[column width=”60%” padding=”3%” ]Oh it’s so nice be be back publishing images after a slightly too long hiatus while I made the finishing touches to my new site design. Hay what do you think of the new look anyway?
So this has been an image siting in my Library ready to publish since the end of May. A friend and I decided to take a trip down to Hook Head Lighthouse in Wexford to capture a Sunset & Sunrise combo. We’d packed the tent and sleeping bags and even though the weather didn’t promise much we jumped into the car and took the 2.5hr drive.
We arrived with literally 10mins to spare before sunset and rushed to get ready. Henri Cartier-Bresson famously coined the phrase “the decisive moment” but I think there is another important moment in a nature’s photographers world and that is – the only moment! With 10 minutes and never having been here before we had just enough time to park the car, put our gear on and run around the rocks to find a promising location. The conditions were poor with heavy cloud and sea spray but I wanted to find a good location just in case. And when I found this spot I knew it had promise. I quickly setup the camera on the tripod and hoped the sun would break through the clouds. And it did! Unfortunately it decided to peak out just as I was adding my Poloriser and 2 Stop ND Filter to the lens. I very quickly set-up my composition and managed to capture 3 frames of this amazing warm light before the sun dipped behind another cloud and did not appear again. And I mean that quite literally, as I mentioned earlier we camped that night intending to also shoot sunrise but we arose at 4:45am to a damp sodden grey day, and did not see the sun again until we returned to Dublin. See I wasn’t joking it was the only moment ™
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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Exposure: 1/4 secs
Focal Length: 24mm
ISO Speed: 100