58 minutes

11th February 2014
This afternoon I had agreed to meet fellow photographer Ger for a one to one landscape session. Ger was travelling from Dublin and we arranged this several days ago. The weather seemed sure to dash our plans and we were in contact over the last few days not sure if we should go ahead. Ger drove through snow on his way here and even at 2pm we were not sure should we go ahead. But we decided there was nothing to lose and even if we got no pictures I could at least show Ger some locations. So we headed off from Claremorris at 3pm to go to Achill for the sunset!! On the way the weather just got worse and worse, snow ,sleet, and rain and an almost overpowering grey sky that seemed to come down to the road! We nearly abandoned the journey on several occasions but decided to stick to the plan, then if it did not work out it was not our fault ! We would be there ! Well we arrived on Achill still raining but a distant gap in the grey could be seen, as we got to Cloughmore it just opened up before us and Mayo and Achill was revealed in all its glory!!!
We had planned a fairly careful and sedate photographic session with slow shutter speeds, tripods and big stopper filters but the wind was so strong that we were hardly able to stand so we had to just capture what we could with wide open apertures, to get shutter speeds high enough to hold the cameras steady. We had exactly 58 minutes of useful light before the cloud moved in again and we had to head for home. But it was a VERY exciting 58minutes!
here is one of the images from the day taken at Ashleem Bay.

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