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The Burren

As I promised in a recent posting about Poulnabrone Dolmen, I wanted to let you know about an area in Ireland called The Burren. Poulnabrone is located in The Burren. What the heck is The Burren? The Burren is one of the most interesting places on the planet. It is located in County Clare...

As I promised in a recent posting about Poulnabrone Dolmen, I wanted to let you know about an area in Ireland called The Burren. Poulnabrone is located in The Burren.

What the heck is The Burren?

The Burren is one of the most interesting places on the planet. It is located in County Clare Ireland.

The Burren is covered in limestone and sandstone that has fractured over time. In the fractures, you will find a wide variety of plants and wildflowers. It is one of the only places on the planet where you will find plants that flourish in the Arctic growing alongside of plants that flourish in the Mediterranean.

The Day of the Shoot

While I was making my photographs of the Poulnabrone Dolmen,I noticed the fractured limestone around me. I was fascinated with the way the surface and fractures looked. This is the photograph I took to show this interesting topology.

The Burren

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Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall is one of the great waterfalls in Ireland. Torc is located in Killarney National Park. Enter Another World When you walk from the car park toward the waterfall, it is like entering another world. Imagine all the “other worlds” you have seen in mystical movies. The forest is dense with trees covered...

Torc Waterfall is one of the great waterfalls in Ireland. Torc is located in Killarney National Park.

Enter Another World

When you walk from the car park toward the waterfall, it is like entering another world. Imagine all the “other worlds” you have seen in mystical movies. The forest is dense with trees covered in moss. You get the feeling you have left your world to enter an enchanted world full of fairies and magical folk.

The Waterfall Appears

As you walk along the path the sound of rushing water is ahead of you. There before you is the beautiful Torc Waterfall. This waterfall is about 65 feet tall. The water cascades creating smaller falls as it flows over rocks until it reaches the bottom of the falls. It is beautiful! The sight and sound draw you closer. You could spend hours just watching the water cascade and listening to the sound of the flowing water.

The Day of the Shoot

I parked my car and walked toward the falls. As is my custom, I spent time walking around looking for various vantage points. I checked a number of spots that provided potential compositions.

Once I was satisfied, I went back to the car and got my tripod, camera, and lenses. The beauty of Torc Waterfall is that the walk from the car park to the falls is relatively short.

I took a number of shots with the camera on the tripod. The tripod was necessary because I wanted to use long exposures to make the flowing water look silky. I experimented with various exposure times. This image was one of my favorites.

Torc Waterfall in Ireland

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Poulnabrone Dolmen

Poalnabrone Dolmen is probably the most photographed ancient monument in all of Ireland. It is a truly magical place located in an area of west Ireland called the Burren. I will discuss the Burren in a future blog post. Ancient Site Poalnabrone Dolmen was constructed over 5,000 years ago. So, when the pyramids in...

Poalnabrone Dolmen is probably the most photographed ancient monument in all of Ireland. It is a truly magical place located in an area of west Ireland called the Burren. I will discuss the Burren in a future blog post.

Ancient Site

Poalnabrone Dolmen was constructed over 5,000 years ago. So, when the pyramids in Egypt were first built, Poalnabrone was already ancient.

As you walk to the Poalnabrone Dolmen site, you recognize that people have walked the same path for thousands of years. It always gives me an appreciation for the history of the site.

The Day of the Shoot

On the day I took this picture, there had been a pouring rainstorm in the area. It was a real downpour. I had to pull over to the side of the road because the rain was coming down so hard.

As I sat in the car, I noticed there was a patch of blue in the distant sky. I thought I was done shooting for the day, but now the patch of blue gave me hope.

Within half an hour the rain had slowed and the clouds were beginning to break up. Within another half hour, the rain had stopped and I knew I might have a chance to find Poulnabrone and make a photograph.

I drove to where I was told Poulnabrone was located. At first, I didn’t see it. It is located a fair distance from the road. I parked the car and grabbed my gear to begin my walk to the site.

Making the Photograph

Once on site, I did my usual walk around. It gave me time to familiarize my self with the dolmen and the landscape of the Burren. I identified several compositions that I liked and began to unpack my gear.

I set up my tripod for the first shot, which happened to be this image. This was my favorite composition. With the storm moving out of the area, there was an amazing sky of blue filled with storm clouds.

I made this image and several more. This image is the one that really grabs me. I hope it does the same for you.

Poulnabrone Dolmen

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You can learn more about Poulnabrone Dolmen by clicking HERE


Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle is a medieval castle along the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland. The castle was built around 1500 AD. Dunluce is in ruins now, but there is still enough of the castle to show how grand it must have been in its day. On the day I took the photograph, I was graced...

Dunluce Castle is a medieval castle along the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland. The castle was built around 1500 AD. Dunluce is in ruins now, but there is still enough of the castle to show how grand it must have been in its day.

On the day I took the photograph, I was graced with a partly cloudy day. As you can see, I was also graced with the sun shining on the castle. This helped make the castle stand out against the beautiful sky of blue and clouds.

I did my usual walk around to see if I could find the best shooting position. I took several shots that day, but this one is my favorite.

Dunluce Castle

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Dunluce Castle is available for tourists to visit the archaeological ruins. To find out more, click Here


Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is one of the most famous castles in Ireland. It is a “must-see” for the millions of tourists who have visited because they get the opportunity to claim that they have kissed the Blarney Stone. It is said that when you kiss the Blarney Stone you will instantly have the “gift of...

Blarney Castle is one of the most famous castles in Ireland. It is a “must-see” for the millions of tourists who have visited because they get the opportunity to claim that they have kissed the Blarney Stone. It is said that when you kiss the Blarney Stone you will instantly have the “gift of gab”.

Blarney Castle Through the Ages

There have been three versions of Blarney Castle. The first was made of wood. It was replaced by a stone structure that lasted until the 1440s when it was demolished and replaced with the castle that exists today.

Today the castle sits on a site surrounded by beautiful gardens. People come to look at this magnificent castle, but many find the gardens are the icing on the cake. If you ever plan to visit Blarney, make sure you allow enough time to take a tour of the gardens as well as the castle.

The Day of the Shoot

The day of the shoot was like many days in Ireland, overcast with periodic light showers. Overcast days can be a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that the light from the sun is subdued. There are no harsh shadows to deal with. When you are traveling with limited time, you have to accept and adapt to the weather conditions.

I began my shoot with my usual practice of walking around looking for the best locations for the images I wanted to make. Because of the weather and lighting conditions, I decided to make an image that took advantage of the lovely grounds around the castle and the castle itself. This image is the result.

Blarney Castle

I made a number of images that day, but this one is my favorite. The overcast sky and the misty rain gave this image muted and saturated colors. There is a misty quality.I made a number of images that day, but this one is my favorite. The overcast sky and the misty rain gave this image muted and saturated colors. There is a misty quality.

Get a Print of Blarney Castle

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More Blarney Castle Information

To learn more about things to see and do at Blarney Castle click HERE


Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara, Ireland

One of the great things about visiting Ireland is the number of great castles that are available for you to photograph. Believe me, I love to photograph castles. I love the diversity of: design locations Condition Seeing an ancient castle gives you such a sense of history and gives you an appreciation of the...

One of the great things about visiting Ireland is the number of great castles that are available for you to photograph.

Believe me, I love to photograph castles. I love the diversity of:

  1. design
  2. locations
  3. Condition

Seeing an ancient castle gives you such a sense of history and gives you an appreciation of the lives of those who came before us.

Today’s Shoot

My travels took me to the village of Kinvara located on the southeastern shores of Galway Bay. Kinvara is one of my favorite villages in Ireland. The people of the city are so friendly. There are great restaurants and shops.

Friday in Kinvara is farmer’s market day. I loved seeing all the fresh vegetables and baked goods for sale. It was a great opportunity to socialize with the people of Kinvara. While I loved the farmer’s market I came to Kinvara because of their castle.

Dunguaire Castle

The beautiful Dunguaire Castle sits on the shore of Galway Bay in the lovely village of Kinvara. Dunguaire Castle is a classic tower house that was built in 1520. It began as the clan home of the O’Haynes family.

The setting of Dunguaire Castle on the bay makes it a wonderful subject for photographers.

Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara, Ireland

Walking Around

I began my shoot by walking around looking at various angles and shooting positions. This is what I always do whenever I shoot. I take my time looking for possibilities. Once I have decided on several shooting positions, I go and get my equipment.

This shoot required the use of a tripod and remote shutter release. I also brought several lenses with me to give me more creative options as I made the images.

This image was made with my wide-angle lens. It gave me a beautiful foreground with the bay on the left side and the castle in the distance.

You must live with the weather conditions that you find when you work on a schedule. You have to make the most of what you have to work with. Today was overcast, so I made the best of it.

Get a Print of Dunguaire Castle

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To learn more about things to do at Dunguaire Castle click HERE


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