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Ring of Kerry Sunset

Ring of Kerry Sunset
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Seascape, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 24-105mm F/4.0 L IS USM, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Ireland - September 2008
Date Submitted: 2008-10-16 6:20
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought that I might try to get posting again, trying to get my life back together and on track again.... not that easy. For those who do not know me, I have been ill for a long time and was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in May which was when I last posted to TN... since then I have been well trying to come to terms with it...

I have finally managed to a) take some photos and b) actually edit them to post to TN...

This is from the first day of my holiday to the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. Ironically, I did not actually take very many pictures because my style of photography is remote landscapes and the Ring of Kerry just has too many houses on it unless you are up a mountain, and it was just too hot and sunny for the entire 2 weeks and we actually got sunburnt and could not carry enough water up the mountains with us.... We were carrying 6L each, still running out and ending up dehydrated. In fact the weather was that hot, that we stopped carrying extra warm layers and a single extra layer plus a softshell/fleece and did not even consider carrying waterproofs. That is something I have not done for a very long time, usually they go everywhere. We never needed them and the forecast was such that there was never any need to carry them either... something we had not expected... We actually had to try to purchase sun block and was told that it was no longer summer, so they did not have any! (We did eventually manage to find some.)

So what you have here is the view from our holiday cottage looking out over Valentia Island on the right. This was the view from the conservatory.

The photo was taken using no filters, in RAW and cropped and converted to jpeg. The contrast has been increased slightly, but colours are as they were. It was one of those strange sunsets where there was just a gap between the cloud layer and the horizon where the sunset.

It was the light in the hills of Valentia Island that caught my attention.

Anyhow - I am sure that I have forgotten all sorts of info, but here is my first posting since May - hope you like it.


PS - this seems to be one of those photos that requires a good quality screen to really appreciate it.

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Hello Emma! Amazing landscape, amazing panorama. Wonderful lightness and brightness. Very original colours. Good luck!

Hy Emma
Beautiful! The sepia tones are exelent in this imagine. I was trying to comment more, but I can not find more words.
All the best, Oana

Hi Emma,

I love this shot- very calm and atmospheric. Beautiful landscape with interesting weather, light and colours. Good composition. Large version looks great.

TFS, cheers

I have a good screen LCD and wide angle as well..so this is superior...I think the 800 limited should soon be challenged...many now are getting the newer monitors and it changes things quite a bit as you seem to have noticed..Stay well!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-16 9:40]
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Hi Emma,
great to have you back! Smooth tones, wonderful muddy colours and who needs a grad with a cloud bank like that. I do believe i owe you a reply to your mail...ooops...been a bit manic recently
Really, it is lovely to see another post from you :o)


What a muti layered dream, I feel like you have almost disected my eyes. How on Earth did you create such a scene?
I hope your world reaches a place of happiness.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-17 9:42]

Hi Emma and nice to see you back :)

Great to hear you are getting your old life back on track and lovely to see some new shots from you!
This is indeed a very moody shot, one with a very strong contrast and an amazing perspective.
Your idea to go for a panoramic LP here is excellent and in the larger shot one can really appreciate the scene better.
The light is very delicate here and i simply love its stages on the slopes from the right side of the shot.
A superb place show here is a very original way.


Great choice to use the panoramic version. The light here is great, as is the composition. The difference in tones is fairly subtle, so I see what you mean about needing a good screen. Great photo all round. Your illness obviously hasn't spoilt your inspiration.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-17 15:03]

Hi Emma,
I'm shocked to hear about your illness. How are you at the moment?
This is a lovely image.
Really good sense of peace.
Great sharpness.
Well composed.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-10-17 17:00]

Hi Emma!

It's a pleasure to have you back, and a pleasure to look at this magnificent picture. It's sensitive, as simple as beautiful, mystic at best. I particularly like the lighting and the overall atmosphere. The picture invites for contemplation and meditation.


Kind regards


Hella Emma,
Very nice to see you back with a superb posting
Great composition, a real artistic work,well done
Keep well

Hi Emma,
A wonderful photo with a very recognizable mood to it. You are so good to capture these type of natural duo tone photos that it has become a sort of signature. I love the thick cloud hanging above the seascape channeling my eyes toward the mountain and horizon. The small rim of light along the shoreline breaks up the dark landscape perfectly and adds another touch of depth.
I am glad I've got a high quality screen, since there is a lot of detail to see in the darker areas.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-21 5:26]

Hello Emma, what a pleasure to look at one of your beautiful landscape, and most of all, to see that you are back on your feet and taking pictures. Your photo comes out beautifully on my screen with all the subtle tones and the wide and layed-back scenery. The eyes follow the river gently to the end of the "world". Thanks to you Emma, it's a beauty and wish you health and strength for this newbirth.


hello Emma
beautiful photo and excellent game of lights. The soft tonalities of the colors have very fixed the moment of the release. It's very interesting the positions of the clouds on the horizon: really particular.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-23 23:57]

Hi Emma.
I have missed this cute picture of an impressive scene. So attractive combination of dark and light strips. Very creative approach and nice result. I welcome strong horizontal cropping too. My compliments and TFS.

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