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The landscape photograph above was taken from Portstewart using my Canon 6D and Canon 70-300mm L lens. I was facing west towards the hills of northern County Donegal, Ireland.
As a landscape photographer I often experience spectacular light. However, it isn't very often that I experience light as unusual as in the shot above.
Throughout the afternoon the weather over the north coast of Ireland had been mixed. Scattered cloud rolled lazily through the skies, as did overcast and clearer patches of weather. For landscape photographers this is ideal, it adds variation and interest to compositions.
The closer it got to sunset, which was at 19:20 on this late September evening, the cloudier it got. About an hour before sunset it was totally overcast and I couldn't see a single clear patch in the sky.
I decided to drive to Portstewart Strand, with the aim of photographing the wooden posts on the beach there. I thought that even if I couldn't capture any dramatic light then the strong shapes would add something to the landscape photograph I intended to take which was of waves crashing around the poles. Upon my arrival at the beach I was dismayed to find that the tide was too far out for my plan to work.
I decided to head to the rocky shore to the east of the beach. While I had been driving to the beach I noticed an orange glow on the hills shown in this photograph. I thought a large structure must have been on fire due to the intensity of the colour. However, 15 minutes later while I stood on the rocks, the 'fire' in the distance grew and grew in size until the colour started to fill the sky. I then realised that somewhere in the distance there must be a small hole in the clouds letting the last light of the day through.
This was the first time I have seen something like this happen. So, although this landscape photograph is far from being my best, I'm happy to call it unique in my gallery!