Pray for the Hogans

Pray for the HogansContinuing on with my Quin abbey series, this shot shows another dark, moss-covered room featuring a giant fireplace.  Even though Quin abbey was one of my favorite places we visited on my trip through Clare, it was the most challenging to photograph due to the poor lighting conditions.  The only light source in this room was the daylight entering  from the window to the left and the doorway in the center of the image.  I had no tripod with me so to get enough light without slowing the shutter speed to the point of blurring the image from camera shake I had to open my lens up all the way which resulted, unfortunately, in a very shallow depth of field.  I wish I had the opportunity to return with a tripod to do some long exposures but that’s the price of being a visitor.  All things considered I’m still happy to have this shot.

Going back to my first abbey post where I mentioned Fr. John Hogan was the last person to inhabit the abbey, I thought it may be of interest to note the slab that sits at an angle in the bottom center of the photograph.  It is engraved as follows:

Patrick Hogan
Died 29 3 ’49
Died 26 7 ’65
Died 23 5 ’76

5D Mk III with 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM lens.  ISO 1600, f/4.0, 1/30 sec.