Dún Briste

I arrived at Downpatrick Head in good time. From a previous visit to Dún Briste (North Mayo Coast) I knew that I wanted to capture it at an angle which made it look the skinniest and that I wanted it to be a long-exposure shot. For this I needed an overcast morning (I settled for […]

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Achill Island

I suppose you wouldn’t think of how physically gruelling it is to be a landscape photographer unless you are one (or maybe if you live with one). I forget myself, of course, and keep planning ever more ambitious distances and locations. I’d been wanting to photograph the above view of Achill Island for some time, […]

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Toormakeady Waterfall

I grunted as I slung my fully laden camera bag on to my back for the first time in months and set off in my new hiking boots and waterproof trousers (an upgrade to the skinny jeans and Harley Davidson boots I’d been wearing every previous year). I set off along the path that leads […]

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The Beast from the East

Landscape photographers love snow. When I heard the first reports of ‘The Beast from the East’ I was looking forward to the first proper snowfall in years. The initial reports were that the east coast would get the most snow and that Galway would possibly not be affected. Luckily for me (or so I thought […]

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Loch Bhéal Trá

It was one of those clear, bright days that happen after snow has fallen and I was going to attempt driving to the top of Croaghmoyle mountain. There’s an RTÉ mast at the summit so there’s a road that leads to that. How far up the mountain I’d be able to get I had no […]

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Mahon Falls

The forecast had promised heavy rain through the night turning to light rain at dawn, which suited me as I’d read that the waterfalls were most impressive after heavy rain and an overcast morning would enable me to get some long exposure shots. Driving up the road to Mahon Falls was like driving in to […]

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North Mayo Coast

Shortly after passing through Tuam the sky darkened, turning almost purple, while a low and intense sunlight made everything before me really vivid. It was spectacular but somehow conditions like this seem to only happen when I’m in the car, or looking out through the window of my house, not when I’m pointing the camera […]

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Re-edit

To recap my last blog post (Paxton’s Tower), I had a shot of Paxton’s Tower which I wasn’t all that fussed about. It was a flat morning and I’d only gotten one usable exposure. I processed it in black and white and darkened the sky as much as I could get away with while trying […]

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Paxton’s Tower

I’d been having no luck at all during December so I was looking forward to visiting Wales around new years because I figured a different country would bring different weather conditions. I was wrong however, and it pretty much just rained the whole time. I was only over for a few days so I was […]

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Clonmacnoise Castle

When I first saw Clonmacnoise Castle I knew that I had to photograph it. I really like how it looks as if it is just at the point of toppling down the mound that it sits upon. Because of the motorway it’s only an hour from my house, which is handy. But what I’ve found […]

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