My friend Funatsu came back to Ireland this week for a few days of sightseeing, so I decided a little tour of Connemara was in order! I borrowed a camera and some nice glass from Neil Warner and took Funatsu and Hannae on a whistle-stop tour!
A walk in Barna Woods turned into a Bouzouki/Photo session when Yui and I brought along our favourite instruments. I went super-experimental with the light and shadow, then with some split toning in post-production.
Due to a lack of footrest I found myself with Lahinch on a GKC surf trip with no boat to paddle… fortunately I had my bases covered and brought along a waterproof cover for my SLR…. this was my first time trying out the camera cover and it worked out absolutely perfectly- I really love these shots, hope you enjoy them!
The record breaking cold snap of December 2010 wasn’t without its perks… it provided more than a few photo ops… here are a few of my best images, starting off in the Maam Valley, heading back to my Apartment balcony, then on the way home to Tyrone via the train to Dublin & Belfast, and from there to Tyrone.
Dawn over Galway Bay, shortly after 9am on Dec.21st 2010 : the solstice did not mean any improvement in the weather, but at least the days are slowly getting longer again.
Impassable roads meant that the train was the best way to travel home…. it might have been -8 outside but the inside of the carriage was toasty :)
Nice to look at if you weren’t stuck in it :)
A quick dash for tyre air and a sandwich stop netted this view of Belfast
I headed down to Knockmanny forest for a few hours on Christmas Day, however the day was short and I didn’t get much…..
… that said, the stunning skyline made up for the shortness of the day.
Some video and stills taken this month in Knockmanny Forest in Co Tyrone with one clip from Barna Woods in Galway. Shot on the canon EOS 50D , edited in Premere and colour corrected/tweaked in After Effects and Colorista II. Music is The Artifact and Living – Michael Andrews
On my trip to Inis Meain I met a group of Japanese guys who were in Galway for the weekend doing some sightseeing! We went out to McDonagh’s on Sunday evening when I returned, and we went to McSwiggan’s for some food on the bank holiday Monday night. This was taken in Eyre Square with my new 500D and the 50mm 1.8
Everyone seems to be waiting for a thaw but I’m loving the snow. Day 3 in the tundra, this time out in Glencull, near Ballygawley. You can normally see the neighbouring towns of Augher, Clogher and Aughnacloy from up this high, but the fog in the valleys means there’s no chance of that this week.
While The West was flooded and The North frozen in November and December I remained sheltered in Galway City. My first bit of snow exposure this winter in at least 5 years came when I got stuck on the bus between Sligo and Eniskillen on the way home for Christmas…. fortunately we were rescued and made it home in time for Turkeyfest ’09. These were all taken just outside Ballgawley, Tyrone
I took a day trip to Inis Meain with some friends and my camera… the weather was beautiful but I forgot my sunscreen… paid for that one later! This was with Haruka and her sister Akiko, we took the ferry over in the morning, spent the day wandering around and just caught the ferry back. A great day.
Okay, so last night’s effort wasn’t bad, but I thought I could do better… there’s a road and a lake near Kylemore where the trees make a neat tunnel… I thought that being inside that tunnel would give the best effect, but it turns out I had a sunset on one side and the rising harvest moon on the other, so I was able to go to the lake shore and get something better. Hope you enjoy.
Okay, so I’m up in Scuba Dive West for the week doing the PADI open water divers’ couse… the course is going great (have managed not to drown, anyway!)….. took this on Monday Night in Letterfrack, where I’m staying.
This image was, as you’ve probably guessed, taken in Blackrock, Salthill. Taken at midnight against the rising moon, the shot (and the anonymous hooded swimmer) later went on to be feature on the cover of Country of the Grand, a book of short stories set in Galway and written by Gerard Donovan. You can buy it here!
Another shot taken against the early (3am) dawn on the same night, this time from the other side and featuring the silhouette of a very drunken reveller using his phone to try and get himself a lift home.