Ireland, Landscapes, Leica, Photography, travel, Uncategorized

Aerial Photography Wexford

For my 40th birthday I received a voucher for a one hour flying lesson with Wexford Flying Club. Initially I was nervous; there were so many stories in the news around that time about small aircraft crashing. It put me right off, in fact, I did’t book my lesson for over a year.

I finally plucked up the courage and set a date (October, 2016). The leaves were falling off the trees, the shadows were stretching across the landscape, and the small aircraft flying season was coming to a close.  I really wanted to get some good pictures and booked an afternoon appointment hoping for some dramatic lighting.

The airfield turned out to be exactly that: a green field somewhere near Taghmon, Wexford, and upon arrival I saw a small airplane coming in to land – on its one wheel. A few beads of sweat trickled down my back.

I was greeted at the Office/Control Tower, by Kay, who was very nice and put some of my fears at ease. Inside the Centre, Peter (the pilot) went through the basic workings of the plane (D-KIAH SF25C) with me using a scale model. It was a lot of information to take in, and my brain was almost fried by the end of the pre-flight session. I wondered if I would remember anything once up in the air.

As a teenager I spent some time playing flight simulators (Apache Gunship, F15 Strike Eagle, F16 Combat Pilot) on the trusty Commodore Amiga, and  had a ‘basic knowledge’ of flying, but this was different, now it was for real: No ejector seat options today.

My heart quickened when Peter said he will be turning off the engine mid-flight, and that we would be gliding, and landing, with the engine turned off. There was no turning back now. Only the day before I was watching some majestic Buzzards soaring high on the thermals, watching them through a pair of binoculars way up in the sky, so high that they were barely visible to the naked eye. I always wanted to fly like a bird, and now here was my chance. The opportunity to soar.

Once we were up in the air, it was only a few minutes before Peter handed over the controls to me. The plane was beautiful to fly, the controls only needing small adjustments to make noticeable changes in pitch, roll, banking. The hour up in the sky flew by so fast. It was totally amazing. Far more enjoyable than any flight with Ryanair, or Aer Lingus.

I meant to take more photos but I was so immersed in the whole experience that I forgot, which is fine, because the memories are now ingrained in my being, and not buried somewhere on a memory card or hard drive.

Our flight took in the following areas: South East coast from Cullenstown to Saltee Islands, to Carne, Rosslare, and Ravens Wood. Then across the Slaney River, Wexford Town, Forth Mountain, and back over towards The Airfield at Ardenagh, near Taghmon, Wexford. We touched down shortly before sunset, and the light was amazing.

I think the highlight was when Peter switched off the engine and we removed our headsets. It was just us and the plane, up in the clouds, and the sound of the wind. I stuck my hand out of the small sliding window and shifted it as a bird would its wings, feeling how it would be to really fly. That didn’t last long as the air temperature was pretty cold at 4000ft. As we soared through the air, and the fluffy clouds, there was little or no sound, other than the tiny air gaps in the cockpit canopy. Finally, I was flying like a bird.

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Our Carriage awaits.

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Wexford Town, River Slaney, and surroundings.

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Ravens Wood, and the ever shifting sandbanks of the Slaney Estuary.

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Slaney Estuary, Rosslare Strand, and Harbour.

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Kilmore Quay, Forlorn Point, and surroundings.

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Looking SW towards Hook Lighthouse, and beyond.

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Keeragh Islands, Cullenstown, and Burrow in foreground.

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fashion, Ireland, Leica, Photography, reportage, travel, Uncategorized, wedding photography, Weddings

Wedding Photography: Hanna & Kalle, Finland.

I recently had the privilege of shooting the wedding of two lovely people: Hanna & Kalle. Kalle is the brother of my wife Hanna-Mari, and the wedding ceremony took place in July in an idyllic rural setting in Finland.

We flew over a few days before the wedding and we helped out setting up the venue the day before the ceremony.

This was my first full wedding photography shoot: I have shot at weddings before but only as a guest, so I want to thank Hanna and Kalle for entrusting me to document their very special day. The weather was warm and sunny on the day, and despite some tricky lighting situations the photos turned out great.

My preferred style of shooting is documentary or reportage style (I have a masters in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography) but there are a few formal photos. What the couple want, the couple gets!

I wish Hanna & Kalle many years of wedded bliss!

 

Below are a few images taken on the day. If you like what you see, and are looking for a documentary/reportage style Wedding Photographer, please get in touch. I would love to shoot your wedding.

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So, if you are looking for a documentary/reportage style wedding photographer for 2018, please get in touch.

 

 

 

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Aerial Views of Five Well Known surf Destinations

Google Maps is a great tool for checking out the potential of new surf spots, be it near your local break, or somewhere on the other side of the world. If the image quality is good enough you can even see tiny little surfers in the water getting shacked!

Do you recognise any of the following well known surf spots?

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hossegor

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Tofino

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Review: Sight Sound, Surf-Movie

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Mikey DeTemple’s Sight Sound short surf movie showcases the talents of DeTemple, Chris Del Moro, Tyler Warren, Ryan Burch, and other hipsters as they score some awesome waves along the beautiful and diverse coasts of North and South/Central America, Canada, and the Bahamas. The soundtrack is pretty cool too: A chilled eclectic selection of electronica and indie featuring the talented Footprintz, Com Truise, White Denim, and more.

There is a nice variety of footage to suit most afficiandos: logging, short boarding, air-time, wipeouts, and Ryan Burch mixing it up with some hybrids.

At 37 mins the movie is a little short, but definitely leaves me wanting more….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bellagio, Italy: Pearl of Lake Como

Bellagio is a beautiful picturesque village in Northern Italy. Surrounded by amazing panoramic views of Lake Como and the Alps, it is has to be one of the most romantic places to visit when in Italy. Beautiful old buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, wonderful cafes and restaurants all make up a wonderful experience. 

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