Wednesday 24 April 2019

This is what a Wild Atlantic Weather Bomb looks like

Wild Atlantic waves in Mayo.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.
Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.
Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.
Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.
Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.
Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weather bomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.
Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weather bomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.
Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weather bomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.
Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weather bomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.
Pól Ó Conghaile

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When Paul Doran heard a 'weather bomb' was hitting the west coast, he grabbed his camera and drove towards Downpatrick Head.

"The sea stack is 200 feet high," the amateur photographer says.

"That gives you a sense of how high the sea is breaking."

When he heard the weather forecast, Doran - who owns and runs the nearby Belleek Castle in Ballina, Co. Mayo - drove north to Downpatrick Head, just off the coast at Ballycastle.

"There was no point in going to the car park because the waves were just breaking over it," he says.

"They were calling it a weather bomb. I just thought it was wild!"

We've included both Doran's original images - the first four photos in the gallery above - and versions he processed using High Dynamic Range (HDR) - the last four photos in the gallery.

HDR is a technique that combines a series of images with differing exposures or settings to get results that may not be possible with a single aperture and shutter speed.

"There's no photo-shopping on it," he explains.

"But when you run it through a process to extract the dynamic range, you get a much more dramatic photograph."

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