Anyone who follows me on Facebook will know that I recently spent a few days in the Dublin area. Not the best time to be trying to take colourful images, we got to see some pretty stormy weather. Sadly, while the weather made for some pretty dramatic possibilities, it also hampered my ability to get to a few places I'd really wanted to photograph.
On the way to Dublin, Rosemary, Bonnie (our wee cairn terrier) and myself stopped to stretch our legs and grab a sandwich at Monasterboice. What a fascinating place. In between the increasingly heavy rain, we managed a walk around the old graveyard and got to see the crosses and the high tower. The tower was built around the 10th Century to watch out for the naughty Vikings who were pillaging, as one does when on holiday. But no pillaging for us today I'm afraid, it was a little wet for that. I had to settle for a few images on my iPhone.
Here is one which I took of the cross of Muineadach, almost 5 metres high. On it you can just see stories of the Bible depicted.
As we travelled on down the M1 towards Dublin, we crossed the Boyce River by way of the Boyne Suspension Bridge. It was fascinating. As you drive over it, its almost as if the cables are like tentacles reaching for you. I managed to snap this shot with my iPhone. Processing was by virtue of the Glaze App for iPhone.
One area which I had really hoped to visit was Baltry Bay. We'd planned our day around being able to get there mid afternoon, but by the time that we arrived (so easily distracted we photographers are!) the weather was so bad that I couldnt get any close by car and the howling winds, dropping light and lashing rain meant walking out further was just out of the question. :(
I was using a couple of apps for my iPhone which were a fantastic help, although the sun was not particularly directional as the light was quite flat throughout our trip. I'd really recommend LightTrac as a great tool for showing you the position of the sun as well as times of sunrise/sunset, if you are wanting to plann a shoot.
The other app which was really helpful, (especially as we managed to not get stranded by rising tides at Baltry,) was an app called Tides Near.
I will share a few more images from the trip as soon as I can get some time, but here's a little teaser from our first day out, which took us to Howth Lighthouse at Howth Head. What a beautiful little harbour. There was a lovely little chip shop on the corner of the harbour where we bought a chip and Bonnie got some sausages. (one spoilt little dog!) I just loved watching the fishing boats in the open sea and then to see them swarmed by seagulls as they returned with their catch. Even though it was very windy, it was a truly fabulous sight.
Here is one last little shot from Howth Head. Again with my iPhone and processed using Glaze, I spied this interesting shed and door walking towards the lighthouse. I thought there were some great textures here so couldn't resist a shot!