Photo of the day March 2016

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It's March on the International Dateline.


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I am trying to go each month with a theme. This month I decided its Ireland. Enjoy.

This picture below is more or less straight from camera. Not even the horizon is corrected.
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I love those ancient round towers; where exactly was that picture taken?

Travelled to Chicago today so something from the archives. Pales in comparison with something on the same theme posted by MacRy a few weeks back. Comments always welcome.


Waiting for a train
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Lovely atmospheric shot - I love the bustle of classic nineteenth century railway stations. A vision of progress from the past, and the sort of shot that somehow always seems best when taken in black and white.
 
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It is in GLENDALOUGH, Wicklow Mountains National Park, the MONASTIC CITY
Glendalough, how wonderful. I have not actually managed to visit that particular Round Tower (and I am rather partial to Irish Round Towers). Must try to fit in a visit someday.

Might I recommend visiting Kilmacduagh - near Gort, in County Galway - a stunning, and extraordinarily restful and tranquil spot, and Clonmacnoise, which - apart from its setting - is magnificent, - but is actually built on the banks of the Shannon river, with water on more or less to three sides, and thus, it is situated where it commands an astonishing view over the water.

Anyway, I have taken photographs of both of those spots - they are incredible in the right light.
 

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I thought it looked familiar. There are more round towers in Ireland, so I had my doubts.
Mine from Glendalough:

Yes, there are quite a few, some of them quite magnificent, but a number of them are in a state of some slight ruin.

Actually, I have some excellent shots from both Kilmacduagh, and Clonmacnoise taken over a number of years.
 

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For class I have been experimenting with shooting distorted panos using a 14mm lens. After I finished up the pano work I decided to run out the memory card shooting a star trail segment. I believe this was a stack of 24 images shot at the following: 14mm, 20 seconds, ISO 3200, f-4. The white balance is set to tungsten, the sky and background are lit by a quarter moon and the foreground outcropping is lit by a tungsten light source. The sRGB color space crushed colors a bit but I was just playing around with this one. :)

 

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Glendalough, how wonderful. I have not actually managed to visit that particular Round Tower (and I am rather partial to Irish Round Towers). Must try to fit in a visit someday.

Might I recommend visiting Kilmacduagh - near Gort, in County Galway - a stunning, and extraordinarily restful and tranquil spot, and Clonmacnoise, which - apart from its setting - is magnificent, - but is actually built on the banks of the Shannon river, with water on more or less to three sides, and thus, it is situated where it commands an astonishing view over the water.

Anyway, I have taken photographs of both of those spots - they are incredible in the right light.
Thanks a lot for your suggestions. I will not have the opportunity in the coming years to go back to Ireland unfortunately. Really loved it. Highly recommended travel destination. One day I go back for sure and if I recall this thread then I will definitely take your suggestions into close consideration.
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Thanks for sharing.

I have always found that shooting round towers at different times of the day (if you can get to them at different time of the day) can yield some interesting - and atmospheric - effects re the light source.
Yes true. We took the tour from the visitor centre down the valley and back. So the tower is located more close to the visitor centre and we basically saw it in the morning and evening. I will post another one from Wicklow tomorrow. Then the lake at the end of the valley. Very beautiful.
 
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Thanks a lot for your suggestions. I will not have the opportunity in the coming years to go back to Ireland unfortunately. Really loved it. Highly recommended travel destination. One day I go back for sure and if I recall this thread then I will definitely take your suggestions into close consideration.
They were both ancient monastic settlements; Kilmacduagh is invariably surprisingly bereft of tourists - even though it is close enough (a few short miles) to Gort which puts it in the area of Yeats's Tower at Thoorballylee, and Coole Park which Lady Gregory funded, financed and hosted many of the leading lights of the Irish Literary Revival and which are both much visited. It is a exceedingly restful, tranquil, exquisite spot, - soothing for the soul - with a Round Tower in perfect condition and several ruined ancient churches in the immediate vicinity.

Clonmacnoise is stunning, as the setting is so spectacular. In the right light, you would be able to shoot the Round Tower with the river which winds nearby. The only blot in the superb scene is the perfectly hideous modern structure which was built in the midst of this astonishing antique setting when Pope John Paul visited Clonmacnoise in 1979.
 
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