Tuesday 27 September 2016

Moon Landing: Amateur photographer shines spotlight on Strandhill

Snap happy in Sligo

Published 04/05/2015 | 14:32

Moon Landing: Paragliders Thomas Byrne and Damien Smith descending over Sligo Bay. Photo: Janell Carew
Moon Landing: Paragliders Thomas Byrne and Damien Smith descending over Sligo Bay. Photo: Janell Carew
A surfer paddles out to catch a wave in Strandhill, Co. Sligo. Photo: Janell Carew
A surfer at sunset in Strandhill, Co. Sligo. Photo: Janell Carew
A Coast Guard helicopter flies over Sligo Bay near Ben Bulben (background). Photo: Janell Carew
Sunset... with glass of wine! Strandhill, Co. Sligo. Photo: Janell Carew
Ben Bulben, Co. Sligo. Photo: Janell Carew
Reflections in Sligo. Photo: Janell Carew
Sunset in Strandhill. Photo: Janell Carew

When Janell Carew spotted two paragliders soaring over Sligo Bay, she grabbed her camera. The result is this enchanting photo.

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Janell is an amateur photographer. Born and raised in Sligo, she's been the proud owner of a DSLR camera for barely a year.

Yet her iPhone and Canon 1100D shots (see our gallery above) are already making waves on Instagram and other social media sites.

"Adventure sports are in abundance here, especially surfing and SUP (Stand-Up Paddling) which provide great photo ops," she says. "And so when I spied a pair of paragliders descending from Knocknarea mountain with the moon in their sights, I had to grab my camera!"

She captured the shot last Thursday evening using a 75-300mm zoom lens. Afterwards, she discovered the names of the two paragliders - "local lads Thomas Byrne and Damien Smith...apparently they had a lovely flight on Thursday evening and rounded it off with a few pints in Bree's pub!"

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Surfer at sunset. Photo: Janell Carew

"It's like being on permanent holiday," Janell says of Strandhill, where she has been living with her husband for 12 years.

"There's inspiration everywhere. It's got a stunning coastline and majestic mountains, but the sunset is my real passion. What a privilege to watch it setting on the sea... each one is unique!"

Janell is "still finding my feet" with the DSLR camera, she says.

"I don't do anything fancy to them, and tend not to use filters on Instagram..." [Ed's note: we have cropped some of the photos here, but they are otherwise unprocessed].

"I prefer to let Nature do the talking!"

Have you got any cracking travel photos to share? Send them to us on Twitter, Facebook (Independent Travel) or by emailing travel@independent.ie.

You can follow Janell on Instagram here.

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