Now I’m Excited


I never imagined I would have gotten this far, so you could just imagine my suprise, when I saw the email from the Irish Blog Awards telling me that I had made it as a finalist in the ‘Best PhotographyBlog’. Needless to say I am absolutley BUZZING. Looking back to when I started this little blog, I had no idea what I was doing or where it would lead too. Over time as I kept shooting, learning and sharing, it all fell into place, when someone called me a Ruinhunter!Ok so its not all about ruin hunting, I do like to do other photography related stuff from time to time, but the name has stuck and thats what I enjoy the most.

Over the past four+ years I this little blog has helped me learn so much and I have met some great people along the way. Without their support and advice, I may not have lasted this long. So to everyone whom has supported, liked, followed advised and voted for me. A big thank you to each and every one of you. Win or loose, its the Journey we take not the destination that counts. And I’m just getting started πŸ™‚

go raibh mΓ­le maith agat


About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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117 Responses to Now I’m Excited

  1. John says:

    Congratulations Ed! You deserve this very much. πŸ™‚

  2. oglach says:

    Reblogged this on Na trioblΓ³idΓ­ and commented:
    If you’ve missed any of these posts, you’re missing quite a bit of Irish culture, history, and humor. This isn’t just a blog, it’s a service.

  3. beetleypete says:

    Good luck mate! You already have my vote. Well done!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. marthabernie says:

    can we vote among the finalists?

  5. aidymcglynn says:

    Brilliant news Ed, and good luck for the final. Well deserved – your passion for the culture, history and legends you cover shines through.

  6. chirose says:

    How exciting.!! Congratulations Ed πŸ™‚

  7. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Folks, if you love photography and Ireland, you’ll love Eds blog πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸ΅

  8. Amazeballs!
    Ed, this is simply brilliant. You are a talent so you shouldn’t really be surprised, the completion judges has simply recognised that fact.
    Good luck in the final and I for one shall keep my fingers crossed!
    Bon Chance!

  9. Sue Vincent says:

    That’s superb news… and so well deserved, Ed πŸ™‚

  10. Wayne says:

    Congrats Man! Great pictures and you make everyone feel welcome – that is the best a blog can get!

  11. Robyn G says:

    Big congratulations to you Ed πŸ˜ƒ Well deserved!
    Love reading your story and how you got here. Keep going!! πŸ˜ƒ

  12. Great result, Ed Congratz!

  13. Yay! A big congrats to you. You deserve it. You’re photography is stunning. The best of luck *fingers crossed*

  14. Congratulations Ed. That is quite an honor. Best of luck to you!

  15. I really hope you win. You deserve it!

    • Thanks so much Daniel, I could’nt believe I got this far, really chuffed πŸ™‚

      • Why would you NOT make it this far? When your fans (myself and others) compliment your work, it is not just the idle praise of a few random Netizens. Your work actually has aesthetic value. It actually ‘accomplishes’ things. With trophies or without, you have succeeded where it truly counts: expanding the lives of your fans through new perspectives and new ideas, showing us things we have never imagined or knew existed. You have won Life… and the rest are glittering reminders that you have won THE trophy of being a creative soul.

        This time around I am giving YOU 6stars out of 5! πŸ™‚

        • Always brining a smile to my face with your kind words. Ive been plodding along for a few years all happy and oblivious to what I was really doing. All the support is unbelievable, but im trying to keep humble and not let it go to my head. I would be devistated if I wasnt able to keep it real. Mr Ego has no place here πŸ™‚

          • “Plodding along for years” is how one builds their skills, unconsciously finds their voice, and finds/creates their own niche. All that matters at the core is the hundreds and thousands of hours spent traveling, shooting, assessing, reshooting, coloring, finding, traveling, writing. This “plodding” is what separates artists from posers. Posers wants to be famous or recognized and hate hard work. ARTISTS want to see their vision/passion expanded and thus get about he dirty, sweaty, tiring, expensive, self-doubting business of pursuing that elusive, impossible “perfect” realization of their vision. Then, sometime we look up for a second and find out that while we were sweating away on the tree, others have been enjoying the fruit!!

            Van Gogh relentless pursued his vision through poverty, sickness, public disapproval of his art, even unto his death. His legacy has vindicated his EFFORT, not his genius. Think about this, Ed: you have garnered more public and private praise and attention for your work than Van Gogh ever did in his lifetime!! What this does is vindicate yours and Van Gogh’s EFFORT. Peel back any true artist, and there is a whole lotta plodding…

            Plodding = winning. πŸ™‚

            • All makes sense Dan, if Im ever in need of a pick me up, Ill be returning to your comments for motivation.
              Lets just hope whilst im Plodding, I dont start drinking Absinthe and chop of my ear…………
              I would rather hang on to both of them as long as possable :–)

              • Ear loss and death via poisonous absinthe is completely avoidable in this day and age thank god, and the stupid notion that self-destruction = true genius/art is gone (I hope).

                But the idea that pain/powerful emotion can drive art is one of art’s great redemptions, that art can release the negative, rather than necessitates negativity for aesthetic power. Art can redeem negativity… but negativity is not art, so taking meds and doing yoga will not make one lose their vision/power as an artist.

                Your work is situated in the space between light and just when your finger pulls the “trigger” on your camera. That does not require self-destruction. It requires love: you loving the moment and pulling the trigger on the pure immediacy of that moment. So in your case, you are free of the need to be a self-loathing martyr for some kind of Neo-romantic return to the 19th century… when a man was a man, and the sheep were nervous… πŸ˜‰

                • LMAO, I havent heard that man ans sheep phrase in ages, always brings a smile to my face.
                  Thankfully with a wife, three kids and a mortgage to pay I dont really get the chance for any of that self destruction/loathing.And the only abuse I manage these days is cracking my head of the lintel of an old castle door or getting chased across a field my not so nervous farm animals, lol.
                  Welcome to the joys of a Ruinhunter πŸ™‚

  16. Ali Isaac says:

    Thats wonderful news, Ed, I am so delighted! You deserve to be there! Best of luck, cant wait to find out how you get on!

  17. TanGental says:

    Excellent news. Best of luck with the next phase.

  18. noelleg44 says:

    Great news! Congratulations, Ed!

  19. sansu23 says:

    Congratulations! You deserve it. And you are absolutely right that its not just about the destination but the journey that is more important, keep it coming

  20. Congratulations and well deserved.

  21. Pieces of 8 says:

    You totally deserve it for your dedication to your twin passions and for sharing them in such an inspiring way! I love a good ruin, but I’ve put a holiday in Ireland exploring castles on my ‘some day’ holiday wish list, just because of your blog!

  22. ulsterphotosimages says:

    Congrats and well done , you deserve the award !!!

  23. jazzfeathers says:

    Well, what can I say? Congratulation to ME: all the Irish I follow are getting awarded. Says something about my taste, doesn’t it? πŸ˜‰

    Huge congratulation to you!!! Don’t know what the judges saw, but what I see is a beautiful blog, written with passion and dedication, hosting professional photography of fantastic places. I mean, of course it gets awarded!!!

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  25. tΓ‘ fΓ‘ilte romhat ( is that correct!?)
    I have my fingers and toes crossed Ed but many congratz on being a finalist- what an honour and you deserve it.

  26. chattykerry says:

    Woo-hoo! Go Ed, go Ed!!!

  27. Congratulations Ed! Your blog is such a treat visually-and I have learned so much-good luck going into that final stretch-

  28. πŸ™‚

  29. Mike says:

    That’s so awesome and exciting! Congratulations. I don’t get to catch up with your blog as often as I’d like, but whenever I can there are always beautiful new images to capture my imagination for a few minutes. Well done!

  30. Congratulations, Ed. Most deserving. Great blog and pics.

  31. colonialist says:

    Well done, and well merited!

  32. well deserved,congratulations

  33. socialbridge says:

    So well-deserved, Ed. Best of luck.

  34. Thank you for liking “Taking Time Off” and “Fountain.” I am happy to hear this wonderful news. I have enjoyed reading your posts and seeing your great photos, and I can understand why you are a finalist. Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  35. Hey best of luck. And thanks for stopping by my blog and liking the post.

  36. Pavane Mann says:

    How absolutely marvellous. Congratulations – I can’t frame a photo at all – point and shoot is the best I manage, so I have total respect for how you guys manage it. All the best – and you belong to a part of the world that I truly need to visit.

  37. Pavane Mann says:

    Thanks, one day soon I shall get there. MEanwhile I will check out your photographs and you can read my stories.

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