Football on the beach

3 boys playing with a football on Garretstown Beach. The tide was coming in and I watched them kick the ball out into the water. The day was freezing though with a strong offshore wind. Brrrr.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 144mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s




  1. Reply
    Polly March 4, 2011

    As a mom, I have to say this one really pulls at my heartstrings. You have captured that “it” moment of kids, so absorbed in their play. And I love the technical aspects of this picture with the focus only on them, and the beautiful scenery in the background.

    Thanks for posting this one!

    (And of course, it’s cold, but one of the boys doesn’t even appear to have his shoes on, much less a coat…typical kids!)

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    Donncha March 4, 2011

    Thanks Polly! I felt the same. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them as I was wrapped up tightly against the cold and my son had a coat, hat and scarf on as he played around!

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    meegoh March 5, 2011

    It brings back childhood memories. Children are free of inhibitions and they really knows how to express themselves without pretensions. Thanks for the photo Donncha.

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    Liv O'Brien March 6, 2011

    I’ve just stumbled upon your blog and I love your photos. I like seeing your take on places that are so familiar to me!

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    Megan March 10, 2011

    Woah i love this, its so inspirational. i hope you dont mind but i realy want to use this as research for my GCSE art finals.

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