Ryan Tubridy reveals why he just loves all about Donegal

first_imgHe gets to Donegal as often as he can and it’s obvious he loves us up here!Here RTE presenter and Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy reveals why he loves Donegal and his many favourite places.“The rough diamond of Ireland’s northwest, Donegal is a place so unspoilt and untamed that it quite literally puts the ‘wild’ in Wild Atlantic Way.  “It is a destination that I’ve visited many a time with the Ryan Tubridy Show but never grow tired of. The jagged coastline, the remote mountain passes and the shimmering beaches entice me back time and again, as does the warm hospitality of the locals. “Earlier this summer, I stopped off in Donegal during my annual Wild Atlantic Way road-trip and was once again bowled over by the natural beauty of this place. If you’re looking for an unforgettable short break away this autumn, look no further. Here are my top tips when visiting Donegal…Sliabh Liag. Pic: SuppliedLiving on the edge Not to be missed on a trip to Donegal, Sliabh Liag (Slieve League), is perhaps one of the most spectacular sights to behold in all of Ireland. Among the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe, they tower some 2000ft above the swirling ocean. That’s nearly three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher! To get the full experience of the area, it’s best to leave the car in the car park and walk the last few kilometers. If you’re looking for a little extra motivation to make the trek, there’s a little ice-cream van at the starting point, complete with a chalkboard menu of delights.As you climb, you’ll be rewarded with uninterrupted views of the vast Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Bay and the Sligo Mountains. The panorama is mesmerising at any time but the autumn colours make it a sight to behold this time of year.Another way to experience Sliabh Liag is from the bottom up, by taking a boat trip. Dolphins, whales, seals and a wide range of bird life can be spotted as you make your way around the jagged coastline. Sliabh Liag Boat Trips operate from April to October with several sailings times per day.Hitting up the ice-cream van ahead of the walk to spectacular Sliabh Liag. Pic: SuppliedDonegal dished-upWhether you walk or sail to see Sliabh Liag, you’re likely to work up a hunger. The Rusty Mackrel in Teelin is the place to go for a scrumptious meal and well-earned pint. Fish caught at night by local fishermen are delivered fresh to the restaurant every morning for the day’s diners. You can’t beat that! Another local treasure when it comes to fresh caught fare is the Seafood Shack in Killybegs located by the harbour on Shore Road. This roadside stand fries up the day’s catch right opposite the fishing boats that caught the haddock, cod and scampi. Their seafood chowder is award-winning and will warm you from within.Killybegs Harbour. Pic: SuppliedCrowning jewel Donegal town has many attractions but the most famed of them all is Donegal Castle, also known as O’Donnell’s Castle. This place has a fascinating history, which you can learn more about during a guided tour.The O’Donnells, one of the last old gaelic cheiftians to rebel against British rule in Ireland, built the castle in 1474.Inside the castle walls you’ll find many of the original features have been carefully restored and traditional furnishings like Persian rugs and French tapestries still intact. Tours of the castle run daily and take about 30 minutes.Donegal Castle. Pic: FacebookStep back in timeFor a hands-on cultural experience, Glencolmcille Folk Village offers visitors a glimpse of bygone lifestyle. This living museum consists of a group of small cottages that have been reconstructed as replicas of the historic homes in the area during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.It’s an idyllic little place that will have you longing for a far simpler time. Wander through the traditional thatched grocer-pub, explore the shoemakers shop and peek inside the fisherman’s cottage.While in Glencolmcille, take the opportunity to enjoy the nearby surrounds. Enjoy a sunset stroll on Dooey Beach or Silver Strand or if you’re feeling particularly active, walk Glencolmcille Towner Loop and soak in the rustic rural scenery.Glencolmcille Folk Village. Pic: SuppliedWay up northWhile my adventures in Donegal this summer were about exploring the south of the county, I have some favourite spots up north that are also among my must-visits.Inishowen Peninsula, the largest peninsula in the country, is a wild and windswept place of beauty. At the tip is Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point and the start of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route. There’s something rather ‘otherworldly’ about this place with its dramatic landscapes and jaw-dropping views. It is no wonder the crew from Star Wars scouted it as one of their locations for Episode VIII.Across the crashing North Atlantic waves from Malin Head is Fanad Head Lighthouse, regarded as one of the most beautiful lighthouses of the world.Fanad Head Lighthouse. Pic: SuppliedBlessed with both natural beauty and cultural heritage, Donegal is the perfect destination for an autumn adventure. So don’t wait! Pack up the family and jump in the car — Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way await.For more inspiration to plan your next trip to the Wild Atlantic Way visit: www.wildatlanticway.com.Ryan Tubridy reveals why he just loves all about Donegal was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalRyan Tubridylast_img read more

Grading the Warriors’ center competition in first preseason game vs Wolves

first_imgFinal line: 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists.Jones … OAKLAND – As the Warriors attempt to fine tune in the preseason, the competition for the team’s opening starting center is starting to heat up.In Saturday’s 114-110 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, hopefuls Damian Jones (who got the starting nod), Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell each had a chance to make an impression for the role.Here’s a breakdown of each player’s performance.(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Damian Joneslast_img

9 Common Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid

first_img2. Working With Dirty Lenses or SensorsThis shouldn’t be on the list. It should be common practice. Nonetheless, it still pops up a little too often. Camera lenses are made of glass. Glass gets dirty. You have to regularly clean glass to remove dirt and blemishes unless you want your shots to look dirty. Here are some resources on how get your glass to a spotless state.A Guide to Cleaning Lenses and Camera Sensors7 Pro Lens Cleaning Tools Under $7How to (Not) Clean Your Camera3. Shooting Out of Focus ShotsOnce mastered, focus can be a great tool in your cinematic toolbox for directing the audience’s attention and telling your story. However, when you’re first starting out, if you can’t control it, focus (or more specifically, a lack of focus) can absolutely ruin your shots. Watch the video above on how to set focus and check out some of the following articles for a little more in-depth information.3 Hacks for Shooting Without a Focus Puller The Best Follow Focus Options for Under $200What Are Focus Charts and Why Do You Need One?4. White Balance Being OffIf you don’t understand white balance, you should definitely learn. If you don’t understand how to learn, you should definitely at least use auto-white balance.There’s no excuse for shooting daylight footage white balanced for tungsten or vice versa. Here are some tips and tricks for working with white balance in post.Quick Tip: How to White Balance in Premiere ProWhite Balance Footage in Final Cut Pro XDaVinci Resolve Tip: Use Color Keys to Fix White Balance5. (Unintentionally) Breaking the 180-Degree RuleLet’s be honest. The 180-degree rule is more of a suggestion than a rule. Of course, not having an understanding of what it is and why it works is the first step to creating confusing scenes and compositions which serve no direct purpose. If you can acknowledge your mastery of the rule first, you’re well within your rights to break it — as long as it’s done intentionally.Film Studies: 180-Degree RuleQuick Tips: Understanding The 180 Degree RuleFilmmaking Tutorial: 180 Degree Rule and Other Shot Sequence Tips6. Under or Over Lighting Shots With Poor Set-UpsWhen working in professional videography, lighting is usually the part of production which separates the amateurs from the seasoned pros. Taking the time to understand and properly set up lighting for a scene can be a huge part of telling a story and adding depth to a shot. Here are some helpful resources to consider.5 Practical Cinematic Lighting TutorialsLighting 101: A Quick Guide for Lighting Film7 Steps for Lighting a Scene7. Overusing or Improperly Using Warp StabilizerWarp Stabilizer is an effect in Adobe’s Premiere Pro (as well as After Effects). In itself, it is a powerful tool which can be used to stabilize shaky footage here or there — though it’s not always perfect and can’t work miracles on hopelessly unstable footage. It’s all too common to see it applied improperly and create waves in footage which can ruin a project. Here are some tips for how to properly use or avoid using it.A Comprehensive Guide to Making the Most of Adobe’s Warp StabilizerRemove Warp From Warp Stabilizer Using After Effects4 Tips for Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro8. Not Taking the Time to Balance and Smooth Out AudioAudio is simply too important to be last on the editing to-do list and first on the chopping block. Bad, inconsistent audio can ruin a video from the get-go, so it’s important to treat it, well, like it’s important. Here are some tips and tricks for balancing and smoothing out audio transitions.How to Crossfade Audio Tracks in Premiere Pro and FCPXHow to Set Audio Levels for VideoAudio Tips and Tricks: Removing Echo and Reverb9. Incorrectly Formatting and/or ExportingWhether you’re exporting for YouTube or television, you need to be intentional with your export and formatting settings. Many editing programs include helpful presets that are often ignored if you don’t know where to look. Here are some helpful resources.Everything You Need to Know About Exporting VideoHow to Properly Export Video for YouTubeQuick Tip: Exporting Multiple Timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro Essential Gear for Product VideosHow to Extend Your DSLR batteryBackpacking Gear: Solar Charging for DSLR Camera Batteries What were some of you earliest filmmaking mistakes and video goofs? Share your war stories in the comments below!center_img The early paths of most filmmakers and videographers are littered with easy-to-avoid gaffes. Here are nine of the most common filmmaking mistakes and some easy ways to avoid them.Top image via PremiumBeat (How many mistakes do you see?)Filmmaking, at its heart, is a form of expression. It encourages freedom, experimentation, and innovation. There are an endless number of ways to set a shot, edit a scene, and tell a story. That being said, when you’re just starting out, there are several concepts, ideas, tips, and tricks which can help you make more thoughtful decisions in your filmmaking process.Let’s look at nine filmmaking mistakes which you may want to explore to better understand the art and your voice as a filmmaker.1. Forgetting Equipment or Arriving with Uncharged BatteriesImage via ShutterstockAgain, things like this should be common knowledge (regardless of your profession), but it still persists. Working as a professional videographer means taking the time to organize and properly prepare your gear and equipment well before you walk out of the door. Keeping your gear organized with a systematic workflow for charging batteries, dumping/wiping cards, and keeping everything cataloged is paramount for any serious video professional.last_img read more