The place I have wanted to shoot for years…

Of all the places I have wanted to photograph in Ireland, it was this abandoned home in County Kerry that I looked forward to most of all.  My tour partner Dan Sniffin showed me his picture of this location years ago  and it took my breath away.  His picture, taken in 1994 was chosen as one of two images that were used in the 1997 National Geographic Traveler calendar.

When we arrived, the conditions could not have been better.  The approaching storm and fast moving clouds made for ever changing light and shadow play on the house and land I think I made over 100 images from this location as the dramatic light kept changing so rapidly.  It was a moment I’ll never forget. I’m  grateful to have shared it with the group and most importantly, with Dan.

This is one take of a few that I’ll share in the weeks to come.


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  1. Julie Eggers June 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    Ok, now I want to travel to Ireland. Beautiful image!

    • Janina August 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      Visit Ireland is one of the best idea what whoever can have…
      Irish people are so frendlyone and country is unusual. Fully recomend you to go there. Even the weather would suit my naturality…

  2. Arthur Ransome June 27, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Awesome JB… It just screams Ireland – the green and pleasant land. Would love to see a BW version as well….

  3. Jos Farrell June 27, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    Outstanding image!!!!

  4. Karen Messick June 27, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    Awesome shot and place…..great adventure getting there!

  5. e-dude June 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Another winner JB.

  6. charlie curry June 27, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    I like everything about the image and the feeling it engenders. Winding road, dark skies, great depth of field, interesting composition. What lens, f-stop, and what post processing?

    • john8276 June 28, 2012 at 6:50 am #

      Thanks Charlie. 16-35 lens, f/16 if I recall. Very minimal processing required. Some subtle Nik Tonal Contrast and some selective contrast work in Photoshop.

  7. Steve L June 28, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    Nice capture….it demonstrates your interest and enthusiasm in the scene!

  8. Daniel Ruf June 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Beautiful image, John.

  9. joe conroy July 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    I love the fact that you included a good section of the road to lead us in. This is simply beautiful.

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