Tuesday, March 21, 2017

First outdoor shoot with my night class

Last Thursday was the first night I could leave the class room with my class in Tech Amergin Waterville to shoot some photos during the blue hour. We received new tripods recently that we tested and even did a bit of light painting using the torch of the phone.
In previous weeks my students prepared for long exposure settings and working with the tripods.
A welcomed light source was the local oil delivery truck that provided interesting lights on the near house wall and lane.
The warm tee afterwards in the Sea Lodge Hotel was a good way to finish the night.
©Michael Herrmann 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Walking near Glencar and Ballaghisheen

On the Kerry Way from the "Climbers Inn"

Caragh River

Forestry near Ballaghisheen

Photography is about exploration and a certain amount of curiosity. Walking gets you to places that you don't see from the car. Both locations above are proving samples. Only when walking the places I did notice the growing of trees in the areas. Living near the coast, we don't have many trees around here. The vertical lines of trees are a contrast to what i usually see. That kind of change in my visual routine is an interesting change.
If you are in the area consider a walk in to the woods.

©Michael Herrmann 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Flash Light Photography Workshop at Tech Amergin

The South Kerry Camera Club is organising a few workshops in the coming month. We are starting off with a 2 hour workshop about Flashlight Photography on January 24th. The events are open to everybody with an interest in photography. The fee is € 5.00.
The workshop will be held at Tech Amergin Waterville.

©Michael Herrmann 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Anthony Cronin - 28. Dezember 1928 † 27. Dezember 2016

from:  Statement by the Toscaireacht on the passing of   Anthony Cronin.

"Anthony Cronin was a poet. That is how he wanted to be remembered primarily. But as the moving spirit in the foundation of Aosdána, he was also one of the most significant figures in Ireland’s cultural history. He raised the public standing of the arts and, most especially, of the artist, to a level that no one of his generation would have thought possible. In part this was due to his understanding of history – in the 19th century a poet of genius like James Clarence Mangan lived and died beyond the notice of the state; in part it was due to his indignation that another poet of genius, Patrick Kavanagh, as well as many of Kavanagh’s contemporaries in other arts, such as the composer Frederick May, were reduced to poverty and treated as little better than outlaws. 

As Anthony Cronin dies there are many artists today in Ireland who can live and work in their native land because of what he did for them." 

You can read the full statement here

I discovered Anthony Cronin some years ago by listening to a radio program on RTE 1 called 
"Arts tonight" with Vincent Woods. During the program in which Anthony Cronin read from his poems and held an interesting conversation, reflecting on his life in Ireland and the arts.
It is still one of my favorite programs and you can listen to it here

A word about the photograph.
The signal tower on Rossbeigh beach, Glenbeigh was photographed in 2010. 
It has been left to be destroyed by the sea. In 2016 a replica of the tower was erected in the village.

©Michael Herrmann2017

Friday, January 06, 2017

Bolus Barracks Loop Walk

The best way to start a new year is to go for a nice walk. We are lucky as we have a great selection to choose from. We opted for the Bolus Barracks Loop Walk which was featured on this blog before. It is a rather easy walk with fantastic views over Ballinskelligs Bay, Dursey Island, Bull Rock, the Skelligs Rocks and up to Dingle and the Blasket Island.
The walk starts in St.Finians bay at the monument for the  US-warplane that crashed in to Skellig Michael in Februar 1944.
You find more details about the walk here
©Michael Herrmann 2017