Monday, November 28, 2011

Certificate Night Tech Amergin,Waterville

Paddy Bushe introducing the musician

Congratulation to Allen, John, Derarca, Deirde, Eva, Aislinn and Paul for a finishing their Fetac level 5 digital photography course with great results. Again all my students finished with distinction. After the presentation one of the best musicians of Ireland, Brendan Begley took the stage and performed together with his son Brian. Brendan launched his new cd and played and sang  some wonderful tunes. You can order the cd on his website:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gougane Barra with the South Kerry Camera Club


The camera club went to Gougane Barra today to take photos of the lake and chapel and the mountains. The day was a bit overcast but still very good for photos and we all had a good day out. Thanks again Claude to show us the way to Gougane Barra and  The Gereagh on the way home. The dog in the photo was not part of our group but a nice addition to the photo anyway. Here is a short copy of a text from wikipedia:

Gougane Barra (Irish: Guagán Barra, meaning "the rock of Barra")[1] is a settlement, west of Macroom in County Cork, Ireland.
The name Gougane Barra comes from Saint Finbarr, who is said to have built a monastery on an island in the lake nearby during the 6th century. The present ruins date from around 1700 when a priest called Denis O'Mahony retreated to the island. During the times of the Penal Laws, Gougane Barra's remoteness meant that it became a popular place for the celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass.
Afforestation of the area around the settlement began in 1938 and Gougane Barra is now home to a 1.42 square kilometre forest park which is home to a number of mammal and bird species.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Workshop Church Island, Waterville Lake

After a couple days of strong downpoor the morning cleared and we went to Lough Currane or Waterville Lake for the workshop on Church Island. Paddy Bushe came with us and gave us again very valuable information about the history of the monastery and Finion´s cell. The day was just perfect and we were all happy about the light and the warm day.  A big thanks to Neill O`Shea for the ferryservice to the island. November weather in Kerry can be very unsettled, we were all lucky today.

To finish the day, I went for a walk to St.Finians Bay in the Glen and was rewarded with a great evening of amazing light. My dog was happy too and went for a dip in the sea.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Valentia Lighthouse, Cromwell Point

The camera club was visiting Valentia Lighthouse yesterday, my second time. The tower and its surrounding is a wonderful photolocation, not open to the public though.
I took a lot of detail photos and noticed that the other people  were all done and I haven´t even managed to go to the lantern and the balcony.
I rushed up, took some photos and some on the way down and changed the photos to blacK&white.  Thank you very much Richard for making it happen again, I hope we get another chance.