Gregory Stais  

Clonmacnoise Monastery by Gregory Stais

October 2020 - Clonmacnoise Monastery

About the Image(s)

This is a photo of some of the ruins at the Clonmacnoise Monastery situated in County Offaly, Ireland on the River Shannon south of Athlone. It was founded in 544 by St. CiarĂ¡n, a young man from Rathcroghan, County Roscommon. Until the 9th century it had close associations with the kings of Connacht.

My wife and I were on a land tour of Ireland in May 2018, and this was one of the more scenic destinations during our trip. I made some additional modifications of the original image in Luminar 4.

This photo was taken on May 18, 2018 with my Nikon D850, Nikkor 24-70MM, F2.8 G ED lens at 34MM, F11, 1/250th second, ISO 100.

6 comments posted

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
I love being around history and often that means ruins. You photo speaks to a setting that simply must have a wonderful story. Inside a National Geographic story this would be perfect. Everything is just right...the wall with remaining decorative pieces, the stone house, the distant hills. But, since NGS missed this (their loss), is there a way to bring some humans in...implements, people in garb that passes for "unchanged", just to round out the story of this monastery and the people and environs in which it once thrived.   Posted: 10/08/2020 20:18:39

Kathleen Colligan
I look at our photos several times to study them. Some stay in my mind more than others and this one is a perfect example. The colors, the detail of the stones and the background, etc, make this photo one of my favorites. I have traveled to Ireland several times to visit relatives and on tours. Your photo depicting this historical ruin and its surroundings perfectly demonstrates one of the reasons why I love Ireland.   Posted: 10/08/2020 21:38:50

Gregory Stais   Gregory Stais
Andrew and Kathleen,

Thank you for your objective feedback. This is indeed one of my favorite photos from that trip.

Much appreciated!   Posted: 10/08/2020 21:42:05

Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
Hi Gregory

What an outstanding image , it has everything , i cannot think of anything to add to it . Superb framing , for me the first thought in my mind when i saw the image ( even before reading your description and comments) was the stark difference of Man made structure vs Nature . Man made structures once destroyed cannot repair or restore itself on its own, however Nature on the other hand is always going through its cycle of creation and destruction and again creation. your image speaks the same to me. I also loved the way you included the grass in the lower frame even when you had to cut the top of the wall , the lower grass gives the structure a finite size. I tried to crop it such that i start the image with the walls , but it doesnt work for me. Luminar does a great job in bringing out the details in image. I use Luminar too in most of my images.

All in All an awesome image. Thanks for sharing it .   Posted: 10/11/2020 21:47:54
Gregory Stais   Gregory Stais

Thank you for your comments. I really appreciate it!   Posted: 10/11/2020 22:57:26

Laurie McShane
Such wonderful textures in this image, including the heather growing in the stones - even the sky is perfect! This is one to be proud of....   Posted: 10/17/2020 19:37:36


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