Aasleagh Falls

Another one from last weeks trip to Connemara.
3 exposure HDR  1/5, .8 and 3 seconds @ f18 and ISO 200. Tonemapped in Photomatix and converted in Photoshop. Several layer masks applied.
Nikon D90 / Nikkor 24-120.

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Dissapointment…

Went down to Waterford on “Paddys Day” and ended up on a beach near Dunmore East. After doing the usual, tripod mounted, 3 exposure bracked shots, I released the camera from its legs and fitted my 70-300 zoom. I love setting up my tripod and taking the time to compose a shot but I equally enjoy handholding the camera and not having to worry about bracketing or HDR. Anyway, as I walked along the beach, some nearby birds took flight. I quickly raised the camera to my eye and tracked the birds while clicking away. I was dissapointed when I reviewed the images on the camera. None were worth keeping but one in particular could have been very good (I think) except for part of one of the birds wings being out of the shot. Thats photography for you – part skill part luck.

Here`s the shot…Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300 VR.   f7.1    1/640    ISO 200. I did very little editing apart from converting to B&W and the usual levels and curves…

And here`s one I took before I put the tripod away….

It`s a 3 exposure HDR. 2 stops bracketed. f18  1/25  1/100 and 1/8  @ ISO 200. Tonemapped in Photomatix and tweaked in Photoshop.

Blessington again…

We went for a drive yesterday afternoon with the intention of parking somewhere and going for a stroll. “How about the lakes at Blessington” I suggested. It was agreed and we headed off. Half an hour later we were getting out of the car when I noticed my camera bag ;). “Better not leave that in the car I said”. I figured I would be pushing my luck if I grabbed the tripod as well so that stayed put. We set off on our stroll. The weather was good and I think I managed to balance conversation and photography fairly well :).

During our walk I noticed a lot of exposed tree roots where, I presume, the soil had been taken away by the high water levels. There were also a number of exposed tree stumps in the water which the low level had revealed. I thought these would make some interesting B&W photos. Here are some of the results….

The shots were fairly straightforward..all handheld in aperture priority. The light was bright so I was able to set a small aperture for best DOF (f18/22). Processing was in Photoshop.

For anyone who knows the area it`s well worth a visit. The car park is the one opposite the Russborough House entrance on the N81. After parking the car follow the shore past the fishing boats.