26th November 2012
Today I was booked for a one to one photo class with John. John last came to me for lessons two years ago, but recently bought a new camera and needed a little help to familiarize himself with all the controls. John was staying in Westport for a few days and he suggested we meet at his hotel for breakfast at 9.45! Now for a Landscape photographer 9.45 is lunchtime ! So as I was going that direction anyway I said I would go early, get a sunrise and maybe some other pictures before meeting John for breakfast. I had decided to go to Achill for the sunrise, but I was a little late leaving and so went back to Mulranny instead. it was raining as I left and it rained for the whole journey which is about an hour. In the car I was listening to the radio and the forecasters were describing how "the last of the rain is just leaving the South East Coast, and its going to be a lovely sunny day though a little cold, there may be the occasional scattered shower on the West Coast." It seemed to me that this was a very long shower!! I arrived in Mulranny twenty minutes before sunrise and sat in the car and waited, it continued to rain, I did not see a sunrise, it continued to rain, but I waited. Then at 8.55am half an hour after sunrise the rain stopped, I still could not see the sun and the clouds were very grey, at 9.00 the clouds began to clear and the sun began the break through, at 9.05 I took this picture, at 9.15, I was back in the car on my way to Westport, arriving on time for breakfast!
I think the biggest secret to success in landscape pictures is just being there! Sometimes you wait for hours and get nothing. This morning I was up at 6, drove for an hour, then waited for an hour, and had about ten minutes of photography, but it was magic and it was a privilege to be there. And breakfast with John was great!


Photo comment By Carol Ferson: Beautiful light, well worth the wait!

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