Ross Castle – Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Ross Castle – Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

A beautiful place to visit especially if the weather plays fair as it did with this visit. Met a fabulous local photographer who gave me some great advise on local attractions including waterfalls and ruins. I’m a firm believer in always learning and striving to make the next shot better than the last, hope I’ve accomplished it…sales will tell.

The Irish images may not get a section of their own so sales will be by email only at this stage, thanks

Adrian

Ross Castle 2

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.

Adrian

 

Weight Loss Goal

Hi all

been a while since my last blog so I thought I’d better get back on the track as it were, been down a long road recently hence today’s image of The Dark Hedges in Ireland. My goal was to lose 2 stones initially and then move onto to losing another with full training. I’m pleased to say as of today I have lost 28.2lb so my 2 st goal in 6weeks 2 days. I have achieved this by no magical process other than eating less and doing more, walking a minimum of 15-20,000 steps a day, training 5 days a week and eating very healthily and NO cheating.

Do I feel any better, tough one but I guess pshycoligically yes I do and ever so slightly physically as I think my knees are certainly screaming “thanks big fella we needed that!”

So my next goal is an additional Stone before Ireland in April so 7 weeks, hopefully this again will be achievable with will power and support form my long suffering wife Jo, bless her x.

A word to those who think it’s impossible, IT ISN’T, I have done it and I am the worst at things like this, you just have to put one foot in front of the other and walk down that tree lined road, try it you ‘d be surprised.

 

Adrian

GOT

Callanish Standing Stones

Callanish-Standing-Stones Callanish Standing Stones

Circles of stone
The main monument is extraordinary – a cross-shaped setting of stones, centred on a circle of tall stones. At its heart stands a solitary monolith 4.8m high. Lines of smaller stones radiate from the circle to east, west and south. From the north runs an avenue 83m long, formed by two lines of stones that narrow as they approach the circle. Within the circle is a chambered tomb.

Numerous other ritual sites lie within a few kilometres. These are mainly more modest rings of standing stones, or single monoliths. The most impressive – Cnoc Ceann a’ Ghàrraidh and Cnoc Fhillibhir Bheag – lie just over a kilometre SE of the main Calanais ring, and originally consisted of rings of stones at least eight in number.

Ancient centre of power
Archaeological excavation in the 1980s proved that the main circle was erected 4,500–5,000 years ago, and the chambered tomb a few generations later. Around 3000 BC the climate in the Western Isles was warmer than it is today and the sea-level lower. Salmon ran in the rivers, deer, sheep and cattle grazed the surrounding hills, and barley grew on the broad ridge where Calanais stands. A cult or religion seems then to have swept through the British Isles, involving the building of large earthen enclosures (henge monuments), and impressive circles of timber or stone.

Astronomical observatory?
Why did our Stone-Age ancestors build Calanais? Our best guess is that it served as a kind of astronomical observatory. Patrick Ashmore, who excavated at Calanais in the early 1980s, writes in his insightful guidebook Calanais: The Standing Stones, published by Historic Scotland in 2002: ‘The most attractive explanation … is that every 18.6 years, the moon skims especially low over the southern hills. It seems to dance along them, like a great god visiting the earth. Knowledge and prediction of this heavenly event gave earthly authority to those who watched the skies.’

Lost and found
Around a thousand years after it was constructed, Calanais was abandoned. The area inside the circle was levelled. This may have been just ordinary agriculture, but it may conceivably have been ritual cleansing, ensuring that no inconvenient ancestors would return! The climate was changing around then too, becoming cooler and wetter. Gradually a blanket of peat covered the site, drawing a veil over the ancient power centre.

Renewed interest in the ancient circles emerged in the 17th century, by which date the people of Lewis were calling the standing stones fir bhrèige (‘false men’). Gradually a more scientific attitude took hold, and in 1885 the main circle was taken into State care.

 

Info from historic Scotland

Coniston Snow Boats

Coniston-Snow-BoatHi all

how are we all coping with this wet weather? been miserable hasn’t it. Since passing my CAA PFAW drone license I haven’t had chance to fly and have a few jobs lined up ready for the new business start up in January so I better get some practice in real soon.

We’re going to be running a full marketing campaign in the new year and would appreciate all the help we can get from all my FB and Website friends, the more shares and likes we get hopefully it will generate web traffic and possible requests for quotes from potential clients.

The website is 360shots.co.uk and is set to be a doorway only site, I don’t want a tell all show all site that takes hours to trawl through, I think we have a happy mix of having and impact and giving clients to information on one screen and then the opportunity to get in touch, what do you think? love to hear your opinions on it.

Shot today is from Coniston a few years ago at the end of March, yup the end of March, incredible isn’t it, we got snowed in for 3 days there. Still can’t think of much better places to be stuck can you.

 

Catch up soon

 

Adrian

Wicklow Mountains

Wicklow-Mountains-ValleyHappy Monday morning all

certainly a little bit cooler this morning and a frost on the ground, so I thought we’d appreciate a warmer looking image for today’s upload. This one form my recent Ireland trip and is of Wicklow Mountain valley pass, an absolutely stunning location with a  little of everything for everyone.

The drive up there is as stunning as the summit view, i should have got Jo to drive as I nearly crashed HuMo (Husky Mobile) twice. It gets quite busy up there so we had to hang around a while while the hoards  dissipated a little.

Planning has started on next years Ireland trip West and South West is the plan, we’ll spend a little more time in one place this time until I get the required shots. This years trip was more a reccy so I had to take what I could weather wise and as we all know Ireland is very green and lush for a reason…..yup very wet too.

Here’s hoping for plenty of the white stuff this next few weeks

 

Adrian

The Battle of Curlew Pass

HorseThis will be my last update for a while while I get my workload down and complete my CAA license for the drone pilot so apologies if I don’t pick up on any of your posts for a while, I’ll try and check as and when I can.

Today’s image is the chieftain statue at Boyle, Co Roscommon ~ Unveiled in 1999, this ‘Chieftain’ is overlooking the site where the Battle of Curlew Pass was fought 15th August, 1599. The Battle of Curlew Pass was fought between an English force under Sir Conyers Clifford and a rebel Irish force led by Hugh Roe O’Donnell (Red Hugh O’Donnell). The English were ambushed and routed while marching through a pass in the Curlew Mountains near Boyle.

A magnificent and large piece of metalwork that’s well worth a visit, it’s sited right at the side of the road and has a large car park for visitors to come and enjoy the view out to sea whilst enjoying a picnic.

Adrian

Causeway Contemplations

Giants-Causeway-1It goes without saying the Giants Causeway is one of the most visited natural attractions in Norther Ireland and my visit was no exception, literally hundreds of tourists scrambling all over the place, we found people hammering coins into the cracks between them hoping for some mystical good fortune……good luck with that one then.

Anyway as I scrambled to get away from the crowds we attracted our own following of Chinese and Canadian tourists wanting shots with the dogs, after a ten minute obliging session I finally got away to do some shots myself. I came across this solitary figure of a young woman deep in contemplation ignoring all the hustle of the surrounding crowds and looking out to sea, that perfect moment caught on camera I thought.

Withing 2 minutes the crowds were round her and the moment was gone, she probably never realised I was taking her picture and probably never will but I now she was somewhere else thinking perhaps of lost ones or what she was going to have for lunch, who knows!

have a great weekend all

Adrian

Slieve League

Sleive-League-1-SKyWhat an amazing place this is, we were so glad we made the trek to the Atlantic Coast of Ireland.

It’s a fantastic walk from the lower car park up to the top car park where all the lazy people drive up for an ice cream, you get to see so much of the beautiful coastline along the way. This place must truly be on every photographer list of shots to have in their collection.

The cliffs are the highest in Europe and there is a great 5 hour walk all the way along the tops to be done, this is on our next trips list as this was a recce mission this time.

These are some of the highest cliffs in Europe and at 609m there’s a long drop into the Atlantic if you fancy it …NOT.

We were as usual swamped for pictures of the fur kids, I managed one or two myself, don’t worry Thunder isn’t being choked , well he is a bit but that’s his fault, 600m drop 3m away I wasn’t taking any chances with him!

Puppies-at-Slieve-LeagueIce cream on the way down was lovely, the pooches loved it.

Adrian

 

Wicklow

Wicklow-1Hi all

finally got around to uploading my images from my super Colorspace Unit of the Ireland trip to my Mac today, taken a while but hopefully you’ll agree worth it.

The first is from the latter end of the trip high up in the Wicklow mountains, I even managed to fall in the river below here twice, once most embarrassingly rolling about like a turtle on its back not being able to correct itself. After the sniggers died down I rolled sideways out of the heather and rocks and eventually to safety……funny after the fact but not at the time.

Weather wise we had pretty good days on the whole 3 really wet ones and I mean wet , it was like having buckets of water thrown at you for 72 hours, not fun for sure and it did ruin one of my intended shoots at the Cliffs of Moher. So next years trip will be there until I get all the images I need for the book.

We had fun and games with Binny Boo slipping her collar in Dublin, million to one accident we still can’t work out how on earth it happened, anyway the drivers of Dublin were amazing and stopped traffic while we recovered her, all safe apart from us nearly having a heart attack!!! new super dooper collars and connectors here now.

More to follow