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tyres in lough glencar

I arrived at Streedagh Point for the dawn as I'd marked out a point on top of the dunes from where there is a great view of the mountain range - nicely coated in snow - that Benbulbin belongs to. However the light was completely flat and wasn't going to improve for hours judging by the thick blanket of cloud over Sligo. So I decided to move to a lower point where I could possibly use alluvium to capture a reflection of the mountain range instead. Ultimately it was a wasted hour though. From there I went north to Gleniff Horseshoe where I'd marked out a spot from which can be seen the

Posted on January 01, 2021 by aledowenthomas in Landscape
Dromoland Turret

On a recce I decided to visit a cluster of locations near to each other in County Clare, presuming that I'd be able to get through them all in a day and either find some subjects to photograph or have a nice day out exploring. I like to mark neolithic monuments down for a visit because they're invariably in out-of-the-way locations and sometimes I stumble on something unexpected that piques my photographic interest. And even if I don't, I just really like neolithic monuments. Upon arriving at the first location it occurred to me that I'd been there before, on the way back from

Posted on December 22, 2020 by aledowenthomas in Landscape
corrib viaduct in fog

In my last post I said that I'd have to wait for another foggy morning to have another go at photographing the Corrib Viaduct. I didn't have long to wait. I made an impromptu dash to Woodquay after the school run and had about an hour to get what I needed. From the previous visit I knew where to set up my camera and also that I wanted to use a longer focal length. However, when I was able to compare what I'd captured that morning to what I'd previously captured, I could see that the longer focal length had the effect of bringing background elements in closer to the subject, making it

Posted on December 13, 2020 by aledowenthomas in Landscape
corrib viaduct in fog

I'd just gotten myself a new shutter release remote control and was waiting for an opportunity to try it out. Happily I got my chance on a Sunday morning with a few hours of lovely thick fog over Galway. I headed down to Woodquay where the stone supports that used to hold the Corrib Viaduct are situated. They are interesting structures in the middle of the river that used to hold the Galway to Clifden railway line. There are three of these pillars but unfortunately the more photogenic ones (the ones with an arch in the centre) are situated on the opposite and harder to access side of the

Posted on December 02, 2020 by aledowenthomas in Landscape
derryclare lough connemara

Stood on the shore of Derryclare Lough it was immediately obvious that none of the conditions I was in need of were going to happen. I gave it time but wasn't long in concluding that I wasn't going to get the shot that I was after. I decided to take a look around and when I rounded a huge mound I happened upon a kissing gate on a partly submerged path. I knew that the path was there as I'd seen photographs of it previously but in its current state it would make for an excellent long exposure image. I praised my good fortune and quickly set up my camera. I took a few shots using the 50mm

Posted on November 10, 2020 by aledowenthomas in Landscape
errisbeg dogs bay view connemara

I could just make out the outline of Errisbeg in the darkness as I approached Roundstone, and when I parked I started to doubt my own plans. My intention was to climb Errisbeg in the twilight in the hope that I may get high enough to get a shot of Dog's Bay and Gurteen Bay as the dawn broke. But it was only just getting light and the mountain looks far more formidable  when you're looking up at it than it does on the map. Having recently borrowed a digital luggage scale I knew that my fully laden camera bag weighs nearly 11.5kg so I left the tripod and one camera body in the car to

Posted on October 21, 2020 by aledowenthomas in Landscape
inverin connemara

After the usual false starts and frustrations around this time of year I finally got up early one morning and headed out with my new camera. I wasn't going far, just 20 minutes west to Spiddal. I had planned to get a long exposure of the pier under an overcast sky, but when I arrived at the location during the blue hour, before I'd even parked the car I could see that I wasn't going to be able to get the shot that I was after as I'd neglected to notice that street lights run the length of the pier. The lights would create several blown-out orbs in the image. The desire to try out my new

Posted on October 08, 2020 by aledowenthomas in Landscape
classiebawn castle

I'd been closely monitoring the conditions in Sligo and I headed there on a day when I figured that I had the best chance of a bit of snow on the mountains. I planned to be at Strandhill beach for dawn to catch high tide. As I drove in I could see that the waves were wild and that there was snow on the Ox Mountains. I had planned to use my 50mm lens and to incorporate the broad sweep of the beach but I found that it caused the mountains to be too insignificant, so I swapped for my 85mm lens and forsook most of the beach. I stayed just long enough for the sun to pop up over the horizon a

Posted on March 01, 2020 by aledowenthomas in Landscape
harbour view beach cork

My parents and their friends were due to travel to Kinsale for the weekend of Wales v Ireland in the 6 Nations Rugby tournament and I planned to drive down to meet them. Of course, I also scheduled in some time for myself with my camera in scenic County Cork. Unfortunately Storm Ciara hit Ireland the very same weekend. Which meant high winds, lots of rain and very little chance of me getting any shots. Still I kept checking the forecast for even a slight chance to get out with my camera at some point. I had planned to explore the area near Gougane Barra. I'd been there years previously

Posted on February 10, 2020 by aledowenthomas in Landscape
poulnabrone dolmen clare

I'd kind of put off trying to photograph Poulnabrone dolmen because it's such a popular spot. A car park and information boards is one thing but a rope around the dolmen really spoils the magic. However, I'd gotten a notion to try it in fog. The fog that morning was some of the most spectacular that I'd ever seen. Ostensibly the entire country was covered but when I drove up to Poulnabrone - which is at a high altitude - it was incredibly thick. I shot the dolmen from several angles but I'm not sure whether or not the fog actually added anything to the image. Usually fog lifts shortly

Posted on January 26, 2020 by aledowenthomas in Landscape