Pictured here is a tourist at the Giants Causeway in North Antrim.
The Causeway itself is renowned the world over for its natural and unique beauty, and I visited once again this summer. As I was taking some shots, this lady came along and made her pose. She took out what I can only describe as a selfie stick from her bag and proceeded to take what I would guess are pretty impressive selfies!
perhaps its because I am not into the selfie craze, but I found it quite amusing that an invention like this exists. It certainly drew the attention of many people around her.
The Giants Causeway itself is situated near the small town of Bushmills.
It is an area of some 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the resut of an ancient volcanic explosion. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the foot of the cliffs and disappear into the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, but some have 4, 5 or even 7 or 8 sides. The tallest are about 12 metres high.
This is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.
The legends of Ireland tell of the creation of the causeway in the legend of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, an Irish giant who lived in this area.
Another giant across the channel in Scotland by the name of Fingal began one day to hurl insults at Mac Cumhaill, and enraged, he picked up a clod of earth and threw it at his Scottish foe.
The hole from the earth taken became Lough Neagh, and the clod itself became the isle of man.
The causeway is said to be the remains of a landbridge Mac Cumhaill began to make in order to cross the channel to fight the Scottish Giant.
As well as the main feature of the causeway itself, there is also beautiful cliff walks around the area, offering great views of the cliffs and the waves crashing below.
Thanks for looking!
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holmertz (59812) 2014-09-13 12:17
I thought this young woman looked like a fairy with a magic wand. A "selfie stick" would be as close as you can get to that these days. It should be a superb invention for people from East Asia who travel alone but still want pictures of themselves in front of every important view or monument :-).
In any case her appearance in front of you had a touch of magic. She improved your composition immensely. The Giant's Causeway is an exciting place, but what a difference an interesting and well placed human beng makes.
I was here in 1968 but unfortunately the photos I took are utterly bad. Totally impossible for TE.
photoray (13981) 2014-09-13 12:41
Amusing and artistic scene, with the young female with 'selfie stick camera' standing on top of the geometric lava columns, enhanced by the sun radiating off the water surface and island backdrop.
alvaraalto (20704) 2014-09-13 12:47
I had to look twice before I saw that this girl probably travels through the world to make pictures of herself using her magic shelfiestick.
I think it should be much more fun if she asked you to take a picture of her….But on the other side…..You had missed the opportunity for this fascinating picture.
PaulVDV (32799) 2014-09-13 13:00
When I was in Japan last spring I've seen several times tourists with a selfie stick. It were always Asian tourists (Japanese and Chinese mostly) and the name is indeed 'selfie stick'. Often it was used by couples or by several persons who traveled together so that everyone was on the picture.
I admit that I always found it a funny sight.
I like this composition with the top of the big basalt columns on the foreground and the steep rocky island or peninsula on the background. The view from there must be awesome, I guess and I see that other visitors were climbing that rock.
Best regards, Paul
carlo62 (55852) 2014-09-13 13:23
sicuramente il luogo più conosciuto di questo paese, molto interessante dal punto di vista storico geologico.
La tua foto è molto originale, la signorina riempie l'immagine con il suo movimento, catturando l'attenzione dell'osservatore.
macjake (73063) 2014-09-13 14:44
you could have titled this photo "Selfie Stick"
that would have been awesome.
when did selfies become so popular? just a few years ago right?
it wasn't that long ago, in the PRE-Facebook age where everybody in the world was obsessed with Privacy.
Now everyone is obsessed with photographing themselves and letting the world know what they ate for dinner and when they're off to the bathroom!
The world has done a complete 180 Degree opposite turn!
how weird is that!!
cute girl with a cute facial expression, i like that.
did you show her YOUR photo of herself? :)
Maybe she would enjoy it more than the selfie she got :)
fun post, really like it
miumiu (6113) 2014-09-13 15:30
Superb capture and title!
This place is very beautiful. The sky gives a very impressive atmosphere of your photo.
I like the sharpness, colours and composition.
omid266 (6750) 2014-09-13 20:12
Hi Dear Noel,
This is another nice and informatine post,
very nice scene from young woman with equipment,
Excellent sky and POV,
Nice and very Thanks!
** Have a Nice Day , **
berek (50508) 2014-09-13 21:33
a beautiful natural atmosphere, lovely green. Selfie became unstoppable fashion. I think the best invention of the last few years.i'm always supports selfie :-)
Have a nice Sunday
jjcordier (79297) 2014-09-13 23:40
Cette mode des selfies m'étonne, parfois m'amuse et souvent m'énerve. Cette longue tige-support doit être bien pratique pour réussir l'exercice.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-09-14 2:46
now that is inventive and must make a much better job of a "selfie" than the sometimes grotesque close ups that people manage to take and post on social media. I assume the mobile is on some sort of delayed exposure. It makes for a fascinating and original shot and it works beautifully. Excellent!
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
Royaldevon (43985) 2014-09-14 2:53
This is an extra invention!
I've never seen a selfie on a wand before but what a great shot for you!
We have the unmistakable details of the causeway, a very well placed focal figure creating terrific interest and a wonderful moody backdrop.
Have a lovely Sunday,
Silvio1953 (154291) 2014-09-14 5:32
Ciao Noel, nice scene with lovely girl, beautiful landscape, good clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
tyro (26142) 2014-09-14 6:09
You have given us a fabulous photograph and note which together span the ages - from the millions of years ago when these great basalt columns were formed to the most recent times in which the "selfie" has become a modern craze. Just a pity that Fingal and Fionn Mac Cumhaill hadn't taken "selfies" at the time and we would have been able to verify your interesting story!
A lovely photograph in which we see the basalt columns of the famous Giant's Causeway in both the foreground and distant view and in which the young tourist is perfectly placed and perfectly seen taking her own photograph with a rather ingenious "selfie stick".
willperrett (11918) 2014-09-14 8:38
This is a quirky image which gains its lively interest from the girl taking a selfie. Nicely balanced composition; but the lighting is rather flat, and the overall feel is of late evening: I don't know if that's the case, or whether it's just a bit of under-exposure.
jemaflor (103749) 2014-09-14 9:05
Great landscape well resneted with the FG and interesting and funnt detail with the tourist and the selfie.
ourania (51103) 2014-09-14 9:38
an interesting scene in a very well composed photo. It's great that you have combined the basalt foreground with the curious little island in the background, that looks like a camouflaged fort. In Greek mythology there are similar explanations about the creation of islands -a small, volcanic island in Dodecanese, Nisyros, was created when Jupiter threw a huge rock to crush a rebel Titan, Polyvotis:) Amid fascinating geological phenomena and myths, the lady has chosen a great spot to compose her selfie and you have placed her excellently in your frame too. Colours and atmosphere have a special quality. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
jcpix (13950) 2014-09-15 19:09
So many pictures to catch up on in your gallery, but after recently seeing so many of these "selfie sticks" in Moscow, I can't pass by this one any longer. :) I'm with you, I just don't get the selfie craze, and frankly, wish it would disappear all together...but that's wishful thinking, yeah?
On the flip side however, it sure creates a good opportunity for those of us focused on something besides ourselves and the dumb faces we can make...or am I the only one doing that?? lol
A fun mixture of history, element and the modern day craze. Now these are the skies I expect to see from Ireland. ;) Great moment seized, keep an eye out for more...the "selfies" are among us all! Have a good one. Take it easy.
Cheers from the sunny side,
Fis2 (107596) 2014-09-16 10:02
A very interesting place.
Curious view and scene.
I like frame and colors.
Girl add savor of composition.
ktanska (29477) 2014-09-16 10:16
This is a fun combination of awesome landcape and modern culture phenomenon. I'm not a fan of selfies either, but I believe such a stick can make them suck less...
Those stones are awesome, and somehow the sky seems to repeat the pattern.
Tue (43948) 2014-09-16 13:48
Oh yeah, during my last holiday I also met many people using such a selfie stick. Nice capture of the tourist visiting this famous place. You placed the island in the background well on the left hand side of the composition and the light was beautiful here.
Gigidusud (21247) 2014-09-16 15:23
Une scène amusante bien capturée. Très jolie la lumière qui filtre à travers les nuages et superbes les reflets brillants sur l'eau. J'aime beaucoup!
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-09-17 6:04
Humans are so innovative! First time I've seen somebody doing a selfie this way. Nicely captured with good pov and nice details. Well done, tfs.
mkamionka (40183) 2014-09-17 13:58
living in Ireland for 5 years of course I could not miss this place. It is one of 3 UNESCO world heritage sites on the Island. I visited all of them anyway.
I think I even have a quite similar photo of this in my TE gallery but without the Chinese model :)
Great idea both for a photo and for designing such useful "tripods".
COSTANTINO (70282) 2014-09-17 22:52
Hello my dear friend
clever way to take a shot for herself
selfies are very usuals photos in our
days I like the combination here of
the wild rocks in the foreground and the
big rock in the background with natural
and unique beauty
thanks a lot
Miguel82 (27752) 2014-09-29 13:15
Hi Noel, superb effect it is as if she touches something in the sky, pleasant view of Antrim coast
batalay (40523) 2014-10-05 7:33
Fabulous shot! I have never seen an monopod for mini-cameras expressly made for selfies.
I must put this shot among my favorites as I cannot lose either the photo nor your note.
Incidentally, in the photo you critiqued of mine in front at the Acropolis Museum, that is not my reflection, but rather a direct shot of my friend, Kostas Dialynas. He was shooting me, and I shot him with my camera held at hip height.
Incidentally, I am happy that you will upload some of your photos into the group theme, "City reflections."
serp2000 (45970) 2016-09-28 10:57
As always the sky is grey ;) Anyway this is clever composition, the girl and this hilly island on the background!
Clever idea and excellent realisation!
Have a great time!
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (33732)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-09-03
- Categories: Humorous, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-09-13 11:42
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