…photographs by an American living in Ireland

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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.


Here comes the rain


14.January 2011 It was a beautiful sunny morning, the sky the colour of lapis lazuli. I was walking along the shore listening to Ella Fitzgerald and watching the windsurfers rocket across the bay when the sky went black. A massive gale blew this huge rain cloud up along the coast from the west (bottom right). I waited under a pine tree until the cloud passed over me, and then I moved out and took this photo of Silverstrand (center of the photo) getting a soaking before the cloud, passing with the tenacity of a subway train, moved on to do its damage elsewhere. The whole thing took less than ten minutes. Armin said it never rained at home, five minutes' walk away.

If you click on the image you will see it full-size. I stitched in a bit on the left from a second photo, taken at the same time to give a panoramic view. Other than that, it's unprocessed. You can even see a few raindrops on my lens. Oops.


Over the Rainbow…


…is another rainbow. Taken in my garden about 8am November 2010. Not a technically or artistically challenging photograph, but sometimes you just have to marvel at what is.


Rainbow by the prom


I took this photo on 18 August 2010 when we went for an evening walk on the Salthill promenade. Quite something to see the entire arc, even here in the land of rainbows!