competition is themed 'The Natural World' to include landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes, starscapes.....also animals, plants, weather....

It will be a print competition. Dates and details of how to enter will be confirmed in the next few days, but will take place shortly, so no time to waste grabbing or preparing your next entries.

We intend to publish the titles and schedule of the competitions for the remainder of the year as soon as possible, so members can plan how best to plan capturing and preparing images for entry.

If you have any queries please send them to

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Photo Quiz Question

What Camera Brand Did NASA Use (and Leave Behind) to Photograph the First Steps on the Moon?

A. Leica

B. Hasselblad

C. Kodak 

D. Nikon

Answer at bottom of the Newsletter.

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External Competitions

Blarney Castle and Gardens Photography Competition

IGPOTY is proud to return to Blarney in summer 2020 with our outdoor exhibition. Enter this special award for a chance to have your winning image exhibited there at this world-famous magical location in the green and friendly location of County Cork, Ireland. Look for recognisable scenes of Blarney Castle but also try to explore the wider gardens to capture something original. Avoid out-of-context macro shots of plants. Details available at

External Exhibitions and Events

Photography Exhibition: Irish Butterflies, by Robbie O’Leary AIPF

The Mill Theatre, Dundrum (

The exhibition will run from February 7th to April 15th 2020

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare…..

The words of poet WH Davies best explain the purpose of this exhibition:  images of Irish butterflies. It offers a unique opportunity to come and admire the delicate beauty of these colourful native creatures and to wonder at the detailed and intricate patterns that set them apart as true symbols of the richness and fragility of our natural heritage. Symbols too of the Irish summer:  short-lived and unpredictable but to be savoured and appreciated, many of our butterfly species are increasingly threatened by climate change, urbanisation and habitat destruction.


An Outsiders Eye: Photographing 1950s Ireland – 15th February

An afternoon of talks and conversation (from 2pm to 4pm) in the National Museum of Ireland, inspired by the Ireland in Focus: Photographing the 1950s exhibition. This exhibition looks at rarely shown images from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, and Robert Cresswell, created during what is generally regarded as one of the most challenging decades in twentieth-century Ireland.

This short seminar brings the curator of the exhibition, Dr Fidelma Mullane, together with Dr Orla Fitzpatrick, Dr Dragana Jurisic and John Minihan to explore the Ireland of the 1950s that was depicted by Henri Cartier Bresson, Dorothea Lange and Robert Cresswell. The panel discussion, chaired by curator Valerie Connor, will also look at the photographer as an outsider and the relationship between the subject and the photographer. Details at 


Ireland in Focus: Photographing the 1950s

In the National Museum of Ireland. The exhibition seeks to highlight the way in which three photographers, from France and North America, saw and portrayed Ireland of the 1950s, through the places they visited and the people they photographed. Details at

Photo Quiz Answer

B. Hasselblad

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