Monday, November 29, 2010

Rossbeigh Beach, County Kerry

Rossbeigh Beach, is part of the Glenbeigh village at the Ring of Kerry. I went there last Saturday with one of my students in the Killorglin Community College, Sean Golden. Sean had shown photos from the Tower on the beach and the poor state of the structure made me interested to take some photos myself. The Tower used to mark the entrance to Castlemaine Harbour and is called also Castlemaine Beacon. The Tower is badly damaged and needs to be repaired urgently or it will fall very soon. I hope the work is carried out soon, otherwise this landmark is lost for good.
In the background is Dingle Peninsula, covered in snow.

If you go there beware of soft sand during low tide, you can sink in.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bray Head, Valentia Island, County Kerry - Winter Walk

 Dingle Peninsula  in snow

If you drive over the bridge from Portmagee turn left and after passing the monument for the Transantlantic Cable you turn left again and park your car on the left. You walk a nice and easy walk up to Bray Head from where you can see in all directions including the Skelligs and Portmagee.
 This is a spot for fantastic panorama shots and the sheep are always close. Be careful at the edge of the land.
This morning we had this wonderful view of the Kerry mountains covered in snow.
Its only a 20 minutes drive from the Ring of Kerry.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Kerry Mountain during the Winter

Derriana Lake, Waterville, County Kerry

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stormy Weather - Valentia Lighthouse, County Kerry

Storm force 9-10 over Ireland made me going to Valentia Island today. The region around the lighthouse is always a great place to take pictures of waves crashing against the rocks. I had to hold my tripod really tight and selected a setting of my shutterspeed not longer than 1/250 sec. On my way home I managed to take some shots of the sun trying to get through the clouds.
If you are  planning to do something similar, spend at least two hours working on your subject, you`ll be rewarded. Because of the strong wind a lot of photos will be out of focus or blurred. Remember to clean your front lens from time to time, the salt in the air lowers the contrast of the photos immensely. Cover the camera and lens between shots. Please do not go to close to the sea, the blustery winds and the waves are highly dangerous.
Clean your gear when you arrive at  home!