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Compose yourself!

Some people complain about Irish weather, but I love it. Okay, it could be warmer; but living along the coast and seeing the weather coming and going is nothing short of amazing.

One adage of photography I keep in mind is "Compose and wait." In making this photograph, I waited, albeit a fraction of a second, for the gull to intersect with the rainfall over County Clare, which I think makes all the difference.

This photograph also offers a lot in terms of discussion about reading a photograph. That will be a discussion in the near future. For now, consider it food for thought. Have a look at the leading lines and the balance. It's not the world's greatest photograph, but it has certain merits, informed by those characteristics.

The take-away here: Sometimes all it takes is being there at the right moment. Other times it's about waiting for the moment to happen.

Up Through the Fall

Dappled light through golden leaves shot upward into our maple tree. The leaves are falling faster this year than last - has anyone else noticed this? Some forecasters say this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years. They say the dramatic change is connected with the speed of the Gulf Stream, which they say has shrunk in half in just the last couple of years. Nothing to do but enjoy the Fall.

Autumn Equinox

But wait -- there was no full moon on the 23rd of September (which was the equinox). True, and well-observed. I actually took this photograph in full sun at mid-day. Shooting directly into the sunlight caused the silhouetting, which I increased somewhat in post. It didn't take a lot of processing -mostly I increased the contrast in the sky, and the result is quite satisfyingly dramatic. Day for night, Spring for Autumn. It's all about what it evokes.

The Incredible Lightness of Bee-ing

As part of our summer holidays we drove from New Jersey to North Carolina in the USA. Along the way we stopped at a beautiful rest stop on the Blue Star Memorial Highway in West Virginia. While we were stretching our legs, I occupied myself wandering around the beautiful gardens, where I stopped to admire some busy bees enjoying the echinacea flowers. Look at that guy in the air – a marvel!

Day’s Eye

The name 'Daisy' came from the old name 'Day's Eye' as the flowers opened at dawn and closed at dusk or in dull light. So it's a bit of magic to show one in the blackness. Happy Midsummer! Even in Galway the sun is shining. Enjoy

Wild Iris Rogue

This time of year marshy fields are filled with wild yellow irises, which I just love. So, yesterday, into the bog with me, where I stood with wet feet photographing the blossoms, which seem to attract this particular type of winged rogue. I have some nice shots of the iris blossoms (this shows just a stem and a dangling capsule casing) which will be part of an upcoming collection-- but this fella I could not resist.

Happy Trails

Yesterday, the first of May, was the Celtic festival Lá Bealtaine. Bealtaine is considered a cross-quarter day, marking the midpoint in the Sun’s progress between the spring equinox and summer solstice. We celebrated the day and marked the beginning of summer by going down to beach and watching Irish traditional boats race in Galway Bay. The wind was fierce, which was good for the hookers – Irish fishing boats with sails; but not so good for the Currach rowers who were fighting the choppy tide. I took this shot this morning. Nothing says summer like garden snails.
Céad míle fáilte roimh an samhradh: A hundred thousand welcomes to the summer!

Great Blue Heron

Another perfect weather day in Galway! Spent a lovely peaceful morning admiring this gorgeous guy picking crabs. He let me approach him slowly over a matter of minutes, and didn't seem fussed. Until a person came by with a dog. All in all, a much better way to spend the day than watching the nuptial circus on tv.

Cultivating the Beautiful

“By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.” — Robert A. Heinlein

I was headed into the forest this morning to take photographs of the bluebells – you can see them in the background – when this happened. What a lucky capture! It’s difficult to focus on something so small that it almost isn’t there – while it’s moving. Post processing consists only in a minor adjustment of colour.