Thursday, June 12, 2014

Photo weekend with Galway and Killarney Camera Club

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Friday morning Portmagee Harbour

Skellig Michael
The Skelligs, Friday morning fog

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Fridy evening, Loher beach near Waterville

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Sunset shoot Loher beach

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Camera setting exchange after sunset

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Valentia Island cliffs, morning session

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Sea pink Valentia Island

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Cliffs near Bray Head

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Valentia Island cliffs

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Valentia Island cliffs

Valentia Island rock formation

Valentia Island, setting up at the edge

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Skellig Michael
Sunday morning, Puffins on Skellig Michael

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Skellig Michael, Puffins

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Skellig Michael, Puffins everywhere

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Puffin, Skellig Michael

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Rocks on Skellig Michael

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Skellig Michael, Puffins at the steps

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Skellig Michael, Puffins flying

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Rock formation, Skellig Michael

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Skellig Michael, rock formation, fog

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Leaving Skellig Michael

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Skellig Beag, Gannetts

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Skellig Beag, rock formation

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Skellig Beag, Gannetts

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Skellig Beag

Skellig Beag

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Seascape II

Seascape III

The June Bank Holiday weekend was a very busy weekend for the South Kerry Camera Club. We were hosting our first outdoor photography weekend and had the clubs from Galway and Killarney invited to visit South Kerry. After arriving in Waterville we had our first evening shoot at Loher beach, near Waterville. Next morning we met in Portmagee to part in to groups for different photo locations. Two young men from Knightstown brought a group over to Beginish Island where our club member John Dowd guided a photo walk to different parts of this remote island. In the meantime another group went towards Bray Head on Valentia Island to visist and to photograph the cliffs and rock formations on the north side of the island. We met at lunchtime in Knightstown to see the exhibition and photo sale that the South Kerry Camera Club had at Valentia RNLI Life boat station.The afternoon program continued with more scenic walks on Valentia Island and Beginish.
After finishing the walks we went back to Waterville to attend the opening of an art exhibition at Tech Amergin.
This exhibition shows paintings, ceramics, sculptures and mosiac works by different artist from the Sneem area. Our group used the opportunity to see a presentation from the Killarney Camera Club with some  stunning photograph at the library room in Tech Amergin.
Due to the overcast sky we decided to cancel the dark sky shoot and retired to the bars and pubs in Portmagee and Waterville.
The Skellig rocks were our destination on Sunday morning. The clouds were a bit low but we had a rather smooth journey to Skellig Michael. Some of the visitors did not feel to well after the sea travel but recovered soon. The fog was closing in but the island was full of birds and particular puffins. The puffins sat everywhere we walked and flew in and out all the time. I did not go to the monastery but decided to stay half way and look at the different rocks and landscape features in the fog.
On the way home we went over to Skellig Beag or Little Skellig with its 30000 pair of Gannets and seals. I think I get never tired looking at this place whatever the weather conditions are.
I believe everybody enjoyed the weekend and took some positive impressions home apart from many good photographs. I'm looking forward to the next meeting with one of the clubs either in Galway or Killarney. Maybe we can call it the foundation of an outdoor photography festival in Ireland one day.