"Night News" - an occasional missive from the darkness
Vol.15 No.3
"Fortunately, art is a community effort - a small but select community living in a spiritualized world, endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh." - Allen Ginsberg

Here we go - no "June Gloom" 'round these parts - and so, we present you with another NightNews (our 59th!) - with some more important announcements . . .

Cead Mile Failte
- Irish for a "hundred thousand welcomes"

We continue: pre-planning for our return to Ireland! The long-awaited return of The Nocturnes to photograph (both nocturnal and diurnal!) the beautiful, magical West of Ireland, has moved through the final stages of planning and promotion and on to "pre-flight!" As with some of our previous treks to Eire, The Light of Ireland, is offered thru Strabo Tours for 11 days - July 15-25, 2013.

There are still spaces available on this Photo Tour, but as you know, with international tours/travel, one needs a bit more lead time - so if you're interested (or know of someone who is) feel free to contact us directly via email: basket[at]thenocturnes[dot]com or call: 707-645-9860

I will be leading this trip as I did in 2001 and 2002. Ireland is a very special place for me. In addition to having relatives in Northern County Mayo and County Sligo, as I've said, I have traveled many times to the area, starting in the early 1980s - with Workshops offered by Ron Rosenstock, the very photographer whose Hillcrest House (a former Bed 'n' Breakfast, registered with the Irish Tourist Board) will be our home base, while in the West of Ireland. Located midway between Westport and the village of Newport, in County Mayo – it is from there, that we will set out on daytime and nighttime excursions to discover and share the beautiful light and spirit of Ireland.

And now, some Stateside News!

Postcards from San Francisco:
June 5 - Palace of Fine Arts - Course#: 31010
June 12 - Presidio & Golden Gate Bridge - 31104
June 19 - Cliff House & Sutro Baths Ruins - 31103
June 26 - Golden Gate Park - Course#: 31002
Jully 10 - Chinatown - Course#: 31001
Aug. 7 - Treasure Island - Course#: 31065
Aug; 14 - Yerba Buena Gardens - Course#: 31066

Summer Registration is now underway - check with the Harvey Milk Center - 50 Scott St., S.F.

What's a Postcard . . .?
IIn the classroom portion of this workshop we will investigate historic reference points of these oft-photographed San Francisco icons, and discuss technical considerations related tophootgraphing the site at night. Following this, we travel to the site for some twilight work (which, many times offers the best altrnative for low-light photography in heavily lit urban setings), continuing to photograph into the dark of night!

Required Materials: a Night Photography Camera Setup and Equipment List will be emailed to participants upon completed registration - so, be sure to register early! Minimum equipment required for this series of courses are: a DSLR or Film SLR, tripod, flashlight, and remote cotnrol or cable release (to make exposures longer than in-camera 30 seconds).

Finally, back to our Top Story . . .
Our schedule, while in Ireland will keep us busy, but there will be ample opportunities to relax and enjoy the sweeter, gentler pace of life on the Emerald Isle. The frantic schedules of our daily lives will dissolve into peaceful days of total immersion into our Irish adventure.

Sound interesting? We can talk about it more, sometime soon, if you'd like. Also, I can put you in touch via email with people who have taken the Tour previously, and they can fill you in on some of the great points about the trip, from a participant's perspective, if you'd like. Have you been to Ireland before? England? Europe? Any relatives in that part of the World?

To see images done on an earlier PhotoTour we did, check out some of participant Mike Quinn's images (and commentary!) - on The Nocturnes site: www.thenocturnes.com/workshops/Eire2002/index.htm
Also, check out this page of Night Work (and reflections) from another of our trips - www.thenocturnes.com/workshops/mayonight.html - by yours truly.

We hope you find these images and details helpful as we prepare for our trip to the Emerald Isle in July. Should be interesting/entertaining - whether you can make the trip, or not!

We will keep those interested in the Tour updated, sending out periodic missives about the trip, along with travel hints, inspiring images, musical treats, readings, and reflections on the West of Ireland. These occasional communiqués will appear in your INBOX as Links to The Nocturnes NPy Blog, which has been commandeered
and will serve as "The Nocturnes in Ireland - 2013" Blog -

Just in case you're on Facebook ,you might have a look at what I've been linking to, many of which deal with life (and Photography) in Ireland. Not to mention Irish music, genealogy, history, Brehon Law, The Gathering, and Irish constitutional rights! Here's the link - http://www.facebook.com/tim.baskerville

Hope you enjoy this virtual tour of the West of Ireland! Maybe see in July . . . ?

Tim Baskerville

For the Virtual Traveler, these Essential URLs:
Tour - http://phototc.com/tours/details/the-light-of-ireland
Blog - http://thenocturnes.blogspot.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/tim.baskerville


"So, you really should VISIT more often . . ."

The Nocturnes family of Web sites:


All the images seen here were photographed on previous trips
and Photo Tours to Ireland.

All images ©Tim Baskerville