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Kilkee Beach
Camera: K20D Photo Location: Kilkee, Co. Clare, Ireland 
Posted By: rparmar, 04-20-2010, 09:38 AM

For Pentaxium on 17 April we went back to where I did my first Pentax Day shoot three years ago. Kilkee is a town on the Atlantic in neighbouring County Clare. Though ninety minutes away, it acts in many ways as the local beach for Limerick city. But it was quiet and cool as we hit the rocks, so I could get lots of shots undisturbed.

The main bay is sheltered and has nice sand, but is a bit boring to me. So we went to the rocky area further around the point, from where a walking trail winds its way over the cliffs. The beach has its share of stones!

stony beach


(Shot with the FA 43mm Limited.)


As in a previous set of carpet shots, I spent a lot of time looking down at the forms and textures under-foot.

wood and stone


(Shot with the FA 43mm Limited.)


Discarded rope is always a happy find for the photographer who is into textures! I did not bother posing anything, but took images as I found them.

rope and stone


(Shot with the FA 43mm Limited.)


The next few photos get rid of perspective entirely for some vertical images approaching abstraction.

rock formation 1


(Shot with the FA 43mm Limited.)


rock formation 2


(Shot with the FA 43mm Limited.)

rock formation 3


(Shot with the FA 43mm Limited.)

I'll have a few more when I finish processing them. Feel free to comment.
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04-20-2010, 09:53 AM   #2
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My daughter reminded me that we had to do the "foot shot" thing. Yes, her socks really do overwhelm the sensor!

obligatory foot shot


(Shot with the FA 43mm Limited.)


After flat images, I wanted to get some sense of depth, since this is an area of cliffs and deadly drops.

lichen stone


(Shot with the Vivitar Series 1 105mm macro.)


Being the beach, there is also water nearby. Though I find it difficult to get a good shot of waves without a tripod.

surf spray


(Shot with the Vivitar Series 1 105mm macro.)


Depending on the tide, one can walk out to these rocks. The area is known as the Pollock Holes, though from the way people pronounce it you would never know!

rising tide


(Shot with the Vivitar Series 1 105mm macro.)
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Like the photos a lot. Thanks for sharing them with us.
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The foot shot really tickles me as we have several of our feet at different compass points (the geodesic marker on top of Mt. Rogers comes to mind.) I especially like the first one and the last two. Nice series.

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Very cool looking series rparmar! I really like what you did here and how you focused on all the textures of the rocks and sand. I have been to the beach many times and never thought to capture all the amazing details on the ground.

Thanks for sharing these inspirational photos,
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Well presented images Robin.
Real life shots made cool. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks everyone for the positive words. But, really, I saved the best ones for later. Which means now.

This is a totally different look, one based on old prints that have a slightly faded brown look. Also more grain, because I like film grain. This processing abstracts some of the formal qualities of the shot and I find I like the result!

The other reason for this approach is I have already shot lush sunsets at this location (more or less) and wanted to experiment.

But let me know what you think.


cone of light


(Shot with the Vivitar Series 1 105mm macro.)


sunset over rockface


(Shot with the FA 43mm Limited.)


the line of the cliff


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I really like #3 with the rope. Amazing what you can find on the beach! Also really like these last sepia shots. That Vivitar 105 is pretty incredible huh?

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I really like #3 with the rope. Amazing what you can find on the beach! Also really like these last sepia shots. That Vivitar 105 is pretty incredible huh?
Thanks for the comments! And yet, it is a fantastic lens, that I sometimes forget about because the FA 77 Limited is so much lighter and smaller, and also does a good job with a macro filter. But nothing I have beats the Vivitar at its own game. And here are some other shots to prove it.

rock shelf


(Shot with the Vivitar Series 1 105mm macro.)


rock texture 16748


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rock texture 16762


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rock texture 16768


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rock texture 16770


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Well, now I have a new lens to place on my wanted list!
But better yet was your composition and attention to the texture. Loved the stones with the rope and wood. Nice offerings. Thanks for sharing.
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I am thinking this is the final batch from this session. I am so happy with all the shots I managed to get... normally I wouldn't get this many from one set. Perhaps it's because I am so in love with rock and its textures.

cliff detail

What I like here is that it is impossible to tell the scale. Geological forms replicate themselves on different scales -- a fractal principle.


(Shot with the Vivitar Series 1 105mm macro.)


Clare coastal cliffs


(Shot with the FA 43mm Limited.)


wild flowers by the sea


(Shot with the Vivitar Series 1 105mm macro.)


wild flowers in pink


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rock in dark water


(Shot with the Vivitar Series 1 105mm macro.)

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wondrous compositions robin... you've shown a wonderful eye for perspective and subject matter.... i'm a big ocean/shore fan...being here in the u.s. in rhode island... called the 'ocean state'.... thanks so much for sharing! dave m
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Thanks Jools and Dave for your comments. I don't know how to characterise my photos since I take lots of things for fun. But definitely I like looking at the small things people might take for granted or just not notice. And also texture, for, light and colour... the usual formal qualities. I am far from alone in these pursuits, of course!

The Vivi Series 1 is a great tool for this. Because it has an even narrower field of view on APS-C, it pretty well forces you to "think small". And it never lets me down as far as image quality goes. The focus throw is the longest I have ever heard of. This just makes the whole process of isolating elements so easy to control.

Of course I should use a tripod but I hate carrying extra stuff. Why I love Pentax: I don't have to.

The coast is the best part of Ireland IMO, especially those parts with cliffs and mountain directly on the water, which is most of the West coast. Wish I lived there but then I'd miss out on some of the cultural activities I enjoy. At least it is not too far away.
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