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West coast of Clare.
Very happy to introduce you to IMAGE #218 posted recently referring to the blog dated March 2nd.
Posted by SeanMár 20, 2010 @ 11:03
West coast of Clare.
I just love the West coast of Clare and in particular between Doolin and Ballyvaughan. Around the bend from Doolin pier is a fantastic location where the power of the Atlantic meets the rock of the Burren. Captured one in lovely low afternoon light...will appear soon.
Posted by SeanMár 02, 2010 @ 07:22
Connemara sheep
Image 214....Connemara has probably 1000 times more sheep than people and most of them run for the hills when anyone apart from their farmer appears. Near the Maumturk Mountains in Connemara these guys were clearly up for having their photo taken.
Posted by SeanEan 13, 2010 @ 06:58
Galway Bay sunset
My hometown Galway is situated within an hours drive of the most fantastic scenery of Connemara and the Burren and for that I am so grateful (being a landscape photographer). However one does not have to walk far to catch wonderful sunsets on Galway Bay and in particular in November and December when from the Promenade the sun is viewed "going down on Galway Bay". Just a 15 minute walk from home and I am there, and have captured a few last week...image #213 is my most recent. Really happy with that one as the bay was calm and the tide fully in.
Posted by SeanNoll 10, 2010 @ 10:40
Witches hands!!!
Image#210....Hillwalking on the Burren I came across these two trees on Eagles Hill, Slieve Carron. The interesting cloud was a bonus. Thought they looked like witches hands and Halloween was only a couple of days earlier!!!
Posted by SeanSamh 19, 2010 @ 12:47
Image#212 is my Rainbow over the Burren" mentioned in the blog below.
Posted by Sean TomkinsSamh 15, 2010 @ 09:54
Rainbow on the Burren Co Clare
Last Monday I took the short one hour drive from galway south to the Burren with Eagles Rock, one of the hills down there on my mind to climb. The day itself promised great light- it was sunny, passing clouds and a cool wind, perfect conditions. Sure enough it turned out to be a lovely five hour trek up to and on Eagles Rock, also known as Slieve Carron. Captured a few interesting images plus a wonderful rainbow just as the dark clouds moved in at late afternoon.
Posted by SeanSamh 08, 2010 @ 04:58
Rock of Cashel . Newgrange
Image #207 NEWGRANGE and #208 ROCK OF CASHEL have been posted re blogs below.
Posted by Sean TomkinsSamh 01, 2010 @ 04:36
IO was wanting to get back to Newgrange, over 4 years since I was last there! Well last Sunday a bright October day presented itself and off I went. The day just got better and better with a perfect sky with most magical cloud formations.
Posted by Sean TomkinsD.Fómh 26, 2010 @ 12:35
Rock of Cashel
Arrived down at the Rock of Cashel last Saturday with a big nasty cloud about to eliminate the lovely gave me 10 minutes to get over a gate and into a field where I knew I had the best view...and boy was there another big cloud behind the Rock of Cashel. Right place, right time..captured a real beauty. Will post the image ASAP.
Posted by Sean TomkinsD.Fómh 17, 2010 @ 02:50
Burren rocks and a white pony.
Yesterday was a picture perfect day and I spent the afternoon in the Burren and along one of my favourite areas, the road between Doolin to Black Head and on to Ballyvaughan. With the Atlantic Ocean and the limestone Burren with its boulders it was a wonderful combintion. Came away with a few interesting compositions and a lovely surprise was a pony alone in a field with long shadows from the trees, Burren hills as a backdrop.
Posted by SeanBealt 13, 2010 @ 07:58
Galway Bay shore walk.
You might be familiar with the busy Galway City-Spiddal road. I have often seen a picturesque composition in the fields down to the Bay but there is never anywhere to pull over and stop. Well yesterday I parked at Furbo beach, about 9km out from Galway and walked along the shoreline.I found a lovely pathway, grassy/rocky all the way to Spiddal, perhaps another 6KM.It was another beautiful day with really lovely clouds and the Burren Hills very clear. I came across a pony and captured some nice images I think. You'll see!
Posted by SeanBealt 01, 2010 @ 03:29
Two new images
Re my blogs below,you can go check out Image #205-Clonmacnoise. Image #206- The Dingle lambs under the wash line.
Posted by SeanAib 30, 2010 @ 04:27
Lough Corrib
Really beautiful photographic weather these cool sunny cloudy days. Visited Cong on the Galway-Mayo border and just love the drive from here towards Maam Bridge on the northern shores of Lough Corrib.The first view one has of the lake after Cong and after the village of Clonbur is really stunning, you are on a height and lovely rolling hills below. Captured a couple of images and though looking almost directly into the sun I was happy with the results. Will post soon.
Posted by SeanAib 19, 2010 @ 12:07
I finally got across to Clonmacnoise, a 6th Century Monastery on the banks of the River Shannon. It consists of two round towers, a few churches and dozens of Celtic crosses. Its a beautiful place and I picked a gem of a day. I had the place almost all to myself so it was very easy to get get the compositions right without any problems. Sky was super and I am looking forward to getting a few up on the site.
Posted by SeanAib 16, 2010 @ 10:02
3rd place at the EUROPHOTOMETEO
My image Brocken Spectre at the Cliffs of Moher (its image #197) was placed third at the European Meteorological Society photographic competition. You can see the top ten at and the 400 finalists are shown in the gallery. The 400 were pretty impressive so I was thrilled to achieve 3rd.
Posted by SeanAib 12, 2010 @ 07:38
Dingle Peninsula
First visit in awhile to my favourite location. I came away with an interesting composition for sure.....two just born lambs (30 minutes old!) with their mother underneath a washing line with the days washing blowing in the wind. I will get it up on the site ASAP.
Posted by SeanAib 11, 2010 @ 09:11
Lonely tree at Lough Corrib
That blog dated Dec 10th well you can see the image, its #201. Very happy with that one but I will be back there some fine day 'cos its a lovely place....except one has to climb over a dodgy stone wall.
Posted by SeanFeabh 17, 2010 @ 11:14
Edge of Europe
My favourite location in Ireland might be the Dingle Peninsula. That trip out beyond Dingle Town to Slea Head and beyond is just picture perfect. Some times I might come back with something special and this visit I think I captured two or three that I cannot wait to show you. two ponies with a wonderful backdrop and another of a bird in full flight with the Great Blasket Island in the distance. That last one is an expensive capture cos it was only when I arrived home in Galway that I realised I had left one of my lens on the wall there.
Posted by Sean Noll 22, 2010 @ 04:50
Above Lough Corrib.
There is this really lovely quiet road (L101)that goes from Cong to Maam Bridge that provides some beautiful views of Lough Corrib. There is this lone tree that I have seen many times and finally captured it with Lough Corrib below and the Maumturk Mountains in the distance. I will get the image and the Achill ones from yesterdays blog up ASAP.
Posted by Sean TomkinsNoll 10, 2010 @ 01:02
Achill Co Mayo.
Finally made the long and winding road to Achill and stayed to capture lovely afternoon light. My location was Keel Beach which is a beauty, perhaps 5 miles of sand with no seaweed. Tide was out when I wanted it to be which resulted in fantastic reflections captured on the wed sand. Lots of clouds about too which I always welcome.
Posted by Sean TomkinsNoll 08, 2010 @ 02:14
Croagh Patrick views.
Image#199 -blog dated Feb 14 Image#198 -blog dated Feb 28 Really very happy with these two compositions.
Posted by SeanBealt 18, 2010 @ 09:47
That " Brocken Spectre"
Finally got that amazing experience up on the site...image #197 and my blog dated Feb 18th.
Posted by Sean.Bealt 16, 2010 @ 11:02
Ring of Kerry- Favourite tree and view
Just back from a weekend around Killarney and the Ring of Kerry. While the most popular stop for its view is "Ladies View" looking towards the Lower Lakes in my opinion a far better location is just back up around the corner. You cannot miss the large parking area (not on tarmacam). The best thing about the view is that it goes both ways, towards the Lower Lake but also across to the Upper Lake and the ridge of the Macgillycuddys Reeks. Image #150 captures this view but it was yesterday that I finally captured the first direction. Will post it soon.
Posted by SeanAib 04, 2010 @ 09:50
Donkeys and Croagh Patrick.
Lovely Spring weather and beautiful light these days. So I headed up to Westport, Co Mayo to say hello to a shop there that sells my work. On the way back to Leenane in Co Galway I came across a field with a few donkeys. Now I have lots of sheep in my collection but hardly a donkey in sight. Also I was happy to notice that Croagh Patrick was there in the distance and made for an interesting composition. You will notice that the background detail in most of my images includes a mountain or two. Anyhow these donleys were very friendly and came running over to me. It took awhile to get them disinterested in me so that I could compose my shot.
Posted by SeanFeabh 28, 2010 @ 07:19
Taking the high road.
Dingle in Co Kerry is probably my favourite location to photograph. The main road is through Annascaul but there is an outstanding route over the mountains. In other words you can get to almost the top of a mountain and you dont have to take a step, just drive. Image#014 is the view from the Conor Pass. If you are in Dingle Town its very well signposted (or just look for the big yellow pub called An Droichead Bheag, thats the road off to the Pass beside it).If you are coming from Tralee just keep going west,dont turn off at the village of Camp and you will soon find yourself taking the exciting and steep drive up a mountain ledge. The views of Brandon Peak and Brandon Mountain are there to enjoy.
Posted by SeanFeabh 21, 2010 @ 09:13
Nice timing- An example.
The view from Roundstone in Connemara Co Galway looking back across Bertraghboy Bay towards the Twelve Bens is always a beauty. However something was missing in my composition on my most recent visit.... No boats out on the bay to add interest to that area. Then to my amazement a Galway Hooker (Pucan?) just sailed into my frame, I just could not believe my luck. Its image#152.
Posted by seanFeabh 20, 2010 @ 04:49
Brocken Spectre!!! Cliffs of Moher.
Went down to Clare yesterday. Did not look promising as I drove through thick fog from Galway to Ballyvaughan. By the time I arrived at the coast of Clare near Doolin the fog was beginning to burn off and I figured that the Cliffs of Moher would be a good place to check things out. And so it was...bright sunshine and fog and mist being "manufactured" in the shade of the Cliffs. What happened then was really magical: my shadow way down and a rainbow halo around my shadow. Captured some great images. Back home I checked out Google and its- "A Broken Spectre appears when a low sun is behind a climber who is looking downwards from a hill or ridge. Brocken is the highest peak in the Hartz mountains in Germany where there are many sightings. Cant wait to show it to you so keep in touch.
Posted by SeanFeabh 18, 2010 @ 12:30
Near Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo.
I always love the drive through Connemara and then into south Co Mayo with Croagh Patrick as the backdrop.This time of year the roads are dead quiet (not many tourists to buy my work in the few craft shops that are open, actually none at all). Today the light was wonderful, cool wind and great visibility. Came across a field of sheep with Croagh Patrick as the backdrop. Climbed onto the wall and all the sheep came running towards me. Was I the farmer with the feed of something! Anyhow captured a lovely composition. See it sometime here. Croagh Patrick is our Holy Mountain by the way, go check Wikipedia.
Posted by SeanFeabh 14, 2010 @ 04:22
4 essential things-
LIGHTING, COMPOSITION, PATIENCE, GOOD BOOTS. Self explanatory I imagine to everyone but sometimes you forget about the patience and here are two examples- Images #151 and #183. Catching early morning fog in perfect locations is a rare event and coming across Derryclare in Connemara in such conditions was a joy. However as I parked the car I could see the fog burning off in the sunshine. A mad rush to the lakes edge was required and "snap".One minute later and it was gone. Image #183 was the same story, here its the Maumturk Mountains.
Posted by SeanFeabh 08, 2010 @ 12:03
A bit that broke off-
Have a look at image #040 Cliffs of Moher. You can see a couple of people standing on a slab of limestone at the edge of the Cliffs. The Cliffs of Moher rangers are preventing people getting down there nowadays and for good reason for since this photo was taken that bit broke off! Luckily enough there was nobody standing there at the time.
Posted by SeanFeabh 05, 2010 @ 12:29
A very quiet Connemara road...
If you are in Clifden, Co Galway ("capital" of Connemara) instead of taking the main road back to Galway here's what you do- Take the road to Roundstone and just before you come to a bridge about two miles out take a left turn that brings you through the Roundstone Bog. Here you pass by dozens of lakes -see image #184- and the finest views of the Twelve Bens mountains on the left- see image #195-. You will come out near Ballynahinch and in no time you are back on the main road to Galway. Image#184 is an example of what to do when the sky is boring with not a cloud in sight...look for something interesting to fill the frame.
Posted by SeanFeabh 01, 2010 @ 10:30
Galway City....Sunrise and sunset.
Wrote about Galway City recently...image #106 and 189 captures the sunrise and sunset from the promenade. Both include the Blackrock diving tower that Galwegians know and love, (I could never get myself to even jump from the top). New city additions are images 191,192 and 193.
Posted by SeanEan 28, 2010 @ 11:20
Blog below
I should add that the locations below refer to Connemara in County Galway.
Posted by SeanEan 27, 2010 @ 01:44
My fave recent photograph
Images #182 and 185 were both taken at Derryinver looking towards The Twelve Bens. You turn off the main road at Letterfrack towards Tully Cross and then take the first left turn before Tully Cross. Anyhow it was one of those days when the cloud formations were just so perfect for landscape photography. Add in the fact that there was very little wind to give nice reflections on the Bay and I think I had a winner.
Posted by SeanEan 27, 2010 @ 01:43
Burren- coast road.
A new image #194 was taken along the superb Burren coast road from Ballyvaughan (turn right at the T-junction coming from Galway) to The Cliffs of Moher. I was lucky enough to be here under such amazing clouds. This is one of my favourite drives anywhere. Half way between Ballyvaughan and Black Head on the southern shores you get a view such as image #020 and then as you turn the corner at Black Head you see fine examples of the Burren limestone landscape, see image #046. You can find many places to park and hop over to enjoy a walk on this unique landscape.
Posted by SeanEan 25, 2010 @ 04:29
Dog at the Cliffs Blog Sept 22nd.
Well here he is finally - image # 178. I was really happy the way it came out.
Posted by SeanEan 24, 2010 @ 01:01
Lake with a small island and trees blog 16 Jan.
You can see what I am on about at image #180.
Posted by SeanEan 23, 2010 @ 01:41
These days-
Ireland has High pressure sitting over us now for a week giving crisp clear light. OK maybe not the few clouds that I would welcome but I wont complain. Yesterday I headed towards Croagh Patrick and well it did have cloud cover. The white Oratory on top appearing briefly when the cloud broke up only to disappear again. On the way back to Galway via Connemara it began to cloud over a bit which drew me into the Glen Coachen valley in the Twelve Bens horseshoe. A worthwhile decision as I came across a couple of white Connemara ponies. The backdrop of the Bens with the few clouds that I love made for a lovely composition.
Posted by SeanEan 23, 2010 @ 01:39
Oh, following on from the blog below you can see Dunguaire Castle on images # 041 and 131.
Posted by SeanEan 18, 2010 @ 10:58
Big blue sky again...Kinvara.
Noticed that the full moon would be rising around 4pm today and as the Bay was still and sunset around 4.30pm well I figured a good place to be was Kinvara in South Co. Galway. I also figured that the moon might come up behind Dunguaire Castle somewhere from a viewing point of the pier at Kinvara. The light was superb and I captured a beauty with a swan between two boats in Kinvara Bay and Dunguaire Castle in the background. Then the moon appeared...just where I thought it would be. However it was not quite as amazing as the Harvest Moon in Autumn but still I will not complain- the castle was still in sunlight as the moon was almost perfect to photograph. If they are good enough they will appear in the site sometime.
Posted by SeanEan 18, 2010 @ 10:55
Big blue sky.
All of a sudden we have a High pressure sitting over Ireland keeping the clouds away. I do like a cloud or three to give the sky a bit of depth and shadows on the landscapes so I would not usually visit the countryside when its a big blue sky. However what does present itself in days like this is dead calm lakes and Connemara beckons. So one must concentrate on the land and lakes, foreground detail and crop as much of the sky as you can. Image #051 is an example- Lough Inagh, Connemara and The Twelve Bens in the distance.
Posted by SeanEan 17, 2010 @ 10:50
Lake with a small island and trees.
As you take the very scenic drive from Oughterard to Clifden in Connemara one of the first wonderful sights is of a very small island covered with trees. I am not referring to the famous Derryclare but of Louh Bofin just beyond Oughterard. The lakes more famous item is the Quiet Man Bridge at its eastern side but right in the middle is this island/trees picturesque sight. I have found it almost impossible to photograph due to the light being in the wrong place but this early morning I captured a beauty. A sheep wandered into the foreground to add to the composition. This image will be posted as soon as possible.
Posted by SeanEan 16, 2010 @ 04:36
Galway city
My home town does not feature much on my site. I suppose I much prefer landscape photography and Galway is lucky enough to have some of Irelands most amazing scenery on its doorstep- Connemara to the West, The Burren and Cliffs of Moher to the South. However one view this time of year that is outstanding is Galway Bay at sunset. Galwegians are aware that only in December or January will one experience the sun "sink into the Atlantic" from the vantage point of the Promenade in Galway City. Image #106 captures Galway Bay at sunrise...the sunset will be up on the site very soon along with a few other city views.
Posted by SeanEan 14, 2010 @ 05:14
Connemara was amazing yesterday.
After five days of dull and wet weather I had to get out to the country on the first fine day. Yesterday turned out to be wonderful and I took the road west to Connemara. It just got better and better where I was, on the shores of Lough Corrib near Maam Bridge. Its a lovely peaceful part of Connemara looking towards the Maumturks and Twelve Bens in the distance. I was lucky to be joined by two swans and with a dramatic cloud formation to the west it made for a wonderful composition. Though it was the 30th October it was quite warm. Not so around the Kylemore Pass where by the time I arrived they just experienced a half hour of hailstones!! It was no wonder the sky over the mountains was so dramatic. I ventured out to another quiet part of this wonderful landscape towards Derryinver near Tullycross and from here there is a lovely view back across Ballinaboy Bay towards Diamond Hill and the Twelve Bens. The sky was my dream, nice puffy clouds catching the low sunlight. Then just before I knew the sun would slip behind Diamond Hill I got back to Kylemore to catch the last light on Kylemore Abbey. All in all it was a very good days photography and best of all- to enjoy such amazing landscape on my doorstep.
Posted by SeanD.Fómh 31, 2010 @ 02:01
Croagh Patrick and Westport Co Mayo
Have not been up to Westport in awhile so on a most beautiful Saturday made the trip to this picturesque town and captured the very pretty tree lined scene by the river. The light was really beautiful so I headed to the southern slopes of Croagh Patrick, the sunny side! I picked a perfect composition with a bunch of sheep in the foreground and the mountain and its ridge nicely filling the background. Here is where the patience comes in as the sun slowly disappeared behind a long cloud. Everything was in place except the light.I stood in the same position and it took about 15 minutes before the sunshine reappeared.But it was well worth the wait and the sheep were so used to my presence that they had filled up the foreground nicely.
Posted by SeanD.Fómh 20, 2010 @ 12:00
Image 173
On my blog dated Sept 2nd and that visit to the Cliffs...image #173 is that view.
Posted by SeanM.Fómh 22, 2010 @ 01:44
Cut old timer of a dog
Having spent the day through the Burren at the weekend I noticed that there was going to be quite a nice better place than to get over to the Cliffs of Moher. Now I have been there over a thousand times (or so it seems like) and not once did I come across this scene- a dog sitting at the edge looking down as if to was admire the view. This old sheep dog was so friendly that it was very difficult to get him to stay in the one spot, he just wanted to be patted. Finally captured a beauty and with it being just an hour before sunset the light was gorgeous. I met someone who works up there at the Cliffs Visitor Center and he told me the dog lives about 4 miles away near Doolin and takes a trek up here with hill walkers. He will always find his way home. You will not notice it in the photo (not posted yet) but he had three legs, but that did not matter at all.
Posted by SeanM.Fómh 22, 2010 @ 01:42
Cliffs/ always amazing
Spent the entire day yesterday on the Cliffs of Moher walking from near Doolin to almost but not quite The Hags Head, thats a nice 7 mile trek altogether maybe. The sky was clear of clouds so for me it was a bit boring to photograph. However I captured a few and as the afternoon became the evening the clouds did appear to give some lovely shadows and light on the sea. This location never ceases to amaze me.
Posted by SeanM.Fómh 02, 2010 @ 10:47
Aran Islands/Dun Aonghasa
Image #061. Forgot to mention on yesterdays blog, that wonderful view of Dun Aonghasa...well its image 061. 99.9% of visitors go straight to the fort itself and miss out on this amazing sight.
Posted by SeanLún 30, 2010 @ 02:52
Aran Islands
Spent a lovely day this weekend on the most amazing landscape and seascape that is The Aran Islands and in this case it was Inishmore, the largest of the three islands. To enjoy it at its best and quietest you should leave the well used main road and for example, venture towards the village of Gort Na gCapall and search for Phoill na Pheist. You will find yourself on the Burren like limestone landscape close to the sea on the cliff edge and come across the best location to admire Dun Aonghasa. Its a breathtaking view. Phoill na Pheist itself, well just go and find it...its worth it for sure, I'll say no more!
Posted by SeanLún 30, 2010 @ 03:03
Cliffs of Moher
Hey, have not visited the blog in awhile. Been busy with the business and few photographic trips. However a walk along the Cliffs of Moher is always welcome and a couple of days ago did just that....not where all the tourists gather but just north of O'Briens Tower and one meets nobody along there. Captured a couple of lovely images and will post them soon.
Posted by SeanIúil 27, 2010 @ 12:44
Cliffs of Moher (again)
Yesterday Monday I had to visit a few craft shops in Clare. The morning was overcast but I had seen the BBC weather report and they showed the West of Ireland promising sunshine in the afternoon. Yep, while up at the wonderful Aillwee caves I could see the sunlight hitting the Connemara mountains. After visiting Doolin and the sun appeared I knew I was going to spent an hour or two at the edge of Ireland on the Cliffs of Moher.Whether I captured any new images or not it is always a wonderful experience. I usually head for a spot about 2 km north of O'Briens Tower, its so quiet along this part on the Doolin-Liscannor walking trail. Home at 9.30pm, missed a World Cup match involving Italy but would not miss an hour or two listening to the Atlantic waves and the sea birds in the sunshine for anything. (unless Ireland were there!)
Posted by SeanMeith 15, 2010 @ 01:06
Ashford Castle
See image ~#054. Ashford Castle is located on the border of Galway and Mayo. The castle itself sits on the Galway side with most of the grounds in Mayo. Anyway I was there last Friday at around 8.00pm and went to the river shore to take a photo of the castle in lovely evening light. Well to my surprise I came across a swan and her 6 cygnets. Captured a good few images and with Ashford in the frame also. Great timing I'd say.
Posted by SeanMeith 08, 2010 @ 10:12
Lovely view from a back road- Connemara .
Image #159 is a lovely view of the Twelve Bens from a little bumpy and very narrow high road. Quickest way to get here is to drive to the Inagh Valley road (thats the first right turn after Recess in the middle of Connemara). There is a right turn opposite the boat house down on Lough Inagh's shore and just before the Inagh Lodge Hotel. Drive up the fairly steep road and there weill be a couple of places you can pull in.Look back and enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Bens.
Posted by SeanMeith 07, 2010 @ 12:28
Cliffs of Moher
Have not taken anything new at the Cliffs for awhile so I headed down there yesterday.It was a beautiful afternoon with pufy clouds sitting over the Burren but regretfully not over the Cliffs or Atlantic. Nevertheless I spent a lovely three hours there and hopefully captured a few new images. of course I went along the Doolin-Liscannor Way part of the cliffs where you meet very few people. Left there at 8.00pm fairly starving and headed for some "bar-food".
Posted by SeanBealt 27, 2010 @ 03:35
Connemara big blue sky
Left Galway yesterday under lovely wispy clouds and beautiful crisp light and decided to hit Connemara. Drove up the Inagh Valley with the Twelve Bens across Lough Inagh (see image#051). This road is off the main Clifden road and is therefore a quiet route but its probably Connemaras most beautiful. Today was one of those days when I missed a cloud, left them all behind over the city. With the image referred to above its a matter of catching some interesting foreground and leave out the sky as much as possible.
Posted by SeanBealt 26, 2010 @ 01:59
Its warm, high pressure, FLAT light.
For the first time in ages its pretty warm, about 23.C or 73.F. High pressure and with it went our lovely crisp light. Had to go to Connemara this morning and could hardly make out our lovely "Twelve Bens" mountains as I know and love them. Very hazy and if the weather continues and its promised they might disappear altogether! Last week was so cool but some amazing skies which I will have posted soon.
Posted by SeanBealt 20, 2010 @ 02:42
Rainy day...
First rain in weeks has arrived, I noticed that the water levels in the Connemara lakes was very low. Anyhow not a day for photography except.... what is a lovely thing to do on a dull or wet day is a walk on a beach. My examples are #038 on the Connemara coast and 047 on the Dingle Peninsula.
Posted by SeanBealt 18, 2010 @ 10:31
Burren drive, a fave.
Going to refer to 3 images in my catalogue and one of my favourite little roads in the Burren. Coming from Galway and driving towards the Burren you will come to the T-junction in Ballyvaughan. Most people are heading to the Cliffs of Moher and turn left. However if you turn right it will bring you on a drive with the sea on your right (Galway Bay). Before you get to the corner of the Burren at Black Head lighthouse you will pass the location of one of my best images #020. Thats Galway Bay on a very calm day.Around the bend and about a mile down the road you will find a place to park on a slight hill. Over the wall you see the typical Burren landscape and I refer to images #046 and 148. Both were taken at sunset but you will get the idea. Now one place I must mention close to Ballyvaughan (and you must turn left at that T-junction) is the wonderful Aillwee Caves....not to be missed.
Posted by SeanBealt 14, 2010 @ 09:34
Off the beaten track...
Image #132 Looking towards the Twelve Bens in Connemara, Co Galway. For what I would consider the best place to view the Bens but also the joy to travel on a very very very quiet road... Its best to take this road driving eastwards so you will want to be on the Clifden-Roundstone road. About 2 miles coming from Clifden there is a left turn, just before a bridge. It takes you through the Roundstone Bog, littered with little lakes, lots of bends and hills but to your left is the beautiful panorama of Connemara at its best.On the right is Errisbeg, the hill behind Roundstone. You can of course approach this lovely gem of a road from the opposite direction closer to Roundstone.Either way you will not be disappointed.
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 13, 2010 @ 12:46
Boulder on the Burren.
Weather continues beautiful, today I was down around my favourite part of the Burren, near Mullaghmore (example image #153) thats close to the village of Corofin and up past the Poulnabrone Dolmen road to a point where you are about to head down to Ballyvaughan. There is a very photogenic boulder sitting on the edge of the height with the green fields around Ballyvaughan below. A realy lovely cloud pattern formed and I think I came away with a great image or two.
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 12, 2010 @ 10:43
Oh, forgot to mention that the 2nd most viewed image is Image #133 and that tree stands just a stones throw from the image #134.Its a lovely part of the country in a region called Joyce Country, nothing to do with James Joyce but refers to the Joyce Clan who came over from Wales many centuries ago.Some useless info I know.
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 11, 2010 @ 03:23
Flickr views
I am on Flickr, that wonderful photo sharing site and Image #134 has become by most viewed. Taken at Lough Na Fooey in Connemara its one of my favourites taken just a couple of weeks ago. Unique location in that it has this sandy beach on its western end of the lake.
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 11, 2010 @ 03:18
Best tree in Connemara.
Someone asked me about this-Image #165. Its a long time dead one and hidden away on a back road off the Kylemore-Letterfrack road and in the direction of Tully Cross. Its pointing towards the wonderful Diamond Hill in the Connemara National Park which is a great and easy climb by the way (it has steps all the way to the top and an elevated wooden platform over the bogs)Anyhow I pass the tree when I can but its a narrow and bumpy road.
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 11, 2010 @ 03:14
A beautiful lobster-fishing village on the Connemara coast with a really lovely view of the Twelve Bens mountains across the bay. Been there many times but never captured the photograph to do it justice. Recently, it was ok, not great though. About to leave when it turned brilliant... a Galway Hooker (a traditional sailing boat from the west of Ireland with dark red/brown sails) appeared in the bay. Waited a bit for it to sail into a lovely position to capture including both the pier (very important to include this) and the mountains. See new image #152 for the result.
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 11, 2010 @ 09:47
Thought I might let you know about my equipment. Most of the images on the site were taken on a film camera using slide film!!!!!!However in the past year or two it has become very difficult to buy and process slides so I moved over to digital. I have a pentax K10 and a 10-20mm lens. Yep..armed with very little- I find the wide angle lens to be all I need for my landscape photography.Filters would be the polorising and sometimes a graduated grey. With that I rely on the weather conditions and tons of patience to capture what I want. I do not have PHOTOSHOP. I know of a professional photographer who sells a lovely image of a cottage in Connemara with a big black mountain behind it.....only thing wrong was the mountain was one of Kerry ones, (100 miles away)!!
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 10, 2010 @ 03:13
Pity so few people around to enjoy.....
The Connemara landscape is so beautiful at the moment. This past weekend, with the wind north -west it continues to be cool but very sunny with crisp clear visability. However with a drop in visitor numbers as a result of the volcavic ash and the fact that Ryanair have removed their fleet from Shannon airport there is hardly a soul around to admire this beauty. Dublin continues to obtain perhaps 95% of the visitor numbers. What they are missing!
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 10, 2010 @ 12:14
Gold at the end of the rainbow...
Well this is weird...I was just reading about Mweelrea Mountain on the web when an article dated Sept 2008- "NO MAYO GOLDRUSH" appeared. It mentioned that the Government had declined to grant prospecting licences to a company which sought to search for gold over south west Mayo including Mweelrea.
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 07, 2010 @ 01:02
Mweelrea rainbow. image #160
If you refer back to my blog dated 8th April well you can now see that rainbow at Mweelrea Mountain image #160.
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 07, 2010 @ 12:44
Poulnabrone Dolmen.
Image#158. Wrote about it on April 19th. Usually a busy spot but to come across the Dolmen without any visitors and that most magical sky.
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 06, 2010 @ 05:48
That Burren tree.
On one of my entries "Back to the Burren" of April 20th I wrote about a tree I was looking for. Well you can now see it @ Image# 135.
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 06, 2010 @ 05:21
Connemara that northerly wind.
Ok its cool...but sunny. Cool as the wind is from the north and the light was superb. Coming back from Leenane direction and at about 6pm- instead of turning right at Maam Bridge to head home I was drawn towards Lough Corrib and that beautiful area close to Castle Kirk (its a castle that takes up almost all of an island on thelake and also said to be haunted). By now the conditions were just perfect and a mixture of lonely trees and beautiful puffy clouds in a so blue sky. Only problem about this region is that the road is narrow and bendy and its often difficult to find a safe place to park, yea and I having a campervan (!!!) a smallish one though it may be.
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 03, 2010 @ 07:24
Unbelievable skies in the Burren today.
Had to visit a few craft shops in the Burren today. Leaving Galway in the morning left no good impression on how the day would turn out. It was totally overcast and the weather reports seemed to agree, not going to be a good day. Even the Irish Times had the day written off for any sunshine. Brought my camera just in case.Boy did it turn out amazing with black skies in the distance and crisp sunlight over the Burren.In the late afternoon some really lovely cloud formations came up and I found a few interesting boulders and lonely trees, typical of the Burren. Raced to Kinvara to catch the last light on picturesque Dunguaire Castle.
Posted by Sean TomkinsBealt 01, 2010 @ 08:12
New stuff...
Over the past few weeks I have added a lot of new images to my collection, from Connemara, Mayo, The Burren and Kerry. We should finally see them up on my site very soon.I dont do the web work myself, not a techy person at all. I am very proud of my tree at Lough na Fooey and catching the rainbow at Mweelrea.
Posted by Sean TomkinsAib 29, 2010 @ 04:40
Yesterday I knew there was going to be a beautiful sunset so I decided to head towards Galway Bay. Now there is a song "Galway Bay" with the line "..the moon rise over Claddagh and watch the sun go down on Galway Bay" sung by Bing Crosby among others. However one thing that does not happen this time of year is the possibility of watching the sun go down on the Bay. You must be here around December and it can be quite a sight. This moment I have noticed that one of my images #106 "Galway Bay at sunset" is titled incorrectly as this is "at sunrise"!!! Did not capture anything last night, sometimes the setting sun, somewhere over Connemara direction, can give a lovely warm light on the Clare Hills across the Bay. I just walked the prom instead and thats a lovely walk.
Posted by Sean TomkinsAib 27, 2010 @ 03:45
Change in the weather this weekend so...
...Out to Connemara while the light is still so good.That North-West wind is a Godsend to us landscape photographers. The westerlies are due soon and with it an increase in temperature but more cloud. Anyhow Connemara was so quiet, hardly a soul. Lambs are cute but could not get the shot I wished for.
Posted by Sean TomkinsAib 22, 2010 @ 09:49
Contrails are back!,
From time to time a really great composition can be ruined by those lines in the sky and as I dont have photoshop its usually just a part of having some patience till it disappears. Sometimes that can be a good few minutes...then and along comes another jet. The past 5 days or so has been free of them and quiet up above. Well they are back. Of course I do welcome them, my business is 90% dependent on the tourist, my work is 100% Irish landscapes. Not travelling far today, going to head to Menlo Castle on the banks of the Corrib in Galway, 10 minutes away. If you know the place you will agree its a lovely spot.
Posted by Sean TomkinsAib 21, 2010 @ 02:39
Back to the Burren.
Taking advantage of the beautiful light I headed back to the Burren looking for a particular tree near Boston. Yes thats Boston in the Burren, its true! Finally found it, not easy in the maze of narrow roads that criss-cross this part of the Burren close to the Galway border. Its a typical Burren tree pointing east and a great photographic capture.
Posted by Sean TomkinsAib 20, 2010 @ 10:14
Burren sunset (ash assisted?).
Forgot to mention I captured a lovely, well superb sunset over the Burren. Was it helped by Icelands Volcano ash hanging around up there I do not know... but dont we get lots of outstanding sunsets on the west of Ireland anyway!
Posted by Sean TomkinsAib 19, 2010 @ 02:28
Burren Co Clare.
The Burren in Co Clare is one of thelargest karst-landscaps in Europe at apprx 250sq KM. Meaning a "A stony place" you will not be disappointed even if you do not come away with a great photographic image because a treck across this limestone region is an unforgettable experience. However I think I captured a couple of good ones, finding the Poulnabrone Dolmen on a quiet moment with lovely wispy clouds above and an interesting stone wall. Look out for them on the site real soon!
Posted by Sean TomkinsAib 19, 2010 @ 02:21
Connemara looked great.
Just back from a day in that wonderful landscape of Connemara where the light was perfect and I obtained a couple of great images. One in particular of a tree at Lough na Fooey close to the Mayo border. This is a really wonderful part of the county, very quiet and off the tourist route. OK- coming from Galway you turn right at Maam Cross, left at Maam Bridge (Keanes Pub) and half way to Leenane take the next right (the only right turn on this Maam Valley road). That will bring you down to Lough na Fooey and Joyce Country. This image of the tree, one of my best, will be posted very soon.
Posted by Sean TomkinsAib 11, 2010 @ 08:18
Connemara trip
A beautiful rainbow appeared over Mweelrea mountain which is actually in Mayo but as I was standing in County Galway and the foreground in also south of the border how do I title this image that I will post soon. "Mweelrea rainbow from Connemara", "Mweelrea rainbow, Galway-Mayo border", And you know "Ashford Castle" Co Mayo is actually in Galway and "Delphi Resort, Co Galway" is in Mayo. Depends where the post office is!
Posted by Sean TomkinsAib 08, 2010 @ 05:36
Made a journey to Kerry and spent yesterday looking up at a big blue sky. Now how many of my images enjoy such a cloudless sky...none! Not one cloud all day so I continued my journey from Killarney towards Caherdaniel on the Ring of Kerry for my overnight stay. Enjoyed a beautiful sunrise on the beach at nearby Waterville and then back to Caherdaniel for the sunset. A pint or two of Guinness at Freddies Pub in the village and in front of a lovely fire ended this good day.
Posted by SeánMár 01, 2010 @ 11:52
Connemara in February
On Saturday 6th February Galway City was covered in thick fog. I wondered what the countryside would look like so off I went, west to Connemara. The fog actually got thicker as I ventured towards Moycullen and it continued that way up to Oughterard, the gateway to Connemara, 25 km from Galway. What seemed like turning out to be a wasted journey suddenly changed and what a day Connemara was enjoying. There was no wind, the lakes were magnificent and an important aspect to good landscape photography - a few clouds were hanging onto the mountain tops. By the shore of Kylemore Lake was most memorable and I look forward to posting a few images as soon as possible.
Posted by SeánFeabh 09, 2010 @ 11:51
Great to be back out again
After such along period of wet weather and then icy roads I finally got out to Connemara at the weekend. It was quite foggy leaving Galway city and continued that way until beyond Oughterard when the most magical Connemara presented itself. Captured a few images, just great to be out again.
Posted by SeánEan 27, 2010 @ 11:51