Ballycroneen sunset – 26/02/2017

Bad weather forced postponement of our planned shoot to Fota Wildlife Park on 26th February. However, with the forecast showing a break in the weather in the late afternoon, Ballycroneen was selected as the location for a sunset shoot.

While the group have visited this location for sunrise regularly in recent years, this was our first sunset shoot at this location in a while, and 10 members of the group turned out.

With high tide at 5:30pm and sunset at 6:10pm, conditions were ideal with good colour in the sky, and the large swell left by Storm Ewan gave plenty of wave action. 

Check out our gallery of images from the shoot here.

- Anthony O'Connor


Sunset Shoot at Lough Aderra Lake – 18/02/17

Taking a break from the coast for sunrise and sunset shoots, our Group ventured inland for the first time this year to capture the sun setting over Lough Aderra Lake

We gathered at the east side of the lake taking up a number of vantage points. It was a beautiful evening and as the sun began to set, stunning reflections could be seen spreading across the lake. The local swans also came out to greet us which added to the tranquillity of the evening.

Some beautiful images were captured and you can see them all in our shoot gallery here. Enjoy!

 - Eileen Upton



Sunset/Lightpainting at Saleen – 16/5/15

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On Saturday evening 16/5/15, seven East Cork Camera Group members gathered for our weekly shoot, to explore the shorelines of Saleen and Lower Aghada for what turned out to be a very pleasant evening.

We began by setting off through Saleen woods, and set up for a sunset shoot on the northern shore. One particular item of interest in the picturesque scenery is a prehistoric tomb - Cromleach, or Dolmen called "Carriga Mhaistin", claimed by some to be the origin of the name Rostellan. Ros (headland), and dallan, or Dolmen. The Dolmen itself is approximately one thousand years old. With the sun low in the sky, some cloud cover and a low tide, some very striking images were captured.

Once the sun had set behind the headland, we made our way to Aghada GAA Club's grounds for our next venture, a light painting and off-camera flash workshop. Our subject for this shoot was a Folly Tower on the coastline facing Whitegate. This round tower, known as Siddon's Tower, was erected in 1727, and proved to be a very interesting feature for light painting.

With tripods and torches at the ready, we set about taking long exposures of the structure whilst adding creative touches of artificial light via torches, flashguns with coloured gels, and even green lasers. The creative juices were flowing and some brilliant images were captured, which can be seen in the gallery. Well done to all involved.

- James Brady

Click here to check out the Gallery.


Blackwater – Western Shores Shoot – 26/14/15

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On Sunday last, we gathered at Youghal Bridge, Rhincrew area where the Blackwater empties into the sea. The western shore of this famous river was to be our project for day. We would explore the castles, bridges and woods of this ‘Irish Rhine’  from Youghal to Cappoquin, famous for it’s salmon fishing.

The river itself rises in the Mullaghareirk mountains in county Kerry at 750 feet above sea level and travels for 105 miles, firstly in an easterly direction. That’s an average fall of  7 feet in every mile! Then at Cappoquin, it takes a ninety degree turn southwards to Youghal. It passes through Rathmore, Mallow, Fermoy, Lismore and Cappoquin. In years gone by, it was used to transport coal from Wales and the schooners would take timber on the return journey. Much of the river is tidal, so the ships would unload and reload while sitting on mud, then wait for the high tide to sail again. Some might take half a load in Cappoquin and fill it up, downstream in deeper waters.

James Brady Blackwater Shoot 26-04-15-2Our first stop was Templemichael. Here, we visited the ruin of a 14th century Geraldine castle where Walter Raleigh often stayed. There are the remains of a lovely spiral staircase there, with many limestone steps still in place. Here we met a local man, who filled us in on the history and stories of the area.

Alongside the castle is a church. This was lent to Catholics while the nearby Glendine church was being renovated. After that, it fell into a state of disrepair. We crossed a small tributary, The Toorig, and stopped briefly at the quaint Glendine church.

Jim Curtin Blackwater 26-04-15-4Onwards to Ballynatray Estate where, by kind permission, we visited Molana Abbey which was founded in 501AD. It is rumoured that leader of the Normans, Raymond Le Gros, is buried here!

From here, we enjoyed the wonderful Ballynatray House a bright yellow hue against the green hill behind, which is available for weddings and other events. It has its own boat house and salmon weir.

Next, was old Strancally Castle and then new Strancally Castle 1834 and Keep. After that, the road climbed and we had spectacular views of the river. Next, we crossed ‘The Bride’ using ‘Camphire Bridge’.The Bride is the main tributary and is navigable for 7 miles. Here, we got some nice shots of the stacks of reeds by the riverside being dried, ready for thatching.

We photographed Dromana House, high above the Backwater where the Bride joins in. Here, it is said, the old lady, Countess of Desmond lived to 112 years when she fell off a tree and died tragically.

Kevin Day - Blackwater-18Finally, we arrived in Cappoquin, as planned in time for our sunset and we were not disappointed. Some of us went down to the slip at the rowing club where we had the choice of shooting west along the river, towards the the 6 arch road bridge or south towards the long since decommissioned 5 arch railway viaduct with steel spans.

It turned into a spectacular sunset. Some of the members went on to Lismore and got great shots there also.

See our gallery from the shoot here. Enjoy!

- Kevin Day



Roches Point Sunset – 5/4/15

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Ten ECCG members turned out for our latest weekly shoot, this time it was to Roches Point on Sunday 5th April last to capture the sunset.

We met at the car park below the Lighthouse, where we were welcomed by three local goats, each one happy to pose for us in the evening sunlight.

After discussing a number of options and possible vantage points, the group split with some members heading for higher ground across the fields to the east, while the remainder opted to shoot the sunset from the lighthouse grounds.

Roches Point is a location regularly visited by our group, there is always an interesting shot to be got there, whether it's the typical view of the lighthouse from the beach, or a passing ship, or an impressive sunset which is what we were after this time, and we weren't disappointed. Check out some of the images below or go to the website shoot gallery here.

- Anthony O'Connor