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Keem Bay

Keem Bay
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-02
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm 1:3.5-4.5, Pro1 CP + Cokin grad P121
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-31 19:16
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a capture from Achill island on a beautiful evening in early June as I camped down the west coast of Ireland. I was shooting into the sun here so exposure was very tricky but I wanted to capture that lovely bay. Do you see that hill in the background well its more like a mountain. It took me over an hour to scale that and when I did the light had gone. I did notice up there a wild fox hunting for eggs on the steep cliffs and I tried i vain to capture him on camera....Anyhow this is Keem bay.

Keem Bay is a perfect horseshoe bay containing a popular Blue Flag beach at the head of a valley between the cliffs of Benmore to the west and Croaghaun mountain on the east. At the southern end of the valley, the beach is sheltered to the west by Moyteoge Head, while at the northwestern end of the valley the cliffs of Benmore connect with the spectacular mile long promontory of Achill Head. This spar is the most westerly point on Achill and tails off with two sea stacks called Gaoí Saggart and Carrickakin.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/50 sec
F-Stop: f/9.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 14/1 mm

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-08-31 19:30]

hi Stephen
About your photo...it's perfect :) great DOF, POV, sharpness, colours ...
About the place...I wish that i was there with the sheep :) looking for all this...
Sorry for the fox...I would like to see theguy here too.
well done, easy favorite..

Nice picture. The lighting is correct. Your use of the filter must have help you a lot. Like you said, a tricky picture to take. POV is very good, also a good DOF. You have a lot of elements that gives deept to the picture. I also like the top and bottom banner.

TFS ! PC :)

Well it sure looks to me like you got the exposure right on, and perfect depth of focus too . Nice to have a simple focal point. I guess it is pretty obvious what she's been up to. Maybe that's why she's hiding out all be herself. : )


Evelynn : )

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  • [2006-08-31 20:22]

Hello Stephen,

excllent landscape the colors of the forground and following the view deep into the photo great work, TFs

Bonjour Stephen
Félicitation pour cette belle prise de vue avec ce superbe paysage et surtout ce petit mouton coucher au sommet d'une de ces montagne .On croirait voir une carte postale,avec de très belles couleurs et une jolie composition.
nMerci et au revoir....JP


seems you have the corner on Ireland and Irish landscapes. Another great scene, though it is a real shame you can't control sheep. PS I like the blue on the sheep, it tells me its a her! (other than horns etc) I think I woudl have had her move to the right a touch more personally!

Another great composition which looks like you were almost shooting directly into sun...


Hello, nice landscape with a great light!
Lovely composition overall.


Hi Stephen,
Looks like the sheep gets a lot of attention. It is a strong focal point, but the real beauty, in my eyes, is the bay and its beach. That is where I want to go to and then also visit the row of houses and the gorge on the left of it. You see, I am trying to look past the sheep and toward the real beauty. The colors in this photo are really stunning and reminds me of the two times I visited Ireland. What do you mean with to scale the mountain?

Excellent work on the exposure, considering the angle of the sun.


great picture man. the presense of sheep takes attention away from, something which is much more beautiful. hope i am right
take care

Hello Stephen, excllent colors, Bg,POV DOF Perfect pov and perfect composed, work, TFS Kyle

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-09-01 7:56]

Hi Steve,
This is fantastic, the sheep adds so much to this image, a sense of scale, life in the wilderness. A very artistic composition too, the sheep is perfectly placed in the frame. All the other stuff we expect from you is there :-) Great exposure, superb detail throughout and great light and colour. Excellent shot.

Hi Stephen,
What a great view and composition. No need of a fox to make it great but I can understand your deception. I love the light and shadow in this picture. POV, DOF are just perfect. What else to say... TFS,

Lovely shot of the bay Steve, thanx.
Excellent light and color..What's that blue I see on the sheep's upper body? It looks un-natural somehow..
Sounds like ya got a nice workout trompin' about there :)
Very well done.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-09-03 23:03]

This shot is baaad (in the hip use of the term)! Where did I see a story where a guy comes back from the toilet with blue all over himself? This shot makes me think of that. Personally I would recommend cloning out that taacky blue and replacing it with a color that will be really add to the palette here, maybe a nice yellow or orange. Or maybe tiger stripes ;-)
Basil the Sheep
[I'm not looking for any "useful" points on this critique.]

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-09-10 14:13]

What a beautiful and peaceful place that you have well captured ! And I like the Irish sheep which must be in landscape of Irland ;-)
Congratulations my friend and thanks for sharing with us on TN !

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-09-11 14:30]

Wonderful photo with gorgeous light.

I like the sheep ;-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-09-19 6:35]

Good scene Stephen. Very good light and perfect composition. I searched for such nice horseshoe bays when I was in Devon and Cornwall the past couple of weeks, but didn't really find such a nice one. TFS!


Killer shot! I love the sheep in the landscape shot. It really makes for a nice composition. The lighting and shadows are also perfect. Very nice work! TFS!

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