I’m not much of a writer…. And I’m not much of a businessman…. But I do think I am a good photographer, and I love what I do… This Place ( The Giants Causeway ) In Ireland Is a really strange area of hexagonal shaped columns that jut out of the ocean and land, all at different heights… It is truly amazing and breathtaking to see. Even a bit unworldly looking! Although you would never know it with the 600,000 tourists standing all over it, I mean everywhere I looked all I could see was people. Needless to say I was hugely disappointed with the state of things, and after producing a few shots of the people covered rocks I decided to try another time……
I was looking for 3 things in particular to try to get my great shot.. A great sunset (not common in Ireland), less people, and some wind and water movement… Sundown, knowing the Trolley only ran until 9n I figured that most if not all of the tourists would be gone from the causeway by the time I got down there…. I was wrong, Although not as many as before there were still enough to make me cry inside a little bit… I stuck it out and for one of the first days on our trip I saw a pretty good sunset!!! But alas the water was flat and there were still enough people to make me unhappy with the situation. I stayed there until about 10:30 and then headed back up as the clouds were rolling in and covering the night sky. I was disappointed again 😦
Back at the room, undressed and in bed watching a show with my wife I relaxed for a bit thinking the sky’s were cloudy as they had been before I prepared for bed. Just before decided to go to sleep I happened to look off of the porch to see an incredibly dark sky covered with stars!!! I jumped out of my socks. It only took me about 1 minute to decide that if I didn’t go back down I would never forgive myself. I re-packed for the 40 minute hike back down and hoped the sky would stay with me…. ( a little pre story… ) Apparently the hotel we were staying in has a ghost, a lady in the corridor. I couldn’t help but think of her as I walked down the hill Feeling creepy in the dark and hearing things I continued on….
As I arrived at the bottom of the hill i saw a light coming towards me, “Hey!!! Hey!!” the voice shouted. Yeah whats up I replied. “Would you mind shutting down your flashlight in that direction… I am shooting some stars over the Causeway.” Of course at 1:30 in the morning I would run into a photographer down here. He asked me what I was doing and I looked him in the face and said, Shooting photos… What the hell else would I be doing down here at this time of night… He Laughed. We quickly became friends and spent the night shooting photos of the stars and light painting The Giants Causeway.
The Giants Causeway has a story, and that story goes something like this… A long long time ago the Giants causeway was created by an Irish giant out of 6 sided stones so he could go and fight a Scottish Giant The causeway actually stretches all the way to Scotland But it is all under the ocean and out of sight. He realized how large the Scottish giant was He hid and in a hot pursuit across the causeway to Scotland the causeway was destroyed and sank into the sea, all except for the edges… And that is the legend of The Giants Causeway in a nutshell.
I thought of the ghostly lady in the corridor again. I turned to my new friend… Do you believe in ghosts? It was all downhill from there. After telling ghost stories and shooting for a while longer we both had the hebie jebbies pretty bad. The Causeway is a pretty creepy place at night, Wow! I said telling him about a photo I had just taken. I turned around to tell him to come and check it out only to realize he was already next to me, like RIGHT next to me. He was already leaning in to see the shot so as I turned to tell him to come over my nose brushed his ear. Already creeped out by all of the Ghost stories, weird noises and pitch black I screamed and fell backwards over the edge towards the cliff and water behind me…. reached out and grabbed his jacket just before I went over. AAHHHHHH I screamed again, Don’t ever f*^@&!%ing do that again!!!! You scared the life out of me….. My nerves calmed and we laughed a bit.
It was time to pack up and get the hell out of there. As he went off to load up his gear I decided to shoot off one more shot before I headed back up the hill I set my camera to bulb and started my shot. I took my flashlight and ran up the rocks to the right hand side of the photo to get it lit from a more dramatic angle, I really wanted to see the shapes and curves of the stones and this is that shot! He Offered me a ride back up and I was happy not to have to walk back up that hill again.
As I got back to my room (after walking down those creepy hallways and thinking about the Giants and the Ghostly lady in the corridor ) I Was satisfied, I had gotten the shots I had wanted, I had made a friend, Had a great time and all while the rest of the world was sleeping…. I am never upset that I went somewhere and tried to make that great photo, even if the results were crappy. But I am always upset when I don’t, Get out there and shoot, you might just like what happens, James