This is a shot taken at this years Trim Haymaking festival held in the town on June 14th 2014.
The festival is an annual event in the town which has been going since the 1960's. The idea of it is to look back at the traditions of Ireland, and what makes the Irish people who they are today. As Ireland has such a strong connection to agriculture with many people either working in, or being only one or two generations removed from the land, farming plays a big part in the event.
Events over the weekend involve haymaking in traditional manners, manually and with horse drawn equipment as well as displays of old farm machinery, goat shows, donkey races, barn dancing, singing and poetry. This year the traditional gypsy village was replaced with Old Dans Farm, so all manner of farm animals were on display, as well as examples of really old farm machinery and old ways of working and cooking.
The reason for the name of this shot is that this is a lady of whom I have posted a shot before, which I took at last years festival. She is one of the people involved in organizing the event, and she always seems to have a very warm smile. The pic from last years festival of the same lady can be seen Here
The caravan behind her is a traditional caravan used by the travelling community in Ireland. Although most of these people have now changed to newer style caravans with modern luxuries, you can still occasionally see one of these older styles on the roads of the country or more likely at fairs like these.
Thanks for looking!
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imageme (1759) 2014-06-15 9:33
Hi Noel, Nice colours and tones, the lady seems enjoying the event very much. Great snapshot taking with nice light. Thank for sharing
photographer_sg (4159) 2014-06-15 9:42
This is a beautiful picture full of warmth and vibrance. Your main subject is wonderful of course and the colourful caravan provides a pleasing background as well as context to the composition. It's good to see the old customs and traditions celebrated through such festivals.
Thanks for sharing and have a great new week ahead.
Fis2 (85499) 2014-06-15 9:46
Lady is a sympathetic :)
Good frame and nicely colors.
Have a nice evening
ktanska (24758) 2014-06-15 11:22
Originally coming from a farm myself that kind of event would be very interesting to see for me. This pose though doesn't give impression of hard manual work! Lovely portrait with wide smile and special colourful background.
SnapRJW (31119) 2014-06-15 12:27
Hi Noel - It was my dad's dream to hire one of these horse-drawn vans a take a slow tour of Ireland. Sadly, it was never realised. He would have really enjoyed this summer fair and I imagine it is a great day out.
The featured lady is dressed for the occasion and looks very cheerful and warm-hearted. The caravan makes a splendid background. Pity about the man with his bikes caught in your frame and the shot would have more immediacy had the lady been looking directly at your lens. However, neither of these issues spoils my enjoyment of your shot. I look forward to more from the event.
mesutilgim (84314) 2014-06-15 12:28
Hello dear Noel,
Amazing capture with perfect pov and layout.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
carlo62 (32765) 2014-06-15 13:57
bello scatto, fresco e colorato, il sorriso della signora è solare e sprizza simpatia.
Ricordo bene le foto dello scorso anno e aspetto le tue prossime foto della festa di questo anno.
emka (78876) 2014-06-15 15:14
Hello Noel, how interesting that you show us the same lady with the charming smile. Nice idea of such festival, beautiful this old caravan. Very nice picture with warm feeling.
photoray (12173) 2014-06-15 17:03
Fine candid of the Trim Haymaking celebrant and the gypsy like wood caravan in colorful design.
Always good to know the history of cultures are celebrated and continue.
Irish immigrants to America often worked in agriculture fields. My Grandfather, Irish descendant, Henry McClain made extra money on Saturdays picking avocados and as a small boy, I sometimes helped by holding up the basket for the avocados to prevent them from being bruised.
Thanks for sharing,
Sonata11 (33251) 2014-06-15 21:09
wonderful composition of this festival scene. I love the colors and the light with great sharpness, clarity. Wonderfully attained image. Perfectly well done. All the best, Barbara
jjcordier (76344) 2014-06-15 23:24
Il me semblait avoir déjà vu cette dame! J'aime beaucoup ta version de cette année, colorée et très bien composée.
jemaflor (84695) 2014-06-15 23:40
Well taken, perfect portrait and pleasant colors, nice with this large format, tfs.
wolf38 (31280) 2014-06-16 0:04
Hi Noel. This colorful photo is a true eye-catcher. The original dressed woman is very self-conscious. Deas photo is perfectly complemented by informative text. Overall, a great contribution to TE.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
timecapturer (48706) 2014-06-16 3:00
this is wonderful! So much character and captured so perfectly. I would love to experience a festival like this it must be such an opportunity for a photographer with all the colour and traditional atmosphere.
Have a good week - B.
jhm (139200) 2014-06-16 4:48
I life immediate sixty year back in the time, when the Bohemians came on the farm of my father with horse and carriage.
Now a lovely a wonderful event with a smiling lady in foreground.
A lovely composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (60038) 2014-06-16 5:42
Elle prend fièrement la pose cette belle dame dans ses beaux vêtements de circonstance. Et quel beau sourire qui illumine la scène. Sa roulotte est de toute beauté.
ourania (30991) 2014-06-16 12:59
it was nice to have another look at last year's photo too, it had left a strong impression with its composition and colours as well as the lady's smile. Nice to see this friendly lady again this year, I hope you had a great time at the festival, maybe you could build a gallery of portraits through your visits each year (if you are interested in such a project that is). Different composition, pose, background, hairstyle and costume this year, the same lovely smile though. The caravan is very attractive, your picture is very well lit, delightfully sharp and vivid. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
PS Thank you very much for the story you included in your lovely comment, personifying and analyzing my subjects:)
omid266 (4788) 2014-06-16 21:45
Dear my friend,
an excellent and interesting shot from this old fesrival, woman an her interesting car that i saw berfore in films and cartons in TV,
very nice captured , good text , fine colours,
very well shown the tradition in Ireland and Thanks!
also Thanks for your informative reply to my email,
pajaran (52050) 2014-06-16 23:01
Interesantan tekst o festivalu sa opisom, lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana zena u narodnoj nosnji ispred drvenih kola, lepe boje.
Festrivali su lepi za druzenje.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the festival with a description, a nice view and a second ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated women in traditional costume in front of the wooden cars, beautiful colors.
Festrivali are nice for socializing.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
nikkitta (14852) 2014-06-17 9:24
What a colorful and charming capture of the smiling lady dressed with Ireland colors
How good to know this traditions are still and hope for long time well alive
Well done , hope as well you enjoy being at that place (festival)
abmdsudi (43490) 2014-06-18 2:00
From the days of style and elegance Noel!! and tx to the infor notes. A well captured moment from the festival, for me the colours have a nicer sense of contrast and depth. I like the treatment, works well with the time and the elements of history $ tradition. Great capture, tfs
batalay (35583) 2014-06-19 10:27
I love this shot, evocative of the festival shots posted from Japan by Takero. Initially, I thought the photo depicted a "traveler," whom I've known about from my days in England, but not a term familiar to Americans in general.
macjake (56538) 2014-06-20 11:21
uh oh! another Festival type photo!! :)
I can see our dear TE friend Gert having a hay-day here! He'd be in photographic heaven lol
for obvious reasons, the colors and the smile are the main attraction in this scene.
whats going on in the bg on the right? haha
delpeoples (53009) 2014-06-21 4:20
Dia Duit dear Noel
What a lovely face she has too, and a ready smile for you. She looks so sweet sitting on the colourful old caravan in her traditional costume. We must be very grateful to people like her, who take lots of time and energy to organise these events and protect traditions and history. Excellent vertical frame, sharpness and bright vivid colours.
Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend
mirosu (13774) 2014-06-21 19:20
I like this photo, so typical for many places where similar festival take place. It remind me to my childhood when I was always very keen to see what they are hiding in the caravan wagon (pulled by horses).
Nicely arranged photo with pleasant smiling face and nice colors. The framing in portrait format is very good.
Very well done my friend.
Wish you a nice Sunday.
rogerl (1544) 2014-06-23 13:42
Noel, great colors, nice composition, and a very happy subject. I like the wagon almost wholly filling the frame. Thanks.
jcpix (13658) 2014-06-24 21:35
This is going to sound self serving, but I thought she looked familiar...and sure enough! :) These have been some of my favorites from your gallery, you've been able to capture the atmosphere, character and culture from this event and display it with real zest and appeal.
This one is certainly quite colorful too, and a composition which plays right into the strong points of the scene. I actually like the fact you caught this at a moment where's she's looking away, almost as if another shutterbug has stolen your shot. lol
Something tells me the donkey races would be the most amusing...I mean, you could get away with yelling "Run you jack-ass, run!" :) Here's to hoping we see more from the event. Have a good one.
Cheers from the heater,
So, did you magically make that dinner bowl of cereal actually taste like chicken? hehe Happy Hump Day!
CLODO (30256) 2014-06-25 0:19
can't miss it by the framing and the various colors, she is happy to live there and to be taken in picture by you.
InasiaJones (31448) 2014-06-27 16:14
An image that evokes a children storybook, full of colours and amusing shapes.
The nice lady appreciate the attention and both of you enjoyed the moment. I found your note extremely interesting, as I wouldn't have expected to find one of these caravans on the road! What an original way to travel around!
Have a nice weekend!
Miguel82 (23367) 2014-07-17 20:00
What a beautiful and natural portrait captured during a festival in June, interesting vertical frame, good sharpness Noel, bright hues, regards
rigoletto (34255) 2014-07-20 4:13
lets talk about charm :)
how i envy you and your chance of running into such exotic looks in your country. the cute lady is the wonder of your photo while her coronation with the caravan makes this photo a "boomer". you already know that the wheels on the right are a bit of excess material, but you could do nothing about it.