Couminole View

Looking out to sea from the steep walkway down to Couminole Strand on Slea Head, the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry.

The film Ryan’s Daughter was filmed in this area and the beach behind me was featured in the gun running scene! Check it out on Youtube. About 2 minutes into the second clip you can see some of the rocks pictured above. The scenes where the IRA and locals run across rocks with waves crashing on rocks in the background was definitely not filmed on the same beach however. Even at low tide the beach can be crossed in about 4 steps.


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    Flickr: silyld October 3, 2007

    This is excellent – the light is just perfect πŸ™‚

    Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

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    Flickr: xeer October 3, 2007

    Thanks Silyld! We had a few days of beautiful weather and I must have taken at least 200 photos in the area!

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    Flickr: October 3, 2007

    magical. very nice. just as nice as ShotsAtRandom’s version taken at the same spot.

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    Flickr: Trostan October 3, 2007

    When I saw the thumbnail on my Contacts page, I thought to myself that this is familar. And how right I was. I have stood there, transfixed by the power of the Atlantic rolling up against the coast of Co. Kerry. Great shot, and I’m sure we’ll see many more from the "200" which you shot. Well done !

    Here’s mine

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    Claire October 3, 2007

    Wow! What a stunning shot Donncha, such beautiful depth to it.

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    Andy October 4, 2007

    This photo look surreal. Truly a talented shot!

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    Flickr: DjMagra October 3, 2007

    Wow, super, super shot Donn, congrats! πŸ™‚

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    Flickr: Pete Connolly October 3, 2007

    That’s a fantastic shot Donncha. I love that part of the world and you’ve done it justice here. Nice one πŸ™‚

    Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

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    Flickr: foolswisdom October 3, 2007

    One of the most amazing photos I have ever seen!

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    Flickr: xeer October 3, 2007

    Wow, I’m quite overwhelmed with the response to this image! Thanks everyone for commenting! I had just pushed Adam in his buggy up the steep slope from the beach and Jacinta was holding him when I took this shot but I wasn’t sure it would come out too well because I was so tired.

    I’m glad I stopped to take it now!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

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    Mary October 4, 2007


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    Flickr: ShotsAtRAndom October 3, 2007

    Thanks for the comment on my picture, I have to say I really prefer the moody sky from your shot. It really is a great spot for taking pictures tough.

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    Kirsten October 5, 2007

    Oh that photo is so beautiful! You are one talented photographer!

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    siduahuruf October 7, 2007

    Wow… This is beyond beautiful…

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    Flickr: Alexander Kahn October 7, 2007

    Very well-composed and exposed. Any information about post-processing?

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    Flickr: xeer October 8, 2007

    Thanks Alexander. Since you ask, I converted it to Jpeg using Bibblepro. The "Perfectly Clear" plugin in that converter did a really nice job of bringing out the detail of the image.

    Afterwards in the GIMP I duplicated layers, made the top darker to bring out the sky and used a layer mask to show the bottom sea+land layer. Unfortunately in the original there’s a lot of chromatic aberration on the join between land and sky but thankfully resizing hid that.
    For a final dramatic touch I used an Overlay layer with a black to transparent gradient to bring out the clouds even more.

    Hope that helps?

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    Flickr: sedoglia October 8, 2007

    Beautiful coloirs

    Seen in Emerald Island (?)

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    Flickr: Kieran McCarthy November 14, 2007

    A superb shot… and thanks for sharing the tips

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    Flickr: Mick h 51 May 6, 2009

    Super shot !

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