Rock of Cashel, Ireland, 1999

SEPTEMBER 1999 – The fortress known as ‘Rock of Cashel’ seen from the R639 in Co. Tipperary, Ireland on a cloudy day. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The Rock of Cashel is a fortress that sits on a large rock in Co. Tipperary. Most of the buildings that can be seen today date from the 12th and 13th centuries. (More facts can be found on Wikipedia.)

We were driving through the countryside and had a couple of rainshowers earlier that day. Needless to say, we were a bit sad about the weather and morale was low. This changed, however, when we approached Cashel to visit the famous fortress. We drove along the R639 coming from North East, and the dark clouds, subdued colors and low contrast added a matching (dark) mood to the image.

Using the 70-210 mm tele zoom I used the layered fields in the front to make the fortress look even higher. Then I had to wait a minute or two until there was no more traffic on the R639. And then I had my decent shot of the Rock of Cashel.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSeptember 1999
LocationCo. Tipperary, Ireland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210 mm f/4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2187 x 3280 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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