ventry harbour lies a few miles west of dingle in county kerry. ventry is a small village unusual in that it has two centres, both comprised of a pub and a shop. one has the catholic church, and the other has the primary school.
the whole ventry area is linked by the arc of ventry harbour, with one of the most attractive and safest beaches on the west coast of ireland. the rock layers are amazing and with the erosion from the sea has resulted in some wonderful structures.
this was the scene, according to folklore, where a great battle took place between fionn mac cumhaill and the king of the world. fionn had visited france, and abducted two french women, the daughter and wife of the king. the french king assembled a huge army, which included the king of the world, and headed for ireland to reclaim his women. the battle raged for a year and a day.
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marina7 (8055) 2012-07-13 7:45
exceptionally beautiful image, the colors of the sea and the sky contrast with the rocks so gorgeously. Love the effect of the slow shutter speed on the water and how sharp the rocks are revealing their texture in detail. Definitely not a place for a bloody battle but for blissful meditation:))
Amazing work, my compliments.
brAlm (1162) 2012-07-13 7:49
Irland wild and yet so beautiful.
beautiful representation of this country.
you are very well managed brightness
dta (67294) 2012-07-13 7:50
Hello Brian ,
Excellent choice of the shutter speed . The effect is outstanding : strong , but not unreal . The contrast of lighting are splendid .
janjan1897 (1337) 2012-07-13 8:51
Outstanding seascape shot with lots of detail captured in all parts of the image, revealing the textures of the rocks. The heavy sky adds much to the atmosphere of this shot. Wonderful colours and moody light. Great picture.
abmdsudi (43718) 2012-07-13 9:19
Good infor story to go along with this rather atmospheric but not lack of drama there. Lovely feel of movement as shown in the swirling water and the rocks diagonally lead the eyes into the picture with lots of dynamic and the silken sky is wonderful addition, and the wide DoF emphasises the texture very well. A good balaced exposure, fine clarity in excellent tones and contrast. A lovely composed shot, Well done. Cheers!
mjdundee (4663) 2012-07-13 9:57
Interessting note. You have captured the rocks well with planty of detail. The weather there did suit your technique well. Again a stunning seascape. TFS
rychem (24022) 2012-07-13 10:29
Beautiful seascape photo with soft water effect, nice colors and light, and the rain on horizon
Gigidusud (16299) 2012-07-13 12:17
Beautiful picture with splendid effect and nice colors.I love!
Have a nice WE.
SnapRJW (31469) 2012-07-13 23:57
Hi Brian - The pin-points of light and swirling sea gives a lovely liveliness to your seascape. Very good use of the diagonal lines running through the rocks and good textures too. Well managed shot all round. I really like the colour palette. Warm regards rosemary
delpeoples (53167) 2012-07-14 1:59
Well that's what happens when you abduct French women, I suppose :) But what a beautiful scene, the seascape is amazing and I love the textures of those rocks. You did really well slowing the exposure down like that, despite the fact that it's broad daylight. Beautiful colours and the f/18 aperture was wisely chosen, delivering a razor sharp depth of field.
Thanks for sharing, enjoy your weekend
dkmurphys (50030) 2012-07-14 2:00
You sure have a tallent to capture those sea side scenes. Lovely dynamic effect and amazing natural textures. Well composed.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-07-14 12:04
a picturesque endless view with very nice composition and soft lights, the POV is attractive. Romantic atmosphere, indeed. Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-07-14 12:52
Hello Brian ,
lovely colour tones...
well chosen shutter speed..
willperrett (7348) 2012-07-15 10:55
The extreme wide-angle has given you enormous depth of field, really necessary for a photograph of this type. I like the contrast between the dark and overcast background and the little waves highlighted by a patch of sun (was this really shot this year??). Nice colours, which look like nature intended! Good work.
williewhistler (14611) 2012-07-16 14:00
I particularly like the patterns created by the swirling tide by your good choice of shutter speed,very sharp and clear it`s a cracking shot.
mesutilgim (85454) 2012-07-17 12:57
Very nice capture of this stormy scenery.
Nice the rock formations in the foreground and perfect sharpness.
TFS and best regards
jemaflor (85510) 2012-07-18 9:41
ery well made, i like this fg with movement of these waves, good result, perfectly managed.
tyro (20696) 2012-07-21 10:33
I'm not quite sure how I missed this photograph, but it's wonderful! A very interesting note too - when was the redoubtable Fionn MacCumhaill supposed to have lived or is this just mythology? In fact, I just wonder this guy might have been the same mythological character as Finn McCool whose legend is also supposed to be connected to Fingal's Cave on the Scottish island of Staffa.
Anyway, to your photograph. The composition here is superb and to me suggests that it has been very painstakingly thought out with all elements pleasingly arranged within the frame. The high horizon, the large expanse of foreground rocks, the distant lands and the little clumps of rocks in the mid-ground all fit together perfectly.
You have also carefully planned your exposure too, 1/6 second giving just the right amount of movement to the incoming waves without the water becoming overly "milky". I also suspect that, as with many of your pictures, you have used a graduated filter selectively to darken the sky.
The result of all this work is superb. The exposure is spot-on, the colours are beautiful and the textures in the water and foreground rocks are stunning.
A photograph of which to be rightly proud!
annjackman (19937) 2012-07-22 1:36
I love the swirling water and the subtle colour changes. The rocky FG and the rocks poking out of the water suggest that this might not be a safe place to swim! I like the horizon high in the picture with its interesting sky. A beautifully managed image - very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
danyy (0) 2012-07-23 4:25
c'est magnifique, grandiose et sauvage, désolé.
Un POV bas qui nous met pas loin de la surface des eaux.
Profondeur et rafraîchissement pour une photo prise au bon moment par rapport au développement de la vague.
mauro61 (52623) 2012-07-23 13:14
belissima questa costa selvaggia con un mare spettacolare.
La tonalità incide bene sulla definizione e il risultato è davvero eccellente.
Complimenti e buona serata
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-08-02 10:34
it's been quite sometime since I haven't seen your images. Love the colours in here and the scenery as well. I wonder what would it look like if the exposure was held on a bit further more, I guess the soft blurs on the water would even look more fantastic, anyway, this image is well executed regardless! Great shot!
elenimavrandoni (14259) 2013-10-21 20:32
Brian, a very beautiful seascape with the touches of the coming storm..the colors are very nice especially the way they blend with the horizon and the sky!!
your work is to admire always..
thank you so much for visiting, I'm very happy to see you again!!
all the best to you always...