It’s been a few years since i stood on the top of Slieve Croob, so with a warm dry evening I packed the camera and drove to the car park at the foot of the service road. This gives a short walk up a steep tarmac private road to the top just over a mile away. Some things never change has the winds increase and the temperature drops on the climb upward. With the evening still bright I took my first photographs near the top with views across the Dromara hills with the Mourne mountains in the background.
In the photograph above you can see the coastal town of Newcastle in County Down nested at the foot of the Mournes.
With the evening rolling in you can see the start of an evening mist forming in the valley’s.
After a short climb up pass the communication masts you reach the top of Croob with it’s stone cairn and trig point.
The remains of the Cairn on the right and the trig point on the left being lit with the warn light of a setting sun.
I sat for a while in the lee of the cairn and enjoyed the silence and beauty has the sun set lower in the sky. Starting the walk back down I took a few more shots.
Some more has I and the sun got lower..
In this shot the dark line in the middle of the photo is the source of the River Lagan has it starts it’s journey to meet the sea at Belfast.
My last shot of the evening has I was shooting hand held.
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My shot this week is from a short tour of North Wales. This signal box was shot in the setting sun at Porthmadog. The light reflecting off the track leads the eye into the shot.
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Went for a short drive along the coast and the light was not great. Looking up at the Mourne mountains I decide to drive into the hills just North West from them and wait for sun set. Stopping at the view point called the Windy Gap, it wasn’t living up to its name last night. Just a light breeze which got cold has the sun set.
This first show’s the Drumlin’s (small rounded hills) with the Mourne’s in the background. Drumlin’s make up a lot of the country side in County Down.
This and the one below was take with at 200mm on a Tamron 70-200mm zoom lens just has the sun was starting to set.
The sun was setting behind me and the colour was in the clouds behind me. So I walked up a short lane way and took the next few shots.
It was at this point I packed up, I got the heater on in the car and sat and watched the last ray’s drop and pull the night down.
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Still cold here with a wind that would cut through you. But it was dry and the sun was out. So took a half hour drive over to the coast on the County Down. With the tide and wind sculpting the sand around the rocks I got these before a rain shower blew in.
After this was shot the rain started and I watched the first day of the year get overtaken by the dark.
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Sky of fire
Another sunset sky, this is has taken. Looks like the sky is on fire. Some fantastic sunsets this week.
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Me,swans and sunsets
This last week has been great for sunset’s and living around water you get the best from them. Grabbing a fold up camping stool and the tripod I went to the lough down the road from me. with dusk closing the colour’s were deepening. Then two swans swam out from the reeds and one came straight in front of me, how could I resist.
This photo has had no colour adjustments it’s has recorded.
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Catching the sun.
Another beautiful evening in County Monaghan with a slight downturn in the evening temperatures.
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Had a go at stacking five bracketed exposures and got this, never tried this before but think I need to look a little more into it. Anyway this my shot for today.
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Lough Sillan sunset
Sun setting over Lough Sillan, County Cavan Ireland.
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Big sky in County Monaghan
Walking the dog and the sun has just dropped behind the hill in the distance. The sky caught my eye, so leaving the dog to investigate whatever his nose was following. I set up and took this shot, doing very little processing this is day 248’s photograph.
I would like to thank you all for your likes and comments and with around 116 days still to go I am already planing my next project. There are days doing a 365 that push you to your limit, for me its time. There never seems to be that extra hour in the day but it also has taught me to think and find a photo quickly. I try to keep the processing to a minimum, and have found myself returning to B&W photography. I use to love shooting on B&W film many years ago, and my new projects will all be in monochrome.
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