17th March 2010
Happy St Patricks Day ! I had great intentions of getting up really early and climbing Croagh Patrick for the sunrise, I even set the alarm on my phone but happily ignored it !! I got up around 8am but the morning was very grey and I did not go out with the camera.
In the afternoon I was leading a group for a landscape session. We decided to go to Carronisky Beach and work back towards Westport to photograph a sunset. The wind was very strong on the beach with sand flying so we did not get many pictures. I left my camera unattended on the tripod as I assisted one of the participants the tripod was only about two feet high but it was toppled over by the wind and broke the lens!!! The lens is a Nikon 18 -200mm VR I dropped the same lens last autumn and paid over 400euros to get it fixed! Please send donations to ...........
Anyway I just had to put it aside and continue with the class, we left Carronisky and visited the Clappagh bridge this is a very unusual footbridge, the weather was very overcast but the group were still able to experiment with depth of field ,slow shutter speeds and the use of Graduated neutral density filters, the time flew by but it was very cold. We headed back to Westport in time for the sunset, when I had planned the session I was very hopefull of some good photo opportunities because the sunset and high tide were both due at 6.45. Well the tide was full but the high winds meant there were no reflections and the sun was just nowhere to be seen

The Clappagh Bridge

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