This Was My Winter Wonderland (And Camera)

Christmas Day at Lough Talt, Co. Sligo
Christmas Day at Lough Talt, lake frozen for the first time in “many a year”

FOR THE past three years I reckon I’ve told myself I’d get out, get some more photos, actually start pushing them out online as well.

On holiday in October I picked myself up a Canon IXUS 120IS and it’s gone a long way to re-invigorate the hobby photographer in me. I’m still using the D70 for commercial work but having the small one in the pocket made such a difference over the Christmas and has left me with a great stack of photos to sift through and upload in the next day or two.

Though not jinxing things for myself, it might be high time turned some attention on my neglected photoblog.

These (above and below) are from my winter wonderland, or Lough Talt, Co. Sligo, where I’d made the longer-than-usual-thanks-to-the-weather drive to be with the family for Christmas.

When I’d first picked up the D70, I was genuinely amazed and impressed by the technology within the camera. Flash forward a few years and skip over to the Canon compact and I’ve been left incredibly impressed all over again. In the whole of Christmas, and the two months or so that I’ve had the camera, I don’t think I’ve taken it off the automatic setting – the camera literally doing all the work for you and producing a fantastic quality image at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as happy behind a full SLR in crafting a photograph as I am in whipping a compact out of my jacket to catch a snap there-and-then but there’s a lot to be said for the marriage of technology, quality and convenience in this case.

Whether it’s enough to egg me towards revisiting my photoblogging, we’ll have to see. It could be fun though…

Christmas Eve at Lough Talt, Co. Sligo
Christmas Eve at Lough Talt, Co. Sligo


  1. Phil January 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    What a view in that bottom pic, Ken. I’m so jealous of all the pics I’ve seen lately from the country. I’ll have to get out of the city at some point during the winter for some sights like this.

  2. Dave January 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Awesome pix ken. I’m the same, an slr cant be there at the random moments you need it

  3. Val January 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    What a great view, really beautiful photos.

  4. Ken McGuire January 4, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    @Phil – That’ll be the bottom of the lake, our own place up there is pretty much smack in the middle (reverse view from the top photo). Absolute wealth of landscape opportunities to take in around Sligo and Mayo.

    @Dave – Spot on. As much as I’d love to have the SLR with me the whole time, the ole pockets just don’t have the room they used to.

    @Val – Thanks for that Val 🙂

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