Having relocated to County Tipperary in the last few months, I have taken to exploring my surroundings of the county and have not had to look far ..
The Cabragh Wetlands Trust was registered in 1993 to preserve a large area of wetland previously occupied by the Thurles Sugar Factory. After its closure the settling pools were filled in. These lagoons used to be an oasis of wildlife, in particular for bird wildlife. So the trust having formed, acquired the land near to the filled in lagoons to make sure that the area would again continue to be a resting place for migratory birds. The centre is run by volunteers who are committed to promoting the Wetlands. School trips are organised for children and adults alike and continues to be a major attraction.
So having heard about this place from a nearby wildlife enthusiast in Cashel I headed up to the location which is only ten minutes away from my home, just south of Holycross.. And what a Gem the place is !!!. The list of wildlife habituating this place is impressive. From birds to flora and insects, it is indeed heaven for a photographer and wildlife enthusiast. Walkers, artists and families come here just to sample the peaceful atmosphere and abundant natural beauty of the place. There are various routes around the facility, designed to allow the visitor to enjoy the experience with information boards and raised footways. I cannot recommend this place enough for both the distant visitor to Ireland and those living closer by. The above photograph was taken in late August just before sunset and on a calm evening with stunning skies. The light at this time of day, shows of the wetlands to its best. I have yet to visit early in the morning, but I would imagine it would be well worth getting up a little early before dawn to see the place waking up to the day.
I enjoyed my latest Studio shoot with Emma ( my daughter ) :-) this week.
Having constantly pestered Emma to let her Dad take some pictures, in a controlled Studio set-up I eventually persuaded her to indulge me and go ahead with the shoot. It took a while for us to get in the zone', however once we arrived there I was able to get some nice shots using different Studio techniques. The image above was shot with one light only and a reflector using the Clamshell method in a typical Beauty Dish' type approach. The Main light was from above straight onto Emma and I positioned myself and Camera just below the light and soft box. The modifier for the light was an Elinchrom Rotalux square soft box . It provides a beautiful soft light onto the subject and when positioned close, ( just out of shot ) the light is very soft and diffused. Of course lighting from above does make for shadows around the lower part of the face and chin.. As in the Clamshell method a reflector provides a second source of light reflecting some of the light from the soft box back upwards and eliminating the shadows around the chin and neck almost entirely. Using the reflector method saves the use of a second light below and is favoured by professional photographers in the Studio. So, this was our favourite shot from the session and is a crop of the Original image and little unusual.. for some might not be their style, but i wanted something different. Post production with the crop i used photoshop to sharpen the eyes and very little else.. Emma has lovely skin and minimum work was required to provide softening to the skin.. Thanks Emma for your patience and look forward to the next session. !