Autumn

On 30 October 2011, in Nature, by Petra

Lawn early morning after cold night with fog rising, trees in autumn colours and a childrens climbing frame

I managed to be in Germany visiting my family in September when there was the most beautiful Indian Summer with warm days and cold nights.
As I stayed with my sister for a couple of days I got to walk my niece to school early in the morning – and got twice rewarded with beautiful morning fog over meadows. The first morning I only had my phone with me but for the next days I made sure to have my camera with me.

Even if autumn means long dark evenings will arrive soon – I love the autumn colours and weather.

 

Summer is over

On 30 October 2011, in Seascape, by Petra

Balcony above Killiney Bay with white table and chair knocked over by the wind

It’s October Bankholiday weekend. Finally time for me to look through pictures again. Especially as we have an additional hour available tonight – another sign of summer being over.

I took this picture already back in August when friends from Germany visited me and we went for a walk up Killiney Hill. I always loved that balcony but on that (cold) August day it looked very lonely.

So good bye irish summer – you were a mainly cold and wet one.

 

Old and New

On 18 September 2011, in Urban, by Petra

part of a flag in orange with chinese signs on t at a blue border in front of the tall building at Grand Canal Basin in Dublin

This picture is an example what can go wrong in photography so it will never get printed. But nonetheless I like it so I thought I post it.

The story behind it:
Last weekend there were Dragonboat races on the Grand Canal Basin in Dublin. I was part of it together with some colleagues and friends of the co-working office where I work most days. Nonetheless I brought my camera with me but obviously didn’t concentrate purely on photography. And due to the moving subject I changed from time to time to aperture priority on my camera as oposed to manual what I usually prefer.
So being used to correct both aperture and exposure before I take a picture I stayed in the habit of changing two components and not just aperture.  And ended up changing the camera correction which resulted in some very dark pictures when I forgot that I was not on manual mode.

But I liked this combination of the chinese flag representing the old tradition of Dragon Boats in front of the modern building so I worked on the levels. Usually not a big deal but in this case it resulted in unusual colours – in my eye – an effect that I nonetheless like.

The title of this post represents to me both the composition and the process so in this case I add the original (old) picture too:

 

1837

On 6 July 2011, in Still Life, by Petra

Close-up picture of an old book lying with bound partially falling apart and the numbers 1837 as series number visiable

This picture was taken in the library of Charleville Castle near Tullamore in Co. Offaly. This time it was a photowalk organised only via and for people on the Boards.ie Photography forum. It is an annual event and for me the second time I joined. We get basically full access and on the other hand support the renovation of the castle which is done completely by volunteers.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect going there again – other than the social aspect of these photowalks. But it was actually very good and interesting for photography too. As I knew the castle I had an better idea what I found interesting and looked at everything in a different way. So I am quite happy with my results but this one was my favourite from the beginning and still is. In this case I nonetheless link to my full set on pix.ie.

As I don’t have a macro lens I got close up lenses instead and in this case I used the +10 on my 18-55mm lens.

 

St. Peters

On 21 June 2011, in Urban, by Petra

St. Peters portal in Drogheda loogind sideways up with blue sky on the right hand side of picture

I got a little shock when Aafke commented earlier she was hoping for a new picture here and I saw the last post is two months ago.
I hope to go back to more frequent updates now. (I know I said similar before)

But to talk about this picture:
Today is summer solstice. Which involves two things: It is summer, there is sun and therefore it should be a lovely mild long day. Somehow that doesn’t work in Ireland this year at all. So far there was hardly a day without rain. And today was one with heavy rain. Yesterday evening I even switched on the heating again.

But Saturday week we were very lucky with our photowalk in Drogheda. We had a day full of sunshine between days of rain. So we spent some time on the stairs outside St. Peter’s Church enjoying the sunshine and the icecream. But with a camera always in your hand you tend to look around from time to time so I happened to stand sideways to the church and looked up to see this angle which I liked.

It’s one of my favourite pictures of the day, especially on a rainy day like today.