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Ardmore Round Tower #3

Ancient round tower at Ardmore County Waterford, Ireland

The story behind this image

One of the loveliest places that Liz and I visited during our week long stay on the southwest Atlantic coast of Ireland was Ardmore.

We came here twice, with the first visit being spent sat firmly in the car as four seasons' worth of weather arrived in the space of half an hour.

You can watch this amazing weather on my time lapse video looking over Ardmore beach to get some idea of why we didn't venture out!

However, with an improvement in the weather we made a second effort to explore this seaside town, under much more pleasureable, if less dramatic, conditions.

This is an area redolent with historical remains, including this fantastic round tower, one of the best preserved in the whole of Ireland.

So of course I took some effort to photograph it, surrounded by the graves of St Declan's church, under the somewhat incongrous and unusual spring sunshine.

The tower is quite tall and imposing, and I needed a very wide 17mm lens to fit it in the frame.

Keeping the camera level to avoid having the tower lean over towards its top meant that I had a lot of distracting foreground in the original file, which I subsequently cropped out to give a more focused and less cluttered final composition.

Image data

Filename - ardmore round tower 03.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure - 1/80 sec @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to darken the blue sky.

Location - Ardmore, County Waterford, Ireland

This image - 640x800px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Comments - Handheld exposure