5th August 2015

Between the day job keeping me busy and finding it hard to decide what to photograph recently I decided to return to where I had restarted my photography in 2010.

Glendalough is one of my favourite places in Ireland with happy memories from my childhood and then with my own family. It is a really popular spot with tourists and during the holiday season it can get extremely busy.

I went across last Monday morning as it was a bank holiday here in Ireland. It is such a peaceful spot early in the morning and I felt myself completely relax as I took in the whole scene. With the sky so cloudy I did work on taking the shot as a potential black and white shot. Would really like to hear what you think of it. I dont know how the branch got there but I think it really makes the scene.

 

Upper Lake Glendalough
Inspiration Revisited

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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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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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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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