29th May 2013

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)

Glenmalure Valley
Glenmalure Valley

 

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

Glenmalure Valley
Glenmalure Valley

 

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.

 

Glenmalure History
Glenmalure History

 

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.


View

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26th March 2013

Last weekend I decided not to go far from the home town in search of photograph. I decided to get up early on Sunday and go for a walk along the canal at the back of Naas. The idea was to check out what wildlife was around. Regularly along the canal bank there are posters put up by Irish Wildlife on what you can expect to see living around the canal. Unfortunately there was no sign of Foxes, Otters or the Grey Heron that is a regular sight normally. The lack of wildlife may have been related to the fact that it was very cold and after about 30 minutes I was beginning to wonder what I was doing down there as well! I then noticed this little Robin was watching me intently and seemed very happy to pose for me 🙂

 

Settings : ISO 1600, 300mm, f5.6, 1/40sec. I had the ISO up high as it was very cloudy and the Robin was in the shelter of the hedge.

Robin Watching Me!

 

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6th February 2013

This is my second blue hour shot, although this time it is the morning blue hour. I was on the way to work on Friday and the colour of the sky behind the moon caught my eye. It took me a few minutes to find somewhere to park so did not have many options to include something in the foreground to gave scale to the shot. Lately I have been reading up on star shots and hope to practice some of them in the near future.

Settings : ISO 200, F5.6, 270mm, 1/80sec

Spring Moon
Spring Moon

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21st January 2013

Here is a shot I took two weeks ago. One of the great things about living in Naas is it is only 40 minutes from Wicklow, which is commonly referred to as the Garden Of Ireland. The Round Tower in Glendalough is a popular subject for photographs. I decided to look for a different angle on the Round Tower and went for the framed shot. The tower is part of a historical site that dates from the 6th century. This site and the upper lake are one of the most popular tourist sites in Ireland. In my landscape gallery there is a shot of the upper lake that I took about two years ago when I was getting back into photography. Also if you are on Facebook and look at the page ‘Irish Weather Online’ you will see some fantastic shots of Wicklow & Glendalough with the current snowy conditions.

 

Technical Information : ISO 200, f5.6, 1/80 sec.

 

 

 

Round Tower Glendalough
Wicklow Ireland Glendalough Round Tower

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13th January 2013

Where I live in Ireland is in county Kildare. One of the popular sports/businesses in the county is horse racing. On Saturday the Naas Photography Club went to visit The Maddenstown Stud in The Curragh in county Kildare. The staff were brilliant and let us photograph any area we wanted. The shot below is the team going back to the stables after taking some of the horses for their morning gallop.

Settings on the shot were ISO 400, 300mm, f7.1, 1/200sec. I am pleased with the shallow dof even at f7.1. I just have one shot loaded on my website, for more photographs please look up either my facebook page ‘Paul O’Rourke Photography’or ‘Naas Photography Group’ Facebook page to see photographs from other club members.

 

After The Gallop
After The Gallop

 

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Happy New Year

As 2012 draws to a close I would like to thank everyone for the support in 2012. Happy New Year to everyone, I hope 2013 is good to you and helps brings your dreams closer.

Happy New Year 2013
Happy New Year 2013