Familiar Places

11th April 2009

After a more or less fruitless trip to the lakeland of Cavan, Monaghan and Fermanagh I decided to visit some familiar places to lift my photographic spirits.
So one early Sunday morning I found myself once again standing on the most beautiful beach in Ireland. Keem Strand on Achill Island is flanked by sheer cliffs and offers the most fine and soft sand one can imagine. On a blue sky summer day this place feels like the Caribbean.
On this morning the sand however became a major problem. A strong south westerly wind was blowing right in my face carrying bucketloads of the fine sand with it. I was more than thankful that my camera was sealed against such an attack. My backpack and its content however were not - it took me hours of careful cleaning to remove all grains - and neither was the front element of the lens and the filters I used. Sand can have a very abrasive effect on photographic equipment and can cause major scratches, not to mention what would happen if some grains would get into the camera and on the image sensor. A photographer's nightmare.
After one hour as the wind increased further I decided to retreat. I had had my face peeling and got my image. And most important of all my filters and the lens still looked unharmed.

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