Monthly Archives: January 2009

Water & Rocks 2

I being going thru a Water and Rocks phase and I didn’t even know it because here is another one.
This image is from Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo late in the evening. It was taken on the same day as the Four Images post. The rocks are been lit by the last of the sun light before it dropped below the horizon. Again with this image as in the other water and rocks the contrast between the rocks and the misty look of the water is what makes this image work. A very simple composition but yet interesting. What do you think?

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Water & Rocks 2

I being going thru a Water and Rocks phase and I didn’t even know it because here is another one.
This image is from Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo late in the evening. It was taken on the same day as the Four Images post. The rocks are been lit by the last of the sun light before it dropped below the horizon. Again with this image as in the other water and rocks the contrast between the rocks and the misty look of the water is what makes this image work. A very simple composition but yet interesting. What do you think?

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Water & Rocks

When I was up in Donegal last May. My god it’s nearly a year ago since I was up that direction. I will have to get back again some time this year. However this image don’t show you the wonderful landscape of Donegal but of water and rocks form Melmore Point, Rosguill, Co Donegal.

The story behind this image was a weekend trip away with Navan Camera Club in Donegal with our base in Downies. A couple of the members had never gone out before sunrise to take photo’s. So I made a couple get up and out of the hotel before 5:00 in the morning. We headed for Melmore Head for sunrise, but on this occasion the clouds didn’t play ball so a sunrise was out of the question. We turned our attention to more closeup/specific aspects of the shoreline. The light was still very low which made for long shutter speeds. In the above image you can see that the water has turned to misty effect. I like the way you can make out the rock surface below the water line in the foreground and compare this to the surface above the water. Also the flow of the water from the top left down to the bottom right and back again with the movements of the waves.

I was glad in the end that we didn’t get that magic sunrise. Why ? Sunrise, colour that’s not me. Also the other photographers who came out that morning got the bug and came out the next morning. They were rewarded with a very nice sunrise. Now there’s two more photographers who understand the “Magic Hour” of Light ( 30mins before and after sunrise/sunset).

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Water & Rocks

When I was up in Donegal last May. My god it’s nearly a year ago since I was up that direction. I will have to get back again some time this year. However this image don’t show you the wonderful landscape of Donegal but of water and rocks form Melmore Point, Rosguill, Co Donegal.

The story behind this image was a weekend trip away with Navan Camera Club in Donegal with our base in Downies. A couple of the members had never gone out before sunrise to take photo’s. So I made a couple get up and out of the hotel before 5:00 in the morning. We headed for Melmore Head for sunrise, but on this occasion the clouds didn’t play ball so a sunrise was out of the question. We turned our attention to more closeup/specific aspects of the shoreline. The light was still very low which made for long shutter speeds. In the above image you can see that the water has turned to misty effect. I like the way you can make out the rock surface below the water line in the foreground and compare this to the surface above the water. Also the flow of the water from the top left down to the bottom right and back again with the movements of the waves.

I was glad in the end that we didn’t get that magic sunrise. Why ? Sunrise, colour that’s not me. Also the other photographers who came out that morning got the bug and came out the next morning. They were rewarded with a very nice sunrise. Now there’s two more photographers who understand the “Magic Hour” of Light ( 30mins before and after sunrise/sunset).

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Carlingford Lough

An interesting image I have for you today taken a while back. This is an image of Carlingford Lough taken from near a place called Greencastle, Co Down, Northern Ireland. What we have here is Carlingford and it’s Mountains on the left in the Republic of Ireland and Greencastle and the Mourne Mt’s on the right in Northern Ireland. Two separate countries separated by the waterway on the same Island. This is not the time or place to go into the politics, but we now live in much peaceful time thanks be to god.

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Carlingford Lough

An interesting image I have for you today taken a while back. This is an image of Carlingford Lough taken from near a place called Greencastle, Co Down, Northern Ireland. What we have here is Carlingford and it’s Mountains on the left in the Republic of Ireland and Greencastle and the Mourne Mt’s on the right in Northern Ireland. Two separate countries separated by the waterway on the same Island. This is not the time or place to go into the politics, but we now live in much peaceful time thanks be to god.

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Linux Tree

Well this is a first.
Today I went for a walk in Ardgillan Castle with the family and got a nice walk around before the clouds and rain rolled in. The above image was hand held using the Canon G10 compact camera.
What I mean by first is that I only used free software to do all my work from converting the RAW into a black and white Jpeg. By the way if you clicked on the link to Ardgillan Castle above the tree to the left of the castle is the above tree.

Here is the techno details:
OpenSuse 11.1 operating system on a 2year old laptop.
Raw Therpee to convert the RAW into 16bit Tiff.
Gimp (ie photoshop) to convert the 16bit into 8bit Jpeg.
Channel Mixer to convert to B&W.
Added a bit of noise to look like old fashion film grain.
The end result above.
The total cost of the above : Nothing (zero euro)

I would be interested to hear form anybody else who uses Linux for their photography.
So will I be giving up my Mac’s with Lightroom and Photoshop? No, not just yet. But it’s interesting times ahead for the free software enviroment.

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