Abstract, Beach, Canon 20D, Ireland, Kerry, Look up, Photos, Sigma 10-20, Sky

Through the long grass

Hard wind worn grass grows by the beach at Wine Strand in Co. Kerry. I think this is perfect in black and white.
The blue sky was amazing but the light and shadow of the grass stands out against the uniform background.

I shot my first sports stuff in ages yesterday. A few of us from Mallow Camera Club made it to the Cobh Ramblers game against Dundalk and had free reign to walk around the perimeter of the football pitch.
I was almost hit a few times by the ball, including one time near the goal when I was zooming in on the action, with the camera in burst mode. I spotted the ball heading my way in the frame and stepped to the side a lit second before the ball landed where I was standing. Phew. Got the pic too 🙂
More about the day’s shooting during the week!

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Baile na nGall, Beach, Canon 20D, Dingle, Ireland, Kerry, Landscape, Nature, Photos, Rocks, Sea, Sigma 10-20, Sky, Water

Yellow Walking Man

An arrow points the way for walkers near Wine Strand on the Dingle Peninsula. Across the water is Ballydavid or Baile na nGall.

Beautiful clear skies, lovely calm water. Ideal weather.

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Canon 20D, Dingle, Ireland, Kerry, Landscape, Nature, Photos, Sea, Sigma 10-20, Sky, Water

Dingle

The town of Dingle, or “An Daingean” as it’s officially known as now. The name change has upset many local people who mourn the loss of their identity and fear that the brand recognition of the name Dingle will be lost on (mostly American) tourists who flock here through out the summer.

The 2005 Placenames Order changed the name and it’s an utterly silly law. Yes the town is in an Gaeltacht, the Irish speaking part of the country. Yes, more people (hopefully?) speak Irish in those parts than in others, but a region does not survive on it’s own without interaction with non-Irish speaking people. I’m all in favour of An Gaeilge but this law is wrong.
Luckily, locals have stencilled the word “Dingle” back onto most signage but they missed a few signs here and there.

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Beach, Canon 20D, Dingle, Ireland, Kerry, Landscape, Nature, Photos, Rocks, Sea, Sigma 18-200, Water

The waves at Couminole

Waves about to crash down on the nearby rocks at Couminole Beach on Slea Head, Co. Kerry.

Originally this was in colour but it lacked punch. Converting it to black and white and slightly overexposing the blue channel created this dramatic scene.

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Autumn, Canon 20D, Dingle, Ireland, Kerry, Landscape, Photos, Sigma 10-20, Sky

Sunlit Grassy Slopes

Tough grass that’s lovely and springy to walk on edge to the horizon where a cloud floats serenely in the blue sky. Life is good!

This is taken close to this photo of the same slope but the mood is completely different.

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Beach, Black and White, Canon 20D, Ireland, Kerry, Photos, Sigma 10-20, Sky

Windswept grass and fence

The tough grass by a beach in Kerry grows thick on this hill, bounded by a wire fence to keep curious people like myself at bay!

This is an experiment for me. I thought the b/w treatment would work well as the image is full of texture, lines and shadow. What do you think? Another similar one to follow tomorrow.

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Blarney, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Look up, Photos, Sigma 10-20, Sky, Urban

The Irish Tricolour

The Irish Flag, or Tricolour hangs outside the Muskerry Arms Pub in Blarney. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Ireland

The beautiful weather recently provided a perfect opportunity to shoot outside. Yay!

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Animals, Blarney, Canon 20D, Cork, Dogs, Garden, Ireland, Photos, Sigma 18-200

Shih Tzu in flight

My Shih Tzu Oscar just after he picked up the ball I threw for him!
Most dogs have a strong fetch instinct but Oscar’s was hidden away until we discovered it earlier this year. Now he loves the phrase "where’s the ball Oscar?"

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Candid, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Oliver Plunkett Street, People, Photos, Sigma 10-20, Street, Urban

Sitting around at the GPO

Teens sit around on the limestone blocks on Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. That’s the Post Office in the background and the infamous Hi-B Bar to the left where you can be thrown out or verbally abused if the eccentric owner doesn’t like the look of you!

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