What to photograph in October?

October in Ireland can be a beautiful and colorful time for photography, with autumn foliage, misty landscapes, and unique cultural events. Here are some photography ideas for October in Ireland:

  1. Autumn Foliage: Capture the vibrant colors of the changing leaves in Ireland's parks and forests. Places like Killarney National Park, Glendalough, Tollymore Forest Park and the Ring of Kerry offer stunning autumn scenery. Don't forget that landscape photography doesn't have to be about wide angle vista's. Try shooting some close up details of autumn colours with a longer focal length.

  2. Misty Mornings: October often brings misty mornings, especially in rural areas. These atmospheric conditions can create dreamy and mysterious landscapes, particularly around lakes, rivers, and countryside.

  3. Harvest Festivals: Attend local harvest festivals or farmers' markets and photograph the colorful displays of pumpkins, apples, and other seasonal produce. These events often feature traditional music and dancing, adding to the cultural appeal.

  4. Halloween Decorations: As Halloween approaches, capture the spooky and creative decorations that adorn homes and businesses. Dublin, in particular, has a lively Halloween scene with plenty of opportunities for unique shots.

  5. Historic Sites: Explore Ireland's ancient ruins and historic sites in the softer autumn light. Popular destinations like the Rock of Cashel, Newgrange, or the Cliffs of Moher take on a different character during this season.

  6. Coastal Landscapes: The Irish coastline is stunning any time of year. In October, you might catch dramatic waves and coastal storms, making for dramatic seascapes.

  7. Wildlife Watching: Ireland's wildlife is active in October. Head to nature reserves and parks for the chance to photograph birds, deer, and other animals against the backdrop of autumn foliage.

  8. Food Photography: Sample and photograph traditional Irish dishes, like hearty stews, soda bread, and apple pies. Many restaurants and pubs showcase seasonal menus in October.

  9. Morning Dew: Early mornings in October often bring dew-covered landscapes. Get down low and capture close-up shots of dewdrops on leaves and spiderwebs for a delicate, ethereal effect.

  10. Sunsets and Sunrises: The autumn light can be magical, especially during sunrise and sunset. Try to capture the warm, soft hues as the sun dips below the horizon.

Remember, as usual, to always check local event calendars for festivals and cultural events that might be happening in October. Additionally, be prepared for varying weather conditions, as October can bring rain and wind. Ensure you have the appropriate gear to protect your camera and keep yourself comfortable while shooting.

All images copyright Richard Hatch Photography


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