About 2 months ago the wife and I decided we would take a short holiday somewhere in Ireland. Normally hen we do this I plan on heading out for some landscape photography at least once so we generally head somewhere that suits both my photograpghy needs and also has enough other activities for the kids and wife (shopping!). The first place I wanted to head to was Dingle, Co Kerry as there was a couple of beaches on the peninsula that I wanted to visit. Unfortunately we left the booking a bit late and couldn’t afford anything that was available. Next option was a friends house in Donegal that I photographed a few years ago. Its in a beautiful location but when I showed the missus how remote it was she figured there would be very little for an 8 year old and an 8 month old to do so that was out the window. Maybe I was being selfish….?? Haha… So I left it to Jane to organise where we went.
Before I knew it she had a hotel booked in Waterford City. I had only been there once before and to be honest didnt really mind where I went as work had been really bisy for the last few months and we all needed the break. Anyway we spent 3 nights with the family in the Tower Hotel which in general was excellent (apart form being stupidly warm at night…!). Before leaving I spent quite a while researching locations in Waterford for some seascapes (it being a coastal county…!). In fairness I didn’t expect much as I have never seen much on forums from Waterford. Anyway I ended up contacting a local very talented photographer – Noel Browne – who recommended a few locations for me. When I looked them up on Google Maps and my usual other locations I was surprised at how many beautiful beaches there where in Waterford. I decided on Ballydowane Cove which was about a 30 min drive from where I was staying.
I arrived at the beach with plenty of time before the sun was due to rise but even tough the forecast was giving decent conditions the sky stayed very dull and cloud cover ultimately blocked any chance of directional light at sunrise. Regardless the location itself was absolutely stunning and I persisted…… There was quite a swell on the tide and the wind was picking up quickly…
Rain was almost definitely on the way so I moved about the beach quickly. There where beautiful purple volcanic rocks and pebbles littered across the sand which I tried to incorporate in to a few of my foregrounds. There where also a lot of yellow and orange washed pebbles in the wash that made for a colourful subject in an otherwise dull frame..!
Anyway I got some shots that I really like and thats all thatmatters…! Some more for my portfolio so to speak. Below are some more shots from Ballydowane beach.
Later that day I took a drive with the family from Waterford City to Tramore and onwards along the coast. By that stage the weather and sky had cleared up but it was still very windy. The coastal drive is one of the most beautiful drives I have done in Ireland. Stunning little beaches and coves everywhere. Here are a couple more images from that drive and also from Hook head lighthouse form the day before…
Anyway to finish I certainly wouldn’t have any problem going back to Waterford. Its such a beautiful county…. and I didn’t see the half of it…!!!!