Bray air display 2017

Mad day!

DART on the brink of collapse, thousands and thousands of people and air acrobatics! Last Sunday, Bray ย was this and much more…

And not only the skies were interesting: th epeople there were an interesting subject too ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a pity we missed the start, but getting there had not been easy…


Give me something to remember

Saltee islands pt. II

Saltee islands again, after last year (see here).

And again, we were lucky with the weather: after a gloomy morning ย we had a good day for picture taking.

Wind and water

Wind and water (from the cabin ๐Ÿ™‚ )


The landing

We were blessed with a sunny(ish) day, so we managed to dry up quiclky after the boat ride. I was a bit windy and I ended up soaked. At least for the first 10 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚ .

After that we moved to the the first nesting placve we were going to visit:

Unfortunately we didn’t see as many puffins as last year ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

After some time in the howling wind we moved to the gannets’ nesting place.


The easy path to the nests

After the last rocky bit (which was a bit of a challenge for somebody) we got the the nests. You can smell it long before you see it…

And that was it for the day: unfortunately we couldn’t stay for very long and soon had to go back to the boats (which turned out to be an adventure itself).


Time to leave

We’ll be back next year ๐Ÿ™‚ !!

Due west

You know that feeling when you set on a trip with no particular expectations? Sure, you know you’ll have a great time, but you don’t know why or what is awaiting you…

I’ve just come back from a quick trip to the west of the country, sure that I’d find myself in heavy rain most of the time, that I’d be freezing in ice-cold wind every day, but that I’d eventually be very satisfied with the places I’d visit. I was somewhat disappointed when the weather turned for the better and we even had a few sunny days (NOT true, I was not disappointed at all ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

We began with Connemara…

ย Followed by a trip little ways up north, through Westport and all the way to Achill Island…

Beautiful places (and scary roads, especially the one leading to Keem Bay D: ).

But then it was time to head back down south, to visit the Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands (well, one of them).

A brief stop in Galway to get soaked in rain and see a few oldie cars.

And five days had already gone by: already time to go back home. On the way we got to meet some fairies though…

St. Patrick’s day in Dublin

What happens when you mix Dublin, St. Patrick’s day and a bunch of people from all over the world? That’s right: an Multicultural Consortium of Drinkers (MCDยฉ).

It was also the first time I left my film cameras at home since last year ๐Ÿ™‚

And, as usual, we missed the parade because we were late… We only managed to get a glimpse of it on TV ๐Ÿ˜ฆ … in a pub ๐Ÿ™‚ …

And for yet another year, there were no casualties in our MCD… ๐Ÿ˜€

Women’s march and US embassy

A couple of interesting events took place over the last few weeks: the Women’s march in Dublin – coinciding with similar marches all over the globe – and a evening protest outside the US embassy against the so called “Muslim Ban”.

Apparently some of the latest choices in American policy are not well regarded in Ireland…

Women’s march


US embassy

I shot a few rolls at both events, but a couple of pictures really struck me when I saw them:


I’m with her


Peace, love and solidarity


Back to film

Sometimes it’s good to go back. Let go of all the modern technology and return to the basics. I started shooting pictures using film (well, it was 1995…) and I have kept using film well into the first decade of 2000. I only switched to digital 7-8 years ago, but every now and then I like to back to film.ย That’s what I have mostrly been doing forย the past few weeks and I forgot how fun it can be ๐Ÿ™‚

Slowing down, thinking more about the composition, metering to get a good exposure, waiting for the right moment and *click*.

No spray and pray, no do-overs… Ok, some film can be quite forgiving, but you can’t get it too far off the target or you lose everything.

I have also got my hands on an old MF Zenza Bronica and I really like shooting with it ๐Ÿ™‚

Besides, I love the square format ๐Ÿ˜€


Oh boy… Do I miss the mountains

I’m back!! BACK!! After a whole year, I’m finally back on a mountain!

Yeah, I know there are “mountains” in Ireland, but it’s definitely not the same. I mean, today I managed to hike to the Pratignano lake (Lago di Pratignano) in the province of Modena. It’s at 1,307m above sea level: not particularly high up… But it’s still more than 200m higher than Ireland’s highest mountain!!

And the weather… well, it’s absolutely impossible to compare ย ๐Ÿ™‚

It didn’t feel like December at all!


On the ridge


Along the lake


Blue and ice

Great day and hike. Tip of the hat to our wonderful guides!


Monte Cimone (Mount Cimone, 2165m)

Oh, and a very happy new year ๐Ÿ™‚

A sleepless night

What can you do when you wake up at 3 am and you’re hopelessly wide awake?

Realizing that getting any sleep was hopeless, I headed out into the night to get some night pics of Dublin. It was, obviously, raining :/

All in all, I can think of worse ways of starting a day. I got to the office at 6.30, but at least I got this:


Love Dublin

Westward Ho! – Travelling light

When your folks decide to visit you, you don’t really have a say in what happens when they are with you…

Three days in the west of Ireland, so I was – obviously – expecting rain, lots of it and I didn’t want to expose a lot of photographic equipment to the elements. That’s why I decided to travel as light as possible, but I didn’t want to sacrifice too much quality either.

Enter Fujifilm…

To be honest, I got tired of lugging around over 3 Kg of camera+lenses and I will probably sell most of my heavy stuff soon. For this trip I went fully mirrorless: Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 18mm f/2 and the magnificent Fujifilm x100T…

I admit I was a bit anxious at first, being used to the IQ of my Canon 5DMkII, but after seeing the results, I don’t think I’ll ever consider my D-SLR for another trip…

Some of the results follow: Ceide fields, Downpatrick head, Sligo and strandhill. I think I might be selling my canon gear soon ๐Ÿ™‚


And I have to admit the ocean was beautiful to admire:


Vastness of the ocean