Front Cover!

Taking a photograph for the front cover of a book was an enjoyable task to undertake, especially when it was in the heart of the beautiful Co Fermanagh countryside.  I learned a few things too!  Left to myself I would have taken a portrait layout for the front cover, but when the image is required to wrap around both front and back covers then obviously landscape is the appropriate format.  It is also good to know where to leave space for the text, with these parameters sussed out the final composure can be framed, as set out below:

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The old Crom Castle was the perfect spot, see The Actions of the Enniskillen Men.

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Irish Round Towers

The topic of this blog is Irish round towers, the finest example is to be found on Devenish Island, Co Fermanagh.  Every time I have visited it has either been raining or dull and overcast, so for these reasons the image has been rendered as a monochrome.

Devenish is an L-shaped island of 70 acres at the southern end of  Lower Lough Erne, 1.5 miles downstream from Enniskillen.  The ruins of a monastery, two churches, an oratory,  a high cross and one of the finest round towers in Ireland occupy a sloping hillside on the southeast tip of island.  The upper church, St. Mary’s Abbey, is a 12th-15th century Augustinian monastery. The lower church is an earlier establishment dedicated to St. Molaise. There is an unusual high cross next to St. Mary’s from where this photograph was taken.  Ancient legends state that the prophet Jeremiah is buried on the island!

Devenish Island, Co Fermanagh

The portrait format of this image is dictated by the vertical uprights of both the cross and the tower, so obviously landscape format would not work as well.  As for composition the ‘rule of thirds’ is irresistible given the arrangement of the cross and the tower.  Sometimes breaking this rule can be worth a try, but not in this case!  One objective in this shot was to bring out the texture and detail in the high cross.

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Boa Island Figures

Boa Island is situated in Lower Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, and is famous for the strange carved figures that stand at its west end, in the overgrown Caldragh cemetery. For some time I have been keen to photograph this ancient reminder of our past history.

On arrival it was raining and so I just had to make the best of the conditions. To cope with poor weather I decided to get in close and exclude the sky. In any event the stone figures were the focus of my interest and so the weather did not get obstruct too much. The lesson being know what you want to photograph and adapt to the conditions you find when you arrive.

The island’s double-faced Janus figure is the most well known. It is a pagan stone statue, believed to date from the 4th or 5th century, although there have been some suggestions that it is a few hundred years older.

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