Category Archives: Ireland

100,000 page views

I’ve just passed 101,000 views on my blog.  I think that deserves a big thank you and a bit of a celebration!  Thanks to all who are regular visitors.  I appreciate your interest, comments and loyalty.  Thanks also to those who come to my blog via the webinars I do for my friends at Topaz.  And thank you to the great affiliates that I represent.  I appreciate your support as well.

Today’s image is from Ireland.  I’ve posted a similar image before, however, this time I ran it through Topaz Clarity.  WOW!  I love this piece of software.  It makes this image almost three dimensional on my screen.  I’m including the original “finished” image below for your comparison.  If you have not yet purchased Clarity today is the last day of the $29.99 price.  After today it goes to $49.99.  Click this link and use the code claritynew to get the special price.

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Irish Light

The blog image today is from a quick stop we made in Ireland.  We had walked up a hill to capture a specific grand scenic shot that never happened.  On the way back to the bus, I looked in this direction.  I was facing the wrong way looking directly towards the sun.  My logic said, why shoot this?  I love the clouds and the rainbow of color in the top right, BUT, I know it will be a difficult exposure.  Lots of contrast!   Being referred to as SkyMan and being drawn to the sky, I took some shots anyway.  What I learned was, my new D3x has crazy good dynamic range!  This image is from one exposure.  Sure it needed a lot of local adjustments courtesy of Nik’s Viveza 2 but am I glad I let my emotions overrule the logic!   The image below is what came out of the RAW converter for comparison sake. Yes, Nik’s Viveza is GREAT!    Of course if you click on the highlighted link and use the code JBARCLAY you’ll receive a 15% discount on any of their award winning software.

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Dingle Scene

I meandered into a back alley past the haunting notes of the Uileann pipes being played in the local music store in the charming town of Dingle and stumbled upon this scene.  Taken with my trusty Fuji X1oo.

Also posted in Color

Lake Reflections


Back to Killarney for another from this magnificent evening.   I incorporated a bit of the foreground in an effort to give a sense of scale.  What really attracted me to want to photograph this scene, was the magical gold light caressing the trees on the opposite side of the lake.  Yummy!




Also posted in Color, Landscape

The Irish Landscape

I think this image does a good job of giving you the idea of what the Irish landscape looks like.  Loved the breaks of sun mixed with the shadow on this simple scene. Don’t forget, if you click the image it will display bigger.

Also posted in Color, Landscape

Turn Around

This image was made as we were happily shooting the wonderful sunset at the Lake Hotel.   The clouds were amazing and the reflections stunning.  It was hard to take your eyes off of the constantly changing scene.  That said, I’ve taught myself to always turn around and look at what is happening behind me.  Too many times I’ve missed the best light because I was so mesmerized by what I was shooting.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe we should WORK the scene we are drawn too.  I’m just saying take a minute to turn around and see what is happening there too.  When I turned around the light on this lovely tree was, well, yummy.  I had the wrong lens on and the light was changing quickly so I just shot it wide knowing I could crop the 24 megapixel just fine later.  Two things caught my eye, the light and the beautiful graphic nature of the tree.  Ultimately I’ve chosen the B&W version as I felt it focused the eye on the graphic design.  A color version is included below with a slightly different crop as well.

Moral of the story, turn around, especially for sunrise and sunset shoots.

Also posted in B&W, Color, Landscape, Topaz B&W Effects

Happy Find

On one of the last days of the 2nd tour, we had a bit of time to fill before we went to dinner.  We decided to head over to a bay to see what we might find.  Well, we found happiness!  An old deteriorating boat in beautiful grasses.  WOW!

I’m adding a 2nd version below.  For this one, I used a preset in the Totally Rad, RADLAB plug-in. The preset added a really nice GLOW and a bit more contrast.  No, this is not the same as Totally Rad Dirty Pictures that I use for texture work.  This is another product they make called RADLAB.  What makes this product unique is that you are essentially getting preset actions with the ability to adjust them to taste.  Worth a look and you can try it for 30 days of course.  Really good for “people” photography.  Yes there is a discount, so head to my discounts page if you choose to purchase.

Also posted in Color, Creative

Torc Waterfall

When I started my photographic journey, I was drawn to waterfalls.  Over the years I’ve grown tired of them…   That said, this waterfall, Torc, in Ireland was nestled into a great lush green setting and it had just rained making it perfect for photographing.  I could not resist!


Also posted in Color

Creative Ireland


Most of the images I’ve posted from Ireland thus far have been pretty straight forward landscape type shots.  Today, I thought I would share a couple of swipes (camera movement) that I did as well.

The main blog image is reeds in the water near the small church on the lake in Gougane Barra.  We loved the reeds but had difficulty capturing the simplicity of the scene.  We could not find a nice small separated group.  As such, I started swiping to see what I would get.  Needless to say, I was quite pleased.  Note that I’ve tilted my camera a bit but am still moving it up and down.  This is what is creating the oblique lines.  Moving the camera obliquely would not have created the same effect.  I hope that makes sense!  I’ve added a B&W version below and am always interested in your preference.

The images below are from the Gougane Barra Forest.  This time a straight up and down swipe. All good creative fun!


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More Colors of Ireland

Sherry made a good observation on yesterdays post about my choice in cropping.  I told her I agreed that it would have been stronger if I had not cut through the window pane. The problem was I didn’t have a choice compositionally and settled for what I did.

Today, I thought I’d share a few other takes from this particular shoot. All had challenges in organizing the space within the frame.  Ultimately I had to make choices and forget about rules.  Your comments as always are welcome.

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