I rarely post photos for special occasions but this time I remembered in advance to pick a photo of a green Irish landscape for St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. There are plenty of stories and legends which relate to this fact. For example one of the typical Irish symbols Shamrock was supposedly used by St. Patrick to explain Irish people the idea of Holy Trinity. As most of you probably know the celebration of St. Patrick Day in the form in which it exists now with the parades through cities was actually invented in the USA but it was well accommodated in Ireland.
This photo presents for the fourth time in my gallery the famous Guinness Lake (Lough Tay), it belongs to Guinness Family Estate. The white stretch of the sand was artificially brought there to enhance the resemblance of the dark waters to the pint of Guinness. Each of my photos is quite different. I have one from a similar POV as well but taken at different season with everything being more brownish than green. Green is one of the colors of Irish flag symbolising Catholic faith, the other color being Orange which refers to Protestants. The white color in between symbolizes the peace between these two religions. The peace between the people of various religions is so much easier especially in the south where people distanced themselves anyway pretty much from the church due to the numerous cases of Children Abuse by Priests with simultaneous cover up of the offenders by the higher clergy.
My previous photos of this lake: click here.
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danos (99309) 2013-03-17 0:07
Good morning Mariuz,
fascinating the view from this advantage point of St. Patrick's green land with the pond in the middle to be the eye catching of the scene.Excellent the light and the colour management as the beauty of the place.
Have a good Sunday,Danos
JFS (32459) 2013-03-17 0:25
What a marvelous pic my friend! The scenery is amazing too, i like the play of shadows over the green. My compliments!
Have a good Sunday!
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2013-03-17 0:26
great landscape. i like colors and game of light and shadows.
fds (9403) 2013-03-17 0:51
dear friend fantastic point of view over this very beautiful valley with the lac and the mountain
great colors and very great green and very impressive sky with the clouds
jemaflor (98793) 2013-03-17 0:59
Nice landscape with this green tones and the contrast with this lake, Good choice for this pov, well managed, I like the result with this light and also these shadows.
siudzi (34141) 2013-03-17 1:08
Wybrałeś fantastyczne ujęcie, aby z okazji dnia św. Patryka zamieścić właśnie to zdjęcie na TE. Widok jest piękny, pełen niesamowitych elementów, kolorów i kontrastow. Jestem pod jego wielkim wrażeniem szczególnie w kwestii zrealizowanej saturacji oraz clarity. Brawo!
maloutim (9639) 2013-03-17 1:16
Happy St Patrick's day ! Good choice to celebrate the Great Day ! Your picture enhances the Irish landscape to the full, with the play of light and shade created by the usual threatening clouds of Ireland.
Lovely shades of greens and excellent details, of the ferns for example, or the sheep down in the field. So typically Irish !
Interesting story about the Guinness firm adding the sand at the top of the lake.
Thanks for sharing and have a good Sunday !
Royaldevon (39792) 2013-03-17 1:19
Good Morning Mariusz,
My daughter-in-law is Irish and all her family celebrate this special day. A very fitting photograph!
You have achieved a wonderful panorama of this beautiful place. We feel to be surveying the entire area. I love the lushness of the greens and the excellent contrast of light and shade, where sunlight and clouds do their magic.
Have a lovely day,
Graal (103032) 2013-03-17 1:19
piekne jezioro w otoczeniu zieleni. Ten kolor to jak symbol tej wyspy i panstwa. Dobra okazja na swieto sw. Patryka. Bdb technicznie zdjecie. Podoba mi sie.
siolaw (38292) 2013-03-17 1:21
Nice dominating POV on the lake and surroundings with multiple tones of green, symbolizing the country itself!
Thanks for sharing!
chrislo (4097) 2013-03-17 1:28
Fantastic piece of nature photography, with the lake as a beautiful focal point. The colours are superb in this magnificent landscape, the play of light and shadow brings out the lovely green tones and shades, and the shadows of the clouds on the hillsides add a nice patchwork effect. A perfect way to celebrate St Patrick's day.
Have a nice Sunday.
dta (79130) 2013-03-17 2:01
Hello MAriusz ,
This is a beautiful view of this irish lake , nestled in a superb green landscape . I like especillay the sky and the game of light and shade created by the clouds .
lousat (92964) 2013-03-17 2:45
Hi Mariusz,fantastic spectacle made by the nature and by the lights,a great capture whit a great work in PP to create this magnificent result,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Kamilutka (8107) 2013-03-17 3:01
piekne zdjecie i akurat takie, jakie zawsze przemawia do mnie. Nie ma sie do czego przyczepic ;-) - wszystko jest na bardzo wysokim poziomie. Kompozycja jest idealnie wywazona, nie w niej nic zbednego. Kazdy element jest starannie zaplanowany poczawszy od paproci na pierwszym planie a skonczywszy na usianym chmurkami niebie. Dobrze wybrales POV i efekt jest swietny.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-03-17 4:09
impossibile restare indifferenti davanti ad un simile spettacolo.
Una foto di grande impatto sia per il paesaggio ripreso che per come l'hai saputo comporre e riprendere dosando a perfezione il colore e la luce.
Accompagna il tutto una nitidezza ottima ed un contrasto molto ben curato.
Ciao e buona domenica
lgir (7307) 2013-03-17 6:55
beautiful landscape with the cloudy sky that give relief to the valley by the play of shadows.
Nice depth of field to discover all the beauty of this lanscape.
Thanks for sharing
Sergiom (81881) 2013-03-17 7:17
J'aime beaucoup cette composition ainsi que le traitement que tu lui as apporté. Le paysage est magnifique sous cette belle luminosité.
williewhistler (16398) 2013-03-17 7:48
Hello Mariusz,the only thing missing from this glorious Irish scene is a leprechaun!
A most impressive view of an outstanding landscape,I really enjoy the fine details and shadow areas created by the passing clouds.
There are certainly 40 shades of green here,it`s a most suitable shot for the occasion.
Best regards Les.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-03-17 8:43
Hello Mariusz - A beautiful landscape with a wide range of the famous green vegetation for which Ireland is known. Lovely detail from the bracken in the FG to the cloud formations in the sky all under an attractive light. Warm regards Rosemary
Noel_Byrne (31674) 2013-03-17 8:53
A happy St Patricks day to you!
This is a stunning lake and capture of it, and thansk for teaching me about it. I am not familiar with this place,so its a pleasure to see it and read your great note. To think of Guinness so long ago being so smart in their marketing makes me note how they still are, certainly in Ireland they are a marketing machine.
Thanks for sharing the workshops too, it is fascinating to see this place through the seasons and colours, and all of the shots themselves are wonderful.
All the best
abmdsudi (55208) 2013-03-17 9:50
Nice panoramic view of the lake with so much details to appreciate, the lush greenry and the beautiful textured cloudscape add loads of strength to this shot
creating an excellent effect as strong eye catching elements. Superb landscape all round, great effort. Well done, TFS
Kielia (24077) 2013-03-17 9:57
what a wonderful view! You have chosen an excellently working POV to present this characteristic landscape. The light is very beautiful and the moody colors are matching perfectly. I also enjoyed reading the excellent note. Thanks for sharing!
PaulVDV (29535) 2013-03-17 10:48
Happy St. Patrick's day ! A wonderful picture to honor the green island on the occasion of this celebration.
A magnificent landscape with the ferns on the FG, the forests and the meadows around the lake and a nice variety of sunlit spots and others in the shadow of the clouds.
Best regards, Paul
holmertz (54363) 2013-03-17 11:40
This photo is superb. Such wonderful clarity and fine colours. This makes me think of a crater lake, but surely there aren't any volcanoes in Ireland?
bukitgolfb301 (42752) 2013-03-17 14:17
Hi dear Mariusz, how are you?
Sorry for my long absense, while I am away, so many wonderful images wre psoted, I will catch up soonest. This is another fantastic panfocus view for a breathtaking marvelous landscape. The best widefocus appraoch makes so clear and outstndingly shap and comfortable image. Greatest work as usual!
Thanks for your sharing and have a good start of new week!
npecanhuk (75592) 2013-03-18 19:27
Beautiful and peaceful-looking picture!
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition, colors and management of light!
TFS - congrats,
Fis2 (99794) 2013-03-20 9:57
Jeziorko w takim otoczeniu...
Warto odwiedzic bylo to miejsce.
Bardzo ladna praca.
jhm (154602) 2013-03-21 5:23
What a wonderful panorama view about these area.
You chose a very well angle with the lake exactly in centre of the picture.
You play excellent with light and colors. TFS.
ikeharel (72971) 2013-03-21 8:48
No wonder about the Irish wearing green, Mariusz, adoring the color and dreaming in green... their country is in multi-tones of green.
Fabulous shot over the hills, lake on vast rural land. Greenland ?...
adramad (46542) 2013-03-21 9:12
Awesome .... the wide panoramic us in this magnificent work samples, ideal beauty of the place with those intense green and the gray waters of the lake, a fantastic sky supplementing the pretty picture.
Good note also to enhance the place.
Very beautiful array of color. Well done.
Excellent management of light and sharpness.
Have a nice day.
nikkitta (17066) 2013-03-21 17:56
What a fascinating landscape taken from a high point of view, it seems to be the place to capture lake, beaches? and surroundings and with the help of the light of sun, create a postcard for St Patrick ´s day
Here in Buenos Aires this day is celebrated in plenty of Irish bars with lots of beers
Waylim (25502) 2013-03-21 18:02
It's that why we have to wear green for St Patricks Day. The is absolutely beautiful with wide sweeping view of the whole are and the lake nestles right in the middle of the greenery. Great sky with scatter clouds and beautiful light. Off course the photo quality is great as always, so much detail to appreciate here.
josepmarin (58359) 2013-03-22 5:25
when we think about Ireland, we think in a green landscape as this one.
The view you offer us from a high POV is spectacular, the beauty of the lake in the middle of the hills with the green vegetation is obvious and you have caught it skillfully.
I like the depth of the image and the photogenic clouds in the sky.
A gorgeous composition.
adores (45717) 2013-03-22 18:20
I'm glad you posted it! It's a magnificent landscape and a very good shot! I like the colours and the cloudy sky gave you a very special light. A very good quality shot, taken from a perfect pov!
chawax (20758) 2013-03-23 1:32
From this POV it is true this lake really looks like a reverse pint of Guinness ! I enjoyed the Wicklow Mountains when I've been there a few years ago and this Lough Tay was one of the best scenery you could see there. Good POV, nice colours and beautiful sky. Excellent sharpness as usual.
Have a nice week end,
emka (100059) 2013-03-23 17:36
jakos opusciłam to zdjecie z okazji św. Patryka. Ciekawa notka i Fantastyczne zdjecie. Wspaniała panorama i zieleń rzeczywiscie imponujaca. Piekne paprocie z przodu, a nad jeziorem nawet cos w rodzaku plazy. wspaniałe miejsce.
s_lush (16242) 2013-03-24 2:03
Your shot with well-managed contrast makes the scene looking three-dimensional and creates an effect of virtual presence at this wonderful place. Thanks for the beautiful image and interesting story about St. Patrick! Some people here in Ukraine celebrate his day, but a few of them know who he was.
andywo (4725) 2013-03-24 9:32
Malowniczy widoczek z wyspy sw.Patryka:-)
Gory Wicklow to interesujacy i jak widac naprawde piekny zakatek. Idealny kadr, malownicze niebo no i ta typowo irlandzka zielen.
Pozdrawiam z mrrroznej Polski!
wolf38 (31296) 2013-03-25 5:34
Hello Mariusz. It is a pleasure to look into the green Irish countryside. The light is very well represented. The cloudy sky complements the scene perfectly. Well done. Informative text.
fritzi007 (11071) 2013-03-25 16:18
und wieder; wunderschöne Landschaft und sehr guter Kommentar, natürlich eine super Fotoqualität!
delpeoples (58618) 2013-03-25 21:31
You would make St Patrick so proud with this beautiful photo. THe greenery, almost like a flag of Ireland is just so lush and abundant - one can almost appreciate all that rain needed in order to achieve it :) Superb high POV, wonderful depth and definition and a magical light throughout. Congratulations and I hope you had a wonderful Paddy's Day.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2013-03-26 9:07
Here we have another excelent nature composition and quality picture. A simphony of greens , with and blue sky. Excellent enquadrement, depth and a good resulting photo.
Have a nice evening,
Sonata11 (33927) 2013-03-27 20:42
Widok zapiera dech w piersiach. Przepiekna panorama, cudne chmury odbijajace sie w jeziorze. Cudowna kolorystyka, swiatlo, doskonala ostrosc. Bardzo mi sie podoba. Cudowne miejsce na zwiedzanie I podziwianie cudownej natury. Gratulacje.
bartekp (4746) 2013-03-29 14:05
Bardzo ładna kompozycja, piękne kolory, szkoda że przy tych HDR, czy pseudoHDR nie można wyciągnąć ładnie nieba, bez tworzenia dodatkowej warstwy. Wspaniałe miejsce.
artesia (959) 2013-04-01 9:38
Sigh... jealous much.
What a beautiful photo.. and scenery too. I would love to go there... Ireland is beautiful thru your eyes.
Perfect. The color, the composition. The cloud is captured so well balance with the overall picture.
brianmcc (6219) 2013-04-03 15:01
this is another one of your stunning pictures of ireland. your high vantage point shows off the scenery to the maximum. the light here is superb with the clouds passing across the sky helping to produce some lovely areas of light and shade. the resulting colours are beautiful, the full range of irish greens on display here. and as usual perfect depth, detail and sharpness.
EstelleJ (921) 2013-04-03 15:12
A stunning panoramic shot of this green hilly landscape celebrating the beautiful country of Ireland! The lake is a great center-point for this composition. You managed to convey the sense of depth and perspective in this photo masterfully, as well as the feeling of movement over this stationary view, almost like a bird flying over land.
macjake (69223) 2013-04-05 9:54
happy belated St. Patricks day :)
and what a way to celebrate it with a photo like this one!
as i'm looking at this, i'm sure Tosca would love to do some hiking here...many trails around in the area??
the best part of the photo is how it seems to have the visual effect of a bowl, drawing us inwards.
wicked depth, wicked colors and lighting.
one of your best for sure!!
see you around
Angshu (56758) 2013-04-10 23:48
This is so lovely! What attracts me most is the play of the shadows from the clouds playing on the mild slopes...which lead our eyes to the almost circular lake in the centre. The contrast between the green and the reflected sky on the lake is very appealing!
Vasa (515) 2013-04-13 14:18
That superb view merits 100 smiles. It is my contribution. All compliments Marius, friend.
PS. Can you tell me how you got the atmosphere (is it the procedure in Photoshop?)
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (37855)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-03
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
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- Theme(s): Irish landscapes by Mariusz [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-03-16 23:52
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