23rd October 2013

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.

Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves

 

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 Morning
Autumn Morning

 

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.

Autumn Sky
Autumn Sky

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18th April 2013

I love this time of year as the weather settles down and you get clear skies in the early morning. As I have mentioned before I live close to Wicklow and absolutely love going across to take pictures. Last weekend I got to go across on my motorbike so it really does not get much better than that! I went up to the Sally Gap and onto Lough Tay.

 

The first picture is on the road up through the Sally Gap. I like to take a picture including the motorbike once a year usually around this time.

Settings : ISO 100, 22mm, f8, 1/50sec

 

Wicklow Sally Gap
Wicklow Sally Gap April

 

 

The next two shots are of a tree just off the road at The Sally Gap. The mist going behind tree caught my eye which made me stop to get the pictures.

 

Settings : ISO 200, 18mm, f8.0, 1/60sec

 

Wicklow Sally Gap
Wicklow Sally Gap

 

Settings : ISO 400, 18mm, f6.3, 1/125sec.

Wicklow Sally Gap Tree
Wicklow Sally Gap Tree

 

Just on from the Sally Gap is Lough Tay or sometimes it is referred to as The Guinness Lake. When I got up there it was sunny but the mist was coming in. The shot below is part of Luggala which is one the mountains that surround Lough Tay. Shortly after this the mist came in so quickly you could not see this scene.

 

Settings : ISO 200, 25mm, f11, 1/100 sec

 

Wicklow Luggala
Wicklow Luggala

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10th February 2013

I checked the forecast last night and saw it was not going to be the best morning! At first I was going to stay in bed and then decided to go out and see what could I get in the mist and the rain. The trees are on the road near the Sally Gap and are photographed regularly especially when there is snow around. For an experiment I have processed the shot as colour and B&W. Please leave a comment and let me know which you prefer. I have done the same on Facebook and I am interested to see if there is a difference in preferences.

Settings : ISO 100, 38mm, f11, 0.8sec

Colour Version

Sally Gap Trees
Sally Gap Trees

B&W Version

 

Sally Gap Trees Wicklow Landscape Paul O'Rourke Photography
Sally Gap Tree B&W

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