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1  General Category / Photography / Re: More Strange Clouds From The Lough Shore on: September 14, 2008, 05:29:50 pm
Looks like a scene from Independence Day, is there a possible UFO lurking in there?
2  General Category / Photography / Re: Some more from the Lakes on: September 13, 2008, 03:50:43 pm
I wasn't aware that red squirrels could drive, or that they are prone to speeding. Cheesy

How many bottles of Old Leg Over did you bring back? Grin
3  General Category / Photography / Re: Sugarloaf Mountain Wicklow on: September 13, 2008, 03:47:59 pm
Thanks everyone.

It was extremely windy Martin, but thankfully the rain passed away to the north, towards your part of the world Grin.

Like yourself there are a lot of peaks around the country that I am eager to try, with camera of course.
4  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: Big Gust Front & Torrential Rain - Sept 11th on: September 11, 2008, 06:55:00 pm
Summertime and the livin' is easy, fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high. Grin
5  General Category / Photography / Sugarloaf Mountain Wicklow on: September 10, 2008, 09:18:09 pm
Hi all

Been away from the forum for a little while but it's good to return.

I was up on the Sugarloaf Mountain on the border between Dublin and Wicklow two weeks back, it's a gentle climb until you get near the top when it gets steep quite fast.  It was very breezy on the southside of the mountain, to the north with lovely views over Dublin Bay, it was calm.  If the weather were clearer Wales and the Mountains of Mourne would be clearly visible. 

Brought the camera along and took a wealth of shots, out of which I selected the following three. 

Hope you enjoy.

#1 A view from the summit looking towards Dublin

#2 Another summit view, this time towards Wicklow

#3 Ths view was from the foot of the mountain, whereas the first two were unprocessed, this one I altered in Photoshop and confess I'm pleased with the way it turned out.

Thanks for viewing.
6  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: We need some of this! on: July 30, 2008, 01:36:49 pm
Great capture Paul, there were some violent thunderstorms in Dublin on Monday night, I didn;t hear them myself but was told the next day.

I love photos of lightning strikes as it really demonstrates the power and beauty of nature.
7  General Category / Photography / Re: A Cold February In Glendalough on: July 26, 2008, 08:35:59 pm
A lot higher than the peaks in Glendalough Roman. Cheesy
8  General Category / Photography / Re: A Cold February In Glendalough on: July 26, 2008, 06:41:35 pm
Here are a couple more shots taken the same morning.

#1 Shows one of those deer I mentioned, he seemed just as interested in me as I was in him.  I got in close and he wasn't spooked.



#2  This is part of the machinery left behind when the mine was abandoned in the 19th century I believe.  There is a manufacturers stamp in the side and if I remember rightly it was made in Wales.

9  General Category / Photography / Re: A Cold February In Glendalough on: July 26, 2008, 06:05:23 pm
Not very high Roman, only a couple of hundred metres, though they are steep and require strong calf muscles to get there.  There are two routes to the waterfall at the centre of the image, either to the left or to the right.  The right route is gentle to begin with, passing an old miners' village and then gets quite steep.  The left route is the opposite, very steep initially and then level for the most part.

At this time of year Glendalough is very busy with tourists coming to see the round tower and old monastic site.  I prefer winter, or late in the evening when there are fewer folk and you get a real sense of the place.
10  General Category / Photography / Re: Pavement Art on: July 25, 2008, 08:52:14 pm
You get a load of Jackson Pollocks. Cheesy
11  General Category / Weather & Atmospherics / Re: Next Week's weather on: July 25, 2008, 08:51:08 pm
That's for the partial eclispe isn't it?
12  General Category / Introductions / A Big Thank You To Paul Evans on: July 25, 2008, 08:40:08 pm
Hi there

As a relative newbie to photography I have taken plenty of photos, but have had nowhere to display them, until now.  I would like to extend a huge thank you to Paul for setting up the site and allowing me to display my humble efforts.
13  General Category / Photography / Re: A Cold February In Glendalough on: July 25, 2008, 08:36:42 pm
Thanks guys.

In shot #2 they are clouds, seeing as the original plan of the moon and the tower was shot down I was hoping that maybe the rising sun would illuminate the top of the mountains in a nice red glow, but that was not to be either.

There is indeed a waterfall up there Paul, it's a bit of a hike though, well worth the effort for all that.  There is another smaller waterfall that is easier to access just of to the left of where #2 was shot, it's not large.  The view from the waterfall down the valley is wonderful taking in both lakes and the valley walls on either side.

Get there early enough and the wild deer will be there to meet you, I saw a buck and a doe that morning no more than ten metres away and something like that adds to the experience.  I plan to do the same next winter, I would really like that moon/tower shot.
14  General Category / Photography / A Cold February In Glendalough on: July 25, 2008, 08:08:32 pm
Hi there

Last February 2 I was up before dawn and headed to Glendalough in Wicklow, a place I absolutely love.  My initial plan was to get a shot of the waning crescent moon behind the round tower, unfortunately it was cloudy, so another series of images was taken, of them I selected the following 3.

#1 Snow was clinging to the rock face above the valley, in Photoshop I removed the colout to produce the finished effect.



#2  This shot was taken from the shore of the upper lake towards the waterfall, the rock face on the previous image is seen on the left.



#3  This shot was taken on a trail above the lower lake, again it was tekn in colour and I removed it in Photoshop, in winter there is so little colour that the black & white gives a better effect.  IMHO.



Thanks for looking.
15  General Category / Photography / Re: A few shots with a new camera! on: July 25, 2008, 10:15:58 am
Very nice Paul, but shot #5 was ruined by some **** getting in the shot. Grin
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