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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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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17th May 2013

As you may have noticed from previous blogs I spend a lot of time around Wicklow driving the car or motorbike. While the photographs here are not the best technically and hopefully on another day it would be clearer I thought it was interesting to get an overall shot of the area I spend so much time in 🙂

This shot is of Vartry Reservoir and it is located near the village of Roundwood. When I saw it first I thought it was the Blessington lakes but checking details on google maps tonight and I am happy it is the reservoir.

I have the ISO at 400 as I wanted a relatively faster shutter speed to reduce shake/vibration from the flight. The setting of f11 was to attempt to get sharpness across the landscape but shooting through the window I think negates some of that.

Settings : ISO 400, 55m, f11, 1/160sec.

 

Wicklow Vartry Reservoir
Wicklow Vartry Reservoir

These are Lough Bray Upper and Lough Bray lower. Until I checked Google maps I thought there was only one Lough Bray so you learn something new every day !

Again I had the ISO at 400 to allow for the shutter speed, vibration etc.

 

Wicklow Lough Bray Landscape
Wicklow Lough Bray Landscape

 

Actually last year I went up to Lough Bray on the motorbike to take a shot of Lough Bray from the lakeside. Checking the dates it was in May as well. Tricky bit it was a 15 minute walk across fields to get to it. I used a tripod to ensure a clear shot so this allowed the shutter speed to be slow.

Settings : ISO 100, 18mm, f22, 1/5 sec

 

Lough Bray Lakeside
Lough Bray Lakeside

 

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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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18th March 2013

Here is a second shot from Kilcoole Beach in County Wicklow. The Gannets were resting on the water when a dog on the beach spooked them. It was a lovely morning down on the coast. Earlier I had been up in Wicklow trying to get a shot at Lough Tay but it was too cloudy. Great thing is Wicklow is close to the coast so you  change locations with very little driving!

Settings : ISO 200, 300mm, f5.6, 1/1000 sec.

 

Kilcoole Beach Wicklow Ireland Gannets
Kilcoole Beach Wicklow

 
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12th March 2013

This is a shot I did as an experiment for the photography club. I deliberately set out to break some key composition rules to see if I could still make an interesting picture. I took it from the beach at Kilcoole in County Wicklow facing out to sea. It was a lovely quiet morning with just me and the Gannets mostly. Let me know what you think.

Settings : ISO 200, 300mm, f11, 1/250sec.

Kilcoole Seascape Wicklow Landscape Photography Seascape Ireland Sea Paul O'Rourke Photography
Rule Breaker

 

 
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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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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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