Category Archives: Landscape – place

Buncrana Coastline 3

Not technically correct as this is from Fahan, which is just south of Buncrana. The location for my early morning per-sunrise shoot. However it was a very overcast start to the day and I was not able to get the image I was after.

However I spotted this structure which looks like what’s left of a old pier.

Pier, Fahan, Buncrana, Co Donegal

I’m very happy with the above image. I like the composition and detail of the wooden beams and compare this to the soft mellow water and sky. The tide was in and it might make for an interesting image to shoot from under the  beams.

I left Fahan and moved to Ned’s Point. I have a couple more images to show before we move onto some images from my latest trip to Co Clare.




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Buncrana Coastline

I’m back a few weeks now from my Trip to Co Donegal. I was using Buncrana as my base. There is some great coastline around Buncrana to shoot.

Ned’s Point, Buncrana, Co. Donegal


I had some interesting cloud formations during one of the morning shoots. It didn’t look good for the planned sunrise shoot , but I moved location and was rewarded with a series of 5 images all taken around Ned’s Point. The rest of the trip was a bit of a washout due to low clouds and fine mist rain. I did manage to get to Malin Head, the most northerly point of Ireland, during a brief  dry spell but the resulting images are nothing to right home about. However I will post them so you can make your own minds up.

The wonderful bit of light I did get is put to good use in the above image. This light makes rocks in the foreground stand out against the dark cloudy sky. There was some very interesting cloud formations which you can start to see in this image and I will post the next image in this series during the week.

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Old Head, Co.Mayo

Westport was the location for filming of Episode 2 of Dynamic Range video series. The first day’s filming was from Old Head, Westport, Co Mayo. Using the famous Croagh Patrick Mountain as our bacground.

Old Head, Sunset, Co Mayo

During the filming of the introduction it started to rain and the clouds started to roll in thus putting an end to the planned sunset image. However, all was not lost and the clouds did break and the resulting image above was taken. Using the clouds to aid the composition and draw the viewer into the image is what makes this image.  The long shutter speed has added drama to the waves.

You can find out more about the resulting image on the video which can be purchased from Dynamic Range Website

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Maps of Ireland.

I love Maps.

I use them all the time for my homework when I’m going to a new location.I have nearly the complete coastline of Ireland covered with the OSi Discovery Series 1:50 000 scale maps. However I also use these hand painted maps by Richard Chandler from Fir Tree Maps.


Iveragh & Dingle Peninsulas by Richard Chandler of Fir Tree Maps


The map above is the one of The Iveragh & Dingle Peninsulas and along with the Beara Peninsula & South West Cork map I would use the most and stay in my camera bag. I love the 3D effect of the mountains which gives me a better understanding than the normal map relief features.

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New Years Day 2012

A tradition in our household is to go for a walk on New Years Day. This time we went to Glendalough, Co Wicklow.

Glenealo River & Valey, Glendalough.

Normally this is a gentle walk but we ended up doing a 9km hill walk (follow the white dotted line on the map below) called The Spink & Glenealo Valley walk. I was fully loaded with camera backpack, the wife had the food backpack and the children had there rain gear. The dog, Fonzie, came along also but carried nothing.

Walks in Glendalough (map by Wicklow Mountains National Park)

On the drive down to Glendalough, which is about 1.5 hours, the weather was mixed. We left lovely pleasant conditions behind in Navan and were driving into overcast low lying raining conditions. A quick stop to check the satellite weather feed from on the iPhone I decided to continue on down to Glendalough instead of a change to Howth. At this stage we were going for a walk and not a photo OP.

Ideal for a walk but not good for photography, but this is Ireland and that can change very quickly and always does. By the time we go up onto the summit of The Spinc  I could see the clouds starting to break up and the light was starting to work in my favor now. The image above was taken from P1 marked on the map and shows Glenealo River as it flows down the Valley into the Upper Glendalough Lake. This was a great bit of luck as we didn’t intend to do this walk.

The walk started to get very bussy by the time we stopped for some lunch down at the disused Mine  as all the Sunday walkers were out which made it nearly impossible to get any more images. We all made back to the car safe and sound. Mind you me poor dog was cover with mud and bog. This made for the comment of the year from my 9 year old Son –  “daddy Fonzie is now black and white so you don’t have to do your mononeil magic on him”.

I’m just starting to process the rest of the images and I will post them as they are ready. Like nearly all my image, this was taken using my Canon 5DMkII & 24mm TS-E MkII with a couple of Lee ND Grad filters to hold back the bright sky.

First day of the New Year done and I have a couple of “Keepers” in the bag already.

Hope the rest of the years goes like this.

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River Loe in The Gap of Dunloe

River Loe in The Gap of Dunloe Co. Kerry

Thanks to over trousers and wellie i was able to get this image of the River Loe in The Gap of Dunloe without much trouble.

How ?

Well you can either try and walk over the slippery rocks and not manage to fall and break something or you can walk in the water with your wellie on. Me pick the easy option all the time. Taken on the same day as The Gap of Dunloe post but further on through the gap. I set the tripod up as low as possible to get the angle of the foreground rock leading you into the image. The rocks made a V-shape to complement the shape made by the mountains. With strong contrast to deal with, two grad filters were fitted to the lens to balance the exposure. Again most people and tourists stand on the bridge behind me and look down into the river. Not me. Always looking for a different angle than the norm.


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Bridia Valley

It sometimes rains in Ireland !

This was one of those rare occassions of rain in The Bridia Valley, Co. Kerry. I was on my way home from a couple  days shooting and meetings with Peter Cox and Roger Overall about the next Episode of The Circle of Confusion video series. We will hopefully filming in the location for the next video, well that’s the plan. I didn’t drive fully into the valley as the weather was not  looking great. I did manage to take a couple of images in-between the showers with a little break in the clouds over the background mountains. This is a wonderful location which needs some side lighting and a better composition closer to the valley to  really show it as its best.

Maybe next time.

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