Storm Chasing 7th/8th June
Quite an active day of convective activity and storms for Ireland and the UK. I spent a number of hours at Mullaghmore in Co. Sligo with Martin McKenna and his girlfriend Roisin, watching storms mature and come to life producing impressive hail cores and lightning over the ocean as they moved north. We had a ringside view of these storms from the coastline as the warm sun beamed down. Im gonna add a few images for now as Sunday the 8th has the potential to produce storms as well and i will add anything from it here too.
Thunderstorm over the open ocean
Big storm building over Classiebawn Castle in Mullaghmore with Benbulbin mountain in the background.
Close range pulse storm with interesting structure
This funnel cloud was a nice end to the day, it was short lived and hard to spot against the background cloud, image is enhanced to see the funnel more clearly.
Just time to add this image from Sundays chase. It turned into an impressive day of storms one after the other, some of the structure was amazing, not to mention the constant lightning and large hail from a storm between Omagh and Cookstown - further images coming soon.
Wide angle shot shot with my car on the roadside and the farmhouse with the thunderstorm bearing down..
Some recent images - 11th May
Heres a selection of some shots from recent weeks
A friend and i had some fun shooting around this old cottage one clear night back in April
We experimented with various lighting techniques using flashes and torches and the moon was also quite bright. I really like the effect of the clouds in the first during the 30 second exposure. I then decided to set up for a star-trail from a different angle but after 30 or so shots the clouds rolled in and cut it short, ive posted the result anyway.
Met up with Martin McKenna for a night shoot in mid April and we headed to one of our favourite locations - the north coast. We had star-trail images in mind and hit the Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle. The moon was 4-5 days from full so it worked a treat in lighting up the foregrounds for us. I still have a Dunluce trail to work on and will add it here too.
A shot taken at a footbridge over a small stream in the Poisoned Glen, Co. Donegal
Monea Castle Photo Shoot
County Fermanagh has some beautiful castles and they have been on my list for a photo shoot for some time now, so with the recent good weather and clear skies the opportunity presented itself last Tuesday night (11th March). I had messaged Martin McKenna and he was up for it so a plan was hatched, our target was Monea Castle. On arrival the castle was a lovely silhouette against the blue starry sky. As we walked closer to the site we noticed the gibbous moon was doing a great job of illuminating the castle for our photography. We got to taking images and this was the start of a 6 hour+ intense photo shoot in the grounds taking in every angle possible.
Above is a 50mm shot from way back
The atmosphere around the place was magical and there seemed to be an energy pulling you in and keeping us there all night, we didn't want to leave. I got set up for a star-trail on a couple of occasions as the castle has great potential for this kind of shot.
The above image is 157 shots stacked to create the star-trail final composite image. I have another star-trail to process and many more images from this new location to post, i will add them here soon.
Ive just finished processing another Star trail from the night which was taken closer in to the castle. It wasn't possible to get the north star, Polaris in the frame along with all of the castle so had to compromise. I'm still very happy with the result and love doing these star trail images!!
A wide angle shot showing the remains of a tower and perimeter wall that once surrounded the castle
A Shot from earlier in the night
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