Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The great light is back

   St.Finians Bay Beach , County Kerry

After some time, I went down the road to St.Finians Bay to take some photos in the evening. I noticed that the clouds  are getting the dramatic look again and the light has a different quality now. Except the noise of the sea I did not hear anything, the evening was mild and a soft breeze was moving the air. I´m going to Germany on Friday, I´m sure going to miss this.
If you are after pictures like this stay for an hour after sunset. A tide table is helpful too. the black and white editing was done in Lightroom 3. Try to balance the dark and bright weights in your image.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

First South Kerry Camera Club Exhibition

Angela from Tech Amergin sent me these informations about the opening night of our Camera Club´s first exhibition during Heritage week here in South Kerry.
You are all very welcome!
Promontory Fort or Portmagee Castle

"Just to let you know about Culture Night on Friday, September 24th. This event is organised by Tech Amergin Arts.

7:30 pm - South Kerry Camera club will open an exhibition of photos on an archaeological theme -Opened by John Sheehan (archaeologist)

8:00 pm - Heritage Iveragh will host a talk on archaeology and history of Iveragh - An overview with John Sheehan (archaeologist)

10:00 pm - South Kerry Astronomy group will host a talk and slide show on astronomy followed by weather permitting, an outside telescopic viewing

All events will take place at Tech Amergin, Waterville, Co. Kerry."

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Polaroid in Kerry, the Impossible Project

If you still own an old Polaroid camera and you would like to use it again, I have good news for you. Thanks to some enthusiastic people you can get film for some Polaroid cameras now and enjoy  a very different type of photography. The photos are not really sharp, the colours are rather strange ( you can have a kind of black and white film too) and you get only a single image, no negativ and it is rather small. Still, the whole thing is fascinating and the creations are very different from what photographs are looking today and I have to say I love this type of photography. I´ve ordered a sample pack of colour shade film on the website  and after some thinking and testing I found a suitable project: the old tractors in Kerry that are still in use everywhere, mainly by farmers to get the turf from the boglands home. Most of them are from the time when Polaroid was still very common, 70´s and 80´s machines with funny names and colours. I´m going to start taking pictures of them from now on and if you like to get your tractor photographed on Polaroid, get in touch with me.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Portmagee Castle Gate House in Reencaheragh

Last week I went for a evening walk with Elizabeth who kindly showed me the way to this interesting unspoild part of Portmagee. I had the Gate House seen from the boat on the way to Skellig Michael but somehow was never there. It is located near the coast and must have been a good point to watch the harbour entrance in its days. Most of it is badly damaged or gone but the Gate House building is still impressive. On one of the islands nearby is a burial ground visible from the mainland. bring a tripod with you for evening photos as the days are getting shorter now.