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.

After More Heavy Rain

I went back to Glengarra woods to see how much the river had swollen and if there was a decent shot to be got out of it. Before Christmas I was able to stand on rocks in the middle of the river without getting wet but after seeing it after the month of rain we’ve had there was no way was I going to attempt that without waders and / or a lifeguard on standby. The river must have been at least three times its normal volume leaving places I’d set up my tripod before at least a foot under water.

It was one of those thinly overcast days leaving a very bright grey sky that wouldn’t add anything to any shot so to get the best exposure I have to remove as much of it as possible from the shot. The show below had an exposure time of just 6 seconds at F22, no filters were used as I wanted to retain some of the movement of the water. A longer exposure would have softened things too much.


Gone back to a DSLR

Recently I sold my Nikon D200 in order to buy a Fuji X-E1. The Nikon was quite an old camera but I loved it as it felt so solid. It felt like a real camera each time I picked it up. I had quite a hard time selling it as compared to most other cameras it was very dated, even had a CCD and not a CMOS like nearly every camera these days.

So, it went for just €250 and I asked my brother to buy a used Fuji X-E1 in Japan where he’s been living for nearly ten years. He was going to be over for a visit so he could bring it with him. I got it for quite a good price, €600 including the 18-55mm kit lens. I planned on  buying the 10-24 mm lens when it got released though it was going to cost more than what I had already spent, about €900. It was going to be a treat for myself.

First impressions of the Fuji were good, it was small and light and I was happy with the results I was getting, see here and here. My biggest worry was just how cheap and frail it felt in my hands. Having used the heavier Nikon for years the Fuji just never sat right with me. Worst of all it isn’t weather sealed in any way, most reports on the internet advise against getting even a few spits of rain on it. Living in Ireland where it does nothing but rain this was not going to be good. I knew it wasn’t the camera for me and it too had to go.

Up on a local classified site it went it I sold it for what I bought it for, I could have got a bit more if I’d have waited but I was keen to get something else, another Nikon DSLR. I already owned the 18-200 VR lens so after doing some proper research this time the D7000 looked like an excellent used bargain. For €650 I managed to find myself a D7000 and Tokina 11-16 F2.8 both in mint condition on ebay. Now I don’t need to spend a fortune on the 10-24mm Fuji lens either. The Tokina is superb.

I headed out early on Saturday morning with the new gear. First impressions were it felt very solid and responsive, the Fuji was painfully slow to process images after taking them, long exposures of over 120 seconds often too 10 minutes to process by the camera. The Nikon was doing that in seconds. Not only that but I had it out in pretty showery conditions and didn’t need to worry.

I don’t see me changing from a Nikon DSLR any time soon. Sure the Fuji looks cool and retro but in the real world it’s not as god a tool for the job as a DSLR. With the wealth of lenses available for Nikon cameras already there are so many bargains out there too. This image won’t win any prizes but on a the Fuji system it would have cost over double than the Nikon.

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Torc Waterfall, Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry









I went back Killarney National Park this morning to have another crack at shooting Torc Waterfall. It’s the same waterfall as in my very first post.

I had to set off early as I didn’t have any filter to reduce the light coming into the lens for those long exposures. I sent my Hitch ND3.0 back last week after finding it had hundreds of black spots inside it. This shot was taken just as the very first light was dawning. Hoping I’ll get my filter replaced this week. Getting up at 6am was no fun. At least I’ll sleep tonight!


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Carrauntoohil (Ireland’s highest mountain)

I ventured up to Carrauntoohil and tried to get some images of the river that runs off the base. There hadn’t been much rain up there lately so the river was very low, not many chances for a decent slow exposure shot. The snow should start falling there soon, can’t wait to go back there for that.

Here’s a few from today


A Walk In The Woods, Second Attempt

I headed back to Glengarra woods again to re-shoot some shots I took in a previous post. This time I brought with me a Fuji X-E1 and 18-55mm lens as I sold my Nikon D200 a couple of weeks ago. I was sad to see it go but it was quite an old camera and I liked the idea of the Fuji. For one thing it’s a lot smaller. The only problem I have is the 18-55 mm lens, while very sharp, is the widest Fuji XF zoom lens. There’s a 10-24mm out soon which I will be buying as soon as it does.

Anyway, back to the pics. Each one hasn’t had any post processing except for a little cropping. I think the little Fuji did a nice job with the jpegs, better than the Nikon D200 anyway.