Ireland

The winter loop

Coumshingaun Loop

The year 2020 ends with a bang. I was invited by Colm Cheevers to join a group to walk the Coumshingaun Loop. A walk that I have done several times. A pretty tough climb up but you are rewarded with spectacular views. This time the summit was covered in clouds so we knew that the views were very limited. What made it a really tough climb was the strong prevailing wind which made it more challenging. When we started there was a beautiful break in the clouds where we could see the rays of the early sun. When we were up, the landscape transformed in a winterwonderland. It was a white world around us, just stunning. What a way to end this remarkable year !! Thanks to the group for a perfect day and Colm for inviting me.

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Kilfarrasy

Kilfarrasy

One of my favourite beaches along the Copper Coast would be Kilfarrasy. Unfortunately I was not able to go to the coast during storm Aiden early November. When I went the day after, there was still some sting in the tail of the storm. The low sun of this season creates some nice light. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Woodstown

Woodstown

After 9 weeks lockdown due to Covid-19, I was delighted that I could finally set my alarm to go to Woodstown, not too far from where I live. The tide and sunrise matched perfectly for some early morning pictures between the oyster beds on Woodstown beach. Great to be out again in the early morning, witness the sunrise and be home again before everyone wakes up. I really missed this and I can’t wait for the lockdown is completely lifted.

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First outings with WCC

The first outing with the Waterford Camera Club

After moving to Waterford, I joined the Waterford Camera Club. A group of wonderful, talented and inspirational people. I will try to join the group outings as much as possible to share my passion of photography. During the first outing we explored the city for some night photography and some light trails.

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Sea of opportunities

Sea of opportunities

Here we are, settled in Waterford and having a great time with all the beautiful people here. As we visited Waterford so many times the last 18 years, it feels like home. After saying goodbye to photoclub VeluweOOm in the Netherlands, I was happy to join the Waterford Camera Club (WCC) where I received a very warm welcome. A great club with wonderful and very talented people.

In my last post I mentioned how great is was to have those beautiful woods on your doorstep in the Netherlands. The situation here is much different as Ireland is one of the EU countries with the least amount of woods. In return we get stunning coastlines and breathtaking landscapes, it really opens up a sea of new opportunities for me. During the first 2 months I visited the coast a couple of times and I would like to share some of the images with you. Hope you like them. Enjoy.

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Ireland July 2019

Ireland July 2019

A short trip to Ireland this time and also half of the time for work. So not many opportunities for exploring with my camera. Still I managed to make some pictures of the River Suir Bridge in Waterford (something that was on my list a long time) and some images taken at several spots along the coast like Garrarus, Benvoy, Ballydowan and Cheekpoint. This time also on my list was a visit to Lismore castle in the west of the county.

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River Suir Bridge Waterford

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Copper coast dec 2017

Irish Copper coast December 2017

 

As with every Christmas, we were at home in Waterford Ireland. It is a great time of the year to spend some quality time with family and friends.

Also for photography it is a great time. You don’t have to wake up that early to see the sun rising and because the sun will stay rather low, light conditions are pretty good.

When I’m in Waterford I always try to meet with my friend Owen O’Grady, this year was no exeption. We met at Kilfarresy Beach. Owen has complete different approach regarding photography, where I go normally for some drama, Owen will go for minimal. Check his website: http://www.owenogrady.com for his collection of fine art.

Here are some pictures taken on Kilfarrasy that day.

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Copper coast in mono

During the last week of March this year,  I visited Waterford Ireland. Obviously I hoped for some great photo opportunities to test my new Nikon D750 along the Copper coast. Unfortunately the weather was far from great, it rained continuously for 3 days. But I managed to get some pictures of this magnificent coastline and together with my Irish friend Owen O’Grady, I went to the oyster beds on Helvick, just outside the coast of Dungarvan. Thanks Owen for bringing me there!!

As I just joined a workgroup ‘black and white’, so I decided to turn the pictures in mono. Hope you like them.

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Garrus beach Ireland

This June, I visited Ireland again and in the late afternoon of the 20th I went to Garrus beach, just a couple of kilometers west of Tramore. Again a wonderful spot of the Copper coast which stretches from Tramore to Dungarvan. This geopark is still undiscovered territory for most of the tourists. After being chased by some bulls, I managed to get on top of the cliffs and witnessed a spectacular view. At first it was cloudy but just before the sun was setting, it peeked through the clouds creating beautiful light over the scene. I definitely will come back in winter time when the sun will rise over the sea (and the bulls are gone).

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Waterford in monochrome

Please find a series of scenes in Waterford in black/white. The pictures where taken last month at the Copper coast, Counshingaun Lough and Woodstown. The series ends with an exception: Hook Head.

This will be the last series of my visit last month to Ireland, hope you enjoyed the series of this beautiful country. Hope there will be a lot more series of Ireland in the future.

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