The Beauty of Autumn In Ireland
Autumn has well and truly begun here in Ireland. The leaves are starting to turn and there is already a rich blanket of brown on the ground. Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year for Photography, second only to winter. “What? Winter? ” I hear you say. Well, yes, but more on that in a minute.
Autumn has two great characteristics for photography, especially if you like photographing nature and landscapes, but even for other types of photography such as street photography for example. The obvious one is the beautiful fall colours. The browns and oranges of Autumn lend themselves to a warm and rich colour palette that is beautiful and inviting. Yet this is only one part of the equation. The other is the light.
The Autumn light in Ireland is beautiful. The slow change of the seasons starts to bring a warm and golden light to the country as the sun is lower and lower in the sky. Throughout the season this effect becomes more and more profound. Combined with the colours this can make for some great Photography.
What was that about winter then? I hear you ask! Well, Winter is actually my favourite time of the year here in Ireland. The reason is simply the light. The quality of Irish winter light (when it’s not stormy or raining) is incredible. Because of our northern latitude, the winter sun is low in the sky which means that you get lovely long shadows, but also a soft and rich light as the suns rays are attenuated by the extra atmosphere that it’s passing through. On a good day you can get “Golden Hour” type light till nearly midday. It’s quite magical. Of course the downside is the cold, occasional downpour, wind, risk of hail, snow, storms and so on!
Here are some examples of the Beautiful Winter Light in Ireland (below)
After years of hosting this blog on Wordpress and with my long time hosting provider, I’ve finally decided to move onto Squarespace. I had actually tried Squarespace before and wasn’t quite happy with it, but in the intervening years it’s become an incredibly powerful platform. The result is a brand new design, and a new layout, which puts more of an emphasis on the content, while being a more consistent design experience with my main portfolio and services site (which is also on squarespace)
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Over the last little while I’ve been having some serious issues with my hosting provider. Over the past weekend, I spent four days being unable to upload images to any of mu sites on the same server, and after constant back and forward, while the issue was resolved, customer support took forever, and skirted responsibility for the issue. Anyway, I’m not going to bad mouth them, and I’m not going…
As it’s my favourite time of the year for Photography, to celebrate Autumn, I’m knocking a third off the price of some of my Lightroom Presets for the month of September. Film Candy, Quick Lux and Monolith are all reduced by a third for the month. The normal price for these was €15 but for the month of september you can get them for €10 each.Film Candy
Film Candywas my first set of Lightroom…
I spent a week in the belgian capital of Brussels last week, and while I was there I did some cityscape and travel photography. I’ve been to Brussels a few times, and I’ve posted some shots of the city that I’ve taken before. My previous visits were all in winter though, and this was the first time that I got to visit the city when it was actually warm.
The main tourist destination in the city is…
I was doing some travelling last week and I was in Brussels for the first few days (more on that in another post) but for the weekend, I got to go to London as a birthday present! Amazingly enough, I’ve only ever been to London once before, which is kind of crazy as I’m only a short plane journey away, but anyway. I had a great time, and I wasn’t really taking too many pictures, as it was a…