Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, travel

November Morning Beach Walk

Sunday morning is the perfect time to go for a walk, and if you have a dog there is no better place to let them off the leash and chase the birds.

I have fond childhood memories of going for long weekend walks with my own family on the local beach and dunes.

The beach is ever changing: Somedays it’s calm, others its crazy wild. Sands shift upwards and downwards of 2 metres, revealing and concealing. Storms eat away the land, and bring in flotsam from all over the world. Last weekend I found what looked like a transmission engine from a motor car. How does something like this get carried in the sea, and from where?

And of course, if you have a dog, there is nearly always a big of doggy socialising to be done.

Coastal erosion at Seaview, Kilmore, 2013.

Coastal erosion at Bastardstown beach.

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Low tide.

washed up motor on seaview beach, Wexford, Ireland.

Washed up motor – approx 2ft long.

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Ever changing light.

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One of many empty summer houses.

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A bit of doggy socialising.

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Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, travel

Wordless Wednesday – almost

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Walled garden at Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland.

 

One thing I really don’t like about digital photography is the way it renders greens. Having primarily used film for the past few years I love the way Kodak Portra ‘captures’ greens – plant life in particular, but maybe it’s also true for textiles, etc. The greens in digital files just don’t quite cut it when it comes to plant life. Yes, they are vibrant, bright, and saturated, but to my eyes, they look slightly unnatural.

So, I am always experimenting in Photoshop to try and emulate the film look. I think I may be closing in…. What do you think?

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Ireland, Landscapes, Photography

Spring Tide: Saltee Islands & St. Patrick’s Bridge

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Spring tide at St. Patricks Bridge, Kilmore Quay, Ireland.

View to Saltee Islands from St. Patrick’s Bridge, which is a naturally occurring stone causeway that extends out to the Islands. It has been the ruin of many a seafaring vessel.

I think I’m gonna have to climb up on someone’s roof down there to get a higher vantage point.

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family, Ireland, Landscapes, Photography

Family Hike up Mount Leinster

I love the great outdoors, and, despite living in the sunny South East of Ireland, we still get a lot of rain. So when the weekend comes and the weather is good, its time to get out and do something that involves a bit of adventure.

Mount Leinster is 796m high and lies about 15km west of Bunclody, a small picturesque town in County Wexford. We – wife and two kids – drove for an hour to reach the foot of the mountain, parked the car, and then set out on foot.

Our kids (10, 5) do athletics twice a week, even so, the hike to the top is a long walk with a steep incline so we took our time. The kids were mainly motivated by promises of chocolate and sugar at the summit.

The locals were very friendly.

Hanna takes a self portrait!

Views along the way were spectacular. We were blessed with great visibility and good weather.

Finally, we reach the summit. A cold wind was blowing and the jackets were zipped up. We sat down and took in the amazing views while eating snacks. I was so proud of my kids. We are now planning our next hike/climb – despite the kids protests. 🙂
Onwards and upwards.
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Photography

Final Project: Landscapes?

I am now entering the final phase of the MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography. The final project will run from now (April) until mid – end November. Thats roughly six and a half months. It seems like a lot of time, but this is no time to get complacent.

I have been thinking what subject to explore / investigate for the final project. Initially I thought I would like to do something along the lines of Alec Soth’s photography. Wikipedia describes his work as cinematic in feel with elements of folklore: Nice description.

There are so many things to think about: timeframe, cost, accessibility, equipment, to name a few.

Alternatively, I have been thinking of doing a set of landscapes on a particular stretch of land near where I live. I’m just wondering how I can tie in the two ideas together?

Answer: more research and much thinking.

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Panoramas

I dont often do panoramic photos, don’t really know why, maybe I’m just not that creative, or maybe I avoid fashion trends. However, when done right I think they can look great.

The picture below was made with nine separate vertical handheld shots, which were then stitched together in Photoshop – which did a pretty good job.

The Rollei 35S is a beautiful small 35mm film camera with a fantastic lens. I am a sucker for good design, and the Rollei is a great design. It is probably no bigger than a 20 pack of cigarettes. Its only real flaw is that focusing is done by distance estimation.

We lived here for two years while my wife studied to be a pastry chef. You can see her blog here, and her facebook page here.

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Architecture, ghost estates, Photography

A sense of Place (Ghost Estates)

Some of the photos I have been posting here as part of my Ghost Estate (temporary title) series have perhaps been a little too descriptive. What I am trying to achieve with the photos is to convey a sense of place, an atmosphere, and to use the phrase again, something just beneath the surface.

There is a very fine line between descriptive and suggestive (if that is the right word). During a recent tutorial where I was showing a very loose edit of around 80 photos,  a fellow student suggested that there are opportunities for two projects in the collection: It all comes down to editing. I could choose a set of photos that are great, and descriptive, and have immediate visual impact. Or, I could choose a set using my intuition, my feelings, and perhaps take a few chances.

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