Blackhead Sunset

Today was one of those soft summer days here in the West of Ireland. Soft as in, it was mild, but we had short spells of rain and drizzle, and it was cloudy for most of the day. But then, in the evening, it started to clear up, and I thought, maybe I’ll just head out with the camera for while….

Blackhead Lighthouse overlooking Galway Bay

Blackhead Lighthouse, halfway between Ballyvaughan and Fanore, is one of my favorite places in Ireland. I love the views from the steps down to the lighthouse, Galway Bay to the right, Connemara in on the horizon, and the Aran Islands to the left.

I have dozens of pictures of the little lighthouse, pictures from dark winter days with, waves crashing onto the rocks, dramatic black and white images… But today, today was different. We had the kind of light you get after a storm, dramatic clouds and soft warm light. I loved it!

And that’s it for today! Feel free to leave a comment, share this post, follow me on Instagram. Goodbye for now, take care, Andreas

Week 7 - A walk on the wild side - the color version

Kind of a lazy blog post today, didn't get out with the camera during the week as much. Well I got some nice interior shots of Kilcolgan castle yesterday, but I'll post them when I have a complete set of shots of the castle. 

Bridge on the Doolin side of the walk, the famous Doonagore castle in the background.

So in this weeks blog post we are back in Doolin. I submitted one of the images from the Doolin walk to the Burrenbeo Trust photo competition, first price is a night in the Doolin hotel....wouldn't mind a short break in Doolin!

One of my favorite images from the day....thinking about getting this one printed

Or this one?

The light was really special on the day. I bought a weatherproof camera cover this week to protect the camera on future outings. Photographing waves can be great fun, but the sea spray isn't all that good for electronic equipment.

Further down the coast

That's the image I submitted to the Burrenbeo competition

I love this one as well

That's it for this week, more here next week. Thanks for looking, feel free to leave a comment, share this post, or even buy a print:)

Week 4 - Busy day at the auction ring

Good news, beef prices up are on the way up! That's what I was told, when I spoke to a framer at the mart in Ennis this week. I have to admit, that I know feck all about beef prices, but I love taking pictures at the mart.

There is something about taking pictures at the mart, its like ....rural Ireland street photography. That's the only way I can put it, we simply don't have the hustle and bustle of New York city, but this where life happens rural Ireland, at the mart. Talking to one guy in the audience, he told me, that 50% of the audience are just onlookers. For a lot of farmers a day at the mart is just a day out. They go into town, they meet, they talk, they watch the's a bit of fun.

the other side of the auction ring

One another note, I love taking pictures here, because last year one of pictures was picked up by the farmers journal. Picked up on Twitter! It ended up on the front page, and thinking about it...I'm still waiting for the cheque.....

For the last couple of weeks, I have been bringing the camera with me nearly every day. I don't take pictures every day, but it's good to know that I have the camera in the car with me. Just in case an alien space ship lands outside the mart in Ennis one day, whatever happens, I'm prepared...even for aliens that want to buy some fine irish cattle...

Wrong auction ring my friend...they are all next door.....

And that's it for this week! 

Connemara Part III

We are just back from a wonderful holiday in Italy. But Before I upload pictures from our trip to Florence and Siena, I better finish the little series about Connemara. I started the day shooting the sunrise over Pine Island. It is quite drive from my home to Derryclare Lough, and if I'm honest, I was a little reluctant to go out, because the weather forecast wasn't that promising. But...I got lucky!

The light on the day was just fantastic! And I'm more than happy with the results I got.

Pine Island with the 12 Pins in the background

As always, click on the image for a larger version

From Pine Island I drove back towards Maam Cross, and from there to a little graveyard in Maam Valley. 

The graveyard is a bit off the beaten track, and I haven't seen many photographs of it...yet. 

I love the light on the mountain in the background in this one.

Last stop on my tour was Ashleigh falls on the Galway/Mayo border. On photographing waterfalls:

I'm taking a break from long exposures at the moment, I simply think, long exposures can be quite nice, but that doesn't mean that every waterfall has to shown as a long exposure.

Ashleigh falls in the background

On top of Ashleigh falls

And that's it from Connemara. I'll try and upload some of the pictures I brought back from Tuscany in the next couple of days. As always, thanks for looking, leave a comment if you want, they are always appreciated.






A day in Connemara-part2

Sorry for the delay in posting part two of my little Connemara series. Anyway, here we go. After sleeping in the car near Pine Island in Connemara - an early morning shot of Pine Island was on my to do list for the day - I was quite disappointed to find that it was a rather dull morning. 

But there was some nice fog coming down the hills, so hopefully, not all was lost.

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Pine Island around 7am

The Pine Island shot came out really nice, ok, it was cloudy, but I'm still happy with the result.

I then ventured further in Connemara  towards the 12 pins., the dominating mountain range in Connemara.

Since the weather wasn't all that bad, I decided to try to climb Benbaum, the highest peak in Connemara.

Clouds coming over the ridge.

Benbaum is with 729m the highest peak in Connemara.

The light wasn't great on the day, but the clouds made more than up for it

It took me about 2.5 hrs to climb Benbaum, and all I can say is, the views were just fantastic on the day.

Magic clouds...

Along the ridge

Finally, the cairn on top of Benbaum

If the views on the way up weren't enough, the view from Benbaum was!

View towards Inagh Valley

Unfortunately, the weather started to deteriorate soon afterwards, and I had no choice but to start to look for way down.

I wasn't the only one hill walking on the day:)

A lonely sheep halfway up the mountain

And that was pretty much it from my little hike in the 12 pins. I'll definitely come back in the spring and finish the walk along the Glencoaghan horse shoe.

One last one view from the valley up Benbaum

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