Bray – Co. Wicklow

3 exposure HDR tonemapped in Photomatix and finished in Photoshop.
.5, 2.5 and 8 seconds @ f22 and ISO 200
Nikon D90 / Sigma 10-20


Dunmore East

Dunmore East is a small picturesque fishing village in the south east of Ireland 16 kilometres from Waterford city. It`s a great place for anyone starting out (like me) in bird/wildlife photography as there is a huge colony of  kittiwakes  in its surrounding cliffs.

f5.3 1/400 ISO 400

I had visited there a couple of times earlier in the year but yesterday I went on my own ;). I parked the car in the harbour right in front of a cliff with hundreds of birds so all I had to do was take out the camera and start snapping. I fitted my 70-300 Nikkor to the D90, choose aperture priority and selected f5.6 and continuous focusing to allow me to track the birds. The day was bright so I set the ISO to 400 which would give me a fast shutter speed to freeze the action. I soon realised that it was not going to be easy to get a decent shot. I was getting plenty but either badly framed or not sharp. I persevered for an hour or so and managed to get a couple of shots I was happy with…

f5.6 1/2000 ISO 400

f5.6 1/1250 ISO 400

f5.6 1/250 ISO 400

I got back into the car and drove to the beach, which was only a couple of minutes away. Took the tripod with me this time and went in search of some nice scenic shots. Most of my landscape photos are in portrait format (which is a bit of a contradiction), but I really like the depth that can be achieved using the Sigma 10-20 in the vertical position as long as I can include some decent foreground interest. Anyway after a couple of hours it was time to pack up and head home. Another enjoyable day. Here are some more images…

3 exposure HDR f22 1.6, .4 and 6 seconds @ ISO 100

3 exposure HDR f22 1.6, .4 and 5 seconds @ ISO 100

3 exposure HDR f22 1, 1/4 and 4 seconds @ ISO 100