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Kilkenny landscape photography

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Kilkenny forestry, Hugginstown, county Kilkenny
Irish landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

Forestry is one of the biggest and fastest growing industries in Ireland today, only some 10% of the Irish country side is Forested this being the second lowest in Europe.

This article on thejournal.ie covers this subject very well:

Ireland now has the ‘second-smallest’ forest area in Europe

The Gallery below is of a Birch woodland near Huggins town county Kilkenny.

The foresters had been in and thinning the trees so that this area can develop into a wonderful open woodland space.

Kilkenny Forestry , Black and white Gallery

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All images using a Nikon D7000
Landscape of County Kilkenny in black and white
Irish Landscape photography by : Nigel Borrington

A black and white Monday, these images of the landscape around county Kilkenny have been taken over the last three or four years.

I am selecting some landscape work this morning and wanted to share a few of them here.

County Kilkenny in black and white, a Gallery

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Nikon D90 with IR720 Infra-red filter on a 50mm f1.4 lens
Castlecomer discovery park, County Kilkenny
Landscape photography: Nigel Borrington

Another Infra-red image from the Discovery park, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny.


Deep dark water, infra-red photography

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Nikon D90 with IR720 Infra-red filter on a 50mm f1.4 lens
Castlecomer discovery park, County Kilkenny
Landscape photography: Nigel Borrington

One reason I truly love monochrome images is for the contrast range that can be achieved, no where is this more possible than when attaching an IR720 filter on to a lens.

This filter only lets in Infra-red light and excludes any other light wavelength, Thus anything that is emitting IR light will be recorded in light tones and any other area of the image will appear dark a deep, deep black.

It is this very high contrast that is so hard to achieve in photography, without post processing software. Using an IR720 filter however can produce this effect in images right out of the camera and they just look wonderful.

You do have some issues to over come however, you need to pre-focus and lock the focus before attaching the filter to the lens. You need long exposures and you need to experiment with the correct selection of setting for this by taking many shots as you will not truly be able to see the results until you get home.

You can get a camera completely converted to Infra-red, but this is expensive and may not always work i.e. the focusing system fails to work and some sensors produce better results than others.


Achill island

A sense of place (Achill island, County Mayo) in ten black and white images ..

I don’t usually post images by themselves but I want these images just to speak for themselves ….

A walk on achill beach

A walk on the beach

Bringing in the sheep

Croaghaun achill island

Keem strand the old shed in the rain

Keem strand the old shed

Keem strand_Panorama

Molly on Keem stand

Molly on the beach

Two Boats

All images taken on a Nikon D7000, set to black and white and in September 2011….

Feel free to add some comments !


The Sea

The sea poem 1

The sea is a hungry dog,
Giant and grey.
He rolls on the beach all day.
With his clashing teeth and shaggy jaws
Hour upon hour he gnaws
The rumbling, tumbling stones,
And ‘Bones, bones, bones, bones! ‘
The giant sea-dog moans,
Licking his greasy paws.

And when the night wind roars
And the moon rocks in the stormy cloud,
He bounds to his feet and snuffs and sniffs,
Shaking his wet sides over the cliffs,
And howls and hollos long and loud.

But on quiet days in May or June,
When even the grasses on the dune
Play no more their reedy tune,
With his head between his paws
He lies on the sandy shores,
So quiet, so quiet, he scarcely snores.

The sea is a hungry dog,
Giant and grey.
He rolls on the beach all day.
With his clashing teeth and shaggy jaws
Hour upon hour he gnaws
The rumbling, tumbling stones,
And ‘Bones, bones, bones, bones! ‘
The giant sea-dog moans,
Licking his greasy paws.

And when the night wind roars
And the moon rocks in the stormy cloud,
He bounds to his feet and snuffs and sniffs,
Shaking his wet sides over the cliffs,
And howls and hollos long and loud.

But on quiet days in May or June,
When even the grasses on the dune
Play no more their reedy tune,
With his head between his paws
He lies on the sandy shores,
So quiet, so quiet, he scarcely snores.

James Reeves