Ireland

Getting it right in camera by Conor Cunningham

Eva and I were having breakfast on the penultimate day of our holiday in Ireland by a window with a view of Dingle and the hotel's gardens. I thought I'd get the owner Billy to take a photo of the two of us, because, well, that's what one is supposed to do on holidays. Thinking I'd be clever, I attached the flash to light to room whilst metering for the background. I Took a couple of shots, took a quick look at the resulting image, sligt adjustment, another few shots, another look and done.

I asked the owner Billy to take a couple of pics, which he obliginginly did and for which we thanked him, and then set about on our way.

It wasn't until today when reviewing the picture that I was going to send to a few people that I noticed all the hot spots from the flash.

A view of the water and the penisula where Dingle is located. Notice the horrible hot spots in the very centre of the window.

A view of the water and the penisula where Dingle is located. Notice the horrible hot spots in the very centre of the window.

Had I taken a few more seconds to properly revise the image on my camera's screen I could have adjusted the flash and bounced it off the walls, used a stofen or both. I could edit this in lightroom with a few mintutes work, but with only a few seconds work when taking the shot, I wouldn't have to get all fiddly with the image. That'll teach me for next time.

Matt Granger has a good video on youtube about fill light and stofens.

 

Christmas in Ireland by Conor Cunningham

I've been in Ireland for the past week, celebrating Christmas with my family and friends. Two days in Dublin, two days in Skibbereen, Cork and two days travelling around Kerry. Absolute cracker of a trip. I can highly recommend visiting both Cork and Kerry. Should you manage to get to western Cork, be sure to visit the village of Baltimore and make your way up to the beacon (below).

The view from the beacon at Baltimore. ISO 200, f/16, 1/6 second, CPL and Graduated ND4 filters.

Should you find yourself in Kerry like I did, be sure to drive the Ring of Kerry and make your way to Ballinskelligs. You'll find this beach there.

Ballinskelligs Beach, Ballinskellig. ISO 200, f/11, 1/125 second, Canon MKIII, 24mm - 105mm Canon L @88mm with CPL and ND4 Graduated filters.

Once you're done in Ballinskelligs, make your way via the back road to Portmagee. I can't stress the backroad part enough. The drive is nothing short of spectactular. There is also a signpost for a castle; drive on that road if you're up for some breathtaking views and flying seawater. With any luck you'll have good weather and be able to see the Skelligs (we didn't have marvellous weather, but it wasn't bad, either). Also, make you're way to the 'Most Spectactular Cliffs in Kerry'. You can't miss the signs.

Finnian's Bay (back road from Ballinskelligs to Portmagee). ISO 200, f/8, 1/160 second, Canon MKIII, 24mm - 105mm Canon L @24mm with CPL and graduated ND4 filters

Now that you're in Portmagee, get a bite to eat at the Bridge Bar. Unfortunately for me they were out of of Muprhy's (I was surpised they had it at all as we were in Kerry). Oh, and don't forget a trip around Valencia: spectactular!

Portmagee from Valencia. ISO 1000 (don't ask me why) f/7.1 and 1/320 second, Canon MKIII, 24mm - 105mm Canon L @24mm