This is the Great Pollet Arch on the Fanad Peninsula in north west Donegal. My title refers to two things: firstly how to get there. This place is so remote it was scary. We walked for ages, crossing fields, 3,041 cow pats, 9 million mosquitos and midges, barbed wire fences, wrong turns and finally the treasure at the end of the journey. I received over 50 midge bites, fell on my backside scrambling down rocks twice and nearly got lost in the secret pirate cave just near here. But it was worth every second!
In my WS is a photo of the gear I was using and the light conditions as they were.
The second thing the title refers to is a poem by Irishman WB Yeats called Aedh Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven:
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
PS: I mentioned this to John Tyro, but the difference between Irish light and Australian light is remarkable. My respect goes out to the photographers in Ireland and the British Isles who cope with this diffused light so well. I had real difficulty coping with it and am overall really disappointed with my Irish shots. Anyway, here's one of the better ones, apologies in advance.
Canon 5D Mk II
10 stop filter
Lee grey-graduated filter 0.9
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daddo (24247) 2013-10-10 15:45
Ciao cara Lisa. Light is an important and elusive aspect in photography. i found it hard in Malaysia where there was a constant glare and even on clear days things looked diffused. I think here the overcast skies add to the mood. A blue sky and different light would make this just another pretty picture, whereas here one feels the vagaries of weather and the impact of wind and sea spray on solid rock.Regards. Klaudio.
rigoletto (34255) 2013-10-10 15:55
i will sound nasty as usual, but the one in the workshop is a good example of the regular TE style while the one in the real post almost has an "AdamBurton" taste... you get what i mean...
the camera never lies, they say. both versions are done with cameras both of which tell the truth, yet the WS version is the analogy to a regular person with a daily vocabulary limited to 50 words, while the original version enjoys uttering lines from a shakespeare sonnet. again you get what i mean ;)
emilbo (22610) 2013-10-10 16:01
Ce rocher est très intéressant avec une porte sur la mer. Quelle aventure pour se rendre là mais il en valait la peine. Belle présentation et excellente note.
Toutes mes amitiés,
Didi (56905) 2013-10-10 16:39
Good use of the low speed who gives a milky ocean
Very original rock
jcpix (13658) 2013-10-10 16:41
Good morning dear Lisa,
No need to apologize....what a terrific transformation! Such a stark contrast between the two images, and yes...dealing with that kind of light can be a real pain in the ***, it just dulls down an entire scene.
I would have to say this was most certainly worth the effort...did you actually count each and every mosquito though, that number sounds a bit high?? :)
It's amazing what a difference a camera can make...but more importantly, it's the photographer that truly makes or breaks the shot with the proper knowledge and execution. Safe to say, you know how to work it. You know what I mean, get your mind out of the gutter.....mine needs to float by! :)
Straight to the point though, this is a most pleasing result...you've done it proud! Enjoy the rest of the day. Take it easy.
Periko (2663) 2013-10-10 18:10
This is a great work of Mr. Erosion.
You deserve a reward, not only by the magnificent photo, but also by the difficulties in reaching this place.
npecanhuk (65530) 2013-10-10 18:59
Very interesting and attractive place!
Special regards to the colors, exposure and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Sonata11 (33251) 2013-10-10 19:27
Hi dear Lisa,
beautiful composition of seascape and the huge rock in the FG and beautiful executed image. Tfs. Awesome !!!
SnapRJW (31147) 2013-10-10 21:41
Hello dear Lisa - What a treat to see this this morning. Hats off to you for braving the wilds of Ireland to get this shot, it captures the light and mood very well. Your long exposure has had an effect here that I don't think I have noticed before, not so much visual but emotional. Combined with the wonderful subject matter there is a real feel of comfort, timelessness and solidity here; it's as if you have captured something deeply spiritual. I'm not explaining my impressions very well but this is far more than a 'record' of the scene.
As to your comment about the Irish and Australian light being different. I experienced exactly that (substitute Namibia for Australia). I found the skies really difficult!
TFS this. It's a cracker Warmest regards Rosemary
carlo62 (32839) 2013-10-10 22:44
Ciao Lisuccia cara
nonostante le difficoltà delle differenze di luce, sforni meraviglie ugualmente, sei inarrestabile.
Brava doppiamente, è più difficile muoversi in ambienti sconosciuti e per questo va reso merito a chi ci riesce con grande maestria, come nel tuo caso.
jjcordier (76364) 2013-10-10 22:55
Une très bonne photo comme ça, il faut la mériter! L'effort en valait la peine car le résultat est excellent. J'admire encore une fois ta maîtrise de ce type de photos.
emka (78958) 2013-10-10 23:33
Ciao cara Lisa, You are a bit lazy with showing your photos from Europe trip. Thanks for the Workshop photo. I can see that i have already tripod :0 but still there is one thing that is very useful, I mean grad filter. You mounted it on your came, i think. And what a difference! You show us wonderful sky instead of something whitewashed. Fantastic atmosphere in this remote place. it is how I imagine Ireland. I like your note, what an adventure :).
I fell already strong itching in feet and hands
olive224 (2719) 2013-10-11 0:00
Great landscape captured here
Maybe a little to much contrast to my taste but that's ok ;)
THe composition is well balanced anyway
dkmurphys (49338) 2013-10-11 0:15
This is like the Azure Window from Malta. Lovely place, great quality postcard with that natural attraction.
Have a great weekend.
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-10-11 0:35
dissapointed with your shots?I´m sure most of us would be delighted of the pictures you´re not satisfied with.
This one,actually these two(because the picture in WS with your camera on the tripod is great!)appeal to me much.
I think I´ll have to finally start learning more about ND filters and someday buy it(the result you achieved here is fabulous!).
It´s not only the "silky"look of the water,but also the way the filter affected the color saturation(which is excellently visible in the FG-green shades are so bright and vivid!).
Beautiful and very atmosperic scene!
Wish You a nice weekend
ikeharel (57232) 2013-10-11 0:58
When I saw the WS pic., dear Lisa, the first thought came to my mind is how you carry all this stuff around half the globe and up the hill for a unique look on the arch - too heavy equipped. Yet, the result is a stunning view, exposed 4 sec.'s to show how beautiful this location is.
Bravo, my cong.'s,
lousat (76936) 2013-10-11 2:29
Ciao Lisa,davvero geniale in tuo WS,si vede che ci metti l'anima nella tua passione per la fotografia,una idea eccellente per vedere le differenze tra camera e i-phone,e poi la foto....davvero magnifica,elaborata alla grande e con una atmosfera strepitosa!! Buon weekend e complimenti,Luciano
gojo (1769) 2013-10-11 2:49
We are all thankful for your hardships and effort, really lovely!
timecapturer (48778) 2013-10-11 4:06
Ireland was obviously the place to be in September with you and Rosemary posting some of the delights of the emerald isle. This is just beautiful! Execution and presentation exquisite and testament to both your technique and cow pat avoiding skills. :-).
Have a great weekend - Brian.
rbassin (18183) 2013-10-11 5:15
une superbe photo, le paysage est magnifique vous avez obtenu un très bel effet en surface de la mer, avec un lumière très particulière.
Sergiom (60106) 2013-10-11 6:00
This a typical picture from you. I think you like sea side a lot. In Ireland , must have been nirvana for you. I like this long exposure a lot.
Have a nice day
macjake (56590) 2013-10-11 6:25
Hell, I'm just glad to see you were carrying and using a tripod!
Out of that list of annoyances along this journey, the one thing I hate more than anything else are flies and mosquitos! Argh....they bug me!
I purchased a 'bug net' to cover my face on hikes, and Tosca laughs at me, daring me to wear it as i'm sure I'll make a total fool of myself hiking with a freaking net over my face lol
I've yet to wear it :)
well, good on ya to get this rock formation scene, looks great and I can see why you wanted to see it in person.
My question is, how did you even know about it if its in such a secret hard-to-get-to-location?
and again, you do something i never do, which is using those filters.
But it certainly works with these long exposures right?!
Well, I hope you've recovered from your bug bites and bruises on your bum! lol
Sorry to hear you feel disappointed with your Ireland photos, that never feels good :(
but that doesn't mean we don't want to see them :)
Happy you were able to reach your rock formation in one piece.
I'm off to work...see ya
bayno (18342) 2013-10-11 6:37
che belle tonalità fredde...e posso immaginare l'acqua ;) stupenda la formazione rocciosa e stupendo è il tuo scatto in tutti i suoi particolari curati e voluti...ottimo l'uso dei filtri per un bell'effetto sul mare....
siudzi (33609) 2013-10-11 6:44
Outstanding landscape post perfectly executed and composed. The visual effect created by using long exposure is absolutely fantastic and make the scene truly attractive. Excellent work! Love it! TFS.
lgir (6891) 2013-10-11 7:37
What an adventure, indeed, to get to this place. But it was worth it when we see such a landscape. The helping filter, the picture is outstanding with these contrasts that make the beauty of this country.
abmdsudi (43542) 2013-10-11 9:12
A terrific smooth long exposure shot and the effect created yet it's so tranquil. The placement of subjects are just perfect here with the rock ensures focus is held there strongly. Your colour palette is beautiful and so luminous complemented nicely by the sky and foreground. Nice photo works, Congrats
photoray (12197) 2013-10-11 9:56
Excellent view of Nature's grandiose arch, in warm tones, fine resolution, and the milky water background.
And we are all glad you worked hard to get here which makes it all more rewarding. ("No pain, No gain").
We look forward to more of you European adventures,
PS: I am learning to use my Canon MKIII's individual light metering modes in lieu of the 'automatic' setting and have noticed quite a difference.
ourania (31073) 2013-10-11 10:14
Hello dear Lisa,
a wonderful collaboration of nature and artist, each gave their best. The difficult lighting conditions cover to a great degree the beautiful subtle hues and details of this scenery. You've managed to reveal them and present a captivating spectacle before the viewer's feet:) and eyes. I love the sense of height and depth and the role of the arch in its fascination. The softness of the water contrasts superbly with the textures of the rocks and the vegetation. The colours are magnificent. A very appealing artistic interpretation of the natural scenery, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
cornejo (31528) 2013-10-11 10:26
Hi Lisa, lovely sea view from this beautiful and interesting place, very well composed and captured in this very good and nice photo. An interesting and beautiful image of a beautiful natural landscape, with good sharpness, depth, good light and color. A nice, good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good morning and happy weekend.
All the best from southern Spain.
Romano46 (18452) 2013-10-11 10:55
innanzitutto una premessa: nel proporre la foto che hai commentato ho pensato a te e all'incontro al ghetto.
I colori estivi sono ben diversi da quelli da me proposti ma splendidi a mio parere in entrambi i casi. Col tempo ne proporrò delle altre per arricchire il mio recente tema sui ponti.
Fatta questa breve premessa un commento alla tua foto di oggi è più che doveroso, ma in questo caso le parole non riescono ad esprimere al meglio quello che si prova nell'osservarlo. Una sintesi perfetta di perfezione tecnica e di soggetto grandioso che rientra ampiamente nel tuo bagaglio fotografico e del quale ci sono splendidi esempi colti in varie località.
Una splendida cattura alla quale ai aggiunto la tua perfetta conoscenza della tecnica che hai sfruttato al meglio per ottenere questo felice connubio di roccia, erba e mare incantato.
Bravissima come al solito
Ciao e buon finme settimana
EstudioChispa (1922) 2013-10-11 11:43
LOVE the Yeats! And in general, (it has always been my opinion) that diffuse light is easier to render for good details in highlights and shadows, so if you are a master in harder light, softer light should be easier. The WS foto of the camera and the scene was quite illustrative!
All my best,
jadesgran (5352) 2013-10-11 11:51
it`s nice to be able to see some of your holiday photographs,this is just lovely,no wonder you`re pleased with it.
Best wishes to you and K .
williewhistler (14183) 2013-10-11 11:56
Isn`t it just so rewarding when things turn out just as you want them to,after putting in all the effort to reach the location, getting everything set up correctly and then to actually release the shutter....
The use of the filters has balanced the image as well smoothing the sea perfectly and of course the composition is faultless.
It`s a stunning shot,love it to bits.
Kindest wishes Les.
fabbs99 (16167) 2013-10-11 23:03
Great view of the lake in slow speed.Vibrant color tones with high sharpness. Excellent light management. Very well done.TFS.
PaulVDV (22141) 2013-10-12 0:40
I don't understand why you apologize. This is a sublime shot of an extraordinary natural phenomenon.
The difficult walk towards the arch seems like a great adventure with a magnificent reward at the end of it.
The view is stunning and I like the contrast between the lovely green FG full of flowers, the rock colour of the walls of the arch and the heavily overcast sky.
Best regards, Paul
danos (86739) 2013-10-12 2:41
nice the view as the presentation of this specific rock formation with the WS to completes perfect your effort to shot the place.I'm impressed the way that the burnt sky in the WS, changed with the use of the filter to a very effective as dramatically one.Excellent photojob.
ChrisJ (97974) 2013-10-12 3:44
Sort of looks like Loch Ard Gorge in Victoria only much greener. I bet it rains here a lot! I like the motion blurred water from the long time exposure. Excellent sharpness and a marvellous high pov. The warm cold colour contrast between the blue and yellow red and yellow green is superb. Might take off on vacation either tonight or in the morning. I have a week off from work so it would be silly to sit around the hotel for a week!
Noel_Byrne (24277) 2013-10-12 6:16
That line was drilled into me in school, and I am glad as its a beautiful line and it makes a beautiful title to this soft natural scene. The clouds look superb above the archway, very threatening and making a nice bit of drama and your note has made me smile. The things we do and places we go to get the right picture. Worth every moment of it for this, a classically beautiful image with wonderful color and light.
Cricri (106327) 2013-10-12 22:48
Hi dear Lisa
Beaucoup d'obstacle pour y arrivée, mais cela en valait la peine, ce rocher avec son arche est spectaculaire, j'aime le rendu des couleurs, la mer lisse et le ciel menaçant
très belle image de ce très beau pays, dont j'ai eue la chance de visitée une partie
Beau dimanche a toi
mkamionka (30618) 2013-10-16 6:38
I thought I have already commented on this one but it was probably on the FB. I had the pleasure of visiting the Fanad Peninsula but not this particular arch. It seems really pretty and your presentation shows it probably much nicer than it was. It seems from your description that it was not very easy to find it...
Great work here, I like the overall mood and the great details of the rock formations plus some vegetation in the foreground. Indeed the light is quite different here on the islands but we are happy if there is any light and any features in the sky, last weekend had such a dull sky... you cannot do anything with it.
Very impressive work,
brianmcc (6181) 2013-10-26 3:38
this is a cracker. i haven't visited here before but your picture makes me want to go there with camera in hand. this is an extra-ordinary geological structure which you have framed so well in this picture. the foreground is excellent with the greenery and tiny flowers overlooking the sea. you story of getting to the site sounds familiar: the things you have to do to get the picture you want.
kiks (11749) 2014-01-27 8:31
Hi Lisa, the long exposure create a wonderful velvet effet that contrasts so well with the crispy look of theplants and rock. Wonderful