Another from Torc Waterfall

It was raining here all last weekend so I’m having to dip into some of my older shots taken. I have a black and white version of this in another post but for some reason, I never put up the colour.

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Killarney National Park in Co. Kerry in Ireland is somewhere I’d love to bee left alone with my camera for a weekend.

Wicklow Head Lighthouse, Using A Phone

I hadn’t meant to, it just turned out that way. Saturday was a pretty bleak day around these parts but it cleared up sooner than expected.

I had woke earlier, 0500 early, to get out to the lighthouse before the sun did to get a few shots of the lighthouse at dawn. It faces east and is hidden behind a cliff edge to it’s the only time of the day if receives direct sunshine, and in the Irish winter, it doesn’t even get much of it then, which I was to find out quite early.

Having turned off the alarm on its first beep, I crept downstairs making sure not to wake anyone this time. In my still sleepy head, I hadn’t heard the rain outside, but once downstairs and looking out the window, I could see a steady stream of water flowing down the road. It was lashing. I could see the raindrops bouncing off the roof of the car. There was only one thing for it, back to bed before it cools down.

Both disappointed and glad to be back in bed, I was asleep again in minutes and woke to a very grey dawn. It cleared up around noon so we decided to take the kids out for a walk and a bit of fresh air. We went up by the lighthouse to check it out, I hadn’t been there before, I had only seen it on Google maps, so it was handy to see it before I had another chance to make it there again.

I didn’t have any camera with me but the ever present phone (Samsung Galaxy S6) was in my pocket so I snapped a few with that. I was surprised at the shots, the colour (I know this is black and white) was good and it was overall very sharp. As it was on shadow the shot itself was very dull so a black and white was the best choice here. I’m looking forward to getting back there one morning, you never know, I might even get out on time and it might be dry.

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First Attempt At Macro

Tried a macro shot recently. It was taken using the natural light coming in the windows and to get any detail in the stamen the white of the flower has been bleached out.

It’s going to be pretty wet this weekend so I might have another shot at it. Those lilies have long been binned but I’m sure I’ll find something else. Might be a good excuse to bring flowers home for my wife.

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One more from my Killeney Beach Trip

In my last post you can see that I was a bit pressed for time when I was last out with the camera. Long exposures are not the best option while watching the clock.

This is one taken using a 3 minute exposure and at F8 but with a 3.0 ND grad filter, also known as a “big stopper”, but was taken a little earlier in the evening before the light was totally lost on me.26022017_001_small

I prefer the colour as I think the sand and stones look too much like a big black mass at the side of the image. Next time I’ll set the tripod up on the rocks for a cleaner image.

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To see these shots you’d never imagine that there were plenty of walkers on the beach, one even walking right in front of the camera while the shot was being taken.