Mayo Weekend – Part I

This weekend I headed west for some landscape photography on the south shore of Lough Mask near Clonbur, straddling the Mayo / Galway boarder. I arrived late Saturday afternoon in time for a sunset shoot.

I started with some shots of my favourite submerged tree on the lake which I had not captured in this state since 2007.  This time I used a Big Stopper to calm the lake and sky.  Apparently this winter saw the highest lake height in memory.

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NiallCWhelan_20160319_23-EditSince the place I was staying was on the north facing side of the hills around Maumtrasna bay, I knew the best even light was not on ‘The Mask’, but instead on Lough Nafooey ten minutes drive west.

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Nafooey never disappoints, and can produce great morning and evening light year round.

A few more images in this set presented themselves as the sun set behind the Maumturk mountains in the distance.

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NiallCWhelan_20160319_118-EditIt’s hard to leave a place like this on such an evening, but my streak in Burkes Pub in Clonbur was calling:-)  Home early to process and await the morning light…