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Atop of Ireland

Few weeks ago we finally manage to organize a hike to the highest peak in Ireland the Carrauntoohill mountain in county Kerry. I have been planning to go for ages now the only problem was to find a day when we are off work and the weather is acceptable.

We arrived at Cronin’s Yard where we left the car and started the hike

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Soon enough the path disappeared completely and we had to rely only the basic directions I got from the net the night before. I had certain points with coordinates we had to pass but even I thought the path will be more clear.

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I have chosen the O’Shea route with the most scenic views but also higher in difficulty.

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Carrauntoohill left and Hag’s tooth on the right, the O’Shea route is in the middle
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some parts required “light” climbing
After reaching the first flat level the hike became bit more steep…

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And then in a typical Irish fashion the weather changed from clear sky to a huge hailstorm and in a matter of minutes the landscape changed slightly and the temperature dropped significantly.

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Through an dried out waterfall we climbed to another flat level but the climb was not over…

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Almost on top now we took the opportunity to take few pictures as it looks another storm is coming our way. The hike was bit more difficult than anticipated but the view from top was well worth it.

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The highest sheep in Ireland about 1000m above sea level.
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We made it to the top together with a big storm which turned the visibility to zero

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the only picture not taken by me. Nice old Canadian lady took it before hiking to four more peaks nearby making us look like amateurs. (note the scarf on leg is holding my pants together)
Towards the top I managed to rip my pants just when the temperatures reached bellow zero so I was literary freezing my ass off. I hold them together with my scarf for the rest of the hike.

Luckily the weather improved on the way down. But using my phone for navigation and picture taking depleted my battery and I did not bring my big camera with me so I just enjoyed the hike. We took a longer route back but less difficult giving us a chance to see some more of the scenery.

The whole hike took 8 hours after I had to drive for an hour to Cork and going straight for a night shift for another 8 hours. I was really tired but happy tired…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

Lately all I manage on my blog is to respond to the Weekly Photo Challenge but at least it is some sort consistency and maybe soon I will be able to post some of my fiction writing as well. Who knows anything is possible.

I was attending an evening class and we were supposed to bring 10 photographs with the theme ‘Nature’. The one condition was that each has to be different (subject, composition, style) and I thought I should have one close up of a flower and these were my 4 candidates

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Which one did you think I chose?

On the way to the K-Fest

Last weekend we went to Killorglin a small town in county Kerry with lots of abandoned buildings which were transformed for the weekend into exhibition spaces, theater stages and concert halls by artists from all over Ireland. As a part of Camden Palace – an artists community centre in Cork we also took over one such building. I mentioned before that i look after a art house cinema and I was showing some animated poetry film at two. The country around Killorglin is just beautiful so even though we stayed only few minutes drive away from the town we decided to take a scenic detour through Gap of Dunloe. And On the Way we came across few obstacles…

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You shall not pass

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They came into the road, stopped until I take a picture and continued on…
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Its one of the famous Irish “I dare you” road signs.
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We almost did not make it on time but it was worth the trip.

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Post-apocalyptic visions

I am working (or will be – go procrastination) on a series of photographs that capture images as if in a post-apocalyptic world. Whenever I pass a broken down car or a overgrown abandoned lot I have to take a picture. I have this vision for a series but right now I concentrate on my art house cinema and the festival we are creating in Cork so it remains a vision. Hopefully since I publish the plan I will have an incentive to do it.But I do have some images that I could share…taken in various parts of the world. They are not quite making my vision justice but here they are anyway.

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in response to Photo Challenge – Broken

One more for the motion

I hope you forgive me that I write another post for this week’s photo challenge. I just would like to share with you this very cool photoshoot my friend David organized to show us how to use multiple flash set up in a studio photography which was very helpful and interesting. Even more so because the model Vera brought her little toy with her – LED hula hoop. And with a combination of flash and slow shutter speed we were able to get some nice images. The ones David did were much nicer of course but I am quite proud about few of mine as well. I felt very professional with all the flashes and remotes, umbrellas and soft boxes and of course a model.

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This is the lovely Vera without the hoop with a three flash set up.
in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

During our recent trip to Costa Rica (which was absolutely amazing btw), there were many things in motion and lots of it was difficult to catch. For example these hummingbirds.

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You should see the amount of failed photographs. My girlfriend was already anxious to go, but I needed at least one semi-good one. I read somewhere they are the only bird species that can fly backwards on account of their aerodynamics and wing flatter speed (is that what it is called?). Later I took a night walking tour in the rain forest and we have seen one hummingbird sleeping on a branch. Only its beak was sticking out. The guide said it is because it is so long they could hurt themselves when they would try to tuck it in like other birds do. We obviously did not want to disturb them with flash so no picture.

I did get some practice when still back in Ireland on my girlfriends parrots. (well they are not hers but her housemate left them when she moved to a different country and my girlfriend the all animal lover and protector had to take care of them)

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Animals in cages that is just wrong so at least they could fly around but I do not agree with keeping wild animals as pets in general. That is what I liked about Costa Rica, where all animals are state protected and you cannot hunt them or keep them as pets.

And after we explored the rain forest and volcanoes in the end we finally made it to the Pacific.

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my “bird”…also took many tries

But all this images are trying to freeze motion in the moment so i will post one final image from the city of Cork where I live which shows the motion in all its beauty.

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In response to Weekly photo challenge: Motion

The very very late bird

I am working nights so I am just on my way home when the sun starts coming up. Just before my last turn there is this view of the whole city of Cork but because it is Ireland it took me several days to catch the moment with clouds covering the sunrise.cork2

I heard about the photography club F22 who only shots with aperture set to 22 so that is what I went for as well.

response to the weekly photo challenge Early bird

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea and the Dursey Island

In response to weekly photo challenge from The Daily Post

Last Tuesday I visited the beautiful Dursey Island, a small island in West Cork, Ireland.

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You have to use the cable car to get over. The only cable car in Ireland and the only cable car over open water in Europe. It takes about 10 minutes.

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