The weekend before last the Naas Photography Group decided to go up to the Phoenix Park in Dublin to photograph the deer. It was the end of the rutting season and it was fascinating to watch the male deer challenge each other.
The Phoenix Park is just on the edge of Dublin and at 1,750 acres it is one the largest walled parks in Europe. The fallow deer have been in the park since the 17th century.
We had a good time photographing the deer although it was hard to get good shots of them challenging each other.
One of my favourite times of year for photography is Autumn. I actually got back into photography in October 3 years ago. The colours, mist, leaves, trees….there is so much choice. These pictures are from the start of the season and I can’t wait to get more.
About 20 minutes from where I live is Donadea National Forest Park. It is a lovely amenity and we go there regularly as a family for picnics, walks and just chill out time. We have even been known to bring our pet rabbit on a few occasions. This shot is actually my first attempt at a HDR shot. It is not three separate shots but one shot that I adjust to three different exposures in lightroom and then combined them for a first attempt at a HDR shot.
Going to work during the week and the mist around the Naas was absolutely beautiful. I could not pass it by so had to stop. Thankfully most days I have the camera with me so managed to get some photographs before the sun burnt the mist off. This was less than two kilometers from the edge of Naas town and less than 200 meters from the main road.
Autumn Evening. This was taken the same day as the previous photograph and I think demonstrates the range of colours that autumn brings. This was the sky over Naas as seen from the canal that runs along the back of Naas.
Last weekend I decided to go back to one of my favourite spots from my childhood in Wicklow, Glenmalure. We didn’t go there as often as we went to Glendalough but the beauty of the place left an impression on me even as a child. I thought as I went down looking for Glenmalure I had a memory of climbing to the top of the hill on the right hand side. When I got there I think it must have been somewhere else I climbed to the top of! The weather Saturday morning turned out beautifully for taking photographs.
Settings : ISO 100, 54mm, f11, 1/25sec (Tripod Used)
This view is facing the opposite direction in the valley from the first. Just fantastic view where ever you look.
Settings : ISO 100, 18mm, f11, 1/30sec
The monument stone below is just at the car park at the entrance to the valley. I did not realise all three glens (Glendalough, Glenmalure & Glen of Imall) in Wicklow were used during 1798 fighting. Lots of information if you google Glenmalure and 1798.
If you are interested in going down to the Glennalure here is the google maps view. Point B on the map is the valley, point A is the village Glenmalure.
I am late with this week’s blog. Normally I post on a Monday or Tuesday but due to another photography project I could not reach on it. At the weekend we went to one of our favourite spots, Dublin Zoo. The sunshine was out so there were lots of photo opportunities. The Zoo can be a great place for photographs. We have noticed down through the years the animals seem to be more active in the cold months rather than the summer.
The Elephants are always very popular but after waiting for a few minutes I managed to get a clear spot to take pictures from. I always like to fill the frame with a few Elephants, trying to catch the interaction between them.
Settings : ISO 100, 200mm, f5.0, 1/200sec
In the last year or two Dublin Zoo has developed a whole new area for the Gorillas and it is fantastic. They have a lot more room to move around in and it is built so they have plenty of cover to hide behind. This is great for them as it is closer to their natural habitat but makes getting photographs a lot more difficult. This shot is one of a few I got as they made their way back towards their enclosure for the evening.