We spent a few days in the centre of the South West Kerry fishing industry; the village of Portmagee. This colourful village has an equally colourful past, named after Captain Theobald Magee, a notorious 18th Century smuggler he and his compatriots preyed on vessels from the Continent and North America. Having served in the army of the English King James as an officer, Magee ‘retired’ to a life of merchant shipping between France, Portugal and Ireland. Thanks to the intricately chiseled coast around the South West, his trade in contraband spirits, textiles and tea and tobacco was extremely hard to police and therefore extremely profitable.
Portmagee’s most striking feature is undoubtedly its wonderfully colourful buildings. They compete for attention with its fishing fleet, and the cumulative impact of all this colour is a delight to the photographer. Irish weather though is unpredictable and cloudy, wet conditions can soon blow up. This shot was taken at about 8 in the morning, low cloud envelopes the mountains behind the houses and the sun makes a valiant attempt to brighten the day.
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timecapturer (49288) 2013-09-23 4:55
a beautiful capture this full of Irish charm and atmosphere. Glorious colours and a serenity that only comes with the morning light. Flawless execution and a quality presentation this.
Have a good week - Brian.
npecanhuk (67388) 2013-09-23 4:56
Lovely and beautiful picture with special regards to the horizontal format, chosen pov, composition, colors and exposure!
I love those reflections and the contrast betweent the colorful façades and boats and the grey clouds in the upper bg!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week,
snunney (86300) 2013-09-23 5:18
The morning light is ideal to bring out the colours of the buildings and fishing boats. The shot is well composed using the boats to draw attention toward the multi-coloured buildings in the background and encompassing some lovely reflections. Clarity is very good indeed.
ikeharel (59435) 2013-09-23 5:35
A "Rhapsody in Blue", wonderfully collected, Rosemary.
Multi-blue tones, clear view with the mist-clouds hang above the horizon.
Contrast of colors and light management inspite of the mild morning, and the boat in a fine reflection - all culminated here to a marvelous photo.
batalay (35829) 2013-09-23 5:59
What a wonderful spectrum of colors on display in Portmagee. Between the homes and the sky reflected in the water, this really is an inspiring scene. How did you find the scene devoid of humanity?
Oceania (5060) 2013-09-23 6:25
Thanks for telling me that TE allows a larger picture now.
This blue morning is serene and peaceful. The line of
colorful houses is lovely. Adding the boats on the cloud-reflecting water, it's something very enjoyable.
dabeed (568) 2013-09-23 6:39
Great shot! Love the colorful patchwork of houses. Reminds me of Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland.
Good compo the reflective foreground works well.
Had to laugh when I read:
"low cloud envelopes the mountains behind the houses"
Mountains?!? In Ireland?
Thanks for sharing.
Nicou (124994) 2013-09-23 7:00
quel mervielleux ciel et iamge sueprbe vue avec cette forme plate et le tons, avec le port et le bâteaux et ces maisons coalorées grandisoe compo et vue.
Bravo et amitié
dta (68750) 2013-09-23 7:08
Hello Rosemary ,
What a picturesque fishing village ! The reflections and the light are splendid , creating a wonderful effect .
mkamionka (31179) 2013-09-23 8:14
lovely picture so full of atmosphere. I have lived in Cork for 2 years so I had a chance to be in Portmagee few times. I guess you took a trip to Skellig Islands as well? I have picture from the Skellig Michael in my TE collection.
I like very much such vivid colors here in spite of the limited light available.
Noel_Byrne (25640) 2013-09-23 8:52
This is a really beautiful scene, and so quintessentially Irish too. Those little colored houses look almost as if they are floating, as the sky and the sea are so close in color and appearance, this could be a magic village floating above us. The combination of the lead line from the boats into the horizontal line of the houses is really wonderful.
jemaflor (86548) 2013-09-23 9:00
Very beautiful view with in first all these coloured houses, interesting composition well seen with boats in the FG and these nice reflections on the water.
abmdsudi (44680) 2013-09-23 9:32
Perfect focus, dof and viewpoint this is an absolutely cracking image and you have seized the light, the moment and the matching colours timely. Apart from the fact that the colours are bold and striking, it's your great observation to take the time to observe things- is one of the essential ingredients to photography. And as a photographer, you have recorded the moment precisely and this is what has happened here, you are a true photographer!! Delightful, My congrats.
tyro (20884) 2013-09-23 9:43
This is yet another photograph which looks stunningly better on the "beta" version of TE where we see it at larger size and with far more detail and clarity.
A lovely capture of this beautiful fishing village, the houses displayed in wonderfully vibrant colours against the deep blue early morning sky. The reflections in the water are divine.
Gorgeous light and colours, perfect composition and exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Kugart (1778) 2013-09-23 11:18
What a scene,a real colour tonic for the eyes.What is there not to like about this? Colours are so rich and the lighting is magical with nice reflections of the sky on the water.Lovely little fishing village and a very interesting note to go with it.
ktanska (25098) 2013-09-23 11:43
This has perfect morning mood. Light has still bluish tones. No wind and reflections of those boats are perfect. Fog is dissipating in the background.
Nice variety of colours on those houses.
Gigidusud (16911) 2013-09-23 15:17
Splendid fishing village with beautiful colors and nice reflections on the port. I like it!
carlo62 (35166) 2013-09-23 15:38
i colori sono molto evidenti, forse un pò troppo saturi, ma di grande effetto.
Molto particolare il cielo, in alto è poco luminoso, nel riflesso è bello.
jjcordier (77372) 2013-09-23 22:43
Jolie lumière matinale qui souligne les couleurs vives des maisons et des bateaux et donne de jolis reflets. Un endroit charmant que tu as très joliment photographié.La version large souligne la qualité de l'image.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-09-23 23:54
I really enjoy the serenity of this scene.Practically no people just you admiring the view and sunrise.
The houses in the BG look so charming painted in different vivid colors(make superb backdrop).But I like also the boats and reflections in the calm water,which create here this unique,tranquil mood.
Beautiful and very atmospheric composition!
Have a nice day
Hansaphotos (6967) 2013-09-24 1:04
The early morning light brings out the best of colours in this fine scene. Lovely composition with the row of boats running in a diagonal across the frame and the row of colourful houses as a obvious focal point. Beautiful:) TFS.
Best regards, Erling
ifege (10225) 2013-09-24 3:09
A beautiful part of Ireland shoiwing a typical Irish sky behand the excellent capture of the boats and village - the boat colours almost match the house colours. Good one.
dkmurphys (50376) 2013-09-24 6:59
Spectacular colors in that small port. The moment is great, wonderful deep calm atmosphere.
Have a great day.
Royaldevon (31171) 2013-09-25 1:57
I can't help thinking it still looks its part, a smugglers' centre! I suppose it's because of those neat, colourful old cottages, so adjacent to the sea and linked to the boats!
You have chosen a fine viewpoint where the angled line of boats makes a fine, diagonal link to the horizontal line of houses. It creates a pleasing zigzag across the frame.
The details of the reflections are an added enjoyment.
Have a lovely day,
macjake (57728) 2013-09-25 6:22
I've been falling behind on your Ireland photos, sorry about that!!
I couldn't help but truly get a kick out of this photo.
For a second I thought you were in Burano Italy! haha
Gotta love that name Magee! sounds cool :)
as for the photo, nothing to complain about here I tell ya!! its a winner in my books, and anytime you get up that early i hope the shots DO pay off. There's nothing worse than getting up early and its a bad photo shoot.
love the side lighting coming in from the left that highlights the boats on the right.
and of course the color selection is through the roof.
mesutilgim (86558) 2013-09-25 10:11
What an amazing scenery, what a nice capture !
Amazing the bright colors they've painted gtheir houses and the reflections on the sea's surface.
TFS and best regards
annjackman (20241) 2013-09-26 4:51
These cottages look very well cared for and the saturated colours make it look like something from a childrens programme (very much into CBebbies these days!). Of course you found that elusive light that has made the whole picture spectacular.
Kind Regards, Ann
bayno (18342) 2013-09-28 0:25
the atmosphere is very special with the very particular light in the morning and the beautiful vivid colors of the boats and the graceful building, also very beautiful reflections and details, excellent composition, the place is really nice...
have a good WE..
emka (81684) 2013-09-28 22:47
What a fabulous plzace tou found! Nice small building, so simple but in strong colours they look magnificent. was it here also that the colours helped fishermen to fi nd theirr house, like in Burano? And fishermen boats are always very attractive. it is well worth worth getting up early when there are no peole yet. Stunning sharpness, we can spot so many details. flawless presentation, as always.
have a nice Sunday Malgo
ourania (33433) 2013-10-03 10:45
a most attractive harbour scenery in a wonderful composition. I love the juxtaposition of the closely moored colourful boats in the foreground with the row of attached colourful houses along the quay. There's a challenging sense of symmetry created by the the sky and its reflection. The lone boat on the left balances the composition in an elegant way, maybe I'd crop this side closer to it. There's great depth and delightful clarity. I also love the combination of moody lighting and atmosphere with well defined bright colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
marabu61 (8925) 2013-10-10 14:05
When I saw the name of Portmagee, I knew that I remembered that name and I had to go to my archives to see again where that was ... I remember that we had an afternoon tea in the red Pub straight ahead in your picture.
I must say, your version of the little town is truly gorgeous. Lovely colors and a pleasant light with the added bonus of a nice reflection of the sky in the water. A true winner!
have a great evening
Malouin (67) 2014-01-12 10:19
Très beau cliché, une pure merveille ...
yquem46 (38746) 2014-01-12 13:37
I was pretty sure that I already commented this one
Just splendid, what a row of colorful houses, no doubt they have an acute sense of graphical compo in this harbor !
Compo nicely completed with the fishing boats at FG
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (31617)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-23 4:50