Sunset at Garretstown Beach

Posted by Tim on 7 September 2017 - 12:03pm

A couple of nights ago, Ger, a friend from the camera club rang me and asked if I was available to go see if we could get a sunset shot at the beach. As it was, I had nothing I HAD to do for a couple of hours, so we packed the camera gear and off we went. Most of the time you hope for a brilliant sky  to light up, but we don't usually get that here - but we did get something! A gap in the clouds allowed the Lord's sunlight to shine through, this is what I was able to capture...

ocean sunset                                                          SUNBREAK OVER THE SURF

Ocean and rocks                                            THIS VERSION IS 'ON THE ROCK'

The Milky Way ...

Posted by Tim on 18 August 2017 - 12:13pm

A couple of weeks ago two guys from the camera club invited me to join them in a night shoot. We are piled in one car and drove to Killarney, about 90 minutes from here in Kinsale. The hope was to get a clear night with no moon. We knew the moon wouldn't rise until are 2:00am, so fingers crossed on the 'clear night' part as that is rare.

We checked into our B & B, went out for dinner, then headed to a place called The Gap of Dunloe, about 20 minutes outside of the town. We arrived around 10:00 pm to get set up in the middle of a sheep pasture! We could see the 'gap' of the mountains plus a small lake between us and the gap. This is where we wanted the Milky Way to appear! Our photography night sky app said we had a chance, and at about 1:30 am, I got the shot here!

milky way in Killarney 

Cobh, Ireland

Posted by Tim on 9 August 2017 - 12:04pm

There is an amazing cathedral in the port town of Cobh, Co Cork - Cobh is pronoumced 'Cove' and we visited this village last week; it is very near Cork, actually a part of Cork. Cobh is the last port Titanic docked before it's fateful voyage that ended in disaster. Here's a shot of the inside of the Cobh cathedral: 

Cobh cathedral 

Camera Club

Posted by Tim on 7 July 2017 - 11:39am

As you probably know we are involved with the Photography Society here in Kinsale. Last Tuesday was our last formal meeting for the summer months - we will resume again in September. One of the new photography challenges I have been learning is how to photograph local birds. As I have been getting a few common Irish birds coming to our new feeders, in the back garden.

We feed them raw peanuts and they seem to LOVE them. I set up my camera on a tripod just inside the door leading to the garden - and near the feeders. The idea is to figure out where the birds will land, focus on that point, and shoot away if and when they land. Here's a bit of what I've gotten so far...

on the feeder                                              Here are two beauties on the feeder...

chaffinch                               A chaffinch getting ready to move to the feeder

bird                     I don't know what kind of bird this one is, but he/she is brilliant.

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