Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, photojournalism, Uncategorized

Berry Picking at Ballyteigue Burrow

There is nothing as relaxing or rewarding as a good berry picking session. I love blueberries, and I love blackberries, but we are lucky enough to have Dewberries growing wild in our locality. Dewberries taste like a mix of blue, and blackberries. Even the dog loves them.

SB_Iphone5s_20140901_0005_webLate-summer evening light.

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Getting stuck in. If only the kids saved half as much as they ate!

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SB_Iphone5s_20140901_0013_webThe reward. Time to make some Apple & Dewberry pie.

 

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Ireland, Photography, sport, surfing

Lone Surfer at Sunset

The clocks went forward on Saturday night, and now we have extra daylight in the evenings: Great for sunset surf sessions. Conditions were good; gentle offshore breeze, 3-5ft swell, and, after a grey day, the sun finally made an appearance.

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SB_20140331_0063_webGotta get myself a longer lens. These were all shot on a 50mm Summicron, which is a great lens, but something like a 90mm or longer is really required for sports photography if you want to get right in the action.

 

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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.

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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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Architecture, Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, photojournalism

Tintern Abbey & Colclough Gardens, 2012.

Tintern Abbey is located on the Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford. It’s a beautiful place to visit any time of the year, but late spring / early summer is particularly enjoyable because the air is filled with the aroma of wild garlic growing along the riverbank – and of course the trees and flowers are in full bloom!

The grounds are located away from main roads, and with no traffic noise it’s a great place to ramble away a few hours on or off the beaten tracks.

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The Abbey and surroundings.

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Fairy forest

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Nearby agriculture.

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Estuary beginnings

A recent addition to the location is the opening of Colclough Walled Gardens, which has been under restoration for a number of years.

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Potato drills in the foreground.

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A river – small one – runs through it.

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The impressive brick wall receiving temporary support after subsiding where the stream flows under.

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Archeological findings during excavation and garden clearing.

In the coming days/weeks I will post more images taken in and around the Abbey itself, and along the banks of the forest river….

Here’s a little teaser:

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Photography, sport, surfing

The Search for Surf

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Nice peeling lefts and rights!

South East Ireland is not the ideal location for surfing; we are pretty much sheltered from the big swells that come roaring in from the Atlantic. Occasionally, however, a swell will come far enough south to hit our beaches: If we are lucky the wind will be offshore; if we are really lucky the tides will be right; and if we are really really lucky, the sun will be shining down on our smiling faces!

Yesterday was one such day.

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Architecture, Ireland, Landscapes, Photography

Johnstown Castle, September 2012.

Johnstown Castle built between 1810 and 1855.

Inside the extensive walled garden.

A pretty long glasshouse.

 

A sea of steps leads up to the upper garden & old melon yard

Manmade landscape.

All of these images were made while testing the Sony NEX 7 mounted with Leica M glass on a Novoflex adapter. Lens used: 35mm Summicron, which effectively becomes a 50mm due to the 1.5 crop factor of the APS-C sensor.

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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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Ireland, Landscapes, Photography

Landscapes: The Burrow, Kilmore Quay

Final Project: Landscapes.

I took a walk along a local nature reserve: The Burrow. It is a great place to go for a walk or run, and get away from the stress of modern life. To spend time in close contact with nature is always refreshing.

My main reason was to just get out and take some photos as part of initial experimentation on the final project. Perhaps the project will deal with issues of land and ownership. Property and land ownership is a big issue in Ireland, and I wonder is there anywhere in the world where land ownership is not an issue?

Maybe the project will deal with issues of ownership, use of land, and who gets to use the land. Its not quite the direction I initially had in mind for the project, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow and see where it leads you.

Ideally I would like to do this project with a 6×7 or 6×9 medium format film camera. the images below were taken with a Leica M6 and some expired Fujicolor 200 film I picked up in a car boot sale for next to nothing. I do like how Fujicolor film brings out the greens.

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Photography

Landscapes #1

I’m almost finished editing the ghost estate (temp title) series. The wall in my study is covered with 6×4 black and white prints of abandoned buildings, decaying buildings, and scarred landscapes. I have edited the photos down to around 25 images, and am now agonising over the sequencing.

As an antidote to all this black and white grimness, I dusted off the old Hasselblad, loaded it up with Kodak Portra 400NC (RIP), and ventured into the great outdoors. These photos are like a breath of fresh air.

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