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Clonakilty Beach #1

Sand patterns on a beach on the Wild Atlantic Way near Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland

The story behind this image

One item on my wife Liz's and my bucket list is to explore the whole of the Wild Atlantic Way, stretching from the southwest coast of Ireland at Kinsale, all the way up to Malin Head in the far north.

So we made the most of our opportunity during our week long stay at Youghal in County Cork on the southwest coast to drive and hike around the area.

Heading west from Youghal along the coast we came to the wonderfully named village of Clonakilty, and just a bit further along the coastal drive we found this secluded cove, featuring wave washed sand and curvaceous rock formations.

So we had to stop for a walk along the beach and a rummage in the rock pools.

And, of course, a photograph or two of the beautiful scenery.

This particular image features the patterns in the sand caused by water draining back towards the sea at low tide, with darker streaks showing through along the paths the water was taking.

Image data

Filename - clonakilty beach 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/15 sec @ f16, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colour and contrast.

Location - Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland

This image - 533x800px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - +1ev exposure compensation used to open shadows. Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.