Peter

Killarney

Killarney

 

In November 2023 I went with ‘The Lads’ to Killarney for a couple of days. We stayed in the Black Valley, part of Killarney National Park, what a stunning place it is.

Beautiful lakes, stunning waterfalls, lush forests and historic buildings. Again a big success.

Please find some pictures below:

The Upper Lake

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Schoorl in Ireland

Schoorl in Ireland

The ‘Schoorl group’ is a group of friends sharing the same passion of photography. I’m proud to be part of this group and I can call them solid friends. Some 12 years ago we met on the high dunes of Schoorl in the Netherlands, hence the name ‘Schoorls group’. Maybe not the most fancy name but after the group became more solid, we just kept the name to remember the groups origin.

During the last 12 years we visited many places together, sometimes just for a day and at least once a year, plan a couple of days. What is so nice about this group is that everybody has their own unique speciality in photography hence we end up with completely different pictures at the end of the day.

After I immigrated to Ireland, there was always the idea to come over here. Covid postponed this idea but finally last year we could organize this. I was so looking forward to welcome them in our house and show them where we live now. It was so great showing the group the Copper Coast, Comeragh Mountains, Hook Head, Woodstown, introducing them them full Irish breakfasts, Shepherds Pie, Guinness and rugby.

It was such a pleasure to have them around and I have a feeling that this was not the last time.

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The Schoorl group

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Astro photography along the Copper Coast

Astro photography along the Copper Coast

 

Along the Copper Coast there is little light pollution. Only towns as Bunmahan and Dungarvan create some light pollution. So when there is a clear sky, combined with a new moon, the galaxy above us, really opens up.

To see the Milky Way, August/September is the best time of year. On the 12th of September, I went together with Jonathan Power, to Trá na mBó near Bunmahon and I took the shot that I had in my mind for a long time, the sea stack with the Milky Way.

Obviously this was not the first night I went to shoot the stars, so it is time to put some of the results in a ‘Astro blog’.

Hope you like them.

Trá na mBó

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Revisiting the Saltees

Revisiting the Saltees

My third time visiting this amazing world.

As mentioned in a earlier post about my first visit of the Saltees, I’m certainly not a twitcher but I like the challenges that bird photography bring.

I tried to be somewhat different in exposure (high key) and composition as there already so much high quality images taken by fellow photographers.

It remains a challenge to catch a flying puffin with sand eels, they are a bit to fast for me but I gave it a try (last image).

Thanks again to my photo buddies Fergus, Chris and Keith.

Chris introduced a group with Arunprasad from Kuwait and  Gustav, Marleen, Margreet and Heleen from the Netherlands.

It was a smashing day and it ended in style with fish ‘n chips at the Saltee Chipper in Kilmore Quay.

Hope you like the images.

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County Mayo

County Mayo

This year the ‘Awsome Photo Dudes’ were heading to Mayo for Paddy’s weekend. The weather forecast wasn’t brilliant but in the end the weather was great, it rained mostly when were not out with the camera. Mayo is a stunning county, beautiful coastline and inland some amazing scenery with hills, valleys and lakes. we stayed near the island of Achill, now world-famous because of the film ‘The Banshees of Inishiren’. An island that I certainly will return to. Thanks to the group for a great couple of days, it is always easy going with you guys. So thanks to Fergus, Steven, Keith, Darren, Chris and Steve for making a great memory again.

Hope you will enjoy the pictures.

Croaghaun West cliffs

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National Bird of Prey Centre

National Bird of Prey Centre

 

With the recently formed photogroup ‘The Viewfinders’, I went to the National Bird of Prey Centre at Rossborough House in Wicklow.

This was something completely out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

I actually had to check the manual of my camera because the settings of the camera are so different than when doing landscapes, especially when try to shoot them during flight.

Hope you enjoy the images

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Tollymore and more

Tollymore and more ……

Together with the Awesome Photo Dudes to Tollymore Forest Park, a stunning forest where the river Shimna runs through.

We stayed in Newcastle, a hub for other outings as well ….

Tollymore

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Kerry

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Visiting Kerry

 

Last May, Jacqui and I went for a couple of days to the beautiful county of Kerry.

The weather forecast was not that great but fortunately the weather turned really nice.

During the days we partly did the ring of Kerry and the ring of Dingle.

The beautiful landscapes with some dramatic cloudscapes is really up my alley.

Hope you like the images.

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Caragh Lake

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Donegal

Donegal

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During St Patricks weekend I went together with my friends Fergus Cooper and Keith Byrne to the northern county of Ireland: Donegal. Actually it was my first time after moving to Ireland, that I left the county of Waterford for photography. It was my first time in Donegal and a big thanks to Fergus who showed Keith and I almost all the interesting locations of the county. Fortunately the weather was great as well, contributing to an amazing couple of days. Also a big thanks to fellow Dutchman Chris van Twisk for organizing.

Please find a selection of photo’s below.

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IPF Distinction

IPF Distinction

While we were in lockdown during the first 100 days of 2021, I applied for the LIPF, the licentiateship of the Irish Photo Federation.

To be awarded, I had to setup a cohesive panel with 10 of my images. My panel and also the ten individual images were judged.

Normally this would be done with 10 prints during a live meeting, but because of restrictions, this was done via Zoom. One judge would check the prints and the other judges checked the electronic version.

The judges would vote anonymously and I’m delighted to say that I was awarded with the LIPF.

Thanks to Fergus Copper and Tommy Quilty, your support is much appreciated.

The panel I entered:

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