As I arrived in Salthill, a popular seaside tourist destination, it was just getting light, a few swimmers climbed up out of the freezing cold water and headed back to the changing rooms, there was a decent swell every so often but the tide appeared to be going out.
As usual there were a few angles on this place that I thought would work. From straight on looking at the structure and its steps to the top of the diving tower, which always looks good against fast moving clouds. I really wanted to get more action into the picture.
As I set up, the three swimmers left to go to about their business with towels wrapped under their arms, chatting and laughing as they hurriedly walked off through the newly arrived drops of rain. Getting wet for a second time before 07:00 in November wasn't something they were too interested in.
At that moment, four crows arrived in flying formation and took up perching sites on the top railings of the platform. It was a bit spooky, as they watched me and I watched them, the morning after Hallowe'en. Actually it wasn't spooky at all, but they were a fine addition to this image.
It wasn't long until the tide had gone out that little bit further and I felt confident enough to get to the water's edge. And it wasn't long until some of the water moved its edge a little closer to the top of my legs! I only took one from this viewpoint before deciding that it would be wiser to reach higher ground. With each exposure being over 30 seconds in length it wouldn't be long for another big wave to arrive.
Instead I went for a panoramic image of the pier jutting out into Galway Bay just before I too had to head on but I will no doubt be back here soon with Panoramic Ireland's new Galway photography workshops. Find out more here.