I like taking photographs.

I must have several thousand by now stashed away on various hard drives.  Most of them are crap [but I haven’t the heart to scrap ’em – you never know when they might come in handy], some are not bad and bring back great memories, and very rarely I catch one that I am really happy with.

I'm not one of those "artistic" photographers who takes a beautiful scene and renders it in black and white [to capture the essence of the scene?] or stages a flower on top of a stone.  I just point and shoot with my trusty old Canon SX10 and endeavour to get a reasonable composition and a horizontal horizon.  It's amazing how many photos are marred by a crooked horizon.

On the last trip Down Wesht I got an idea for a snap.  It was one of those intensely rare times when it involved a drop of planning as I wanted to capture the scene in a particular light and at a particular moment.

What I wanted to capture was a beacon.  The problems were that the beacon was some distance away [two thirds of a mile] so this required a drop of telescopy.  Also it didn't start flashing until fairly late at dusk, giving a bad light for snapping and a very narrow window between too light and too dark.  And its flash was very rapid so I had to shoot at precisely the right moment.

The beacon can be seen in this shot I took of the path down from the gate to the cottage.  It's way over on the right hand side where you can barely see it.

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Schull view

After several failed attempts where my timing was off or the focus was wrong, I finally achieved what I was looking for.

Flashing beacon

I'm kind of pleased with that.  I have it set as my desktop background on the laptop. 

I find it quite relaxing.


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Still light — 13 Comments

    • It does!  The "sail" is a rock just below the beacon and the little blip on top is a buoy in the distance.  While we were there The Irish Lights vessel came and removed the buoy altogether which is a bit strange as it marked the channel into the harbour.

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