February 24, 2011

The Cliffs


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Another reprocessed image. I fought valiantly against the high noise in the original tonemapped image. When I originally processed it, I was discouraged because of the loss of detail in the cliffs. My trusty old D80 did not perform well at higher ISO.

This time around, I decided to embrace the defects and make them work for me. I gave it a pano crop to eliminate some of the thick distracting grass in the foreground. There is also a companion images to this one, almost a mirror image showing the O’Brien’s Castle on the right. I’ll post that one tomorrow.

The Cliffs of Moher was the most spectacular place we visited on the trip. It made the “whirlwind tour” list on the recommendation of a friend and a quick Google Images search. We were there in the early afternoon on a cold, overcast and very windy day. I think there was a bit of drizzle in the air as well. While I was thrilled to be there, I wondered what the scene would be like at dawn or dusk, with some clear sky.

It was not easy to get to. We were staying in a rented cottage in Clonmel. From there the drive to the Cliffs was about 3 hours. We decided when we visit again, we would spend a couple of days on the west coast near the Cliffs.

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  1. Hey Bob,
    Crazy cool image! This is a great place to shoot, hope to make it back someday. Love your processing!!! & your pano crop!

  2. Love the Cliffs of Moher! If you ever go back, check out the Cliffs of Mulloghmore. Not as remote and just as dramatic IMHO with some castles perched along the edges. Great shot!