Middle Cove Frozen

MiddleCoveWaterfallOne of the local novelty attractions of the year is the frozen waterfall down at Middle Cove beach. I finally got down to it at the weekend to take some shots before it melted. Unfortunately many others had the same idea and there was a constant flow of people taking photos and selfies in front of the falls. Thankfully I had thrown my long exposure filters in the bag before leaving and decided to set up for 2 minute exposures which blurred out most of the people except those who stood in the same spot. That happened in this shot but what was weird was the fact that it appears the person standing in the shot didn’t move a muscle for at least a minute of the two. I don’t remember anyone like that, a couple of other photographers with monopods and the like but none where someone just stood arms at their sides. It’s a bit spooky.

On a side note, I recently had a bit of a problem with my WordPress installs, they got wiped in an upgrade and though my hosting provider manager to restore from their own backups I still took the opportunity to revamp the template for my blog. Then because I am a real glutton for punishment I decided to reformat my laptop so it took me a while to get back up to speed again, especially since I forgot to copy over my Lightroom Presets and Templates, which are not stored with the catalogs, so I had to go hunting through Time Machine backups. Lesson learned.

 

St John’s Snow

StJohnsSnow-1We went up Signal Hill last weekend at the end of the Christmas holidays to take some photos of the city with snow on the ground. Initially I wanted to take photos of Cabot Tower with the star still lit up but the sunset over the city was nicer.

This is the start of real winter. it was -8 with a windchill of -18 according to the radio. That’s only the beginning, we are forecast to have the first winter storm of the year this week, up to 70cms of snow on Thursday. It should be interesting.

Moon

After hearing of the death of Neil Armstrong on Sunday I went out to take some photos of the half moon on a very clear night. It was my first attempt and I liked the result especially since I was using an old Sigma 70-300 lens. It was on a tripod which helped and the air couldnt have been better.

Church

A photo from our trip to Kerry a few weeks ago. We were driving along on the Ring of Kerry and came across this church. There is a little car park in front with cars in it which was ruining the shot but by walking up the path a bit I found this angle which took the cars out of the image. I did kind of freak out my wife who was taking her own photos and turned around to find I had vanished. 🙂

The church itself reminds me of churches in Newfoundland, especially with the landscape around it.

Cliffs of Moher

Another photo from our trip to the west last year, the Cliffs of Moher. At first the weather was so bad it was hard to get any photos but after a bit of time in the visitor center and a late lunch the rain had cleared and we were able to see the cliffs.

Hopefully next weekend I’ll have some new photos to post, it’s St Patricks Day after all. Plus we’re hoping to do a trip to Kerry soon, at this stage I’m pretty tired of taking photos around Dublin.