Saturday, 29 November 2008

Gougane Barra



Gougane Barra Forest Park, what a location, near Ballingeary (R584) Co Cork.
Too start with that's the Moon in the image and not a dust spot. The image was taken very close to mid-day and the Moon was still visible with a bit of waiting so that it was clear of the clouds. We had lovely side lighting and wonderful cloud formations, perfect conditions for once. The camera was tilted upwards to remove the lake as there was nothing of interest for the foreground. We walked further up the road and came across a fence which you just make out on the bottom left of this image. I will post that image later to give you another viewpoint.


Glengarriff Bay



This image of Glengarriff Bay looking out towards Bantry Bay was taken on the second day from the South West Trip with Peter last week. The weather was changing all the time with sun one minute and clouds the next. We found a path down to the waters edge just before you drive into Glengarriff village. I took a lend of Peters Lee Polariser filter to bring out the details in the rocks under the water rock pool in the foreground. As always the ND Grad filters were in use with this image and you can take it as written that this filters is always used for all my landscape images so as to hold the details in the sky.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Back from Cork



Well I'm back now from my few days down with Peter Cox. I was staying with Peter in a place called Ballingeary, Co Cork. We had a couple of long days of shooting and interesting weather. However the final day was a wash out with rain, low clouds as the above image shows, but was still able to get a couple of images and this shows you don't have to have blue sky's and fluffy white clouds to capture a moody black and white photo. In this image you can just make out The Caha Mountain range on the Beara Peninsula taken from the Co Kerry side.
You can look forward to more images from this trip including Gougane Barra (what a wonderful place ), Glengarriff and Bantry Bay.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Viewpoints Trip

I will be off-line until next week as I am heading down south to Cork to meet up with Peter and Carsten for a few days shooting in South West Cork. Lets hope the weather will be kind and we get a couple of keepers. 

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Mullaghmore Head



This image was taken on the far side of Mullaghmore Head looking out over Donegal Bay just before sunset. This was originally a colour print but decided to convert it to B&W using a different method than my usual Lightroom conversion. As this was already a high-res tiff file, I used Photoshop Channel Mixer with a overlay layer with some dodge and burn. I was some what surprised and pleased with the results. I will now have to got back to all my colour images I have of sunrise and sunset to see if any will look good this way. When I go out to shoot a location I have in my head the final b&w image I am looking for. I have found that just converting a colour image to b&w does not work the same way. However it has worked in this case so it may do so with other colour sunsets. I will keep you posted.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Another Donabte G10



Again another one from the same walk from Donabate Beach around the Headland towards Portrane. This is processed the same way as the previous post. Now I am hoping that Lightroom will be able to use the RAW files some time soon so that I can use my B&W conversion.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Donabate with G10




Well here is the first B&W image taken with the new Canon PowerShot G10 camera. I am very pleased with the results from this camera. However none of my programs can handle the RAW file format so this did not go thru my usual B&W Conversion Process in Lightroom etc...
I used Channel Mixer in Photoshop to do the conversion with Dodge and Burn tools.
The image was taken today while out for a walk on Donabate Beach. That would be Howth Head in the background on the horizon. I still like to use my filters and so I had to hand hold the ND grad filter in front of the lens while the image was taken. I think I will have to buy the Lens conversion kit and attach the filter system to this.
However this is just the second time out with the camera and while I did say in am email to a friend that I am selling all my 5D, 1D and lenses etc.. I will hold off for a little while yet. The results form this pocket camera are indeed wonderful, but a few more tests will have to be done. I got the camera for the reason it was used today and not to replace the DSLR's in the big backpack.............