• Storm Fionn hits Ireland; a climb up Slievenamon
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    Slievenamon, Sliabh na mBan or 'Mountain of the Women'

     

    As I write this Storm Fionn is hitting Ireland and bringing with it snow, heavy winds and high seas.

    It's rather fitting then that last week I climbed a mountain in County Tipperary called Slievenamon, whose Irish name means Mountain of the Women.

    This 721m high mountain sits at the end of a long ridge stretching across the south east of Ireland.

    It was an important mountain in Irish mythology having been the place chosen by an important mythological figure, often described as a giant, Finn or Fionn MacCumhaill as the site of a race - the winner would be the first woman to ascend Slievenamon who would win Fionn's hand in marriage.

    Finn, as you might already know, is the hero/god/giant who created the Giant's Causeway, Lough Neagh and the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea according to legend

    So check out the video of my short ascent of Slievenamon from the green Suir Valley to the white, icy wonderland on top with stunning views of the Munster Vales and the counties of this part of Ireland situated along the driving route known as Ireland's Ancient East, like the present Storm Fionn it was blowing a gale at 721m above sea level.

    The video is hosted on YouTube but you can watch it here on this page by playing it.

     

    Written on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 20:49 in Guide
  • Ireland in Winter - Above the Snowline
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    Ireland in Winter - Above the Snowline

    Slievenamon - above the snow line in winter

     

    Braving the elements on a cold winter's day we climbed up Slievenamon, a 720m-high mountain in Ireland's Ancient East and part of the scenic Munster Vales region.

    Starting along the scenic lanes we walked through green fields past pine forest with views along the Suir Valley towards the Knockmealdown, Comeragh and Galtee Mountains.

    At the top it was a white and blue sky winter wonderland with iced snow coating everything, it was cold and the strong north easterly wind made it feel even colder.

    Here is an image from the top of the sun and that wintry scene.

    More to come on this adventure, why not join me on my next outing to learn how to photograph Irish landscapes.

    For more on photography tours and workshops in Ireland contact me.

    Written on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 22:50 in Photo Tours
  • Long Room Library, Trinity College Dublin
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    Freelance photographer for New York Times.

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    Long Room Library, Trinity College Dublin

    On a recent post here on panoramicireland.com I wrote about the necessity of patience in landscape photography.

    I also mentioned that on most occasions here in Ireland, the weather does clear up and allow us to capture spectacular scenes under amazing light.

    But sometimes the weather does set in and on those occasions there are alternative things to do and photograph on a photography tour.

    Here is one such place, the famous Long Room Library in Dublin's Trinity College. I have photographed here on many occasions, including for Ritz-Carlton and produced this 360-degree panorama of the book repository that inspired the makers of Star Wars. Here is the link: Long Room Library Virtual Tour

    So on those days that don't go to plan, we always keep options in mind. 

    To join me on a photography tour in Dublin, the Long Room Library or anywhere else in Ireland - see here.

    Written on Saturday, 06 January 2018 20:57 in Photo Tours
  • Blue Hour, West of Ireland
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    Blue Hour, West of Ireland

    The Blue Hour is a classic time of day for landscape photographers to photograph. There are in fact two blue hours and both don't necessarily last for an hour.

    The first blue hour precedes sunrise and the second of the day comes after sunset; wrapped inside the day there is also the golden hour that we will talk about separately.

    During the evening blue hour - light is fading, the sun has set and we lose the direct brightness from our light-giving star.

    Red light passes through Earth's atmosphere and further into space, while blue light with its shorter wavelength gets trapped and scattered, and bounces around to create a blue coloured period we call the Blue Hour.

    I have written about blue hour images here on panoramicireland.com before hereand here write about sunrise and sunset photography.

    As seen in this image, the blue hour is approaching as the sun has set with only a small portion of the western sky alight with Golden Hour light.

    Silhouettes and shadows become prominent at this time of day, needless to say the sky is an important part of a blue hour image.

    More Blue Hour images to come and to join me, Panoramic Ireland, on a landscape photography workshop in Ireland's west contact me.

    Written on Friday, 05 January 2018 18:42 in Photo Tours
  • Dingle Photography Tours on Ireland's Scenic Wild Atlantic Way
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    Dingle Photography Tours on Ireland's Scenic Wild Atlantic Way

    There are many elements that go into creating an image.

    There's the old favourites such as composition, shutter speed, aperture and so on. Then there's location; but often patience is the key element required in photography, particularly landscape or seascape photography such as in the image seen above.

    Here a scene from a coastal landscape photography workshop on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way in Dingle, County Kerry. This is Star Wars filming territory and on this occasion we spent quite some time waiting for the rain to pass us by and when it did, we were greeted with this scene looking across the Atlantic towards neighbouring Iveragh.

    Stunning and worth the wait I'm sure you'll agree.

    I often get asked in advance of photography tours and workshops "What will we do if it rains, do you have a contingency?", well yes we will usually photograph something majestic, because it is in the stormy mixed weather conditions we often get in Ireland that we see the most atmospheric light. The ephemeral rays of sunshine lighting up a portion of the scene in the distance, a bright sky that tells of the drama that has passed or is about to pass.

    We can't always promise great weather but always a great time photographing the landscapes and street scenes of Ireland.

    The essence of travel photography, in Ireland. Patience required, fun guaranteed and you're going to learn a lot!

    Send me an email if this sounds like an experience you would like to enjoy.

    For more information on Panoramic Ireland's (that's me) photography tours and workshops in Dingle click here and for more of our Dublin tours click here. Suitable all year round - spring, summer, autumn and winter.

    Written on Wednesday, 03 January 2018 20:50 in Photo Tours
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