Dún Chaoin Pier (Dunquin) Ireland

Dunquin PierFinally back from our Ireland trip and it didn’t disappoint apart from the odd heavy rain and gale force winds but that’s what you expect from the emerald isle isn’t it?

Loads of images to post so I’ll start with one of my fave places Dunquin Pier or (Dún Chaoin) as it’s pronounced and sign posted locally which means Caon’s stronghold.

Bit from Wiki below.

There is dramatic cliff scenery, with a view of the Blasket Islands, where Peig Sayers lived. A museum in the village tells the story of the Blaskets and the lives of the people who lived there including the well-known writers of the island, which includes Sayers, Tomás Ó Criomhthain, and Muiris Ó Súilleabháin. In 1588, when the Spanish Armada returned via Ireland many ships sought shelter in the Blasket Sound — the area between Dún Chaoin and the Islands — and some were wrecked there. A memorial stands on the cliffs overlooking the site.

Scenes from the 1970 film Ryan’s Daughter were shot at Coumineole Beach and Ceathrú (Caharhoo) in Dún Chaoin. The town’s then-struggling economy was largely revived by the production of the film.

It was in Kruger’s bar in Dunquin that CAMRA was founded in 1971.

I had been to the site earlier in the day and did some test shots handheld to get a real feel for the place, it’s quite a height and you can see where the cliff top is eroding badly and is certainly dangerous. Extra care is needed where the final shot was taken as you can easily fall from three sides and I had my tripod tied down to a peg in case it slipped and fell.

I turned up a good hour early for this sunset shot primarily to prevent anyone else from taking the prime spot, I know it’s not good sportsmanship but I have come a long way to get this shot and with the conditions being perfect I wasn’t going to miss it for anything, as it happens only a couple of people came and went down the track and back up again then went away before sunset so mission accomplished I had the whole vista to myself.

Kit used

Canon 1DX

EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM 19mm

F18 for 3.2s

.6 ND glass

Reverse grad Singh Ray

UFO Doctor Doctor on my headset (always helps)

Loads more to follow though I’ll probably space them out as I have a fairly heavy work load on now plus a training schedule to maintain.



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