It was never my intention to visit the Black Valley that day never mind to stop and take a photograph of the gap of Dunloe. I was in Kerry on a model portfolio shoot that wrapped up early and as the weather looked a bit dark and moody I thought I would kill a bit of time and go for a spin.
No sooner had I sat in the car then it started to rain so i drove to the black valley to scout for locations for a shoot maybe later in the month. A calm and quiet afternoon apart from the noise of the horses pulling their traps and the Jarveys telling their tales as they slowly clambered up the winding road along this stunning little lake looking nearly as though they are interwoven or knitted into the landscape.
The rain still coming down I got out with my camera, tripod and filters (raincoat also of course). It seemed pointless at first as the little drops in the lake created a distraction from the greater view. I moved towards a long exposure purely to kill those distracting little rings in the water. So a selection of a polariser , an Nd filter and an Nd grad filter were used. That by itself also created another problem.... Rain drops on the filters. The only solution I had was to lean over with my jacket to act as an umbrella which reduced approx 80% of the drops. The very unprofessional solution for removing the remaining drops was to wipe the filters about every 15 to 20 seconds incredibly lightly as any camera shake would have ruined the image.
The result is something that should never have been especially given the conditions.
The polariser helped to remove all the reflections from the water which i didn't like so much so I turned it back again to give a slight sense of what lies beneath and to add a bit of punch to the foreground. The nd grad reduced the light in the sky to give the detail and greater contrast to the clouds. The Nd filter just helped create the Long exposure then.
I hope you like the result, I plan to go back again someday soon for a proper photograph.
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