I mentioned in my post last week that I visited Donegal recently to meet up with some fellow photographers. The idea of these “Photowalks” has really started to take off over on Google+, and this was the 2nd that I have attended. Given the distance I decided to make a weekend of it and traveled down the day before the walk.
The walk itself kicked off at about 11ish outside the Ballyliffin Strand Hotel and took us down along the beautiful golden sands of Pollan Beach where this image was captured. We ended up being about a 16 strong group of photographers, from the novice to the more experienced shooter. It was great fun to talk ‘shop’ with like-minded folks who shared my passion. The day was eh… fresh with an emmmm brisk breeze that definitely blew the cobwebs out from the night before.
While my main purpose was to simply chat and catch up with folks I did have my camera gear with me, it was a Photo-walk after all. One thing that kept capturing my attention as we aimlessly wandered down the beach was these small rivulets left after the tide receded. They were dotted all along the beach. Even though the sky over the sea was almost cloudless the sky behind me, where the sun was, was full of clouds which created a blanket of soft light. This massive lightbox helped to define the shapes these little rivulets were drawing in the sand, without any harsh shadows. It was time to put the bag down I thought to myself, and I set about working a composition that appealed to me. 10 minutes later I had this and was very happy indeed. All that was left was to catch up with the group who had made their way much farther up the beach by then