Monday, November 28, 2011

A photo walk on the shores of Waterville Lake

Even on a dull day in late November there are lovely colours to be found along Waterville Lake. I was set to try taking photos of flowing water under one of the bridges but found a lot more interesting subjects along the winding road.
All the recent rain creates lovely little waterfalls from the mountains, it does not have to be a trip to torc waterfall to practise taking photos.
Also I was thinking of starting taking photos of mountains or pictures related to mountains for the forthcoming exhibition in February.

Lily Bay at Waterville Lake 1

Lily Bay at Waterville Lake 2

Lily Bay at Waterville Lake 3

road along waterville lake

who is the photographer in the bottom right corner

late autumn colours at waterville lake

Here are my first ever attempts to slow down flowing water with long shutterspeeds.
I would have thought to choose the shutterspeed priority setting, but Michael told me to just go for the highest possible number in aperture ( in aperture priority), which is the smallest aperture ( I always have to "translate" that for myself).  As the day was quite dark I got quite long shutterspeed as a result.
And I admit without a tripod this would not have been possible.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gougan Barra

Look close and you will see the coins thrown in the bottom of the lake.

Using Water colour effects

Five photos stitched together

Yet another wonderful day spent with the South Kerry camera club in Gougan Barra near Macroom Co. Cork. An overcast day but with very still water lovely reflections to be seen. Thanks to Michael and Claude for organising this event.

Impressions of Oilean an Teampaill and reflexions of Gougane Barra

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Church Island in Waterville Lake

I would not have thought the day could turn this nice with sunshine and all for a photo workshop on Church Island in Lough Currane. After going through my photos in the evening I chose a "few" and maybe because we always look out on grey skies lately I was a bit overwhelmed by the colours and made them even more vivid in Lightroom. Well, it really looked or felt like that with a blue sky, a calm lake and all.
The first picture was more or less an experiment whether I could read the text in the photo later and I actually can in the right size and higher resolution, I should try and get one printed.
It is always great to have experts with you on a workshop, and this time it was not only Michael who told us the best settings on the camera and angles from which to shoot at certain times with the sun coming from a direction, but also Paddy Bush, whose talks about the history of the area, of Church Island, given with great knowledge and passion for the subject I always like to listen to.

church ruin
St. Finians cell

church ruin with gravestone
a protestant ministers gravestone erected by his fifth son

old cross slab to the left
gable of church on church island

head in stones around entrance to church

somebody left a cross here on the old altar stone

two swans facing each other